In the Spirit of ANZAC Day


  I have been doing a bit of digging and photographing.  The picture above is of my Diggers Rosemary bush in flower.  It says of the label that it was grown from a cutting brought back by a wounded digger during WWI that was growing at ANZAC Cove.  It is nice to have a piece of history in your garden that is also edible and smells simply divine! All the kids and I attended   [Continue Reading …]

A Bit Disappointed

As you know, our Sustainable Living Group had a spot in the local paper this week promoting our existence.  I kind of expected a massively full inbox just from enquiries.  Maybe it was just a pipe dream. I have had three enquiries from wonderful people wanting to join the group or help out.  Yes, just three.  I am disappointed to say the least.  Don’t get me wrong, I am   [Continue Reading …]

Spreading The Message


Welcome to Melton/Moorabool Express Telegraph readers.  Some of you may have already read the article titled “Green gospel spreads”, which would have given you a small taste of what we are trying to achieve with the Melton Sustainable Living Group.  We have our own website at this link, which has much more   [Continue Reading …]

Just Getting By


It has been a difficult few days.  Kim is still in hospital and after 15 doses of antibiotics, her foot is now only just getting better.  We had a bit of a scare yesterday because it looked like she might have lost a few toes, but she is over that hurdle now thank goodness.  We believe that she will still be in hospital till the end of the week, so I get to keep running the house   [Continue Reading …]

Better Feta


Yesterday, amongst all the chaos of the day, I managed to squeeze in a cheese making session.  In truth, I was about an hour into it when Kim said she needed to go to the doctors to check on her foot, so I threw in the cultures, hoped that the milk would be OK (and Kim of course), and spent the following hour looking after my lovely wife and getting the antibiotics from the pharmacy for   [Continue Reading …]

An Very Ordinary Day

I have just spent all morning and part of the afternoon in hospital looking after Kim.  She was admitted this morning as the Cellulitis that she was diagnosed with yesterday did not respond to the antibiotics that she took overnight and was in excruciating pain.  We woke up this morning and her right foot had blown up like a balloon.  Not good, so back to the doctors in Melton and   [Continue Reading …]

Wilkins Ice Shelf

No good news happening in Antarctica of late.  Long time readers will not I did a post about the Wilkins Ice Shelf last year.  Once again it hits the news, but not the front page. As the planet warms, so do the poles, but at a greater rate.  We are witnessing the impact of our civilizations inaction towards averting climate change as in the span of a few decades.  This is like   [Continue Reading …]

Creative Action on Climate Change

The moral imperative to fix or stabilise climate change is a duty that rests upon all of us.  We need to get creative about a solution, either with or without the help of the governments of the world, and the time to act is now.  Not next year, not after the Global Financial Crisis, but right bloody now!  If we wait much longer to begin reducing emissions we are toast,   [Continue Reading …]

Cooking and Gardening


What a great long weekend to get things done! Easter is always a good break from work, but more so now that I am well on my way to a sustainable lifestyle.  Friday, I rested and reflected upon the things I had to do in the next three days.  We had baked potatoes for dinner. Saturday, Bacon and Egg muffins for breakfast. I weeded the veggie beds, and enjoyed the company of family and   [Continue Reading …]

In Pursuit of Happiness


Isn't that what life is all about?  Being happy?  You would think so wouldn't you.  So why are so many people so miserable?  My daughter Amy, cited a perfect example today.  She works in a department store, and mentioned that she had at least 10 miserable or depressed people in a row go though her checkout.  She thought she must have done or said something wrong.  Then Kim mentioned that when   [Continue Reading …]

Veggie Patches Are Back In Style

Well I always knew that green was the new black, but I didn’t expect a mainstream current affairs show like 60 minutes to pick up on the fact that the home grown revolution is making a lot of headway in the ‘burbs. On Sunday, I watch an interesting story presented by Liz Hayes about backyard food production.  I thought that it was great.  You can catch it here at the Backyard   [Continue Reading …]

Holly’s in the Local Press


I never thought it would make the front page, but a nice little story none the less.  The kids are tickled pink to see themselves in the local rag.  You can find the story at the link below. No sign of the article on the Sustainable Living Group, so I will give the reporter a call tomorrow to   [Continue Reading …]

Autumn Gardening


Garden preparation is one of the most rewarding jobs in the gardeners calendar.  I really enjoy having a good dig around the garden to improve the soil with chook poo, dynamic lifter, worm castings, and blood & bone. This year I had some additional help in the garden.  Two weeks ago my friends decided to get together and help out in the patch! They got out their digging   [Continue Reading …]

A Little Bit Of Design


Just a quickie to say thanks to my son Adam for making my new banner.  I think it is quite cool and adds a little pizzazz to the site.  I suppose a change is as good as a holiday! I also have a windows background version if anyone is interested.  It is 1680 x 1050 pixels in diameter.  Email me if you would like me to send it to you. Gav   [Continue Reading …]