There are things money cannot buy. We have no idea what but sometimes they nudge you when least expected.  Travelling light on a small budget with no plans other than to enjoy sunshine, fresh air and cold beer leaves doors open for aimless travellers. Booking a cheap flight at random can be fun. It’s how I discovered Marco Inn, a small hotel – four up, four down and less than a minute’s walk from the town’s beach if you take your time. Marco’s is dead centre in the small port of Padang Bai where ferries to and fro from Lombok, … Continue reading BREAKFAST WITH A HUMMINGBIRD: Roger Garwood


His small office is nondescript and one of many poky rooms that form the vampire’s nest of a city pathology laboratory and blood transfusion centre. The room contains the doctor’s desk, neat and uncluttered, completely devoid of anything that would give me a clue about who he is and who and what he loves. A computer is perched on the left hand side, its screen on an angle, but not visible to me – not now anyway.  The doctor sits on a brown leather swivel chair. He is a man of small build, wearing a long sleeved, open-necked shirt and … Continue reading THE DIAGNOSIS: Terry Finch


For a time I was, as actors put it, “resting”. So my brother asked me to caretake his farm high in the hills above Armadale. It was lush and large, nineteen acres (don’t ask me in digital) and was home to a large flock of sheep which I often pulled from the mud around the stream and dam. There were also three horses and a yard of chooks that produced a generous supply of eggs for family and friends.  It is likely I would not have accepted but for my having my best friend Leo for company and protection. Being … Continue reading THE DONKEY’S SPIRIT: Colin Nichol

CAR FREE – CARE FREE: Roger Garwood

THE PLEASURE OF TURNING THE CLOCK BACK Cars were rare in the small coastal town where I spent my early years. When we free range kids noticed one heading our way the cry “Car! Car! Car!” would go up and the gang would rush to the road to stare as it tonked past. We savoured a breath of exhaust fumes, a welcome change from our fresh sea air. They were the immediate post war years as the nuclear and second Elizabethan ages blended with the Cold War and the end of food rationing.  Bacon was back and that made my … Continue reading CAR FREE – CARE FREE: Roger Garwood


The introduction and first use of Voluntary Assisted Dying laws in WA in July 2021 is encouraging wider discussions about death. Two Fremantle Writers – Danielle Haigh and Terry Finch – share experiences of the importance of grieving as a part of life. Our aim is to make these discussions less taboo. If you would like to share your experiences please send them to Resources for more information Laura’s Choice, ABC iview Better Off Dead podcast with Andrew Denton Incurable podcast. Rhonda Bjelan and her son Clayton’s journey after a cancer diagnosis Continue reading LESSONS OF DEATH