Share Your World 2017 – Week #40

Sharing My World This Week

What do you consider is the most perfect food for you? (It can be your favorite food to something extremely healthy.)

Most of the time I have only myself to please and the most perfect food for me is the one that I feel like cooking. Today, after a tiring day at the Op Shop it will most likely be something from the freezer. When I cook I generally put aside the extra portions for days like this. If I have the time and inclination to cook, the perfect food for me is more comfort food than cordon bleu. Meat, potatoes and two or three veg, stir fried chicken and vegetables with rice, Shepherd’s pie or a casserole of some kind, pasta with Bolognese sauce. If I’m really not feeling like bothering oven cooked frozen fish and chips with veg or a pizza from the supermarket are just fine too.

Roast lamb dinner

Are you focused on today or tomorrow?

I think I am more focussed on the present. I concentrate on the short-term future, what’s going on at the Op Shop, slowly getting jobs done around the house, what photos I need to take for our blogs. I do think about the near future a lot too Christmas, next year’s holiday, getting the house on the market or the long-term future but the further away things are the harder it is to visualise them.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?

Family members on each side of my family have researched the family tree but without that information in front of me I don’t recall names of any of them. I think that rather than interviewing them I’d like to have a time machine to travel back to their time. I’d like to see where they lived and what their everyday life was like, I’d like to see their homes, where they went to work, where they went on holiday if they had any.

Mum Circa 1922 with one of her grandmothers.


What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

Ovation of the Seas - Hobart ,13 Dec 2016
Ovation of the Seas – Hobart ,13 Dec 2016

It is six months now until Naomi and I head off on our next cruise adventure on Ovation of the Seas. Although the cruise has been booked for over a year it seemed so far away that it did not seem very real to us. On our trip to Hobart last weekend we went to see our travel agent. We now have flights booked, to Sydney and back home from Singapore afterwards. We have a night booked in a hotel in Sydney as we like to arrive the day before the cruise and a week booked in a nice hotel in Singapore that Naomi has stayed in before. On the Royal Caribbean website I was able to reserve a trip on the North Star observation pod. Our trip now feels a lot more real to us.



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


  1. I am interested to see the photos after you both did the trip. Just wondering, do you book balcony cabines? I sometimes browse cruise sites too and then I start to dream a bit. I think there are often three options, without window in the middle, with window outside, and outside with balcony. I heard some people have issues and get seasick when they don’t have a window and can’t see the horizon.

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    • Hi Dennis we are treating ourselves to a balcony for the next trip as we will have more days at sea and wanted the extra space and the option to sit on our balcony and relax while looking at the ocean. When we went to New Zealand we had an outside cabin with a window. Inside cabins are cheaper of course but it’s nice to have some natural daylight coming in. The big, modern ships are very stable and motion sickness should be less of an issue even with an inside cabin. When we came to Australia from England in 1966 we were on the lowest passenger deck and did not have a porthole at all. We were seasick, not surprising as we were in the Bay of Biscay in December but the rest of the trip we were mostly alright. I recall mum making us go up on deck as soon as we felt well enough as she said we’d feel better there. That ship was small though, smaller than the ferry that crosses between Tasmania and Victoria today and we were on it for a month so I think we did alright.

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      • The price for an inside cabine is often really ok, but I believe I would prefer at least a window, better a balcony but the price difference is of course big. I saved quite a bit and since it’s still not easy to find a guitar, I sometimes wondered if I should just skip the idea for later and do something like a 7-10 days Baltic Sea Cities cruise, or a Norwegian fjords cruise.

        But even here I am in a dilemma, I could afford my share of a window/balcony cabine if one of my friends or family members would like to come with me and if we split the money. But friends for example, they are not patient savers. Family has more bills to pay than savings this year. I could invite someone from the family and pay it all, but then it would probably just be a cabine without window because the budget would be so much more tight when I pay it alone.

        It’s great when you don’t get seasick anymore, but still I think I would prefer it if I can watch outside from the cabine but it really adds some costs. I guess you’re roaming around on deck anyway during a sea day. But, if I would be in the room, I’d prefer some natural light too. Sometimes I also saw cool deals on cruise sites. I guess it’s when they couldn’t fill all cabines, and when they try to get at least a bit of money for a cabine, but I think you must be fast, and sadly also more flexible with the date.

        It’s not really what I saved for, but it’s still fun to daydream about it and browse cruise sites. And I never know, it doesn’t happen often , but sometimes I change plans 😀

        I hope you will have a lot of fun, I’m waiting for the next status report 🙂


      • Naomi and I would both love to do a Baltic or Fjords cruise ourselves but sadly the cost of flying to Europe and back would make it a much more expensive trip for us but as they say, never say never. It’s true that you are out of the cabin for most of the day but having a view from your room is part of the sea voyage experience. With many cruises you are visiting a port nearly every day but on our journey to Singapore it will take four or five days just to cruise from Brisbane to Darwin and that much again before we reach Port Klang, the port of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Naomi has visited that part of the world before but I have not. Both of us love the idea of long days at sea. The modern ships have lots of attractions but if you don’t care about these so much you may save by choosing a smaller older ship. I have read that with most cruises the most expensive and the cheapest cabins always sell out first. That is to say the suites and the three and four person cabins. Of course you know more about weather in the Baltic and Scandinavia than I do but going early or late in the season could also be a saving. A few ships now offer single cabins (inside) with no single supplement but most do not so if you want a cabin to yourself you have to pay a lot more. I say keep looking, researching and keep dreaming. I think you could make it happen but I know you really want that guitar too.

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      • That’s true, you’re too far away from Europe. It’s the same with us, sometimes we dream about traveling to Asia or Australia, but that’s indeed another league talking about costs.

        Yeah, generally, my wishlist has grown too big. It’s definitely fun to dream, but I also reached the point where I should not get any other additional ideas 😉 On a sidenote, just a couple of hours after I wrote my last comment, I noticed my kitchen sink started to make trouble. Tried to solve the issue and found even more problems under the sink. I will need to call a plumber now, which means unexpected costs come up that might set me a tiny bit back. Bad coincidences 😀 That’s life 😀

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      • That’s too bad Dennis. I think it is Murphy’s Law. If you have some spare cash something around your house will suddenly need fixing or your car will break down. 🙂

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