Skype Me!


Now this may sound a bit out there, but as I have had Skype (a free IP telephony and video service) installed for a while, I was wondering if anyone out there had the inkling to call me and ask any sustainable living questions?  Even happy to have a detailed conversation about some of the big issues as I see it (PO and CC) if you really want to get deep and meaningful.  Please remember,   [Continue Reading …]

What the World Needs Now


A cross post today.  I wrote this for the Co-op, but thought it was so good that I had to post it here as well. As Burt Bacharach wrote “What the world needs now, is love sweet love”!  Not in the physical sense, but in the community sense.  Things like pride of place, which is a sense of community love or to put it in a better way, pride of where you and others around you live.I   [Continue Reading …]

Wicking Garden Beds

Busy in the garden as always, I decided to get off my bottom and build a new garden bed.  Here what we have built so far.  My daughter Amy helped as did Kim, so it was a group effort.  The bed measures 2.3 x 1.2 metres.The timber that I saved from the deconstruction of our old kitchen came in handy.  It was wonderful wood, nice and solid, red gum I think, which was at least as   [Continue Reading …]

A Great Use of Dead Space


Before After Now that there is a massive space in the lounge room left by the vacated TV we have put it to good use to dry our home made soap. Here are a few samples of what we have created over the last few weeks.  Pretty colours don’t you think?  By the way, the green soap that I made in the   [Continue Reading …]

Sustainable House Day 2010

Our Sustainable Living group is proud to present one home in Melton West that will be open to the public on Sunday 12th of September 2010.  Visit for the address closer to the date. As chance would have it, the house is my humble abode!I hope you take the time to come and visit and get some ideas about how to make your own home just that little bit more   [Continue Reading …]

Thank You Readers

This is a big thank you to everyone who left a comment and condolences on my last post and via facebook regarding the passing of my furry friend Butch.  Even though every day since we have had a tear or two, it is getting a bit easier and we are starting to talk about the great times we had with him throughout his life.I am still hurting inside a little, as expected, so I will not be writing   [Continue Reading …]

Goodbye My Friend


It is with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes that I write this post.  Our best friend and companion, Butch passed away last night.  My grumpy teddy is gone from our lives.Here is how it panned out.  I warn you now that I leave out no detail.Kim rang me in a panic at about 1630 at work and told me to get home because Butch had lost the function of his hind quarter  He simply   [Continue Reading …]

Soap Making

It has been a while since we made soap, so today we pumped out 5kgs of the stuff in preparation for Sustainable House day.  When I explained how to make in the post, "Lather Up Folks!", a few readers asked for a video.  Well, if you don't ask, you don't get, and you did ask, so here it is in video format starring yours truly with a duration of about 16 minutes all up.  I don't   [Continue Reading …]

Fully Charged

I don't particularly like the TV show Top Gear at the best of times because of the values it portrays and represents, however when I read today that Jeremy Clarkson deceived his audience when performing a review of the Tesla Roadster electric vehicle, I thought even less of this arrogant man.  Apparently Jeremy is very anti-electric vehicle, anti-environmental and does not hesitate to promote   [Continue Reading …]

Population – The Elephant In The Room

Last night I watched a documentary by Dick Smith (the well known Australian entrepreneur and business man) titled The Population Puzzle.It was a breath of fresh air, it was about time that someone besides myself,other green bloggers and one or two politicians, called out that the planet is now well and truly past its human carrying limit.  We have 6.8 billion humans on the planet due to cheap   [Continue Reading …]

Canvas Bags

Thanks to my friend Kelly @ The Ethicurean, I am happy to present this environmental message from Tim Minchin, the unusual, but wonderful stand-up comedian and musician.Concert version:Music video version:I just can't get this song out of my head! Share the love and post it up on facebook or twitter.   [Continue Reading …]

Freedom From The Tube – Day 12

We had a brainstorming session here this afternoon about the benefits of the broken TV.  Here is the list and the name of the person who came up with the idea. No political ad campaigns - GavinNo body image thoughts - KimWe went to the cinema as a family for the first time to see Toy Story 3 - BenSaving electricity - BenGet a life - real life not TV life - BenIt was a great discussion once   [Continue Reading …]

Good Climate for Reading

May I recommend a few good books that I have had the pleasure of reading. Firstly, a gripping book by Clive Hamilton, "Requiem For A Species, Why We Resist The Truth About Climate Change."  I read it in about three days on the train to and from work.  It had the same type of influence upon me as did his previous book "Affluenza".  Thought provoking, insightful, truthful,   [Continue Reading …]

A Hectic Weekend


We have been running around like headless chickens!Today we had a visit from two judges from Keep Australia Beautiful - Sustainable Cities, for entry in the national competition.  As our town, Melton, won the Victorian award for 2010, we were automatically entered into the national award as well.  It is being presented in Sydney on the 1st of November.  My blog was entered again, so   [Continue Reading …]

Television Abstainance


We had a telly.  It died, it died.  We had a telly, but no one cried when it died.  It died on a Sunday and no one prayed for its resurrection.  It faded quietly into the night!It was a monster, I know.  Not very green, I know.  I bought it back in 2004, two years before my green awakening.  The good thing is that it only used 175 watts, which is remarkable   [Continue Reading …]