Share Your World 2018: 3 December

Sharing My World This Week

What are the most important lesson(s) you’ve learned in life?

Don’t rely on other people to do things for you. I don’t like to ask people to do things for me all the time. There are a few who I know that I can call on if I really need help and I have done that when I was in situations that I really couldn’t manage myself. However, a lot of the time in life people will say that they will do this or that but they don’t. I don’t like to impose on the good people too often and I value my independence so if there is a way to manage alone I will.

How did you meet your husband/wife or significant other? How did you know he/she was “the one”?

David and I met on a steam train excursion. He was 19 and I was a few days off my 18th birthday. We had both been going on these trips run by the Australian Railway Historical Society (SA) for some time and on this particular occasion our locomotive had broken down and everyone was asking everyone else if they knew what was going on. David and I got chatting that evening and met on a couple more trips before he asked me out. We found we liked a lot of the same things apart from trains, photography, books, especially science fiction and generally had the same values. We were engaged after a year and married when I was 20 and David was 22. I don’t know if I ever  thought “he’s the one.” I’m not very romantic. Neither of us had ever really dated anyone else as we were so young but luckily things worked out for us. We were married for nearly 38 years.

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Wedding day, I was 20, David 22.

If you could take a year-long paid sabbatical, what would you do?

That’s a hard question to answer in some ways as I haven’t worked for several years. I guess if I’d had that opportunity when I was working for the railways and making decent money I would have traveled overseas or to more distant parts of Australia.

What is your favourite thing to buy at a movie theatre concession stand? (Credit to The Haunted Wordsmith for this one)

Well, Fantales of course, you have to have Fantales at the movies so you can read the movie trivia on the wrappers, Jaffas to roll down the aisles and those ice cream cones that are covered in chocolate.

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By Flickr user Andynahman, CC BY 2.0, Link


What are some Holiday Traditions you and/or your family observe in December?

Every year since I was about 14 I have made mince pies to eat over Christmas. I don’t think I’ve ever missed making them. We like our British style traditions of Christmas pudding and rich, dark fruit cake but in recent times have added another treat called White Christmas to the list of “must haves”.

As there is now just Naomi and me on Christmas Day it is pretty low key. We have a hot lunch, something we were not able to enjoy in Adelaide as it was often too hot for meat and three vegs. We open our presents and presents for the pets of course and later usually watch a replay of the Christmas Pageant from Adelaide and some Christmas movies. Usually, I talk to family and friends who live in other states on the phone at some point during the day.

We don’t observe any religious ceremonies although I used to like to go to Carols by Candlelight years ago it’s not possible now because of the lack of transport. It has become rather more like a pop concert than a Carols service though so I don’t really miss it.

White Christmas, this is the version made with copha.

On Boxing Day David if we were not going out David and I would watch sport on TV and eat leftovers. We watched the first day of the Boxing Day Test Match at the MCG and the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race. I still like to do this and to go to Hobart later in the week to see the yachts when they have arrived.



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. I’m not sure there really is “the one and only” for us. We are capable of loving more than once. Meaningfully and sincerely. Garry and I are intermittently romantic but mostly I think we enjoy the way we think. And now that he can hear, that’s the best part.

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  2. Thank you so much for Sharing Your World! Would you explain for those of us ‘across the world’ what a “Jaffa” is and what “White Christmas” contains? It looks delicious. I was going to ask about Fantales, but then got smarter and clicked the link. I think I’d enjoy those as I love chocolate caramels the best of all candy. Your traditions sound beautiful and like you, I love to hear carols at Christmas…it’s getting hard to find any though. Mostly all pop songs now (which I won’t listen to). Your David sounds like he was a lovely man and you must miss him. Happy Holidays!!


    • Jaffas are a chocolate ball with an orange flavoured coating. You may have something similar under another name. I have a couple of recipes for White Christmas which is an Australian thing. I only started to make it a few years ago because Naomi likes it. I will be reposting my Christmas recipes in a few days but basically dried fruit and coconut flakes are the main ingredients.


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