Share Your World -2014 Week 41

Sharing My World this week

Would you rather take pictures or be in pictures?

This one is a no brainer for me. I would far rather take pictures than be in them. I was very camera-shy as a child and as a teenager especially. I think I was a reasonably photogenic baby and toddler but later I disliked the way I looked in photographs and tended to avoid having my picture taken. The adult photos of me that I like the best were taken when  I was in my late twenties and thirties. Now, once again I don’t really like the way I look in photos but I don’t mind having one taken now and again on a special occasion to mark the fact that I was there. Being behind the camera is a lot more fun to me as it is the nearest I can get to being creative.

Me aged around 30
Me aged around 30

What did you most enjoy doing this past week?

I think that the thing I enjoyed doing most last week was rearranging the furniture in the living room. I feel that we have more room now and it’s easier for Hubby to access the DVD player.

Genuine mid century furniture. Circa 1957
Genuine mid century furniture. Circa 1957

What is your greatest extravagance?

Without a doubt it is my doll collecting. I probably spend more than I should on it. Every now and then I see a “must  have” doll and justify buying it because “These don’t come up at this price very often.” That’s happened to me a few times this year as two Poppy Parkers and an NRFB Don Draper doll were all bought for an absolute song! I do spoil my Barbies, I like to photograph them for my doll blog and I probably spend as much if not more on their wardrobes as I do on my own. That’s not as bad as it sounds because my clothes all come from places like K Mart and Target anyway. I probably enjoy dressing the dolls well because they are all young and pretty and I’m not :). I don’t have daughters or granddaughters or I’d probably be buying things for them which they probably wouldn’t like. The Barbies don’t complain about my taste.

My dolls are better dressed than I am.
My dolls are better dressed than I am.

Which letter of the alphabet describes you best?

I really can’t answer that because I’ve never thought about myself in that way. I remember seeing such questions in magazine ads when I was much younger. “If you were a colour what would you be? “, “If  you were a number what would it be?” etc. It may have been an ad for Dianetics. I’m not sure. Anyway I couldn’t answer them then and I can’t now.

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 planted a hedge of Photinia plants in our front yard and I’m grateful to our garden guys for getting the plants for me and putting them in because I can’t put anything in a straight line. This Friday I’m off to Melbourne and I’m looking forward to seeing our friends there, visiting the Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and hopefully getting a few photos in Melbourne on the Friday afternoon and Monday before I come home.

Cindy investigates the new plants
Cindy investigates the new plants
Now, just add water.
Now, just add water.



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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