Share Your World – 2016 – Week #26

Sharing My World This Week

Up and over the hump as we reach the halfway point of 2016. Here are my answers to this week’s questions.

What’s your most memorable (good or bad) airplane flight?

Aeroflot Airbus A310-300 F-OGQS CDG 1993.png
By Michel Gilliand –, GFDL 1.2,

It was early in 1990. David and I were in Moscow and had to fly to Leningrad as it was then known. We were a bit anxious about flying with Aeroflot anyway and this was an evening flight. We were taken to the aircraft in a bus, took our seats and watched as more and more people were bussed across the tarmac. I began to imagine people standing in the aisle hanging onto straps like on a bus. Of course this did not happen. The flight was a bit bumpy and as we descended rather quickly I thought and saw the lights of Leningrad I remember thinking.

“So this is it. We’re going to die.”

I am sure it was the combination of being in Russia, flying at night and the many bad Aeroflot stories that we had read that had my imagination working overtime. Luckily David had not yet started to watch “Air Crash Investigation” on television or we’d probably have been really panicking. Nevertheless we were very happy that we returned to Moscow a few days later on the train.

How many bones, if any, have you broken?

None, I have been very lucky.

 If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? (Guest can be dead, alive, famous or someone you just know)

As this is the SYW  universe and I don’t fancy being a talk show host I will nominate Australian TV interviewer Andrew Denton to ask the questions on my show. Andrew used to do a show called “Enough Rope” where he would interview guests but at the end of the show he would go into the studio audience and interview one of them for a few minutes. He, or his researchers, always found an ordinary person with a good story. We all have stories but it takes the right person to draw them out sometimes.

I would have my two grandmothers who both died when I was quite young. I’d like to hear from my maternal grandmother about life as a soldier’s wife in Egypt and India between the world wars and from my paternal grandmother about her childhood and especially about our links to Halifax, Canada. My third guest would be local resident “Doctor Dick” Geeves who is a descendant of our town’s founders. I’d like to hear stories of what Geeveston was like when he was a young man.

Mum with her family, I think this was around 1925 or thereabouts. Mum is the curly haired one in the middle.
My maternal grandparents with five of their six children. I think this was around 1925 or thereabouts. Mum is the curly haired one in the middle. This was probably  taken  in Malta.
My paternal grandmother and her children.
My paternal grandmother and some of her children not sure of the date but probably 1920s or 30s in London’s east end. Photo sent to me by my cousin Brian who has researched the family.


Make a Currently List: What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating, needing, wanting, and missing right now?

  • Reading: I am currently re-reading “Fire in the Valley – The Making of the Personal Computer” by Paul Freiburger and Michael Swaine. David had a small collection of books on this subject and while I don’t understand the technical stuff I do find it fascinating to read how it all happened.
  • Watching: Recently I have been watching “Britain’s Bloody Crown” about the Wars of the Roses and “Coast New Zealand”.
  • Listening to: I don’t listen to music every day any more but last weekend I listened in to our local community radio station who were running a radiothon fundraiser. There was a wide variety of music from all genres. I enjoyed a lot of the rock music from the sixties, seventies and eighties but also some of the other types of music that was requested. I also like to listen to classical music on the radio at night before I go to sleep.
  • Eating: I made a big pot of minestrone this week and that has provided several tasty hot lunches during this cold weather.
  • Needing: I can’t think of anything I really need at the moment.
  • Wanting: I want to go out for the day just to take pictures.
  • Missing: I dream about David a lot, that he’s come back.


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

Last Saturday Naomi and I went to Hobart for a day of antique shop browsing. We went to the vintage and retro market and to two or three nearby antique shops. I bought a Pedigree doll for $10 which I will show off on my doll blog soon.

The garden guys are here again today finishing off my new front path so this week I am looking forward to being able to go out the front door, down the steps and along the path to the driveway without fear of falling or getting my feet wet. I am also having some new vinyl flooring laid in the laundry and back room so the renovations are coming along.




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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