Share Your World – 2015 Week #12

Sharing My World This Week

When was the last time you sat on a park or garden bench for more than ten minutes? Describe the occasion.

Two recent occasions come to mind for this question. A week or so ago my sister and I met in Hobart to visit Hubby who is back in hospital again. I can’t recall everything we did that day but as I had some time before I had to get my bus home we ended up sitting on a bench in Elizabeth Street Mall chatting for a while before she went to get her car and I walked down to Murray Street to the bus stop.

The other time was also a couple of weeks ago. The weather was sunny and I sat outside our back door on a wooden bench combing Cindy with a new comb I’d just bought for her. It was a Sunday and a friend of ours had come over and was attempting to repair our dodgy back door for us.

Elizabeth St Mall, Hobart
Elizabeth St Mall, Hobart

Would you ever be interested in observing a surgery or do you turn away when the nurse brings out the needle? 

No, never. I can think of few things I would like less. I can’t even watch CSI on television. I really don’t know why anyone would want to watch operations being done unless they were a doctor or nurse wanting to learn more. I find it even harder to understand why people would want to be filmed for reality TV shows having surgery done on them.

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests?

It would be very hard to pick just one place and it would depend a lot on who was visiting. For someone who likes to shop I’d say Salamanca Market in Hobart. For scenery a drive around the Huon and Channel areas to see the scenery and visit the various little towns Franklin, Geeveston, Dover, Cygnet, Woodbridge and several others.

D'Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania
D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Tasmania

If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?

Just one store? If it still existed I’d say John Martin’s in Adelaide. I loved browsing round “Johnnies” and would have a wonderful time buying things for the house, clothing, books, music and of course dolls because they had a fantastic toy department. I’m afraid I don’t enjoy department stores as much now, they don’t seem to have as much to offer. Sadly John Martin’s is no more so I don’t know where I’d go. I do a lot of my shopping online now. Does eBay count? Or Amazon? Locally I like Geeveston’s “Makers on Church Street” which is a cooperative of various small business who sell a variety of arts and crafts and other interesting gifts.

Maker's on Church St, Geeveston
Maker’s on Church St, Geeveston


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 do love sitting and people watching. My mom and I used to go to airport terminals just to do that. I don’t think I would take visitors though – unless you come to visit. 🙂 Great post.


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