Birdland on the dole [story by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This story by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] Birdland on the dole The weather-wise up here in the mountain country amongst the big gums are talking of records. Even the oldest inhabitant admits that “he has never seen the likes before.” “Thirty-three frosts,” he says, “since May the first, […]

The case of Long John Silver [story by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This story by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The case of Long John Silver We have always made it a matter of justice that we should feed the magpies as well as the other and lowlier birds about this little clearing in the forest. We are meticulous about this, […]

The Kookaburra Murder Case [story by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This story by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] The Kookaburra Murder Case During the last few days I have received letters contradicting, upbraiding, abusing, impeaching and downright bully-ragging me for daring, in a recent article, to number the kookaburra amongst the bold, bad villains of Birdland! I think I […]

Recuperation [story by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This story by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] Recuperation You must imagine this Singing Garden of ours, a remote and rather unexpected patch of livelier green, set among the dark green of gum- and wattle-trees in a land without horizons. It occupies a little forest clearing, not more than […]

This lonely forest [story by C. J. Dennis]

[Editor: This story by C. J. Dennis was published in The Singing Garden (1935).] This lonely forest That alleged “loneliness” which some city visitors assure me would inevitably overwhelm them were they compelled to live for long in this quiet forest place, seems to me a state of mind rather hard to capture during recent […]