Almost Seven Years of Blogging – time for a fresh look

It has been almost seven years, since I wrote my first post on GreenerMe. I would like to take this moment to thank each and every reader who has shared my journey along the way.

Thought it was time for a refresh in the ‘look and feel’ of my blog design.  I would certainly appreciate any feedback you have for me – the good and bad.

Tonight I celebrated my blogging milestone by baking a gluten free and vegan cake but that is for another post……………

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Response – Andrew (2nd email)

Remember Andrew my chiropractor?  I told you he was quietly going about living a green life………here is his 2nd response to my email ‘A Sneaking Suspicion’ 

 

Andrew’s email received 30.10.06 at 8.35am

 

“Do you have space available for a vege garden? If so I have a great idea for cheap membership in a natural garden club that aims to reduce your footprint. The diggers club (probably online). I have membership and love the philosophy of the group that run it. They have display centres in Melb and publish a newsletter on various sustainable practices and things to watch out for in shops, purchases, etc. St Erth is one of their properties in Melb. Check out their stuff. No dig gardens are easy and I have one at home. We are just about to expand it so that we can get close to supplying our veges for the year. If you want any more feedback just give me a yell.

Ciao”


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Response – Maureen

Maureen is my mother’s sister and my Auntie Maus.  Love you Maus!

 

Maureen responded to my email ‘A Sneaking Suspicion’.

on the 28.10.06 at 11.29am

 

“Hi Sarhn

Received your engagement card and as you know I’ll be there with you and Brett to celebrate your engagement.

Did you hear Amber and Thomas are finally engaged?  No news of an engagement party but his Mum and stepfather are coming out from Spain for Christmas.

On the environmental issue, I can always pride myself in disposing of rubbish thoughtfully. As we are going into level 4 water restrictions I am now saving the rinse water from washing the salad vegies and putting them on my pot plants.  I’m reluctant to see them die as I’ve had them for 20 years and they’re expense to replace.  Also I’m going to buy a bucket for the shower recess and save the first lot of water that comes out.

The more I hear of saving the environment re greenhouse and water the more I listen to tips on preserving our earth.  As one Aboriginal said to me not long ago, the Aboriginals had this land for 40 thousand years before the Europeans and it has only taken them 200 years to bugger it up.  Food for thought hey?

Love to you and Brett

Maus xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”


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Response – Tania

Tania is not only a colleague but a very good friend.  Tania and I are both wedding & portrait photographers in Sydney, Australia.  Many might say we are competitors but to us we have always shared knowledge and pooled resources and helped each other in our business. Tania Niwa Photography

 

 

Here is Tania’s response to my ‘A Sneaking Suspicion’ email. 

 

 

Email 25.10.06 at 8.26pm

 

 

“Well done – I have signed up and emailed my mates tooooo!!

 

I am starting by trying to avoid using the dryer – have been doing this for couple of weeks once I heard it was a big waste as I used it often – I prefer not to anyway!!!!

 

Xxx”


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Response – Andrew

Andrew is my chiropractor (Fairlight Chiropractic) and even though he isn’t an ‘annoying greeny preacher’, I am not surprised of his response as I just knew he was someone who actively pursued a green lifestyle.  He lives by example and quietly goes about inspiring others to do the same.  Here is Andrew’s response to my ‘A Sneaking Suspicion’ email.

 

Andrew’s email 25.10.06 at 12.40pm

 

“Sarhn I’ve been dabbling in this area and have a target of getting solar electricity generating panels on my house roof in the next 12mths. Rain water tanks etc etc. If we could get a bunch of people together we may be able to implement it at a cheaper bulk rate. I’m interested in joining you on the quest….”


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Response – Alex

My warmly, eccentric friend Alex was 2nd to reply to my ‘A Sneaking Suspicion’ email

 

Alex was my right hand man in running holiday camps for teenagers (many of who were troubled).  His wit, humour and regular irreverence kept me sane throughout these camps.

 

Alex’s email 25.10.08 at 12.02pm

 

“Charna!!!What a week from Charna –

first; free grog,

second; cruise invite.

finally; save the world.

well, I say;

– I don’t get out of bed for less than $10k and I have litres of home brew.  (I’d probably get out of bed for $10 but I’ve still got lots of beer at home)

– Your invite came through – thankyou very much – sounds shooper!  atm I will probably be in Hebron at that time, but stranger things have happened and I could still be there. Angie is hella keen though, but we will rsvp proper.  Your gut thing about the environment is admirable and I will see you on the 4th for some marching (any reason to protest johnny ill be there). I’ve got a similar gut feeling with the whole arab/israeli thing.

– See number two above. Also, in my new philosophy/theology – god doesn’t do much, it is us that screw things up and who also need to fix things up. So save the world here we come! 🙂

Great as always hearing from you and thanks for the invite.

– You’re looking pretty good on the invite charna but you do look like a wedding photographer, but your man – I think he’s overdosed on pommy genes.

cheers

alex”

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Response – Lousie

Louise was the first person to respond to my A Sneaking Suspicion’ email.  Louise and her husband Dave are good friends of mine. Dave and I (at the time) were training together in karate in Manly, Sydney.   Dave is a full time zoo keeper and ‘defender’ for Australian Tasmanian Devils.  I find them both to be inspirational. 

 

Email 25.10.06 at 11.29am

 

“Hmmmm…. Well seeing as yesterday I bought David Suzuki’s autobiography, your email is rather timely!

 

Yes the environmental message is a big part of my work at the Zoo. It’s like being an unofficial ambassador for the conservation of animals – and that’s a huge motivation to keep doing the job, even if a 2nd job is the last thing I need to be doing. And it gets harder to talk about species that are dying out thanks to us. This week it really bothered me that there are only @ 500 Sumatran Tigers left, thanks to us destroying its home and poaching it. And here in Sydney we have our animal activists fighting to stop 5 elephants coming to the zoo. I just think there are much bigger issues to fight instead of harassing an organization that is FOR animal and species longevity.

 

Have you seen “Inconvenient Truth”? I haven’t – waiting till 21st Nov for t to come out on DVD. And you may want to check out (link removed as it no longer existed) the 10 things you can do…

 

And I would love to walk against warming, but I am now working on that day at the studio.

 

Yeap, you’ve pressed my buttons (can you tell).

 

Would lurv to hear about what you’ve learnt.

Louise”


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