Erratic seasons

Erratic seasons

  Erratic seasons, they can turn around and bite you just when you thought you could breathe a sigh of relief at the unfurling of leaves, buds, and your pain.   A growth spurt is followed by a blasting storm and promise is killed on the twig, dashed from the branch or...
Spring surge

Spring surge

    These children are full of the joy of spring. Yet at the end of October their schools and kindergartens will be encouraging them to don witches’ hats and commemorate death.   What are we on about? How did this happen, that a northern hemisphere festival crept in...
How nature heals

How nature heals

  I heard the chainsaws and knew the arborists had come back for the flame tree.   From my window I could see its upper branches shaking and swaying. The men had fastened ropes to the branches as they sawed through, and lowered them one by one to the ground. Pieces of...

Spring struggles

                    Do you struggle with the uncertainties and changeability of spring?   Alongside bare trunks and branches, new grass flies through the earth, and I marvel at how these delicate blades can find their way through such water-logged soil. Above,...
Time to refresh

Time to refresh

  Are you ready for a change of season?   In the northern hemisphere, summer will soon be melting into autumn, and I have an autumn message for you. Here in the southern hemisphere, winter is yielding to spring in fits and starts. Weeds are pushing through the earth...
Glimmerings at First Light

Glimmerings at First Light

  Do you ever have times when you run low on patience, or even hope? — when it seems you’ve been struggling with something long enough, and you feel the situation may never change?   There is a season that knows all about this. It takes place in the six weeks...