Share Your World 2017 – Week #42

Sharing My World This Week

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

School was difficult for me. Not so much academically but because I was shy and very bad at anything that required hand eye coordination like sports, sewing and cooking. I disliked those subjects intensely. There were some mean teachers back in the sixties who would yell at you if you were not good at particular subjects. I particularly remember one Home Science teacher who yelled at me because I was not used to lighting a gas oven and didn’t want to reach inside to do it. She didn’t care when I tried to explain we only had electric at home.

I was lucky in that I was not teased by classmates but I resented well-meaning teachers’ attempts to integrate me into a group when I was quite happy reading or just taking a break from being with people. I could not leave soon enough.

List some of your favorite types of animals.

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Birds, especially the ones that visit my garden, finches,  blue wrens, rosella’s occasionally, robins if I’m lucky.
  • Macaques & Chimpanzees – such fun to watch at the zoo.
  • Squirrels, we don’t have them here but they look so cute and I love reading about their antics in the gardens of fellow bloggers.
  • Alpaca’s, their faces make me want to smile.

    Alpaca’s Middleton Show 2011


Japanese Macaque, one of a small colony that lives in an enclosure in City Park, Launceston.


What is your favorite large city you have been to? What is the one thing you remember most?

I don’t know if I can pick just one. London is definitely my favourite of the few large cities I’ve been to. I love the history, the old buildings, the red buses and underground trains.

I  also really like Sydney, perhaps not a very large city by world standards. I think the population is about three million but that fabulous harbour is hard to beat even though the skyline is being filled with ugly buildings.

On the whole though I prefer smaller cities like Wellington, New Zealand which is about the same size as Hobart I think.


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. 

In the past week or so my apple tree has suddenly blossomed. It never lasts long so I appreciate it while it does last.

The apple tree blossoms
blossoms October 2017


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.


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