Share Your World 2018 – 29 January

Sharing My World This Week

If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?

John Martins.jpg
By Image Services, S.L.S.A.; photographer. – Mortlock Library of South Australia: South Australiana Database., Fair use, Link

If I had a time machine I would go back several decades to shop at John Martin’s department store in Rundle Street/Mall in Adelaide. If I went back far enough I could buy some wonderful furniture from the thirties, forties and fifties and bring it home to put into our new house as Naomi and I both love the older styles. We could use a nice club lounge and a dining suite with an extension table. I’d also buy bed linen, rugs and lamps to match.

I could pick pretty well any department store from the past to buy these items but “Johnnies” was a South Australian icon which I have written about before. They had a wonderful toy department, I’d buy some dolls while I was back in the sixties too; they were the ones who started the tradition of the Christmas Pageant in Adelaide. John Martins was where mum and I would go to look at dolls together as well as nice china and ornaments and the furniture we would buy one day “When our ship comes in.”

I bought books and records there in the early seventies and David and I bought furnishings for our first home towards the end of that decade. I often had my hair cut there and Naomi and I loved going to the cafeteria, known as “The Buttery” for lunch right up until the store closed down in 1998. You might even say that the loss of John Martin’s was a factor in my desire to leave South Australia.

Back in the real world I think I’m going to say eBay even though it is not a shop as such because if we had unlimited money we could buy those things as antiques.

What is the worst thing you ate recently?

I can’t think of anything really bad that I ate recently.

Name five things you like watching…

Not in any particular order:

  • Cindy and Polly playing together, so cute and funny to watch.
  • Birds in the garden, especially when they fly off with Cindy’s hair after I have brushed her.
  • Waves breaking, especially from the deck of a ship.
  • Sunsets
  • A steam train passing by
  • Old music video clips from the 70s and 80s and old films of places and things on YouTube.

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

After several very hot and humid days I really appreciated the cool change when it finally came. What I would appreciate even more is a good downpour of rain.My garden could use it and several of my friends who are on tank water are running out and will have to buy some if it doesn’t rain soon.





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. Shopping at Johnny’s! Those were the days and we’ll never see the likes of them again. When they brought in Sunday shopping we’d go to The Buttery for a roast, desert and drink. It used to cost just twelve bucks. So cheap for all of that at the time and with wonderful service. There was a dress shop in there for young women called Miss JM. I used to buy heaps of clothes there. I often bought tickets for rock concerts at the Bass outlet. There was also a great art department and pet department. Our cousin worked there but she got fired for too much time off. She was seen with me at a concert when she should have been sick at home. What memories.

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