Share Your World 2019: 8 July

Sharing My World This Week

As we have the option of answering these questions in a seasonally appropriate way I thought that I’d comment on both summer and winter in my answers this week.

  • Are you a Summer person?   A Winter person?   Or one of the other seasons suits you best?

I’m definitely not a summer person. I didn’t mind the hot days so much when I was younger but now I hate extreme heat and humidity. Summer in Tasmania is usually cooler than the other states but we seem to get more hot days than we used to and of course, there is always the spectre of bushfires. I don’t mind winter so much although the rain and the grey days can get a little depressing sometimes. I really prefer spring and autumn, spring for the flowers and blossoming trees and autumn for the foliage. It’s probably the nicest weather we have as spring can be windy.

  • What is your favorite summertime clothing?   
A selection of clothing for sale at the Op Shop.

I don’t really wear dresses and skirts much and certainly would not be seen in shorts, nor do I like cropped 3/4 length pants on me. Mostly I wear jeans or if it’s really hot lightweight summer pants and a v-neck or scoop neck, short-sleeved T-shirt. I have some 3/4 sleeve T-shirts that I like a lot and I wear these for three seasons out of four with a cardigan over if required. Now it’s winter so I’m wearing a long sleeved “spencer” under a sweatshirt or knitted jumper (sweater to my American friends) and sometimes a fleece vest over that. Australian homes tend not to be centrally heated so layers are good. I do have what Tasmanians call a heat pump and the rest of Australia calls a reverse cycle air conditioner which keeps my living room, dining room and kitchen warm but the rest of the house is pretty cold at this time of year.

  • Do you find yourself eating out more during the summer?  Or making ‘cold food’ like salads and stuff you can heat in the microwave?

No, I eat out about the same amount all year round, hardly at all. I do have salads more in summer, coleslaw, potato salad, pasta salad are what I have at home although I might get a Caesar salad if I eat out. I’m not a huge fan of lettuce. If it’s really hot things like quiche and cold meats are good. At this time of year though it’s pasta, Shepherd’s Pie, stews and casseroles.

  • Do you like watermelon?   What’s your favorite summertime treat?

I do like watermelon. I didn’t when I was younger but now I do. I also like rockmelons. A favourite summertime treat would be cream or ice cream with strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. A favourite winter dessert would be a steamed pudding with custard.

Ice cream stall sign

Are you thankful it’s finally (sorta) dry and warm?

Well, it’s neither here but that’s OK. It’s dry and warm inside.

We get a bit of fog here especially in winter time.


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. Thanks so much for Sharing Your World. I’m pleased that you gave us a glimpse into your winter time over there! When it’s cold and wintery here (which is when it’s warm and toasty your way I think), I like all those foods you listed, along with chili and thick soups. It’s just too hot here right now to enjoy those very much, so I stick to salads or cold food most of the time. I’m tickled that we can share our versions of the world this way! 😀

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    • Me too, it’s one of the things I enjoy about blogging like I did about having penpals as a teenager. It’s glimpses in to someone else’s world. I like thick soups in winter too, especially minestrone. Of course our winters are not as bitter as parts of the USA. It does snow but rarely at sea level and it doesn’t usually stay on the ground long but we are getting heavy frosts and below zero temperatures in the mornings. We had minus 3 Celsius a couple of mornings last week and frost on the ground well after 9 am.


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