Who Did They Inspire?

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Who Did They Inspire?

  1. 1. WHO DID THE GRAYS INSPIRE?
  2. 2. The Story of Robert & Margaret Gray <ul><li>The Grays have &quot;Green&quot; Thumb and </li></ul><ul><li>they ran a gardening business </li></ul><ul><li>together for many years. </li></ul>They basically lived and breathed gardening their whole lives.
  3. 3. Mama Gray became ill. Time to retire? Papa Gray said, “Let’s sell the business”.
  4. 4. Not staying home doing nothing! Papa and Mama Gray got involved! A group of farmers were carrying out reforestation projects.
  5. 5. The reforestation projects were in salt affected areas of Western Australia.
  6. 6. Farmers needed lots of native trees for the reforestation projects.
  7. 7. They were having a hard time sourcing the trees. <ul><li>What can Papa </li></ul><ul><li>Gray do? </li></ul>He started his own native plant nursery!
  8. 8. They started getting orders! The orders came from farmers, local councils and mining groups.
  9. 9. Mama Gray was concerned. <ul><li>Mama Gray said, “I </li></ul><ul><li>thought we had retired! </li></ul><ul><li>Papa Gray said, “Look </li></ul><ul><li>at these worms! Aren’t </li></ul><ul><li>they fascinating?”. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The worms breeding business started. <ul><li>For 10 years the Grays sold worms, worm </li></ul><ul><li>kits and worm tailings as fertiliser. </li></ul><ul><li>Then Papa Gray started getting invitations </li></ul><ul><li>to talk in schools and to community </li></ul><ul><li>groups! </li></ul>
  11. 11. It was just a backyard business! <ul><li>It started with plants for the </li></ul><ul><li>reforestation projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Then the worms caught on. </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, there were demands for </li></ul><ul><li>Papa Gray’s talks. </li></ul>Mama Gray had to say, “Just take it a bit easier, won’t you?”
  12. 12. A new highway came along… <ul><li>Papa Gray at the age of 75 would have </li></ul><ul><li>continued working 10 hours a day and 7 days a </li></ul><ul><li>week. But the government had decided to </li></ul><ul><li>build a new highway just past their home. </li></ul><ul><li>So, he sold the business and bought a smaller </li></ul><ul><li>place closer to Mama Gray’s family. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Mama Gray was ecstatic. Papa Gray? <ul><li>Mama Gray is happy with the new house. It </li></ul><ul><li>has her dream kitchen with French </li></ul><ul><li>windows and beautiful landscaped gardens. </li></ul><ul><li>Papa Gray is kept busy in his workshop and </li></ul><ul><li>pretty veggie garden. A veggie garden and </li></ul><ul><li>workshop? What is he up to now? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Getting greener with age. <ul><li>While others are going </li></ul><ul><li>gray with age, Papa </li></ul><ul><li>Gray is getting greener! </li></ul><ul><li>See the beautiful natives </li></ul><ul><li>he has planted in his </li></ul><ul><li>garden. </li></ul><ul><li>Check out what he has </li></ul><ul><li>installed in his home. </li></ul>
  15. 15. What have the Grays installed? <ul><li>2 rain water tanks </li></ul><ul><li>worm recycling area for composting waste </li></ul><ul><li>SOLAR POWER unit! </li></ul>I am sure this green activities will continue to grow.
  16. 16. So, who have the Grays inspired? <ul><li>Karen, their daughter has been inspired to write this </li></ul><ul><li>story about her parents and their gratified lifestyle, the </li></ul><ul><li>green way. </li></ul><ul><li>While I have been inspired to put the story into a slide </li></ul><ul><li>presentation. </li></ul><ul><li>I hope that you have enjoyed this story too. </li></ul>May we be just as green and our children just as inspired.
  17. 17. My Inspiration Series <ul><li>GreenBeing Nancy </li></ul><ul><li>http://greenbeingnancy.blogspot.com </li></ul>Inspired By: What Would Move You To Act? The story of Robert & Margaret Gray

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