My name is Ruth Williams. I live in Melbourne, Australia. I spent 33 years of my life with a beautiful, fun and creative man called Peter Webb who passed away on the 5th of April 2017. We have two adult sons, Louis and Yoshi. I have two older brothers, Hugo and Rod, and a younger sister, Jann. Our much loved mother, Edna, died in December 2018. Our cat, Lhasa, also left us, in August 2018. Our dog Suki is still well and truly alive.
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. I am now back at DECV three days a week and loving it.
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. It was the right decision. We spent the last two and half years together living a great life together, no matter the circumstances. We began writing a book about our experience in 2011 and it is now my job to complete our story. You can see what stage I am at via Facebook, at Personal Chemistry.
We spent 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.
I played percussion and bass guitar, not at the same time, in a band with Peter and sometimes with our good friend, Dean Richards. We called ourselves WAMBO. I hope to get back to percussion and drumming in the near future. I have recently started lessons in learning the guitar and I’m really enjoying it.
I love our garden, it’s a satisfying mix of order and chaos. A citrus grove out the back and natives in the front. The birds seem to love it as much as I do.
After completing the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability at Swinburne in 2014, ‘Sustainability’ became the newest chapter in my book. In the years that have followed since doing the course, I have noticed that one of the main issues around dealing with change of any kind is our ability to be open to it, whether it be using less plastic or facing a complete change in one circumstances.
This blog is a place to explore both ends of the spectrum.