a change in time

the small changes we make everyday will all add up to create a more sustainable way of living


My name is Ruth Williams. I live in Melbourne, Australia. I am married to Peter Webb and we have two adult sons, Louis and Yoshi. I have two older brothers, Hugo and Rod, and a younger sister, Jann and a very sweet mum – Edna May. We have a dog called Suki and a cat called Lhasa.

I worked as an English teacher at the Distance Education Centre Victoria from 2004-2014. I love working with students, mainly because I love to see people discover their own form of self expression.

In 2005 Peter was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, and in 2015, due to a more taxing regime of treatment, I decided to stop working so I could support Peter through this stage of the illness. We are currently writing a book about our experience, you can see what stage we are at via our Facebook page, Personal Chemistry.

We spend as much time as possible at our family property in Wonyip, South Gippsland. it is a special part of the world, much loved by all of our family.


Peter, Suki and I on an adventure down on the farm.

I play percussion and bass guitar, not at the same time, in a band with Peter and sometimes with our good friend, Dean Richards. We are called WAMBO.

I love our garden, and gardening. And mowing the lawn with my hand mower. And geranium cuttings.

I love to write. I have been writing in a journal since my teens. I keep a dream diary. I used to write film reviews for a website.

After enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability in 2013, ‘Sustainability’ became the newest page in my book. I hope you enjoy this chapter.

postscript: Peter died on April the 5th. While we knew his days were numbered, it was still a huge shock to us all. I will update this page soon however for the moment, I still like to leave it ‘as is’ because then at least in one ‘universe,  he is still alive.

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