We are a jump ahead of southern states when it comes to warmer weather, and so August is spring here in Mitchell, outback Queensland.
The branches of 'my' mulberry tree by the Maranoa River are laden with swollen buds and pale green shoots reaching out into heart-shaped leaves.
The peach tree (also by the river), which has hung on to its blossom for four weeks, is now bursting into leaf. It won't be long before birds are nesting, and the treetops come alive with butterflies, flying foxes and nectar-loving birds.
Spring is full of excitement: a season of renewal and regrowth. We're fortunate to get spring a month earlier than those living in the south of the continent.