Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Stairs, Steps, Ladders

Stairs, Steps and Ladders

I decided to make this post about ladders. I am hopeless with ladders because of my fear of falling. I can’t climb more than a couple of steps up a ladder. This is very inconvenient when it is time to replace light bulbs, re-hang curtains or do any painting or cleaning above my head.

The ladder in the first picture belongs to my “Garden Guys” who used it while constructing the pergola. There is no way you would get me on this ladder.

Tradies ladder.
Tradies ladder.

I have a small step-ladder which I can use to reach items from the top shelves in the kitchen, books on high shelves and my top shelf of dolls provided I have someone to hand them to. I can change light bulbs in a couple of rooms where the light fitting is close enough to a wall for me to touch it with my hand.

I need this to get to the top of my kitchen cupboards.
I need this to get to the top of my kitchen cupboards.

The old ladder is getting a bit rickety though and it is starting to make me nervous.

Looking a bit the worse for wear.
Looking a bit the worse for wear.

Now I’ve bought a brand new one with nice wide steps which I hope will make me less fearful.  So far I’ve not managed to climb onto the top step. If I can do that I will be able to paint the laundry and sunroom myself. If I can’t I will have to ask for help. However at least it will make reaching for the good china or the chocolates a bit less scary.

A nice new step ladder - with a shelf.
A nice new step ladder – with a shelf.


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 WordPress.com 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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