Sustaining Sustainability

I thought I had nothing to say but Mum told me not to sell myself short. That’s what she said when she asked me if I’d do a talk on sustainability for her garden group. I thought, what on earth could this X-gener possibly have to say to a bunch of Baby Boomers who knew the stories of their parents going through The Great Depression? I got to thinking about that and realised there is a difference in today’s growing view of living sustainably being a desire, rather than the necessity of the depression era or even ancient times. However, one could argue that looking after our planet for future generations is a necessity! If you haven’t guessed it by now, I sit in this camp.This doesn’t mean that I want to give up all modern convenience and in fact, I think there is a large misconception out there that anyone living off-grid or living sustainably are doing so with inconvenience.

I have running water, functioning bio-cycle toilets, a house with no leaks (anymore) and enough food for my husband, Trent and I, our two dogs and two goats. This is all I need but more importantly, this is all I want because the rest just comes naturally from this. I can’t say that I just jumped into this lifestyle if that’s what you want to call it but it was more a period of time making small changes that interested me. This is key, it has to interest you or at least make you a little curious. After each change I was spurred onto the next and this is how this way of life gets it’s hooks into you, how you sustain sustainability. At the moment I am onto the task of making our house totally plastic bag free. It’s easier said than done given nothing keeps in the fridge in a mesh bag. I’ll talk more on that next week.

“This is key, it has to interest you or at least make you a little curious.”

Luckily, there is a growing view; a desire to live “more sustainably”. I’m not using this blog to say what you should and shouldn’t be doing but simply want to encourage you to take the next step (if you are so inclined) on your “being more sustainable” journey.


Due to the recent drought and autumn rain we’ve had an unusually late mulberry season. I’ve been heading down to the orchard daily, mainly to stuff my face but also to get enough for a pie.

Mulberry Pie


  • 2-3 cups of mulberries
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp raw sugar


  • 125g butter
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 egg yolk


Rub flour, butter & icing sugar together until crumbly. Add egg yolk and mix until just comes together adding cold water if necessary. Cover & refrigerate.

Place filling ingredients in a bowl, gently mix & set aside.

Remove pastry & roll out on floured surface to approx. 35cm diameter. Place on pie dish with edges over-hanging. Place your filling in the pie, fold the over-hanging pastry roughly over the fruit (it will not cover the centre) & bake for 40 mins. Dust with icing sugar & serve with cream & or custard or icecream.


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