RDP: Enthusiasm

Where is my Enthusiasm?

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post I have been finding it a bit hard to work up enthusiasm for posting on this blog during the winter. I don’t get out much and as much I love my house, garden and pets I sometimes would like to photograph something else and preferably somewhere else.

Sometimes it can be hard to summon up the enthusiasm to do things, even things you like doing. You get a case of the “Too’s” as Naomi would say, “Too cold, too dark, too tired, too late, too hard.” I tend to be a bit of a procrastinator anyway and I feel like this in winter especially. I don’t get tired of blogging but when you don’t have a lot going on elsewhere in your life filling the blank page seems much harder. This year has been hard too because having the house on the market has made me afraid to get heavily involved in craft hobbies as a lot of my stuff is packed away and in the garage. It’s also meant that I have fewer opportunities to go out. Two or three times recently I’ve had the idea to go somewhere only to have to cancel my plans because of house viewings. When people come I have to take Cindy out for a walk and that usually means I’ll miss the bus and have to stay home for the rest of the day.

My life in boxes.

Naomi and I have both been looking for ways to overcome this feeling. She has been taking online courses and reorganising her craft space so she can get on with projects. I have started a couple too but I know that what I really need is more chances to get out and take pictures. Spring is coming and I am hoping to do that more. Spring always brings back my enthusiasm for nature as I enjoy seeing and photographing the flowers and the birds.

King Alfred Daffodils.

August is the month that two of my favourite events take place in Hobart, the Model Train Show and the Doll Show. I managed to get to both and took photos so that has given me some incentive to get posting again.

A row of English terrace houses at the Hobart Model Train Show.

I don’t mean this post to be a downer. I actually did think of quite a few things that I have great enthusiasm for. My home, pets and hobbies all fall into that category as well as various places I’ve been to and things I like to do. But this is what came out of my head today.

I now have to summon up some enthusiasm for getting chores finished. Right now I’m writing this post instead of wrangling the vacuum cleaner. If I were one of the bloggers who write list posts I could write “My Top Five Chores That I Have No Enthusiasm For”

In case you were wondering what that would be:

  • Vacuuming
  • Cleaning Windows
  • Pruning my very thorny rose bushes
  • Ironing
  • Cooking dinner for one
Hoover vacuum cleaner


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. The “Too” people really zap my energy along with The Fun Police. They always say things like “It’s too far” “It’s too expensive” “It’s too complicated” “It’s too wet” It’s always too something or other when something is suggested to do or to go. One reason I avoid certain people is because they are always talking about what is wrong either with them or a situation. While I am always happen to lend a sympathetic ear I often end up feeling awful after ten minutes of their complaints. I won’t go into a rant but I’m glad there are people like Vanda who have the ability to pick themselves up, keep going and find other ways to do things. She always looks for the good rather than the bad so enthusiasm and motivation are not strangers for long.

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