Small gardens enliven streets old and new

A Sunday morning walk through the back streets from Tighes Hill to Newcastle Harbour proved to be a shot in the arm for this slightly jaded blogger. As infatuated as I am with gardening west of the Great Dividing Range, the small inner-suburban and harbourside gardens of my old home town, Newcastle, hit me for…

Wild greens harvest on the Goulburn

Last week I went on a camping trip to the Goulburn River, about 60km from Mudgee, with friends from the north coast who were passing through on their way south. This river, with its broad bed of white quartz sand and rounded basalt cobbles, and crystal clear, shallow water, flows through the pagoda formations of…

The land of lovely poplars

Between the Great Dividing Range in western NSW, and the Tasman Sea to the east, is the land of beautiful poplars. These aren’t native to Australia, but have naturalised, and in autumn are a delightful sight as one travels the highways and regional roads. They generally grow close to watercourses where they form clumps and…