Video Diary – Our Trip to Sydney

I wrote in a previous post about Amy and my trip to Sydney early this month as part of the delegation to the Keep Australia Beautiful - Sustainable Cities 2010 awards.  However, as I have only just got my video software to work again, I have managed to put together a video of our little trip.  We had a lot of fun, as you will learn as you watch it.I hope you don't mind me sharing with   [Continue Reading …]

Feta Cheese Tutorial

Enough with the whet appetite?  Well, wait no longer.  After much ado, and technical issues, I give you the next video tutorial in the cheese making series.Feta (Greek: φέτα) is a brined curd cheese traditionally made in Greece. Feta is an aged crumbly cheese, commonly produced in blocks, and has a slightly grainy texture. It is used as a table cheese, as well as in salads (e.g the   [Continue Reading …]

Why Just Make One Cheese….

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..... when you can make two at the same time!  Not wanting to brag, but when you are on a roll, go for it I reckon.Feta on the left and Caerphilly on the right.  I have two 8 litre pots, so it all works out well. I am glad that I went ahead and bought a second thermometer.  I needed a C/F dual scale one so that I didn't have to convert all of the recipes out of the Home Cheese   [Continue Reading …]

TGoG Podcast 009 – Chickens with Ben Webber

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Today we talk to Ben about our chickens and what he likes about them. I hope to make these a regular event again, now that things are slowing down for the year.  If you have any podcast suggestions, please leave a comment below. 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   [Continue Reading …]

Cheese Weekend Ahoy!

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I have a free weekend coming up, which around here are far and few between.  I will dedicate the entire weekend to cheese making.Yesterday, my order of annual cheese goodies arrived in the post from Green Living Australia.  Here is what I ordered.125ml Vegetable Rennet (I just ran out of my first bottle)24 doses of Mesophilic Culture (Used the last in October)Mini measuring spoons (sick   [Continue Reading …]

One Wet Year

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Our normal average rainfall in the town of Melton is 467.1mm (18.38 inches).Our rainfall this year has been 466mm (18.34 inches) of rain to the end of October.  This is what it looks like in a graph, and you know how much I love a good graph!  Click to enlarge, and you will see that our rainfall has been above average for most of the year.So what sort of impact would this have on our   [Continue Reading …]

I Enjoy Gardening Workshops

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And who wouldn't really.  Not only do you get to meet new and interesting people, but you learn lots useful stuff as well. On Saturday, I attended two workshops for free no less.  The first one was about Wicking garden beds and was presented by Karen Sutherland from Sustainable Gardening Australia.  The second was at my friend and fellow member of the Melton Sustainable Living   [Continue Reading …]

The Rise of Shonky Solar

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The expansion of the Solar Photovoltaic industry has boomed over the last few years due to a few factors like generous feed-in tariffs, government subsidies, and rising electricity prices.I can understand the desire to make a bit of cash by installing a PV system, (although it does take quite a few years after your initial investment to turn a profit), and I can understand that media   [Continue Reading …]

Spinach Pesto

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Another home grown recipe today, this time a meal that Popeye would love.  Firstly, grow some English Spinach! Then pick the spinach.  Simple so far. I mean lots of spinach.  Pick a handful of curly parsley as well. Then find an energetic child to wash the leaves with the salad spinner.  Look at those muscles.  Ben was so fast it blurred the photo!In your food   [Continue Reading …]

Late in Spring..

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...the garden grows quickly.I thought it was a good time to give you all a veggie patch update, as a lot has changed since you saw it on Vasili's Garden.  You would have seen me harvest all the broad bean, but have not seen what I replaced them with and all the other stuff I have planted.  A big kiss to Kim who took all the photos whilst I was at work.So let me take you all on another   [Continue Reading …]

Kim’s Anglesey Eggs

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After watching an episode of The Hairy Bikers last night who were visiting Wales, Kim had a fantastic idea for dinner.  Being a welsh recipe, it contained two of my most favourite ingredients, being Caerphilly cheese, and leeks both of which are home grown/made.   Kim modified the recipe slightly, so here it is.  It is definitely less fattening than the version used on the   [Continue Reading …]

Overwhelmed

Yes, that is what I feel at the moment.  Yesterday I found that there was another story about me, this time in the Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper.  This article was totally unexpected.  Read the article titled "Taking the green path".  Here is the first paragraph; "BEFORE Gavin and his family went green, they were like most people today, totally unaware of their actions upon   [Continue Reading …]

A Brief History of Industrialisation

Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for just over 300 years. We have reached the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, so from now on in things will be different. While there is a real risk that we will end up with a train wreck, there's still time to control our transition to a post-carbon future.I was shocked into the realisation that we have screwed it all up in   [Continue Reading …]

Vasili’s Garden feat. Gavin

Well, as predicted, last night was the big night.We had a little BBQ with free range chicken snags provided by the neighbours, and a few home brew beers to wash it all down whilst we watched the show.So with no further adieu, on with the show...... and hopefully not breaching copyright, as I am in the video?  I suppose that it is easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.  Here is   [Continue Reading …]

Cool Upcoming Events

A few things worth mentioning that is transpiring in my world.On telly tomorrow night!  Woo hoo!  C31 in Melbourne at 7.30pm AEDST on Vasili's Garden.  For other Australian capitals, click here for the schedule.  For on-line viewing click here.I received an email from the National Library of Australia today, who want permission to archive my blog in the PANDORA Archive.    [Continue Reading …]