Share Your World – 2015 – Week #34

Sharing My World This Week

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

It was more difficult than easy mainly because I was extremely shy. I didn’t enjoy it much. I generally did well at academic subjects, better at the ones that I was interested in like English and History. I was bad at Home Science/Domestic Science or whatever you want to call it, sports and anything else physical like dancing. To me school was just something that had to be got through sometimes made more bearable by interesting projects, reading and teachers who shared new ideas with their students.

Me aged around 14
Me in school uniform, aged around 14 before I wore glasses full time.

What is your favorite animal?

I guess I would have to say dogs although cats would be a close second in domestic animals. I can’t say that I have a favourite wild animal but I will always put my hand in my pocket to help save an endangered species if I have money to spare. I have always wanted to see a  giant panda.
Waving Panda

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts?

I have been wearing glasses since age thirteen, it should have been earlier but I managed to keep the bad news from mum for a while. I hated the idea of glasses because I knew that as soon as I showed up at school kids would ask me that most idiotic of questions “Do you wear glasses now?” Nobody was ever nasty to me about them. I just didn’t want the attention so at first I just wore them when I needed to see the blackboard. When I changed schools I decided to wear them all the time believing that as nobody knew me I’d attract less attention that way and my eyesight really isn’t great. I’ve grown used to them over the years and don’t really like to be without them now.

On the other hand I hate the idea of contact lenses. Putting something in my eye sounds extremely uncomfortable and suppose they were to fall out and get lost or broken? I am quite happy with my glasses now.

List:  Name at least five television shows (past or present) you enjoyed?

  • The West Wing – Hubby and I have watched this series at least 3 times, not tired of it yet.
  • Gilmore Girls – Have watched this series more than once too. I thought the characters very likeable and the dialogue was good.
  • Doctor Who – As the Brigadier once said. “Marvellous chap, all of him”.
  • Star Trek – All series but especially the original and Next Generation
  • Top Gear (British) – Jeremy Clarkson often made me furious but those guys could make a car show funny.
  • The Goodies-We used to fall about laughing at this in the 70s and 80s and there are still some episodes I enjoy watching. My favourite, the one with the Puppet Government.
  • M*A*S*H – I have seen it so many times but still have particular favourite episodes that I like to watch again sometimes. Favourite episode “The Party”
  • The Newsroom – Just watching season 3 for the first time at present.
  • Northern Exposure – I love shows with great scenery and quirky locals.
  • Hamish McBeth – ditto for quirky locals and I love Scotland.
  • Eureka – quirky locals and weird science.
  • Seachange – Australian version of quirky townsfolk, one of my favourites.
  • Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister – British comedy at it’s best but almost scary in how real it seems sometimes. Favourite episodes “Party Games” & “The Key”

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

I am grateful for Terry, the young man at the Telstra Shop in the Cat & Fiddle Arcade in Hobart who spent an hour and a half with my sister and I sorting out new phone/internet bundles for each of us. Customer service is not quite dead. I am looking forward to cheaper phone bills in future. We had a productive day in Hobart taking care of some other errands on the same day. On Saturday my sister came to visit and brought the “Surprise” present. Sorry I’m going to make you all wait to find out what was in it because I want to write a whole post about it later.

This coming weekend is the Hobart Doll Show. It’s mostly for porcelain doll makers but there are always interesting stalls with vintage dolls and bears, dresses, shoes, patterns and all the stuff doll people love. I will run up there on Saturday morning for an hour or so before visiting Hubby at the hospital. On Sunday I think I’m having lunch with local friends, I need to check the date on that one though.


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.

One comment

  1. We have the DVDs for Westwing, The Newsroom. We are now using netflix for most of our TV watching and that is where I first saw and fell in love with the Gillmore Girls. Thanks for sharing. I too didn’t fit in with kids at school, I was to shy (introvert) to. I found studying and helping the teachers the best fun.


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