Share Your World 2014 – Week 24

What makes you feel the most secure?

My home is the thing that makes me feel most secure. As long as we have our own home I feel that we will manage even if we have little money. I would not feel as safe renting a house and I can’t imagine how frightening it must be to be homeless and never know where you will sleep at night.

There is no place like home.
There is no place like home.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

I would be a sheepskin Ugg Boot because I like to be warm and comfy.

How many languages do you speak?

I learned some French and German at school but after forty plus years I’ve forgotten most of it so only English now.

What was the largest city you have been to?  What is the one thing you remember most?

I’m guessing that the largest city I’ve been to would be Beijing. The current population is around 21 million people, not a lot less than the population of all of Australia which is about 23 million.. I was there in 1990 but it was still way bigger than any other place I’d been or am likely to go in the future. Tiananmen Square was interesting.  We visited the Forbidden City with a Chinese student who acted as our guide. We enjoyed talking to him and he, like most young people we met, wanted to improve his English. At the hotel where we stayed there was a disco most evenings which is where we met him as it was popular with the local youth.  The disco would end at around  9:30pm and the last song played was always “Auld Lang Syne” we never worked out why.  It was a smaller Chinese run hotel but we liked it even though the western style breakfast they served us was always cold. The reception staff spoke good English but the staff on the other floors who issued room keys not so much. There was a lot of traffic but more bicycles, motorcycles, trucks and odd three-wheeled cars than we would see at home. I imagine there are far more cars on the road now than there were then.

Tiannammen Square
Tiananmen Square
Beijing 1990
Beijing 1990

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that my sister had a safe trip away last week and returned home safely and that she had good news about the sick friend she went to visit. This week will be a quiet one for me but I am enjoying getting all the photos I took in Oatlands onto my computer and catching up with my blogs which have been a bit neglected for the last few days.

image Spirit of Tasmania
Boarding the Spirit of Tasmania


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. I agree with you about owning a home. There are some really lovely houses, bungalows and flats to rent in our town but when you own those deeds you feel safe. When we moved here I knew that most jobs were seasonal. I did go to the Job Centre all they had was McDonalds and cleaning at the Holiday Camp (I had been an administrator in the Heath Service in the city but there was nothing going like that). I sold lots of old stuff we had inherited from our parents and some collectable books. We made space in the loft anyway! We managed for 4 years on very little (then my pension kicked in) and things were easier.
    Largest city is London I suppose – pre congestion charge we went all over by car and found it easy to find our way round.


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