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Pedal-Powered Author Comes to Yarraville

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 16th, 2013

20 September , 2013
12:30 pmto1:30 pm

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On Friday 20th September at 12:30pm come and hear author Greg Foyster speak about his inspiring pedal-powered detour from the rat race – Changing Gears – at The Sun Bookshop in Yarraville.

Changing Gears is a high-spirited adventure book charting Greg Foyster’s remarkable, life-transforming cycling challenge he undertook with his girlfriend Sophie from Hobart to Cairns on a quest to find out if we can be happier with less.

Cycling for more than 8 months and 6500 kilometres, Greg and Sophie conducted over 80 in-depth interviews with lone visionaries and engaged communities alike, all seeking a more sustainable life. There’s the barefoot monk who walked from Gold Coast to Townsville with only three robes and an alms bowl, the man who lived in the bush for 20 years without electricity and went on ‘historical treks’ using 18th century tools and clothing, the ‘modern swagman’ who wandered the highway for three decades, and many more DIY downshifters with fascinating stories to tell.

Greg tells a riveting yarn – engaging, self-effacing and with many laugh-out-loud moments. The 6586km bike expedition was a million miles from Greg’s comfortable former lifestyle as an ad man – the furthest he’d cycled in one sitting was 50km and the longest he’d been in a tent was three days at a music festival. Along the way he confronted his own character flaws, contended with bum blisters, tasted road kill and got by on only two changes of clothing.

Greg and Sophie are now on a 60-day, 2000-kilometre pedal-powered book tour, visiting 30 bookshops from Melbourne through regional VIC, ACT & NSW before finishing in Sydney in mid November. Don’t miss out on this chance to hear Greg and Sophie talk about their fascinating stories of life on the road.

WHAT: Greg Foyster’s Pedal-Powered Book Tour

Meet the Author & Signings

WHEN: 12:30pm Friday 20th September

WHERE: The Sun Bookshop, Yarraville

ENQUIRIES:

10 Ballarat St Yarraville VIC 3013

(03) 9689 0661

Follow the Pedal-Powered Book Tour at:

https://www.facebook.com/ChangingGearsBook


Sustainable House Day 2013: September 8

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 3rd, 2013

8 September , 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

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Photo from Inspiring, easy steps to comfort and low cost living

On Sunday 8th September, Sustainable House Day will be celebrating its 12th year. The event will continue to showcase some of Australia’s most sustainable homes to the public as millions of Australians continue to embrace renewable energy, recycling, and other practices suitable to their lifestyles.

150 private houses and display houses featuring a variety of sustainable ideas will open their doors to the public. Homes are open from 10am-4pm and will be showcasing environmentally sustainable design, innovative use of materials, and homes that have invested in renewable energy, recycling and other sustainable living practices. Homes will feature experts in areas of green living and energy-efficient products.

Check out the Sustainable House Day website to find open houses around Australia, or to read more about the different ways that people make their homes more sustainable.