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 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. 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 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. While I have always been a bit of a treehugger, doing this course opened my eyes to the extent of what changes need to be made.