Share Your World – 2016 – Week #16

Sharing My World This Week

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts? Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected?
I have been wearing glasses since I was in my early teens. I have never liked the idea of contact lenses. To me they sound uncomfortable. I would not like to put something in my eye and there is always the risk of irritation or losing them.
When I was a teenager I was embarrassed about my glasses. I never liked drawing attention to myself and to have my classmates come up to me and say “Do you wear glasses now?” (A patently stupid question when they can see you are wearing them) was horrible for me. I have to say nobody was ever nasty though, no “four eyes” jokes. In my mid teens I changed schools and that made things easier because nobody knew me without glasses. I am used to them now and would feel a little lost without them.

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?
Here is one that probably best describes my days at the moment.


Australia W5-33.svg
By Government of Queensland – [1], Public Domain,

This is the one that probably best describes my life now.


Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?
It was difficult from a social point of view especially in high school. As mentioned I was shy. I never felt I quite fitted in as I was not interested in smoking, talking about boys or watching the popular racy TV series that everyone seemed to be talking about at breaks. Then, as now, I had two left feet and poor co-ordination so I didn’t like sport. I spent a lot of time trying to avoid having to do gymnastics or anything that would involve being hit by a ball or teachers that might want me to participate in things where there would be an audience. My mother rarely if ever came to school events so there was no incentive to perform anyway. What I did get out of school was the opportunity to read a lot of books, a couple of excellent teachers who introduced me to new and different ideas and a couple of close friends who liked the same things that I did; one I am still friends with to this day. So it wasn’t a total loss but I was happy to leave school.

Me aged around 14
Me aged around 14 not yet happy to be photographed in glasses.

Would you rather take a 1 or 2 week vacation with an organized tour or take a cruise of your choice?
I am sure it will come as a surprise to nobody that I am going to say cruise as you all know that I recently went on my first one and loved it.
I’m not a fan of organised tours as a rule as I always feel that the more people you travel with the more compromises you have to make. Travel is expensive and I am selfish enough to want to do what I want to do not what forty other people want to do.
I would make an exception in certain countries where it might be dangerous to travel independently or where language would be an issue but even then I would choose the smallest tour group I could find and I would be looking for a certain amount of free time to get away from the crowd.

Explorer of the Seas- Sydney-Feb 2016
Our first glimpse of Explorer of the Seas

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week was another quiet week spent on chores and hobbies. The garden guys have commenced building a pergola in the back garden which they will finish this week.
This week I am grateful for lovely autumn weather, the trees look lovely as they turn orange, brown and gold and there has been enough sunshine for me to enjoy time sitting outside and playing ball with Cindy. I haven’t planned anything special for the rest of the week but I’ll be quite content for things to go on as they are with chores, sorting out of things to be donated or thrown away and quiet time spent on hobbies.


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 feel the same way about travel. When I go places, my aim is usually to get away from the crowd so traveling with a crowd just doesn’t sound appealing. I’ve always thought cruises sounded too crowded but, after hearing about yours, I’m changing my mind about them! I hope you enjoy your quiet week and lovely fall weather!


    • I think the thing with cruising is to research the shipping line and see what the ship has to offer for various age groups. We would not have enjoyed a ship which was predominantly for party goers. Equally we would not have enjoyed one that didn’t offer some activities like table tennis, mini golf etc because we did not want to lie around the pool all day either. I also think that unless you have school age children it is probably better to travel outside of school holidays. If you do your homework you can have the vacation you want.


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