Share Your World 2018: 22 October

Sharing My World This Week

Name two books that have influenced you and share how.  (Credit for this question goes to Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith.   She asked for TEN books, in her challenge, so the SYW folks got off a bit easy..) 

Travel books in general, I love reading them and they have made me curious about other parts of the world.

“The Great Railway Bazaar” by Paul Theroux was one of the first I ever read.

I also really liked “84 Charing Cross Road”, by Helene Hanff. I enjoyed reading about the relationship that grew between Helene and the staff at the bookshop and also her love of learning and good books.

Non-Fiction books at the Op Shop

In your opinion, where is the line between art and not art? 

Art can be many things to many people. Some people say photography is not art. I think it is. I think it is art if there is beauty in it, and that is subjective too. I don’t understand a lot of the ways that people choose to be creative though.

Graffiti is known as street art, some of it is very clever and when done in the right places I enjoy it. When it was done on the side of a train and I had to clean it off with nasty chemicals it was not art, tagging is not art either.

At a recent arts festival, a man buried himself in a hole in one of Hobart’s main streets for three days. How is that art?

At a previous festival, another so-called artist planned to kill a bull to use in a performance. Not art.

At MONA in Hobart, there is a strange installation that uses bodily fluids. It stinks. Also not art IMHO.

Trivia for Halloween:   What item is banned only during Halloween from 12am October 31st to 12pm November 1st in Hollywood California?   (I know the answer, but I do not have any idea WHY)..c’mon…hazard a guess!  

Halloween is not such a thing here so I had to Google the answer. There was an accompanying article about crowd behaviour. I will say that when I worked for the railways the main time we saw a lot of Silly String was during the Royal Adelaide Show and cleaning it up after it had been sprayed around a train was a pain in the neck so I reckon the expense of cleaning up afterwards is probably the real reason.

What is something that really annoys you but doesn’t bother most people? 

My first answer would be most modern music. It’s really annoying to listen to but I would have to agree about GIF’s too. I don’t mind the odd GIF, I made one of my own recently just to see if I could but some bloggers load their posts with them and it is distracting to have all that winking and blinking going on when you are trying to read.

Instead of our usual gratitude question, I’m posing this one for this week:

What or who in your life brings you the most joy?

These two.

Cindy and Polly


Naomi 1985


The doll room in 2018, just some of the dolls.





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. You have no idea how charmed I am to see all your dolls lined up on shelves. Just like HOME 😀 Except mine are spread out all over the house with the biggest batches in the dining room, hallway, and bedroom. None in the living room which has too many other things — mostly Garry’s awards (he really has a lot of awards!) …

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    • Thanks Marilyn, I’m always pleased when people like them. I’d love to see your house, you have so many interesting things. I was so happy when we moved here to have a spare bedroom to put the dolls in and my collection really grew once I had the shelves. Those shelves used to be bookshelves in our old house and David cut them down for me. Eventually he had to make more. One of the rare DIY jobs he did himself. I lke seeing them together like that, the rest of the house is full of all our other knick knacks.


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