Animal Migrations and Human Quests

“It has been decided by our leaders that economic growth is more important. That the extinction crisis is an acceptable trade for their greed.”― Charlotte McConaghy, Migrations image: José Eugenio Gómez Rodríguez Creative Commons I have completed my first two Gaia/nature reads for 2023 both books deal with the theme of migration or journeys, for both animals … Continue reading Animal Migrations and Human Quests

Some Gaia updates

Just catching up on Gaia/nature reading challenge posts. If you have read anything for the challenge and I have missed it please let me know and I will post a link. Two posts that I have not yet shared are May at Brizzy May's Books and Bruchetta who posted on the lovely children's book Tippy … Continue reading Some Gaia updates


And a Christmas read When did we stop seeing the sacred in trees? When did they become nothing more than a commodity, or worse sometimes just an inconvenience? Woke up this morning thinking about trees. They seem to be haunting my subconscious at the moment. The clearing of old-growth koala habitat has been a bit … Continue reading Trees

Wilderness reading

Gaia/nature reading challenge update, with the end of the year rapidly approaching this will be one of the last 2022 updates, but will continue into 2023 with the new Gaia/nature challenge. I recently read a delightful account of Scottish wildlife in the remote Ardnamurchan region and an absolutely brilliant eco novel that I expect may … Continue reading Wilderness reading

2023 Gaia/nature

I still have posts to update on this years Gaia/nature reading challenge but since the challenge is continuing into 2023 and rather than leaving everything to the last minute, I thought I would post an initial sign-up page now. To participate just leave a comment below. You don’t have to have a blog, but if … Continue reading 2023 Gaia/nature

More nature reads for younger readers

I am using this week to catch up on some Gaia/nature reads for younger readers, with Christmas rapidly approaching this seems timely. I last posted about Sami Bayly's excellent Illustrated Encyclopedia series: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals and The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature. This time I want to … Continue reading More nature reads for younger readers

The Gaia/nature reading challenge in 2023???

“Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.” – Roberto Bolaño Photo by Pixabay on The Gaia/nature reading challenge has been running for a couple … Continue reading The Gaia/nature reading challenge in 2023???

Rare Earth – the dilemma of green energy and digital technology

We live in an age faced with monumental challenge; climate change, environmental degradation, mass extinction, all change largely driven by human activity on this small blue planet. Clearly our insatiable consumption of fossil based energy, is the principle driver of climate instability, and directly or indirectly associated with environmental degradation and the extinction event we … Continue reading Rare Earth – the dilemma of green energy and digital technology

Understanding Ukraine – reading and blogging event.

It is hard to ignore the horror that is the Ukraine, at the moment and on that unhappy subject, I thought I would share Brona's reading and blogging event: Understanding Ukraine. I must confess to watching the reporting of the war with horror and wanting to try to understand why this brutal invasion is … Continue reading Understanding Ukraine – reading and blogging event.

A March catch up

I have been a bit missing in action again but just doing a quick catch up post on March reading and the Gaia challenge. Firstly May at Brizzy May's Books and Bruschetta post on another wonderful children's read for the challenge; The Adventures of Euca, May wrote about the great idea of giving books instead … Continue reading A March catch up

Do you ever wonder what the future will think of us and our actions today?

Do you ever wonder what the future will think of us and our actions today? G has been reading, American author K.B Wagers, action, sci-fi NeoG series, and was a bit surprised to read a reference to Australia's Black summer of 2019 -2020 in the second book, Hold Fast Through the Fire. He shared with … Continue reading Do you ever wonder what the future will think of us and our actions today?

Wombats and wonder

I thought this year I might try and do a regular post on nature writing for younger readers and celebrate younger authors as well, as part of the Gaia/nature challenge. I have long been a fan of wonderful picture books and firmly believe some of the best writing around is for children. Picture books make … Continue reading Wombats and wonder


"I wish everyone who said they believed in angels would actually believe in insects. - Jay Griffiths Sometimes a small book can have more impact than the weightiest tome and that is the case with Jay Griffiths eloquent call to action Why Rebel. This slim volume of essays celebrates the wonder of the natural world, … Continue reading Rebel!