Share Your World 2018 – 11 June

Sharing My World This Week

I usually read Cee’s Share Your World questions over breakfast but yesterday I was hurrying to get ready for the Op Shop and misread the first two questions as one. My immediate thought was I don’t want a historical character for an imaginary friend. I want Doctor Who then I could visit all those decades and any others I wanted as well. Of course it would have to be a previous Doctor Who. I am not ready for a lady Doctor and don’t think I ever will be.

If you could choose any person from history to be your imaginary friend, who would it be and why?

This one has really had me flummoxed, who from history would I like as an imaginary friend because after Doctor Who I really wanted to say Mr Spock; another fictional character. Who would I choose in the real world? Not a princess, or a politician, maybe a writer, someone who would like the things I liked and make me laugh with her sense of humour. Two writers I think it would be fun to have been friends with would be Betty McDonald (The Egg and I) and Emily Kimbrough who wrote such amusing travel stories. Maybe she would take me with her on one of her adventures.

60s, 70s, 80s, 90s: Which decade do you love the most and why?

I was a child in the 60s, a teenager in the 70s, a young adult in the 80s and turned forty in the 90s and there were good and bad times for me personally in each of those decades. However, just looking at things like music, fashions, decor etc. I would choose the 60s. You could still travel on a steam train to many places that are now without a railway, it took a month to travel to Australia from England by sea; you could buy a Pedigree doll, a Barbie  or a Triang Hornby train set for just a few pounds. The scariest thing on television was a Dalek not an orange haired politician and his Korean best buddy.

Dalek “Exterminate! Exterminate!” photo by Naomi

When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?

I’d like to think that I had made some contribution to helping fellow doll collectors learn about their dolls and maybe inspiring some new collectors through our doll blog but I would be happy just to be remembered as a nice person.

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. 

This past weekend was a long one for the Queen’s Birthday holiday so the shop was not open Monday. As I don’t go there on Fridays I had four days to myself. I stayed at home, did a few odd jobs tidying the garage and a lot of writing and photography for our doll blog which had been a bit neglected lately. I never feel lonely spending days on my own like this. I have Cindy and Polly for company and I know that if I want to talk to someone I only have to pick up the phone or there is always someone to chat to on the internet.

A scene from my Barbie fashion shoot last weekend




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.


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