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Shallow Crossing

The flash and gleam of light, the plop and bubble of others, below – the constant play of a world within a world that knows its own secret. Continue reading

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Woo-hoo: Powerful Owl

 When we first set up Olvar Wood, we kept hearing a deep mournful call carrying from far off in the early evenings, like a child speaking into a piece of poly pipe down near the large dams on the citrus grove below … Continue reading

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Lone Tree

Trees, like us, live not only in the present but remember the past and anticipate the future. The Larch, for example, remembers a caterpillar attack. The next year, it grows shorter, stouter leaves, which don’t photosynthesise as efficiently as its … Continue reading

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Falling Wood

The trees sometimes leave gifts for us at Olvar Wood: driftwood from the sky. Branches and fragments bleached pale grey and rubbed smooth not by the tumble of the ocean but by wind and sun and rain. They fall to … Continue reading

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ash and cupcakes

15 August 2011 The woodpile is shrinking. I had planned to chainsaw more wood today, but I’m tired and it is raining. Yesterday we cleaned out the ash from beneath the fireplace, which had piled right up to within an … Continue reading

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We Live With Snakes

We have been battling a personal threat in our lives. The sort of thing that consumes all of your thoughts and conversations and prevents you from writing and sleeping. The day the threat revealed itself, there was a small red-bellied … Continue reading

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Olvar Wood featured in SALT Magazine

Olvar Wood, and necessarily Nike and I, feature in the Spring edition of SALT Magazine (a gorgeous Sunshine Coast mag highlighting local attractions, people, places and businesses). The article itself was written over a year ago – so a bit … Continue reading

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