MY NEW ‘UNCLE’ JACK (a pair of drabbles)

I Sitting behind the Billinudgel Hotel, we introduce ourselves to a visiting couple from the Gold Coast.  Down for the weekend, they are recovering from having emptied their wallets in nearby Byron Bay. I am sitting with my friend’s friend Jack.  In profile we share an aquiline nose.  In practice we share a love of […]

Morning Mist

molecular sun overnight droplets fractured winter warmth dawning Morning sun burning through the mist – from a corner of the Kyogle Road near Wadeville and Lillian Rock in the Tweed Valley NSW – photographed by Alexandra at about 7:00am Saturday 27-July-2013.


Geraldine Doogue wakes me from my morning slumber. She slips from the morning radio detailing how Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday is being celebrated with exhortations to spend time doing something for someone else. Play it forward, I think. It is warm in my bed    And grey outside the vertical blinds      that curtain the […]


You’re moving your toes through the cold sand. It’s late and the night is on your tongue. The dream author pulls a cigarette and lights up. What happens next? [from a 14 July 2013 Facebook post by the Byron Bay Writers Festival She sauntered across the chopped-up beach to where I’d laid down to […]


 “Having learnt my lesson the hard way – 30 hours of agonizing labour — the only natural thing about my second birth is that I didn’t get time to bikini wax first.” Kathy Lette, on her advice for Kate re  the impending British Royal birth, 17 July 2013 It made me think of what […]


Spotted yesterday while walking and taking riverside pics on way to my friend lunching on hot battered fish and chips… I saw this sorry fellow balanced somewhat maligned tethered to a stray swivel on the end of fishing line… Wishing I could catch you and extract that cruel hook I consoled myself with capturing your […]