Share Your World 2018: 1 October

Sharing My World This Week

What’s your go-to for unwinding after a stressful event or day?   Can be someone or something – music, pets, family or whatever you choose.

If I am feeling really stressed I prefer to be alone with just Cindy and Polly for company. I may turn my mobile phone off and let any calls on the landline go to message bank.

  • If I get home after a tiring or stressful day I like to make a hot drink and veg watching something that doesn’t require me to think too much or get too emotionally involved in it.
  • I like to sit in my garden on a nice day and listen to the birds.
  • I used to like to soak in the bath but now getting out of it makes that a bit stressful so I don’t do it so much.
  • When David was in hospital I used to put the radio on to a classical music station and leave it on all night. I found it relaxing  and it helped me go to sleep as long as there was no opera singing. I still listen to that station when I wake up every morning.

    A place to relax.

The plane you’re flying in is going to crash, no survivors.  If you had one song you could listen to before it happens, what would it be?  (credit toNewEpicAuthor for this one).  Please share the link to the song if you can.

I can’t answer this. If I knew I was about to die I would not be thinking about what I’d like to listen to.  I’d be too distracted.

What is one thing you’re really, really good at and not ashamed to admit it?  I worded that deliberately because aren’t we taught to be humble and not pushy about our achievements?  Celebrate your ability!

I am moderately good at a few things but I wouldn’t say I was really, really good at any. Maybe spelling. I am good at spelling.


Would you rather lose all of your money and valuables or all of the pictures you have ever taken?

As much as I would hate to lose my photos I would hate to lose my money and valuables more. My valuables are not things that are worth a lot except perhaps to me. I could include my pets although I think of them more as family, certainly favourite dolls and special items that mean something to me.

On a practical note if I didn’t have any money I would not have anything to live on except the measly allowance the government provides and I might have to give up my home. That is something I really don’t want to lose.

And lastly

What were you grateful for or something that made you smile during the past month?

A week or so ago I decided to follow a tip I’d read on the internet on how to clean the glass on the inside of the oven door. I dismantled the door and got the solitary water streak that had been annoying me off but then could not work out how to put it back together. I persevered and after a weekend of no oven I worked out how to do it and put it back in place. I am grateful that I was able to do that by myself as the friend I asked to have a look at it for me was as confused by it as I was. Hmm maybe I am really, really good at fixing oven doors.

My wall oven after I had replaced the door.



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. Your oven door is beautifully clean! And yes, I’d count that as something to be proud of being able to do. I can’t, and I want to know who the bright bulb was who came up with those double side doors anyway…and then put vent holes in the top so stuff could spill in between. I’d been in my new house less than a month when something spilled down the glass INSIDE. No way to clean it, but a repairman was due to come fix something else on the stove, so I asked him to take it apart so I could clean it. He had as bad a time trying to do that as I did. So you be proud! You earned it! 🙂 Thanks for participating this week, I really enjoyed reading your answers!

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    • It was while cleaning the oven the previous time that the offending spill took place and it annoyed me for months. It was only after I asked my friend to be back up in case I couldn’t put it together again that I risked taking the door apart. I was most dismayed when he couldn’t do it either but he was impressed that I figured it out so that was cool.


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