WAGA – Future Vision for Western Region

I attended the 3rd ACF GreenHome Community workshop on Tuesday night.   It was a great evening, with many passionate people from Caroline Springs, Melton West, Melton South, Altona, Werribee, and Bacchus March all who want to make a difference to our local communities.Terry White from Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action gave an inspiring presentation about some of the bigger actions that are   [Continue Reading …]

A Gender Question at the Co-op


My main post for today is over at the Simple, Green, Frugal Co-op, where I ask 'Why do Women get it, but Men don't'.It was a subject may have been a touchy one if I didn't articulate it correctly, however I think I managed to pull it off.  There are so many fantastic comments, it makes for a very good read.  Please pop on over and check it out, comments and all.Gav   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 007 – Designing My Food Garden

The Greening of Gavin Podcast

It has been a while in coming, so here is this weeks podcast which just features my good self, talking about what I considered before I designed my food garden.  I hope you enjoy my chattering. If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and   [Continue Reading …]

A Hectic Week


Yes folks, I have been away for an entire week from blog land, but all for good causes.  Sometimes life just gets in the way of wanting to write it all down for prosperity!Tuesday night - ACF GreenHome Community Workshop - Caroline SpringsA great turnout of about 50 people who wanted to learn about growing their own food.  I even got a speaking part and managed to fit my story of how I   [Continue Reading …]

Paying Down Our Debt!


Back on New Years Day, I articulated this goal besides a few others in 2010;Pay Down Outstanding Debt.  This is so no-one has any outstanding claims on my work or my time.  I find that in many ways, debt is slavery in another guise, so it is time to throw off the shackles as quickly as possible before Peak Oil hits hard.  We have planned to pay down the rest of the loan I took   [Continue Reading …]

Printer Cartridge Recycling


Did I mention that I might just do a bit of recycling?Well, after two years of keeping printer cartridges, I had enough to warrant a trip to the newsagent to recycle them.  I visited a great site that Kim found called "Recycling Near You", created by Planet Ark so I could find my nearest cartridge recycling centre.  It is now so easy to find a recycling station near you in Australia,   [Continue Reading …]

Weekly Podcast Delay

For the regular listeners of my podcast, I apologise profusely.  I have just found out that I have run out of storage space on my podcast site, and now have to fork out some money to expand storage and bandwidth for it.Little did I realise that it would be so popular, so when I sell a few more eggs, I will pay for more space and resume normal transmission.Once again, sorry.GavinP.S.  If   [Continue Reading …]

Day 129 – Guava & Amy


For Mothers Day, I took Kim, Adam and Ben to visit our daughter Amy in Ballarat.  On the way through, we stopped off at Bacchus Marsh and picked up some local apples, persimmons, potatoes and onions from Jeff Jones produce.Here are a few shots of her small veggie patch and pet dwarf rabbit that fertilises it for her.  She is growing bush beans, peas, carrots and potatoes.  She has a   [Continue Reading …]

Replace Hazelwood Rally


Yesterday, as I mentioned, I attended the Replace Hazelwood Rally on the steps of Parliament.Oh, and by the way, I like my hat just the way it is thanks Sis!  It keeps my head warm. Anyway, here is the official statement;Over 250 people gathered on Thursday May 6, 2010 for a protest on the steps of the Victorian Parliament calling for the closure of the Hazelwood coal fired Power Station by   [Continue Reading …]

Where’s Gavin? – Solution


For all of those who had a go, here is the solution.  Click to enlarge.Now that was fun wasn't it?  A bit like Where's Wally or Waldo.  Drumroll please.......The winner of the giveaway is Cat J B with the first correct single guess.  Also a special thanks to dixiebelle for being such a good sport.  Maybe next time dixiebelle!Cat, if you could email me your details, I will   [Continue Reading …]

Where’s Gavin?


Today, I had the privilege of attending the Replace Hazelwood rally on the steps of the Victorian State Parliament.  We yelled, we talked, and hopefully some of our politicans listened.I have some video footage of the event that I am processing at the moment, but until I get that up on YouTube, here is a little game with a prize for the winning comment.All you have to do is be the first   [Continue Reading …]

Old Phones = More Trees


As I have mentioned before about the electronic waste problems that are mounting at this post here, I mentioned that mobile phones are able to be recycled in Australia.  However the problem is that many phone owners do not know what to do with them or how to dispose of them once they have out lived their usefulness.Here is a great idea and campaign details that have been sent to me by my   [Continue Reading …]

Day 122 – 160km Diet


I know, I know.  I haven't posted about our 160km (100 mile) diet since day 38, but you will be glad to know that it still continues even though a few things have come up in that time.I estimate that we eat about 70% of local produce now that Summer has past.  At the end of summer I had the percentage up well over 90, however as the veggie patch died down for the season and new crops   [Continue Reading …]