A Photo A Week/Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smiles

When You’re Smiling

The whole world smiles with you.

This week two challenges coincide on the theme of smiles. These pictures are for both Nancy’s “A Photo A Week Challenge” and “Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge”.

I don’t take an awful lot of photos of people. Naomi hates having her photo taken even more than I do and generally if I do take a photo of someone I don’t always like to share it but I’ll make an exception today because the people in these pictures are friends or they are in the public eye.

Actress Celia Pacquola between takes. on the Rosehaven set 2017.
Tasmanian actor Luke McGregor, Geeveston 2017.
Michelle and Juarne at the cafe, July 2017
David’s friend and former workmate Effie paid us a surprise visit in 2014


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.


  1. It’s interesting how older generations like yours and up to my own generation have a healthy philosophy when it’s about their private photos, and just do it on rare occasions. I mean, compared to the younger generations that feel the pressure to share every minute of their lives on Instagram… it’s like the older ones, including myself, tried to keep a certain degree of privacy with some exceptions, and younger generations want absolute publicity and trying to gain attention because their peers do it too.

    Two weeks ago it was time again to open a bottle of Jack Daniel’s with some friends. We didn’t do this for a long time. A friend invited us and had a barbecue in his front yard. We sat there for 10 hours and took maybe 4 photos, and decided on a democratic way if they can be uploaded to social media. So, we took the photos until everyone was happy. I think people are fine with it if you ask, and if you let them take a look at the photo first and maybe take the photo again. But what I like about this is that it’s rare, and this makes it very interesting, compared to those who upload like 30 of their selfies per day to Instagram. I don’t understand the point of it lol. It just seems narcissistic.

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    • It does seem narcissistic doesn’t it. It is nice to have some good photos of yourself at different ages and nice for family and friends to see a picture of you now and again but I never understood the selfie craze. As we’ve said before it is a strange kind of tourism where people travel around the world capturing photos of themselves rather than what they see.

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      • Exactly, I see it the same way. Taking a picture of your family, friends and yourself now and then. That’s what it used to be, and how it still is in my circle. But hey, times are changing. Now I am the old one who complains about new trends and what young people are doing 😀 But the selfie craze is really difficult to understand. I remember when we talked about the tourists being more interested in themselves than the landscape, architecture or whatever. It’s strange.

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