Green Lifestyle Awards 2014


Not wanting to sound big-headed but my term as Green Lifestyle Awards 2013 - Local Green Hero is coming to an end. The new recipient will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 16th October, whereby I hand over the baton via a pre-recorded video message.  I know who it is, but am sworn to secrecy.  Mums the word until the 17th. I was invited to attend, however due to work   [Continue Reading …]

Liveable Home – Ceiling Insulation Top Up


Our comfortable home transformation is nearly complete.  We now have thermally efficient ceiling insulation!  Boy, does it make a difference. So let me take you on a ceiling insulation top up journey. A while back we booked a thermal assessment for our home with ecoMaster, a local company who operate out of Gisborne.  They suggested that we needed to top up our ceiling insulation as the   [Continue Reading …]

Respect for Leonardo DiCaprio


Since I first saw 11th Hour, I have had a lot of respect for Leonardo DiCaprio. Now, I have even more. Watch his recent speech to the UN and you will see what I mean. Brilliant. I especially felt moved by this part of his speech; But I think we know better than that. Every week, we’re seeing new and undeniable climate events, evidence that accelerated climate change is here now. We know   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 083 – Amy Webber on Climate Reality

The Greening of Gavin Podcast

My special guest this week is Amy Webber, who gives her old Dad some feedback about his Climate Reality presentations that I gave to some students at the school she teaches at. We also discuss the Peoples Climate mobilisation, and our thoughts on the current state of climate action. I think you will find it a very interesting show, as we had a lovely glass of organic Shiraz before the   [Continue Reading …]

Cat On A Hot Greenhouse Roof

Greenhouse roof

Imagine my surprise when I opened up the greenhouse today and saw this whopping great hole in the greenhouse roof.   I couldn't believe my eyes!  What in the heck could have done this? I had no idea how it happened until I asked Kim.  She mentioned that she heard a heck of a racket a few nights ago, that sounded like something very large had landed on the carport roof. So I put two and   [Continue Reading …]

Applying Pressure

People Power

It was a great day at the Peoples Climate march yesterday, but after some more water under the bridge, I had time to put things into perspective. As I previously mentioned, over 30,000 concerned citizens marched yesterday in Melbourne as is their democratic right.  But it got me thinking. Where was everyone else?  In a city that has a population of 4.35 million, that is just 0.6% who   [Continue Reading …]

A Day of Climate Action


The people of Melbourne certainly put on a show today! It was estimated that 30,000 people marched from the State Library to Treasury Gardens to send a message to world leaders that we want action on climate change now. Ben and I arrived early at the State Library and watched the crowd roll in.  By 11am it was massive. I have been to a few climate rallies in my time, but this was the   [Continue Reading …]

Peoples Climate Mobilisation

Peoples Climate Mobilisation

Massive event this Sunday 21st September.  The People's Climate Mobilisation is being held across the globe to demonstrate that people want action on this most critical global issue. It is time for governments to stop talking, start listening to their constituents, and start acting on climate change.  Hollow words just don't cut it anymore. I am a realist.  I know that one day will not be   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 082 – Spring Fruit Tree Tips


Spring has finally arrived in South Eastern Australia and the fruit trees are full of blossom with busy bees everywhere doing their thing.  I love this time of year.  The soil is heating up as are the days, and finally a bit of sunshine to boost growth here in the suburban food farm. During this episode I share a few spring fruit tree tips.  I talk about soil conditions, fruit tree pest   [Continue Reading …]

7 Years of Solar on Our House

7 years of solar

This month we celebrate 7 years of solar PV on our house!  I was an early-ish adopter of grid-tied solar PV.  It was installed in September 2007, and has generated a whopping 26,001 kWh over those 7 years.  All without a glitch. That is an average of 10 kWh a day, which considering the system size of 2.8 kW, is fairly good.  During winter on a cloudy day it generates about 2 to 4 kWh, and   [Continue Reading …]

Cheese Podcast 032 – Defects

Little Green Cheese Podcast 026

For all you curd nerds out there, I have published the latest episode of Little Green Cheese Podcast.  In this episode I talk about three main cheese body defects which are mechanical holes, dryness, and too much moisture.  I offer simple solutions on how you may remedy these issues. If you would like to listen to this episode, click-through using the podcast logo below.  Alternatively you can   [Continue Reading …]

Brass Monkey Challenge – Verdict

Gas bill graph

During the challenge we hoped that by not heating the house we would save a bit of money on the gas bill.  Surely it would reduce from the same period last year if we didn't turn on the gas space heater. So you can imagine my surprise when our gas bill arrived in the post and it was slightly higher than our winter bill last year!  A daily average of 80.24 MJ per day up from 75.46 MJ last   [Continue Reading …]

Working On A New Site

Little Green Workshops

Besides all the salami making that I got up to this weekend, I have also been actively working on something else that I have the skills.  Something that I have been doing for quite a while now, on and off.  It is website development. No, I am not going to bore you to tears with the ins and outs of Web site development, but suffice it to say that I enjoy the work due to my IT background. So   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 081 – How Much Food Can A Suburban Yard Produce?

The Greening of Gavin Podcast

This week I answer a listener question about growing food. Lex says; Do you find that you need to buy much in the way of food, with this much garden produce? What kind of things do you find yourself still purchasing? How Much Food Can a Suburban Backyard Produce? Great question! The answer is quite a bit. I talk you through how much I can grow here during which times of the year, and   [Continue Reading …]

Homemade Salami Mania!

Pork Shoulder

Now I don't normally do anything by half measures.  Guess what?  Homemade salami making has been no exception! During my lunch break on Friday, I visited Cellar Plus near Queen Victoria Markets and purchased a couple of salami making kits plus a netting tube.  My plan was to make one years supply of salami in one weekend. We are not massive consumers of small goods, but when I do buy some I   [Continue Reading …]

Homemade Salami Taste Test

Sliced Salami

Well today was the big day, and I am still alive!  It was time to taste my homemade salami that I made in early August. It had been curing in the laundry for the last four weeks in a nice humid and cool environment. I took it down from where I had it stored.  As you can see it was covered in white mould which I have read helps develop the flavours. After removing the stocking, it   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 080 – Reaction Podcast Interview with Voicemail Questions

Reaction Podcast

The main part of this episode is an interview that I gave when I appeared on Reaction Podcast as a guest of Matt and Beau. We talk about all things sustainable living, including a bit of analysis about this podcast. It is full of fun and laughs and the odd swear word.  What can I say, I was excited so my accent and banter was heavier than usual. The Reaction Podcast is all about other   [Continue Reading …]

Liveable Home Update – Glass Brick Window

Coloured glass bricks

I mentioned that I would be providing updates as we made our home more livable, so here is the next installment. Today we had a single glazed window unit replaced with a glass brick window, effectively giving us a very colourful double glazed window. The old window had an aluminium frame that conducted so much heat during the summer.  The glass rattled and there were gaps around the frame.   [Continue Reading …]