Share Your World 2014 – Week 36

Share Your World 2014 – Week 36

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

Sometimes I’ll look at a coffee table book but I really like something with more text than most of them have. I find myself reading old favourite novels more often than the latest releases. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read Pride and Prejudice. Today I was re-reading another old favourite novel by Nevil Shute called “Beyond the Black Stump”. I do enjoy a good story but these days I read more non fiction than fiction. For example I’ve just finished reading a book about life in medieval England and my current library book is about paper dolls.

I’m an armchair traveller, I love to read travel books especially if they are the quirky humorous kind like “A Right Good Crew” and others by Emily Kimbrough. Paul Theroux writes interesting travel books for a train lover like me but I’d hate to go anywhere with him.  I like biographies as well and  have a few on my shelves about movie stars, royalty and cricketers.

BeyondTheBlackStump” by Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

What is your biggest fear or phobia? (no photos please)

In a word it is falling. I can’t climb ladders, more than two steps up a step-ladder and I get really jittery.

What is your favorite cheese?

Call me a cheese philistine, I’m quite happy with a mild cheddar.

Somerset-Cheddar” by J.P.LonOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

What is your favorite month of the year?

I’d have to say December, such a lot of things I enjoy happen in December. Christmas of course and all the things associated with it like decorating the tree, buying presents, making Christmas food. December is the one month of the year when I watch a lot of sports too. The Boxing Day (cricket) Test is something I follow keenly on television and there is usually at least one visit to Bellerive Oval to watch our local team The Hobart Hurricanes play. The week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day is a lively one in Hobart. On Boxing Day the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race begins and the first yachts arrive in Hobart two or three days later so the waterfront is a busy place. The Taste of Tasmania festival is on so as you can see December is a busy and fun month for me.

image yachts
Sydney Hobart Race yachts at Constitution Dock.

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

Last week we had some gorgeous, warm, sunny days and I spent a lot of time outside. I also found a Barbie I’d wanted for ages at a great price.  This week is my week to visit my sister and I always look forward to that.

I've wanted this Barbie for ages.
I’ve wanted this Barbie for ages.


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.

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