Seasons of change in New England

The New England town of Uralla was buzzing last Saturday with the Seasons of New England Producers, Makers and Creators Expo. The Go Create New England display was amazing. Here’s a small selection of some of the craft works on display there. Vivid hand printed fabrics… Fantastic cards… Irresistible red shoes… Pre-psychedelic Hundertwasser- inspired reverse…

Summer’s end in an Australian forest

The Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve in the central west of New South Wales is a magnet for bird watchers and bushwalkers. I walked there last Sunday with my friends from Mudgee Bushwalking Club. The day began with a treat- an excellent sighting of a male Superb Lyrebird.  With his long, gracefully curved tail feathers, he…

Crimes of Passion

Be warned! Grafted passionfruit are a ticking time bomb in your garden, particularly in temperate areas. My coastal friends had a splendid grafted specimen, Nellie Kelly, which produced excellent crops for the first few years. Trouble started when they set off on an expedition to Tasmania. Returning home in spring, they discovered that all hell…

The garden of camellias

Would you like to see a world class camellia display, in a remarkable garden that makes you wish you were a child again? If so, you should head to Caringbah South, with a picnic lunch and any available children, where the E.G. Waterhouse National Camellia Gardens were established almost 50 years ago. Tucked away in…