Share Your World: 25 February


What, in your opinion, is the point to life?

I am not sure why we are here but since we are I think the point of life is to live it well. I can only speak for myself but I try not to do harm to others, to be kind to animals and appreciate nature. I enjoy the good things in life, family and friends, the love of pets, good food, good conversation, hobbies, reading and experiencing things. I try to speak up when I see something happening I feel is wrong.

I don’t know what happens when we die but I’ve always thought more about the here and now than the hereafter.

A sunny day at the Botanical Gardens in Hobart.

What was your most recent lie?  You don’t have to get really specific obviously.

Saying thank you when someone donates another big box of books to the Op Shop when I know there is absolutely nowhere for me to put them.

Non-Fiction books at the Op Shop

What country do you consider the strangest?   (it’s all In fun folks, ALL countries may seem strange to outsiders)

I’m sure that’s true. Please take everything I’m about to say in the spirit of fun.

  • Australia would probably take the prize for the strangest animals, platypus anyone?
  • Japan probably has the weirdest reality TV.
  • Iceland might come first for strange landscapes.

Platypus in Geelong.jpg
By TwoWingsOwn work (NB: this is scanned photography since it had been taken with an analogue camera), CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Lots of countries elect or inherit weird leaders so America is not alone in that although I’d have to say the USA and North Korea are neck and neck for that one at present.

Although I am very fond of my American blogging friends and I’ve met some lovely people from the USA over the years I often think that America is a strange country because:

  • People drive on the wrong side of the road.
  • People say “Booee” and “Aloominum” instead of “Boy (for buoy)” and “Aluminium”
  • American spelling is weird. Theater instead of Theatre, color instead of colour and there are zeds (zee’s to you) where I’d put the letter “S”
  • Voting machines
  • The Kardashians and other famous for being famous stars.
  • The Jerry Springer Show
Jerry Springer Musto Party 2011 Shankbone 10
Jerry Springer – photo by David Shankbone.

I could go on but I won’t. I’m fascinated because in a lot of ways America and Australia seem similar. We both started out as British colonies, we both have a multicultural population, we both were opened up by pioneers looking for land or gold. On the other hand, sometimes things that happen in the USA make it seem like another planet.

What’s your funniest story involving a car?

I don’t drive and since David has been gone I no longer have a car so I have to go back a bit

Once, a long time ago I was visiting Naomi at her house in Semaphore, a beachside suburb of Adelaide. We drove down to the beach for some reason and then wandered back up the main street. At that time there were some interesting second-hand shops that we loved browsing in. We ended up buying a few things and not being far from Naomi’s house we naturally just walked back there. It was only some half an hour later when we were sitting down having a cup of tea that we thought about the car which was still parked in the car park at the beach. I can’t even call that a senior moment as we were both in our thirties at the time.


Do you have something you’re very thankful for or that showed immense kindness toward yourself or someone?

There is a lady that I know who is probably one of the kindest and most generous people I know. She spends her whole life looking out for other people.  I’m grateful to know someone like that.



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. We ARE a weird country. Even stranger than you think. We suffer from being too big, too “various,” too many states, cities, accents. Too many sports. Too much money to the wrong people and not enough for the rest of us. We are the best and the worst, often simultaneously. The difference between Australia and us? Population. You pack our population into Australia and you’d have one hilarious country.


  2. He was pretty well liked. I saw him in a shopping mall one time and nodded and he shook my hand. Maybe he was campaigning. This was in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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