Today it’s the second day of the second month of summer and it’s hot. As December came to a close and the first month of this experiment was completed, I began to realise how quickly this season will pass and soon it will be autumn. I found myself wishing for summer to slow down so I can milk more of its warmth and intensity. Summer delivers the most extreme conditions that the… Read More

Christmas means travelling for many people, much of it by car. The highways become clogged with traffic, some people travelling short distances for a day trip, some travelling longer distances for an extended summer holiday. Cars carry surfboards, bodyboards, fishing rods, bicycles, camping gear, loaded in and around the car, on rooftop racks and in elaborate trailers. They might be families on their way to a beach holiday over the school break…. Read More

The storm bird sounds in the distance. I’m not sure of its botanical name but I know this bird well from living in the sub-tropics. It heralds a halt in the heat. For days, the storm bird might sing out its long melancholic call, echoing the yearning everyone feels for the rain to arrive and relieve the humidity. She calls, she calls. This bird that I have never seen yet heard all… Read More