Share Your World 2019: 2 September


When you’re 90 years old, what do you suppose will matter most to you?

If I’m still alive which I think is doubtful what would matter to me most was just getting through every day I think. I would want to be as independent as you can be at that age and mentally alert but I guess if I wasn’t I probably wouldn’t know

What’s the best way to spend a rainy afternoon?

Well, first of all, not out in the rain getting soaked through. It’s nice to stay indoors and do some crafty hobby, or maybe work on the dolls I fix for the Op Shop. I sometimes play in the doll room on wet afternoons, changing outfits and things like that but not photography because the light really isn’t good enough. Then, of course, there is also catching up with those blog posts I was meaning to write.

What is one thing you don’t understand about yourself?

Why I am so physically uncoordinated. I bump into things, trip over things, can’t balance on anything. I’m scared of falling. I’ve always been useless at any sport that requires hand-eye coordination. That’s not because of my age. I have always been like this.

When was the last time you tried something to look ‘cool’ (hip), but it ended in utter embarrassment?   Details?

I don’t think I’ve ever tried to look “cool”. I’m not the right shape to be fashionable and I prefer to just go my own way and wear the colours and styles I like. The most embarrassing incident I can remember was a workmate commenting that my blue eyeshadow looked very 1980s, this was in the late 90s. I’ve never been all that happy wearing eye make up. A friend showed me how to put it on in the eighties and I just kept doing it that way. After that, I pretty much stopped wearing it at all. I don’t really like the feel of makeup on my skin so these days if I feel I must wear it it’s lipstick and face powder only.


This is an opportunity to share a picture, a story or event that shows your gratitude.

I had a lovely day out in Hobart taking photos today. The sun shone. I saw some of my favourite spring blossoms at Princes Park. I treated myself to a dessert at Salamanca Square and got my hair cut, it was getting too long and driving me crazy.


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. Lovely Hobart photo – those blossoms are so pretty.
    People can be so judgemental – who cares about the date of your eye-shadow look! People’s priorities are so shallow.
    I would love to come and see your doll collection someday.

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  2. I personally think that photos shot during rain can be super interesting, but I am usually too afraid to do it. I think I did it once by using a trash bag as a raincoat for my camera and lens (attached with a rubber band in front of the lens). But you’re right, it’s not practical to get wet while taking photos, and light is definitely a problem because of the clouds.

    Lovely spring blossom in the photo you shot in the park. Is this a cherry blossom tree?

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    • I believe that tree is called a Tulip Magnolia, they come in a couple of shades of pink and whilte. Gorgeous big flowers. I have taken photos in the rain occasionally and I agree you can get some good effects but the enthusiasm wanes a bit when your feet are getting wet. I find my house gets rather dark on dull rainy days so unless I want to use lights I can’t take good doll photos indoors and I certainly won’t take them outside in the rain. Wet weather is good for editing sessions however.


      • That’s true, and it’s comfortable to do things at home when you hear the wonderful sound of raindrops hitting the window. I don’t know why, but it’s relaxing. Maybe because I am born in autumn 🙂 Dark days also look very mystical… so, I like to look out of the window, knowing that I have it comfy at home 🙂

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  3. I’m envious of you folks who are entering Springtime. We’re entering Autumn over here and that means cold weather coming on. It’s the third of September and today is slightly overcast and it’s merely warm out there, not hot (I’m not complaining). Thanks for Sharing Your Lovely World Vanda! Have a great week!

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  4. beautiful sunny garden. I’m sitting here watching the rain pour down, listening to the thunder and lightning. It’s cool, but not going out for photos even with my waterproof camera.
    I’m totally with you on the whole make up thing. 😉


    • It was a gorgeous day but yesterday the rain came back for most of the day. This morning is cloudy and I hope it will hold off raining while I have people looking at my house as I will have to take Cindy for a walk. Snow is forecast for the mountains this weekend so we’re not quite there yet. Spring in Tasmania!


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