Category Archives: Conversations at the Creek

A Long Life is Not Enough

January 8, 2013, 12:26 pm by Heather Webster

Our laws and government reflect are a statement of our values. Resources are never infinite, so we must spend government budgets wisely. Choices about expenditure are rarely simple and never easy, but our choices say much about who we are and what we value. Our investments influence the present and the future. Modern food production, … Continue reading

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Time and tides

January 5, 2013, 12:24 pm by Heather Webster

We were staying at the beach shack. It had been my father’s retreat, the manifestation of his dream for peace and independence. He bought the land and built this simple house where he enjoyed many years of fishing from the bountiful sea. As he walked the sands, he collected the flotsam and jetsam from the … Continue reading

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Rabbits

November 20, 2012, 11:43 am by Heather Webster

We turn into our neighbour’s driveway, and rabbits scatter. The drooping limbs of the acacia are perfect cover. After good rains, there is plenty of feed and the soil is sandy, making digging burrows easy. I grudgingly admire the rabbit clan for its biological success. They win the prize for the fastest invasion of any … Continue reading

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The Age of Instant

October 25, 2012, 1:06 pm by Heather Webster

Instant noodles, instant Internet access, instant gratification. Instant purchases promise happiness and guarantee delivery but don’t allow for reflection. A flare of anger becomes harsh words on Facebook or a hurtful blog; neither can be erased. There is no cooling off. Harsh words are matched by harsher words and the hurt ricochets, reverberating across the … Continue reading

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Spring Changes

October 23, 2012, 6:38 pm by Heather Webster

Spring is now well established. How else would we measure time without the signs of change? I see new buds and blossoms forming as the old leaves and cuttings decay. The new growth cannibalizes the old. Cleaning teams of insects, bacteria, fungi all have specialized species to partake of the feast. During the growing season, … Continue reading

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End of Winter

August 22, 2012, 5:05 am by Heather Webster

Being different has benefits. Under cold wet skies, the wizened bark of almond trees stirs with new life before all the other trees. The fuzzy grey buds split and fragile white blossoms brave the freezing winds. Almond nectar is sparse but the first available. The delicate blossoms are a small investment to achieve pollination before … Continue reading

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Oranges and Lemons

August 1, 2012, 9:43 am by Heather Webster

There are no Bells of St Clements here but plenty of fragrant citrus. Oranges, lemons, limes, now my cumquats are ready but how much marmalade can one family eat. Answer a lot because marmalade is not just for breakfast toast it teams deliciously with cheeses both soft and hard. It combines sharp, sweet and tangy … Continue reading

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Frosty mornings

July 18, 2012, 8:23 pm by Heather Webster

Bright sun struggles to warm the frosted ground. Chains of water droplets along the bare winter branches sparkle more than diamonds. A rosella lands heavily in the almond tree releasing a brilliant shower. Against the sun, its bright feathers are muted but its shape unmistakable; a solid exclamation mark against the sky. All the birds … Continue reading

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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring but there’s no time for snoring

June 23, 2012, 12:54 pm by Heather Webster

Greyness has closed out the sky and brought the edge of my vision to the nearest field. Rain fills the air, flecking white against the green of the trees and vines. It is gravity manifest. Water droplets coalesce and overweight with success. Falling becomes the only option. There are no clouds or sun, just wetness, … Continue reading

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Threads in the Sky

June 15, 2012, 9:03 am by Heather Webster

There was a light breeze as I worked in the garden. Just enough to make some leaves tremble. And, as I worked the finest thread of cobweb brushed my cheek. The work was rewarding. The earth was moist and the texture crumbly so weeds could be pulled out easily. Soon, I thought, they will strengthen … Continue reading

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