I was interviewed by Gavin Webber from The Greening Of Gavin as part of a series of podcasts he’s done with sustainable bloggers from around Australia. Let me know what you think!
Thanks to the web site IfItWasMyHome.com, this map gives some perspective on the size of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf Of Mexico (click to see full-size image). I’ve centered the spill around Kiama (NSW, Australia) to show its sheer size in relation to the Illawarra region. You can see that if the … [Read more…]
I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at the launch of Kiama Council’s new Kiamasphere web site on Thursday. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll probably know that our sustainability journey really got going when my family joined the Sustainable Illawarra Super Challenge. It gave us the impetus to … [Read more…]
Yesterday I met up with Tim Denshire-Key at Wollongong University, and he interviewed me about our participation in the Sustainable Illawarra Super Challenge and our efforts to become more sustainable in an ordinary suburban house. He’ll use the audio in an upcoming podcast. Tim is studying Industrial Design at RMIT in Melbourne, and is currently … [Read more…]
Last night I attended my first meeting of the Jamberoo FutureCare group. What a great meeting! The members are all very switched-on people, with a wide variety of knowledge and experience in different aspects of sustainability. It was reallly encouraging and motivating for me to meet people like that so close to home. We discussed … [Read more…]
We’re now into the full moon phase. This is supposed to be the best time for planting root crops and perennials, harvesting for storage, taking cuttings, and dividing plants. According to Aussie Organic Gardening, here’s what we should be doing in the Illawarra this week: During Full Moon phase, beetroot, carrot, parsnip, and radish can … [Read more…]
According to the information I found in various places on the net, the first quarter moon is the quarter for strong leaf growth. According to Aussie Organic Gardening, during the leadup to the December full moon in the Illawarra region (a temperate climate): Before the Full Moon, cabbage, lettuce, silver beet, dill, and sunflower can … [Read more…]
If you’re in Australia and have been thinking about getting a grid-connected solar power system, there’s a really good deal right now with Earth Utility. If you order before 15 December 2008, it’ll cost $2,500 installed (after rebates, RECs, etc and excluding utility connection costs). WARNING: Earth Utility appears to be in trouble (updated 28-04-2010) … [Read more…]
It can be hard to find chickens for sale locally, especially if you’re after a particular breed. Here is a big list of all the places I found when I was looking: Illawarra Mercury Classifieds (look under pets, horses and livestock, and for sale categories) Other local newspaper classifieds (Kiama Independent, Lake Times, etc) The … [Read more…]
If you’re into home gardening, don’t forget the SeedSavers meeting this afternoon at Dapto, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. I’ll be there!