In Search of Space

In the introduction to In Search of Space, Journeys in Wild Places, Ross Brownscombe points out that ‘nature writing’ which ‘explores the poetry and magic of wild places’ has not developed into a strong tradition in Australia. Compared to North America and the UK this is certainly correct, and true writers in this genre are…

Summer

Summer is a crazy time to live inland and north of the divide. I have heard that the Wurundjeri people, whose country extends up the Yarra and north to the great divide, recognise six seasons in the year. But in mid summer in Central Victoria, it seems to me that there are only two: Summer.…

Late spring. Turning of the season.

Late spring, last light. The sky is pale but the colours haven’t leeched out of the land yet. The wind swirls through the trees, like a stick in muddy water, stirring languid but not yet hot air through the canopy. Last spring was wet and we had fields of chocolate lilies. This year is drier…

Summer or Drought?

My latest installment from Castlemaine. DECEMBER 2015 SUMMER OR DROUGHT? It’s summer and the fear has set in. Yes, fear about the fires but after a warm winter, dry spring, and a baking early summer I wonder if we’re wheeling back into a long drought. Friends in the Chewton forest are already buying water. The…

International Mountain Day 2015

December 11 is designated by the UN as International Mountain Day. Here’s a few facts from the UN: “Covering around 22 percent of the earth’s land surface, mountains play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth. They not only provide sustenance and wellbeing to 915 million mountain people around the world,…

the Mullum Mullum Festival

Sustained community action saved the Mullum Mullum Valley from a freeway going through the heart of this important stretch of bushland in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The Mullum Mullum Festival celebrates and showcases the beauty and importance of our native Australian bushland, highlights the importance of environmental protection and demonstrates what it will take…