Our Orchard

April 7, 2015

We planted over fifty different fruit trees in the garden of our Blackberry Lane house. They were planted in an area of compacted and contaminated road fill outside the shed that had once been a truck maintenance garage and a car demolition yard. After clearing it and bringing in countless truckloads of new top soil […]

Lidsdale House Garden

April 7, 2015

The garden surrounding Lidsdale House was designed by Paul Sorensen. It is lush and manicured. But the 1940s extensions to the house are in a creepy and ominous style. They have an uncanny lost domain feeling that haunted me as I cautiously peeked over the fence as a child. In some strange way they projected […]

Wallerawang Ferals

April 6, 2015

Occasionally cows, kangaroos, dogs, goats (named “Butthead” and ” Buttarse”) and local teenagers would come wandering uninvited through our garden at Wallerawang.

Lidsdale House

April 6, 2015

Lidsdale House was the big house owned by the Neubecks on the hill above Blackmans Flat where I lived with my grandmother. The Neubecks owned several mines and began open cut mining in the district.┬áThe whole area was surrounded by open cut mines, slag heaps and polluted creeks. I loved it. But each day I […]

Blackberry Lane

April 5, 2015

This is the house that Wendy and I moved to in Wallerawang in 2003. This photo is a few years later after we had created a garden and vegetable garden beds. I had never expected to spend any of my life in Wallerawang despite my childhood there. Our ten years there were a mixed experience […]