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 the fragile planet, never giving a second thought about how much energy they used.”

It is hard to describe how I am feeling at the moment.  All this attention, but do you know what?  I still find it hard to believe that from the humble beginnings of my journey, this is where I have ended up.  Newspaper, Television, Magazines, Speaking appearances, etc.  Where will it go from here?

Never in my wildest dreams that in 4 short years would people other than my blog readers, want to know more about sustainable living.  It seems like a big, green, ground swell is happening.  Where ever I turn, people want to know how to grow their own vegetables, cut their consumption, and live a bit more frugally. 

It certainly brings joy and hope to this ordinary Australian bloke’s heart.

All I wish is that it continues to grow and that instead of being in the minority, that the way I live becomes part of the mainstream.  Here is to dreams coming true!  As I said about a year into my journey, ‘if you build it, they will come”.  Corny, I know, but that is exactly what has happened.

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  1. says

    woop woop, go gavin. where to next oh maybe a tv series like those makeover shows, you go around greening peoples lives/houses lol or a book.;) joking aside keep posting your progress, your tutorials they ARE ispiring others

  2. says

    everyone always says “Be the change you want to see” well your being the change..someone must lead if its you then so be it..I think youe up for the task..Imagine of you got a sustainable tv show or something..think how many lives could be changed..till then keep on keeping on

  3. says

    Yes, Gavin, it is inspiring to learn from someone who has been there and done that.As much as I admire Al Gore’s desire to improve the health and welfare of our planet, I doubt he is living the way you are, in his own home. I don’t see him trying to reach everyday folks like our blogger friends, to let the us know he is truly sincere about making things better for our world.He may be working on bigger fish, but we, little fish, do appreciate your every effort,by presenting it in a way we can use it,hands on, and thus, do our part.

  4. says

    Gavin, I have only just discovered your blog, but it is now something I read all the time.We have always had a connection with the land, now up to our 4th generation of farming. But I think what you have done is making more of an impact because you have totally changed the direction of the thinking of many people who live in cities and towns . You took away the ‘unattainable’ feeling for many who wanted to live a more sustainable life but didn’t know how. You just went and did it !!
    The best thing is, now that you are famous you haven’t forgotten who you are and continue to remember the reason you started doing this in the first place. I wish you well in all these new exciting things and feel so glad that the message is getting spread a bit further as a result. Just saving the world a little bit at a time.
    thegirlwithgreenthumbs.blogspot.com

  5. john (dad) says

    good on you gav. you deserve it with all the work youve put into what youve done over the past few years.

  6. says

    Well done, Gavin. Please keep doing what you are doing. I’ve started taking steps toward green living not long ago. It’s been so fun!! The change we can make might be only small, but if many of us do what we do, we can make a bigger change. Thanks for your inspiration. Your blog encourages me a lot.

  7. says

    I think we need you as a new character on “Neighbours” – then we’ll know you’ve hit the big time…that and releasing a cover version of a sixties pop hit with Stock Aitken and Waterman as producers ;-)

    Ooops, did I say that out loud? ;-)

    Seriously, it’s time for a new *green* neighbour!

  8. says

    The Making Environmental News newsletter had a link to the Herald-Sun article today, hopefully it’ll draw attention to it from people who wouldn’t normally read the HS. Yay!

  9. says

    Woo Hoo! Way to go Gavin.

    I think the attention is well deserved given all that you have accomplished. It’s because you’re an ordinary Aussie bloke that people are taking notice. It shows us that such a change is within our reach as well.

    If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed grab one of your home brews, find a nice comfy spot in your yard and sit back and enjoy the spoils of your family’s work.

  10. says

    OMG, what a response. Here goes the reply.

    @ Brendie,

    A make over show? What do you think of a few home grown videos of the same theme?

    @ Anon

    Thanks

    @ Farmgirl,

    That would be cool. I think I will have to stick to YouTube at the moment.

    @ sawn61,

    You are right. Al Gore is about as sustainable as a fish farm fed factory chicken! He talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk. He might have inspired me initial and is still doing great work, but he needs to set an example. Leading by example is the only way I know how.

    @ Kimmy,

    Thanks, I am flattered!

    @ Angela,

    I will spread it thick too!

    @ dixiebelle

    Little people? Never! You all have really big hearts.

    @ Dad

    Thanks mate. I wish this had have happened a lot earlier. Just think of all those wasted years, but at least I am making up for it now.

    @ LLJ

    Well done, all those little changes do lead to big ones. That is the only way change can be sustainable, which is what it is all about.

    @ Bec,

    Thanks. Here is to hope indeed!

    @ Leanne

    As long as they don’t cast me as Harold Bishop’s ghost! ;)

    @ Kimmy,

    Watch this space…..

    @ JulieG

    I receive that newsletter as well. Pretty cool, and I personally don’t read the HS, so it would have made me read it.

    @ nevyn

    Thanks pet. That is exactly what I did after I wrote the post. It was a bloody good drop as well!

    @ Leanne

    Oh, behave.

    Gav

  11. says

    Well deserved, indeed!
    I’ve loved your posts. I’ve gotten my husband to follow your blog too and am seeing immediate benefits-He made the cheese cave you have and wrote about!

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