Author: Pat Drake

A thinker with strong practical orientation and visual sense of purpose, Pat tends to make things as a means of expression. She is currently Emeritus Professor of Education at Victoria University Melbourne, volunteers with Brighton Witness Service and helps out at Monk’s House Rodmell as a room guide. 


I got the power… installing solar panels

Pat Drake

This is the day the roof of my suburban semi-detached house becomes host to eight solar panels and a storage battery. I find myself excited at the tiny step towards self-sufficiency and realise, as the day dawns blustery and rainy, that my decision is the triumph of hope over experience…