A Country of Contrasts

I'm sitting here in NSW, in a drought stricken town, refreshing my browser intermittently to check on the status of Townsville, in far north Queensland, where our daughter lives. It's so dry here that many of our local farmers have sold the vast majority of their stock. Our watercourses are dry, and the landscape fluctuates … Continue reading A Country of Contrasts

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Ominous

Today has an ominous feel to it. It's the second day of extreme heat here, and now there's a howling gale. The fire danger is described as catastrophic, and there's just a hint of smoke on the breeze, which is probably coming from Cassilis/Dungog way. There's a fire out there, which is burning with so … Continue reading Ominous

As I Sit

As I sit, I can hear a myriad of birds proclaiming their news to the world.  In the background, the washing machine is ticking away, sloshing the dirt from our clothes, and every now and then, one of the dogs peers hopefully through the flyscreen, trying to entice me out of my writing chair and … Continue reading As I Sit