The adventures of Joy at home and away … home is on Bundgalung Country on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia. ‘Away’ could be anywhere in time and space!

I was born and raised on Kaurna country in South Australia; gained an Honours degree in zoology from Adelaide University and worked at the South Australian Museum of Natural History; spent three months backpacking on my own through South-East Asia; lived and worked in Japan and Hong Kong; spent three months travelling all over the United States; and visited Lord Howe Island, New Zealand, Ireland, the British Isles and Norway on shorter trips. I also have a graduate diploma in publishing and editing.

I work as a freelance science, natural history, environment, maths, medical and law book editor for several major Australian publishers – see https://livinglanguage.wordpress.com for details. My office window looks out onto wallabies, kookaburras, brush turkeys and the occasional echidna.

I’m also interested in citizen science and have undertaken two such trips: (1) assisting CSIRO scientists on studies of moths and flies on Lord Howe Island; and (2) assisting in a study of Tasmanian devils in north-west Tasmania under the auspices of the University of Tasmania.

If I can combine natural history and travelling, and write about it, I’m in heaven.

I’ve also been a volunteer researcher at the Richmond River Historical Society for three years. This involves answering queries from the public on families and places in the Richmond River area, both face to face and via email. I write a regular column about the museum’s natural history objects for the society’s Bulletin.

All photos are mine unless otherwise attributed.

I don’t put a lot of detail about the critters or locations I post – I assume you, my dear readers, can find the many excellent websites already online with information about them, available through your favourite search engine. Sometimes I include links to such sites. Research is half the fun and you never know what you will find out!

As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.

Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out until sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

John Muir, The Wilderness World of John Muir

Where Ravens Feed

I roam and ramble in lonely places, all in the coolness of the rain,
Over rolling hill and rugged mountains, over sandy heath and grassy plain;
And should you ask, am I contented? I’d answer, ‘Yes, oh, yes indeed’,
For my love it is for lonely places where springs leap down, where ravens feed.

I seek and find these lonely places where bounds the hare, and deer run
Over crags of grey and mossy boulders, shaded from the morning sun;
And should you ask, am I at ease there? I’d answer, ‘Yes, oh, yes indeed’,
For my heart it dwells in lonely places where springs leap down, where ravens feed.

I yearn and long for lonely places where hunts the fox and badgers play,
Where midnight stars are at their brightest, where snow lies deep where mists hang grey;
And should you ask, am I at home there? I’d answer, ‘Yes, oh, yes indeed’,
For my desires are for lonely places where springs leap down, where ravens feed.

I lose myself in lonely places on heathered moor and bracken fell,
And with the wind hold conversation. It always has so much to tell;
And should you ask, am I at ease there? I’d answer, ‘Yes, oh, yes indeed’,
For I’ll always need these lonely places where springs leap down, where ravens feed.

Graeme Miles


20 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Joy,
    Was great meeting you on Lord Howe Island, and have enjoyed your photos. We have some beaut ones of seabirds around Ball’s Pyramid, including a shy albatross that wasn’t shy at all.
    Rosemary and Jeff

    • Thanks, Kelly! It was great to see you, too – and “Gabrielle”, of course! I really enjoyed the energy of the expo and all those fantastic costumes. I couldn’t photograph all of them as there were soooo many people. Hope to catch up with you again.

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  3. Hi there, i came across your blog from an image search and found this image https://arovingiwillgo.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/shuvani-romani-group.jpg. I notice you mentioned you were in the SCA (or maybe created this for the SCA?) and I was hoping you could share info on what era this is? I absolutely love this look and am in search of pre 17thC romani/gypsy garb. I would love any info you could provide me on this look, the era, how you created it, etc. Sorry for commenting rather than emailing, I didnt see an email address.

  4. Hi,
    I came across your blog when trying to identify a frog which recently visited late at night on the Mid North Coast. With the help of your your excellent photos I now know that it is a Peron’s Tree Frog also known as the Emerald-spotted frog. For a moment I had been worried it could have been a cane toad, but the beautiful emerald spots don’t leave a doubt.
    I then wandered a bit around your blog. Just wonderful.

    • Hi Christa. Thanks for your kind words. Cane toads look very different, and I hope they haven’t reached your area yet. We’ve had only a few so far this season, but the ‘wet’ hasn’t really started yet. When it does, we’ll see heaps more.

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