FOWC: Umbrage

I got mad!

As I get older I seem to find it harder to hold back my feelings when something annoys me. At the Op Shop I do try to but the other day I failed. Two male customers were chatting near the front of the shop. I was keeping busy tidying clothes and picking up hangers while the other volunteer served the customers. These two guys were chatting to him and each other and making some remarks about women that I found rather annoying. It was blokey talk and I don’t know if they meant to try and get a rise out of me or if that was normal for them. Anyway, I ignored them.

Neither of them was in a hurry to leave and their conversation flowed over different subjects until they got to climate change. “Do you believe in it?” one asked the other in a tone that sounded to me like “Do you believe in fairies?” They began to talk about how they felt that it was all exaggerated and scaremongering. This was a day or so after Greta Thunberg had addressed the UN. That was when I took umbrage. “Climate change is a scientific fact.” I snarled at them in a much nastier tone than I intended. They didn’t agree. They think it’s part of a natural cycle or something. I didn’t say anything else to them because I knew I was too mad but they knew I was too.


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.


    • Climate change is the single most important issue of our times. If we don’t deal with it, it WILL deal with us and not kindly. You do realize that in 50 years, much of this world will be unliveable, right? Too hot, too dry, too polluted. It bothers me even in my sleep. And no, it is NOT an exaggeration. it is absolutely undisputed scientific fact. I don’t know about you, but I still believe in facts, truth, and science.


  1. I never said it wasn’t important. It is an important topic but I just get tired of hearing about it all the time. I try to do my bit recycling whatever I can. I reuse stuff and I never litter. I don’t pollute the atmosphere by burning rubbish like my neighbour. I do not pour the wrong things down the drain. I don’t even drive my poor old car that much unless I have to go somewhere out of town. I walk everywhere in Oatlands raining or not. However I hate in your face Greenies and having to hear the same thing over and over. The world will end one day and probably by fire. Why? Because nothing lasts forever that’s why. I believe it will happen some time in the future and it can’t be stopped. Maybe it can be prolonged who knows? Anyway I just hate to see depressing things on this web site. It’s nice to come home and find good stuff on here after a hard day at work. If you had been out all day cleaning bathrooms and toilets and it was a tough day, you are tired and every bone in your body ached you would look forward to some nice cheery photos and articles about the things you loved too. I just so enjoy grabbing a nice hot cup of tea and settling down to see what Vanda and others have posted about normal everyday life. We all need a place to go to get away from the bad stuff in the world sometimes. It does not mean it is not important to us. It does not mean we will not do our part. Maybe we just need a break from hearing about it from time to time. This was all I meant. I could say a lot more but I do not want to cause any arguments. I’ll leave it there thanks


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