Daily Prompt: Expert

via Daily Prompt: Expert

Expert – Who Me?

Whenever people contact me through my doll blog to ask for information about something doll related my first reaction is to be flattered, my second is surprise. I don’t consider myself an expert in any area of doll collecting but apparently others do because I blog about it. I get a lot of comments from readers in Canada especially and can’t help wondering how a person in Australia got to be considered an expert on Canadian dolls! I do like them however so keep the questions coming, we might all learn something.

Netta dolls
My Netta and Metti dolls

Although it makes me feel good it also makes me feel a sense of responsibility towards the people who read the blog.

I try to find out as much as I can about a subject I want to write about and I include links to the sites I go to for information so that people can verify what I have said but also so that the real experts who compiled the information in the first place will get the credit. If I don’t know something I say so and if I write an opinion piece I say that it is my opinion only.

I don’t believe that just having an interest in something makes you an expert. I think that knowledge and experience do. Experience I do have. I’ve liked dolls since I was a small child so that’s fifty plus years of interest. I started collecting seriously in the mid to late 1990’s which I’ve recently realised means that I’ve been at it for close to 20 years so I guess I have experience covered.

As for knowledge, I read books and magazines and now search for websites with good information to share. I encourage fellow collectors to share what they know so maybe in another ten or twenty years I really will be an expert.






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


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