Share Your World – 2015 – Week#32

Sharing My World This Week

Are you a collector of anything? 

I collect dolls, as fellow bloggers will know I have a separate doll blog called, unimaginitively “Dolls, Dolls, Dolls”. I’m not posting  there much at the moment because life seems to get in the way of doing doll stuff a lot lately but you are welcome to take a peek. I mostly collect what I think of as “Baby Boomer Dolls” as they are mostly from my own childhood era the nineteen sixties although not exclusively. The exception is my Barbie collection. I do have some vintage ones but I started collecting modern era ones in the late nineteen nineties and I’m still at it.

Some of my larger dolls.
Some of my larger dolls.
My African American Barbies pose for a group shot.
My African American Barbies pose for a group shot.

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

My biggest fear is of falling. I don’t know how to take a picture of that. I used to think I had a fear of heights but I am fine in high places as long as I am not next to a drop. I can ride in glass elevators and I love observation decks. I went on the Star Observation Wheel in Melbourne last year and loved it. I can fly in a plane quite happily as long as I don’t think too hard about being thousands of feet above the earth in a metal  box. (I really wish Hubby didn’t like “Air Crash Investigation” quite as much but he really is scared of flying. ) However, I can’t climb a ladder; I can do two steps on our small step-ladder but only if it is near a wall. I can’t stand on a chair in the middle of the room even if Hubby is nearby. I can’t ride on a chairlift, although a cable car is fine. I would never ever be able to jump out of a plane. I think I have got worse as I’ve got older as I can’t do things now that I could when I was a bit younger. I used to be fine standing on chairs.

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

It depends on my mood but these days I tend to read more non fiction and biographies than fiction. I have favourite old novels that I read over and over but I don’t usually read the latest best-selling fiction unless someone lends me a book.  I especially like the humorous type of non fiction books and if they incorporate travel stories so much the better. Travel books are also one of my favourite non fiction reads.  As a lot of my books tended to come from second-hand book sales I’ve read a lot of older and out of print books. Emily Kimbrough’s books made me fall about laughing as do Betty McDonald’s and Gerald Durrell’s. Paul Theroux describes places so well he makes me feel as if I was there but I think he’d have been an awful travel companion. He seems very hard to please.

Coffee table books, like magazines, are nice to dip into as well if I don’t want to think too much.

Complete this sentence:  If I Must Be Reincarnated, In the Next Life I Want to Be…

Rich but not Famous.

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

Last week Hubby made some good gains in walking and being able to get himself out of bed without mechanical aids and I am grateful for that although not for the infection that means I have to wear a paper gown and rubber gloves every time I go to see him. That is just a pain in the you-know-what. I went to the Model Railway show and took some nice photos too. This week I’m looking forward to having lunch with my sister on Thursday. It’s her birthday this week and we’re going to the casino for lunch and to lose $20 on the pokies probably. On Friday Hubby and I have a meeting with the medical team and I hope they will start talking about a timeframe for him coming home.


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. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.


  1. Chris hated it when I she had to be in gown and gloves to be around me when I was sick. So I can somewhat understand your feelings. Glad your hubby is getting a little stronger.

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