Share Your World – 2016 – Week #44

Sharing My World This Week


What was your favourite subject in school?

I liked English as I was always a reader and was introduced to many interesting books through school work. I also enjoyed History and I would find it hard to say which of these two subjects I enjoyed the most.

If you could have a servant come to your house every day for two hours, what would you have them do?

I would love to have someone to clean the windows inside and out, vacuum the carpets and clean all the high up things that I have to stand on a step-ladder to do, or low down ones that I have to kneel for. I don’t have a great deal of ironing these days but I would happily pass that job on to someone else as well.

Where did you live when you were in the third grade of school?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

When I was in the equivalent of the third grade I still lived in England. It was the last year that we lived there as we came to Australia when I was eight and a half. The school year is different here as in England it started in September and here in Australia it starts in January so when I first came here I was put into the third grade with my cousin who is nine months younger than me. After a few weeks the school realised that they had made a mistake and put me into fourth grade. That was in Elizabeth, South Australia where I lived until I was fourteen.

My old primary school in the early 1960s
My old primary school in the early 1960s

In your opinion, list some places that are great for shopping?

Well of course that depends what you are shopping for. Some countries like Hong Kong and Singapore have a reputation for good shopping and there are famous stores in places like London, Paris and New York but I don’t have experience of any of those so I’ll talk about what I look for myself.

Central Market , Adelaide , South Australia
Central Market , Adelaide , South Australia
A stall at Adelaide's Central Market.
A stall at Adelaide’s Central Market.

One of my favourite places to shop when I lived in Adelaide was Central Market where you could buy fruit and veg, meat, fish, cheese, coffee, pasta, ingredients for Asian cooking; in fact you name it and  if it is edible you can probably buy it there.

For fresh produce you can’t go past local farmers markets and stalls

Op Shops and Thrift shops are great for a bargain and second-hand stores and markets are a lot of fun for collectors like me.

I like to patronise local businesses where I can for things for the home but increasingly I turn to the internet to find better deals and places that will deliver as in the country we don’t have such a variety of shops. eBay and Amazon are my go to stores for gifts and for my doll collecting hobby.

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

As you know I have been away visiting David’s family in Adelaide and that was lovely. I’m so grateful to be part of that family and it was great to have time to really catch up properly. I was also able to visit with a couple of friends who I haven’t seen for some time including my friend Gillian who I flew from Melbourne to Adelaide with, David’s friend and co-worker Effie and our friend Sharon who is a fellow rail fan and goes back a long way too.

I’m grateful to my friends at home too for making it easier for me to go away by feeding Polly, taking me to the kennels with Cindy and picking her up after, picking me up from the airport and driving me home so thanks Manfred and Michelle, Matt and Ally and Dave.

Next week will be back to the normal routine. I’m just hoping for less rain because I’ve really had enough of it. .




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. That’s funny, both history and English have been my favorite subjects in school. When it comes to history, I had an advantage due to the fact that I played too many strategy games (laugh) and liked documentaries already as a kid. Also my history teacher was really cool. He had this long beard, he looked like a time traveler, looked like someone from the history peoples. He had this talent to make the most boring history parts sound interesting. When I listened to his calm voice but interesting way to teach us what happened in history, it was like this class should never end, but when you like something, time sadly seems to run much faster than in classes that you don’t like. Also he was this guy who said “First the facts, but if we finished the facts, we will watch a Hollywood movie about that time together” and that was cool.

    Apart from that I was an ass in sports. I loved physics and chemistry, especially physics appeared so comprehensible to me. In the IT class my presence was enough, I was under-challenged by the learning material as I knew about more complex IT stuff already as a kid, like writing code with Visual Basic or other advanced things. I didn’t like IT classes because I had the impression that I knew more than my teacher, also he was constantly wrong, so that I stopped to listen. That’s funny, apart for my presence, I didn’t even participate in the lessons, I was daydreaming or reading magazines during classes, didn’t even know what they talked about, but yet I got the best marks nonetheless in exams and was best student in IT classes. I remember when he came to me to tell me that we will now learn about the programmin language Qbasic, he told me this with a face like “Now I got you, that’s not gonna be easy for you”. What he didn’t know, Qbasic was already old at that time, I was used to the more modern Visual Basic but it was way more complex than the old QBasic language. Didn’t participate, got best marks anyway in exams, and my teacher couldn’t understand how I did that (laugh), all he know that I was a very uninteressted in classes. Up to this day I believe that he didn’t know nothing about computers, it was obvious that he had to prepare himself to teach us the stuff, without really knowing aynthing about it. Not sure how he became IT teacher, probably just because he also taught math classes. I don’t think that you can grasp the logic of information technologies, without using all that, just because you’re math teacher. The fact that computers work on true or false states (or zeros and ones), is not enough to give an technology unexperienced math teacher the job.

    I also loved French, I was good in French, too sad that I forgot everything I learned 😦 I could stay up to date with English, because almost everything in the web is in English. But at the moment I use an application to re-learn French, but somehow it’s a challenge today for me, because I can’t split my time for every interests 😀

    I am glad that you had a good time with David’s family and that you could meet his friend and co-worker too.


    • You were lucky to have such a good History teacher. I don’t think it is taught as much here as it used to be and that is a shame because people often seem so ignorant of things that happened even in the last 50 years and if you don’t learn from the past you just go on making the same mistakes. Of course if it is taught as dry fact it is not as interesting as learning about how people lived. It sounds as if you were not challenged enough in school especially in IT which is often the case with very bright students. I think perhaps teaching specialist subjects should attract a higher grade of pay then you would get better teachers, perhaps from the IT industry. Of course when I was at school the only IT we got taught was visiting another school that had a mainframe computer where we all filled out punch cards and eventually got a long roll of paper with what we had entered printed on it. (1972)

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      • Oh by the way, I meant “ace in sports”, just noticed it too late. You might want to correct my typo, because it’s a bad one 😀

        Yes, history is very important, and I never understood why so many people don’t like to learn about it. Everyone has a taste, but to me it always seemed to be super interesting apart from the fact that it’s important. What changed the world, and what happened before our time… I always found it interesting.

        I think my school was an “ok school”, not much more, but to be honest, I should be mad about myself, because I did the biggest failure. I finished my grade, but I should have continued on another school to get a higher grade, but instead I decided to take one of the apprenticeship places after sending out applications. The company offered already good money in the first year. I think I was greedy, wanted my first own money, but it was the worst decision of my life. Here again, the job was also just “ok” and nothing I felt passionated about. I think to study and going to an university would have been a much better decision back then, because then there would have been real opportunities.


      • I could say the same. I did not enjoy school and left as soon as I was able without any qualifications. I wanted to earn money to travel. In some ways it was a bad decision but it did allow me to grow in other ways so i don’t really regret it.


  2. You know I never thought of the Southern Hemisphere school starting at a different time than us northern’s. Makes sense though. Thanks for sharing.


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