So Quiet

Well I’m back.  Two weeks of fun and games has come to an end, and the last of the house guests have returned home.  It was sad to see them all go, but we treasured the short time we had.

Even the pumpkins are sad to see them go.


Sad face pumpkin

The weather over the last two weeks was more like late spring instead of a cold late autumn.  Not a good sign for the future.  My pear trees think it is spring and have blossomed for the first time ever.  Doesn’t look like I am getting pears this year, because as soon as the first frost hits, they will drop off.


Relaxing mornings by the pool in the unseasonal weather

It is so quiet around here.

So what have Kim and I been doing to keep ourselves busy?

Well, today we taught a Soap Making Class in the Melton South Community Centre.  It was a full class and ladies came from far and wide to learn the old skill of simple soap making.

Soap Making - Little Green Workshops

Soap Making class instructors table

Quite a few of the ladies were regular blog readers, so a big hello to you all.  It was lovely to meet you and talk about all things sustainable living.  It was one of the most enjoyable classes we have taught in ages.  Mind you, all classes we teach are enjoyable!

When we got home, we crashed.  After two weeks of rushing around and parties, we just fell into a heap.  Thankfully, we have next weekend free to ourselves, so I will be pottering around the garden, making sure all the veggie beds are weed free, and plant a few more seeds to keep us in vegetables as the first round grows and nears harvest.

Don’t forget that it is World Environment Day on June 5th, so take the time to plant a tree, or educate others about how to lower our impact on the Earth.  Everyone can do their bit.

I will be speaking at the Melton Community Hall at a private function about all the green things I do around here on our little suburban farm, which I am hoping will inspire others to make small changes of their own.  I am looking forward to the event.

Which just reminds me that things don’t stay quiet around here for long!


  1. says

    It’s great to see a fellow Melburnian equally concerned about how unseasonally warm our weather has been lately. I got a tad (or more than a tad!) frustrated with the number of people I heard marvelling at how “lovely and warm” our May weather was.
    While I would love to live in a climate that’s in the 20’s all year round, I for one felt very relieved when the weather started to get colder recently. Scary things are a-brewing!

    • Gavin Webber says

      Cheers Sonia. Yes, I am very concerned about climate change. We are seeing the effects already, and that is only 1.8 degrees of warming. What will 2 or 3 look like? Not looking forward to summer.

  2. says

    If you weren’t so busy Gav, you’d be bored! Ok, maybe not quite so frantically busy as the last fortnight but even so.
    I think that when you get a small rest after a busy time you really appreciate the time to be quiet and relax so very much more. We’re having a lovely chilled quiet day here today and it’s wonderful. :)
    Enjoy the peace and quiet and I hope you have a lovely week.

    • Gavin Webber says

      Thanks Jessie. You’re right, I would get bored if I wasn’t so occupied.

      Resting is great reflection time. I have been looking at before and after photos of the garden today. It is amazing how much it has changed since we moved in nearly 14 years ago.

      Gav x

      • says

        I look up street view sometimes to see what we’ve achieved since buying here not quite 2 years ago.

        Rest and reflection is so good for the soul. It’s good to sit and see everything you’ve achieved too. :)

  3. says

    It is good to stop and have a rest from all the ‘slow living ‘ . David and I have to remind ourselves sometimes to stop doing so any activities for people but there is something so inspiring about passing that knowledge on.
    Guess what my tomatoes in my hot house are fruiting – how are yours going?

    • Gavin Webber says

      Hi Kim. Yes it is good to rest now and again. As fate would have it, I sprained my left knee on Saturday morning, so I have had no choice but to rest. Hurts like hell.

      Unfortunately, my tomatoes died as they were late season transplants from the garden. They couldn’t hack the movement. Good news is that I have managed to germinate basil from seed in the greenhouse. Looking forward to winter pesto.

      Gav x

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