Sophie Masson is one of Australia's better known current writers. Born in Indonesia of French parents, she came to Australia at the age of five, and spent her childhood in both Australia and France.
By one of those odd coincidences that so marks Australia, she went to school with my wife and then later moved to Armidale just before we came back.
Sophie has now had one of her posts, Natural magic: inspiration from the animal world, selected for publication in the the Club Troppo/On Line Opinion best independent blog posts of 2008.
Sophie now lives with her family in a little settlement just to the west of Armidale. I mention this not just because the post is worth reading, it is, but because this is another window into the world I knew so well and which I try to describe in my own halting way.