Kauaeranga Valley


Growing up in Balgo, an Aboriginal community between the Great Sandy Desert and Tanami Desert in Western Australia, I was taught that people belong to land, and not the other way around. CS Lewis explained it so well somewhere (perhaps in The Four Loves? I can’t find it at the moment …) as my having […]

Before and during

I can’t call this post “after” as I suspect this particular project – the property, the land, the trees, all who live there – will not be a project which is ever finished. But, it’s also important to mark progress, at whatever speed it happens. Demolition Probably the largest changes have come from the demolition […]

The lay of the land

A pair of flippers. Two boxes of fishing tackle. A tap that goes nowhere. A boat. A lake. Scratch that, a pond. Nope, not really. A soggy, shaded depression into which a small stream has been diverted. Yep. A truck. A Landrover. Two wasp nests. Something old hunching under a ponga, a 1950s-ish shape. A […]

Six beautiful words

The search After eight years of email notifications from real estate websites telling me about land that was out of reach, not my thing, way too expensive, yesterday an email arrived with six sweet words: “We have declared your purchase unconditional”. Purchasers’ offer on my house is accepted and they’ve paid their deposit. My offer […]