Yes, dear reader, the time has come. Everything in life has a beginning and an ending, and I believe that it’s time to wrap up The Greening of Gavin blog and podcast. All good things come to an end (to quote a very famous Star Trek series)!
All Good Things…
With no major greening projects on the horizon or further lifestyle enhancements planned, I’ve essentially run out of things to say, which after 1,870 posts and 132 podcast episodes is quite understandable.
I’m officially passing the baton to a younger generation of bloggers and influencers who may have better luck convincing the masses further to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
I know that I’ve played my part in the rebirth of the simple living revolution judging from the amount of feedback and emails I receive every day, so I feel very proud of that accomplishment. I, like you, can make a big difference in the world.
What have we achieved?
During the journey, we’ve retrofitted the house with many green features, renovated the gardens into an organic food farm, and transformed the way we think and live. All that, as well as starting a green business teaching others some simple living skills.
When I reflect back to that crazy day when my whole world was turned upside-down, I would never in a million years have thought that the blog would have come this far and how it would eventually have impacted our lifestyle for the better.
And to you, the reader. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting and following my family’s journey and antics since February 2008 when I penned the very first post. It’s been a wild ride, sometimes controversial, but always interesting and fun.
So where to from here?
Well, the blog posts and podcast episodes will remain online until either the internet is destroyed or peak oil begins to impact us all. Just joking, it will still be here as a valuable resource for as long as there are bits and bytes. Check out my archive for all the posts.
Also, I will still have a strong online presence as I will be maintaining the associated Facebook page and YouTube channel for The Greening of Gavin. If anything exciting happens around here then that is where I will be posting this type of update.
Additionally, the YouTube channel, CheeseMan.tv, will continue to release a weekly cheese making video, as well as my cheese making blog and associated podcast at Little Green Cheese.
To cap it all off, our home business, Little Green Workshops, is still growing strongly and will more than compensate for any time I gain from ending the blog and the podcast. We are still running cheese, soap, soy candle, and bath soak & scrub workshops each school term if anyone wants to learn these dying skills. You can find all the details of these courses on our workshops calendar.
So dear reader, this is it. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support, and I hope to see you on my other blogs and YouTube channels in the very near future.
Goodbye, my friends and keep on striving for a more sustainable world.
Jennifer Richards says
Epic news! But you’ll still be pretty busy! THANKYOU for this blog. It has been a great encouragement to me. It inspired my own blog, still gives me credible information and thoughtful story -telling around sustainable living. I have loved chatting with you on the podcast and sharing your journey over the interwebz. All the best for the future. I hope that it is generous and green – just as you are. Xx Jennifer Richards. – beyondthetrolley.com
BZ Gavin – you’ve done a fabulous job of chronicling your green journey, so glad I found your blog early on so that I could follow along as it happened. I spend less time blogging now myself and have been following you the last year or so on Facebook anyway, so I’m happy you’ll still have a presence there. BT AR.
Lindsay (Treading My Own Path) says
Oh Gavin, that makes me sad but also excited that newer things are on the horizon : ) Look forward to following your progress elsewhere on the interwebs and I still hope that one day I will be able to come to Melbourne and snoop around your garden and talk sustainability with you! : )
Mr Home Maker says
Thanks Gavin – you are a legend.
Best of luck with your future endeavours Gavin. Although I have followed your journey for several years, there are quite a lot of posts I didn’t get to read at the time so will be kept busy with your archive. Wishing you & your family the best of health & may I say, I love your podcasts, not just for their content but because I think you have a voice like warm milk chocolate 🙂 Cheers Kate
Oh no! But that’s great news for you and Kim – and you will still be busy. Enjoy….
Hi Gavin thanks for your work on the blog. I have learnt a lot from you and enjoyed following your journey. All the best. Cheers c
Susan Willoughby says
Hi Gavin, just wanted to say thank you so much for the time and effort you have put in to your blog and podcast. I have enjoyed reading them immensely and will now follow you on facebook. Good luck in all your endeavours Sue
Margaret Perusich says
I only discovered your blog about six months ago and I then listened to every podcast and loved them all – amazingly I’m up to the last one tomorrow! I will miss listening to your all your great advice – it has inspired me to make so many green changes in my own life. Thank you
Congratulations Gavin it has been a great source of information and inspiration and your pizza oven rocks….it’s a great idea to leave the blog open for reading it would be a terrible shame for that to disappear. Great to see you guys are focusing in your cheese making and candles. Thank you for all that you have done to us readers out here…wish you both the best and a little more free time for yourselves to enjoy life too. Great job…well done….Regards Kathy A, Brisbane
Very disappointing to see you go!!
OK, admittedly that’s a very selfish reaction… I love your blog and podcasts and will miss them dearly.
Your blog has impacted us personally. We moved from our large environmentally irresponsible home into a small recycled-country home to raise 2 kids. We transitioned 10 Ha of vacant land into a vibrant vineyard of 11K vines, many pigs, and hundreds of chickens. We’ve learned to make our own food and live a sustainable lifestyle. We’re now producing proscuitto, eggs, honey, beer, wines, chicken, salamis, cheeses, veggies and canned goods — and about 80% of our own food.
Our kids will witness first-hand the complexities of food and energy production.
It’s been an extremely fun and adventurous ride, and It all started many many years ago reading your first blog posting!
We’ve been loyal readers since. A tiny bit of inspiration that’s completely overhauled our lifestyle — for the better.
It’ll be sad to see you go, but your impact is undeniable. You help make the world a better place.
Thank you, Gavin. Enjoy your (semi)-retirement.
Your virtual friend,
Thanks Gavin and Kim for your commitment to everything sustainable and sharing your infectious enthusiasm through weekly updates, podcasts and cheesie stories 🧀
Look forward to catching you on fb
Oh Gavin, that’s sad news cobber but thanks for the years of info, inspiration and great writing. You’ll be hugely missed but good wishes for health and happiness to you, Kim and the rest of your family for the future. cheers m’dear
It must be something in the water, Gav, as I have just closed my blog down, too. Thanks for all the info over the years, I have enjoyed it and learned a great deal. Best wishes with whatever you and Kim take on in the future.
Thank you for all your advice!
I’ve always enjoyed popping in and seeing what you have to say. It’s been very inspirational to read about what you’ve achieved on a regular old suburban block, and the cheese info has been exceedingly helpful as we start our own adventures in being curd nerds 🙂 Best of luck. Kimberley
Thanks for being such an inspiration Gavin and for keeping you blog on line as I am sure there will be lots of tips I want to go back to. See you over at Little Green Cheese. Good luck with all your future projects.
Best of luck to you and yours with whatever comes after, Gavin. I’ve enjoyed your blog, and no doubt will have occasion to dip into the archives to continue learning from you in times to come. You’ve done a fantastic job and should be proud of what you’ve achieved and how you’ve shared it with others.
Thanks Gavin for your blog, I’ve enjoyed reading it since first stumbling across your book “My first Year of Living Sustainably”. I’m a firm believer in the ripple effect – and you certainly have created some ripples! Good luck with your future journey into sustainability.
Trevor Larkum says
I’ll miss the blog greatly, but good luck with future ventures!
Carla Melton says
Thanks Gavin, I’ve enjoyed your blogs over the years. 🙂 Kia Kaha! All the best for the future.
Hello Gavin! How funny that I’m checking in for the first time as you’re checking out. I’m a fellow GR person and went in search of your blog just to give you some feedback on an old GR article (was reading old GRs as it was raining!). I thought “Easy Being Green” from back in 2012 was excellent and well done to you and your family. Seems there is more reading material here 😉 All the best to you!
I miss your blog! Back here looking at an old post for ideas for my garden! You rocked. Hope you and all the family are well!
Gavin Webber says
Hi Sol, Thanks for dropping by! We are doing well and our sustainable skills small business is booming!