RDP: Islands

The Fascination of Islands

Island is a word that conjures up fantasies. Some people dream of beautiful tropical islands with sandy beaches and blue seas. For others, and I’m one, I guess the idea of being isolated and surrounded by water is the fascination. Even the word island conjures up the idea of something beautiful, who daydreams about ugly islands?

Stroma mausoleum and houses

For some perhaps an island life would be too lonely. I guess you would have to be tough to survive on an isolated island with harsh weather conditions, little employment or entertainment other than what you made for yourself but some people wouldn’t live any other way.

Driftwood, Bruny Island, Tasmania

The Swiss Family Robinson made island life sound quite attractive but Robinson Crusoe was lonely until Friday and Tom Hanks certainly didn’t enjoy much of his island life in “Castaway”.

Tasmania is an island, the island state which is part of the island continent of Australia. I think living on an island definitely gives you a sense of separation from the rest of the country. Tasmanian’s often refer to people from other states just as “Mainlanders”. It wasn’t long before David and I started to do that too much to the amusement of his family.

image Spirit of Tasmania
Boarding the Spirit of Tasmania

The most fabulous island of all must be that uncharted isle where fish, coconuts, and pineapples are plentiful and there are no predators except friendly apes. You know the one, you can find materials to do anything there except repair a hole in a boat.



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 WordPress.com 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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