Bush Fire Season: A Message from the Ashes

Bush Fire Season: A Message from the Ashes

 via Meryl Fox – Pinterest Things are hotting up over here on the eastern seaboard of New South Wales. Well, probably not just over here if you think in terms of the planet heating up. But, for now, let’s skirt the global warming issue and focus on right...
It’s a Beautiful Day, or Is It?

It’s a Beautiful Day, or Is It?

It’s a gorgeous day here on Mitchells Island – twenty degrees c. (70 degrees F.) – with a light breeze. Spring blossoms are plentiful in our gardens, and I’ve spotted various species of birds building nests. A bevy of ducks have been parading...
Thankless vs. Thankful

Thankless vs. Thankful

We live on 4.5 acres of semi-rural land on Mitchells Island. Some of our property is tamed and most is not. Not that we haven’t been working on it on and off for the last nine years. It’s a big job trying to do bush regeneration. Today, as I was cutting...
Natural Erosion?

Natural Erosion?

  Our closest beach on Mitchells Island has lost about a half kilometre of its length in the last couple of years. That’s a big chunk. The area concerned is at the mouth of the Manning River, but the dunes all along in a southerly direction, including Old Bar...
The Goodness of Gardens

The Goodness of Gardens

I went to Trent, the hairdresser, in town today, and he gave me a pretty ‘do’. In my old life as a city girl, my hairdresser would say, ‘I hope your husband is taking you some place special for dinner tonight.’ Instead of a glamorous outing, in...
You Never Know, and That’s a Good Thing

You Never Know, and That’s a Good Thing

A news bulletin just appeared on my computer regarding a surfer who was knocked unconscious by a whale today. He had been in a group surfing at Bondi Beach when a whale (‘big as a bus’) showed up. Surfers and whale played together for a while until a...
We Lucky Aussies

We Lucky Aussies

I’m a 37-year resident and naturalised citizen of Australia and I still never cease to be amazed by the long, sweeping and inviting beaches that often remain completely empty. It’s the height of the school holidays here and still, as you can see,...