Unexpected encounters of the prickly, Australian kind

Yesterday afternoon I decided to go for a run, and I was glad I did, because only a couple of kilometres up the road I found this echidna. He had disturbed a nest of sugar ants, and I tried not to step on any of the escapees as I climbed up onto the verge for a…

Sunday morning reminders

Is there a more poignant reminder of why we should dissuade farmers from using pesticides and creating monoculture crops than discovering lady beetles? I came across these two on Sunday morning as I was pottering about in the garden with a watering can and a pair of secateurs. Recent media attention has served to highlight…

Public transport is a jungle

Nobody likes the jostling and crush of a peak hour commute. Even on a packed train it is worth looking up from your phone, though; otherwise you’ll miss those little moments like this which can put a smile on your face.

Baskets of Beauty

Today I visited Wariapendi Nursery, on the edge of the Southern Highlands. My mother had a gift voucher from last Christmas which she wanted to use, having spent the last couple of weekends in the back yard extending her native garden beds. With a low-slung metal trolley full of plants teetering in the breeze, and a long…

Winter Blues

I am not a huge fan of winter; the blustery-ness is awful, the limited hours of sunshine are depressing, my lips are constantly chapped and when it comes down to it, I just really, really don’t like being cold. I feel like a migratory bird, caught here by circumstance, ancient instincts telling me to go North, to return to brighter, warmer places….

Book Review: ‘The Man Who Climbs Trees’

I have just finished reading the most amazing book. I don’t usually gravitate towards auto-biographies, but a long time ago I snapped a photo on my phone when browsing in a bookshop, and the blurb stuck in my head. When I found myself at a lose end in Better Read Than Dead (Newtown) the other…

Summer nights and a long commute

I recently found myself explaining (again) why I am willing to commute such a long distance every day, so that I can both work in the city and live in the bush. Just to give you some context; if I stop for a coffee on my way to the station in the morning, and with…