Friday, 4 April 2008

The Capitulator

On Tuesday night Today Tonight aired a segment on our family. After the previous segement we had vowed 'Never again!', and when Gavin Alder first approached us a year or so ago we were quick to repeat never again, but recently, in view of the ongoing financial issues that a lot of Australians are now facing, and having just pondered how we could inspire more backyard gardens we capitulated.

It wasn't that hard a decision, it was obvious that Gavin is 'a good bloke', and understood where we are coming from, he promised not to use the 'G' word, I thought he meant Gympie, Trev thought it meant Geeveston, but no, it was the 'guru' word. As always, we spent around 8 hours filming to gain just over four minutes of finished product.

The crew did a great job and if missed it you can read the story online here.

Not sure how long the video footage will be available online, but it's currently accessible through Today Tonight, here.

P.S We are currently absolutely swamped with emails from all around Australia, Trev's answered a fair few, I hope to get into the rest over the next week, so if you read this, and haven't yet read a pesonal reply you eventually will (plus will get to my backlog from the last month or so).

6 comments:

PipneyJane said...

Hi Linda

They aren't linking to the video of the show at the moment, but the article brings your point of view across pretty well.

Loved the book, by the way.

- Pam

daharja said...

Hi Linda,

Sit back and have a drink. Emails can wait. Real life is more important.

Stilt it's good to see such a mainstream show features your family. Maybe the mainstream is shifting its boundaries a little, hey?

Linda said...

I think so Daharja, it does seem some days as though things are changing, not sure if the rate of change is going to be of much consequence (or at least that's how it feels when I'm having a negative day). Since 2002 the global consciousness and maybe even conscience seems to have evolved. There is awareness, but often not a lot of putting into practice. I think our reliance on government/technology solving our problems rather than solving them on a personal/family/community basis may well be to our ultimate detriment.

and thanks Pam :-)

daharja said...

I know what you mean about the bad days, Linda. But when I look at my kids (aged 1 and 3) I know even more definitely that we have to try. And even one person can make a difference :-)

Steve Dalton said...

The story is on youtube if anyone missed it - I also blogged about it.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=TOq8S46Xzjg

Anonymous said...

I am so inspired by your story and personal experiences. I am a mother of 5 children and in these financially tight times I am trying to cut corners were ever I can. You showed me that the impossible so I thought is possible. Thanks for sharing your family with everyone, you are making more of a difference than you know.
Michelle Vic