What did you or did not like about the first place you lived without your parents?
The first place I lived when I left home was the flat that David and I moved into after we got married. Of course it was exciting to have our very own home and it was a good-sized flat. We had a spare bedroom and a balcony which we loved. The flats were government owned public housing and were in a nice neighbourhood not far from shops and with a bus service right past the buildings. The gardens outside were planted with hydrangea and were very pretty.
What I did not like could be summed up as people. I did not care for the building manager who obviously thought all young people were trouble makers who made noise and didn’t respect property. I also found it difficult living so close to other people as we had neighbours above us who were quite noisy and next to us who were also a bit loud and wanted to socialise a lot more than I did. I like my space and don’t want neighbours in my pocket even if I like them.
The other thing I did not like was not being able to have a cat or a dog. I did have a canary but it was not the same.
We lived there for a year before getting the opportunity to buy our own home. I would never choose to live in conjoined accommodation again especially if it meant sharing facilities.
What is your most favorite smell/scent?
I always have trouble narrowing down “favourite things” answers to just one because there are usually many answers I could give. Here’s a quick list of some favourite smells not in any particular order.
- Bread baking in the oven.
- Cookies baking –This goes back to when two city department stores in Adelaide used to have machines in their food departments that baked biscuits which you could buy in bags. It always smelled wonderful in that department.
- Smoke – That sooty, smoky smell that always says steam engine to me.
- Newly mowed grass
Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why?
I always look forward to the occasional snowy days we get in winter in Tasmania but snow here is usually not heavy and doesn’t last long. You get a day or so to go out and take pretty pictures and play in the snow. If the weather is really bad roads and schools may be closed but generally snow does not impact on our lives a lot so it is a bit of a novelty.
If we had the kind of snowy winters that many of you in Europe and North America have I would probably have a very different attitude as it would be at best inconvenient and at worst dangerous.
I think our climate in Tasmania is just right.
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.
On Saturday we had a state election and the local school was the polling booth so as the Op Shop is in the school grounds we thought we’d open for the day and take advantage of the foot traffic to the polling booth. Voting is compulsory here so we knew people had to come. The weather was great, the local parents and teachers group set up a BBQ and sold burgers, sausages and egg and bacon rolls. As there was no political advertising outside the buildings or people handing out “How to Vote” cards the atmosphere soon became more like a community event with people enjoying the food and browsing at our shop. There was lots of laughing and chatting as folk met up with friends. It was a really enjoyable day and we made a lot of money for the shop too.