Share Your World 2019: 16 December


  • Do you enjoy receiving Christmas cards through snail mail? 

Yes, I do although I get very few these days as most people don’t seem to send cards preferring an electronic greeting. Of course, I don’t send as many as I used to either and this year, due to moving I’ve only posted one as I generally hand-delivered my cards to local friends. There are some lovely e-cards but you can’t sit them on the mantelpiece and look at them so I miss the real ones.

  • Do you like the taste and/or smell of peppermint?

Yes, although I don’t associate it with Christmas so much. We always have mints in the car when we are on a road trip and I just remembered that we forgot to eat our box of After Dinner Mints over the weekend.

  • What is your least favourite holiday side dish?

As we cook our own Christmas meal, and for the past few years it has just been the two of us, we only cook things we like so I can’t say I really have a least favourite dish. When we lived in South Australia we usually had a holiday meal with David’s family and that tended to be more Aussie style with seafood and salads as well as roast meat rather than the British style meal that I cook. However, I enjoyed that just as much and the only thing I would probably avoid was oysters if they were on the menu or lobster because shellfish are messy and hard work to dismember. I always looked forward to prawns, however.

  • What is the coolest (best) gift you ever gave someone?

I don’t think that is for me to say. You would have to ask the recipients. I try to buy gifts that I know the recipient will really like. It’s easy for Naomi and me because we know each other’s likes and dislikes and what each other collects. When the nieces and nephew were younger it was fun to buy them gifts and although I could never be sure I had come up with something they would really like I did have some successes with just the right little girls dress, a copy of “Little Women” that went down particularly well and cricket related gifts for a sporty nephew. I think Naomi would say her easel was one of her favourite presents and she loved the vintage teddy bear I got her this year. (We already exchanged gifts).

Christmas tree with gifts.

Bonus question because I thought it was nifty:   What is a Christmas song that makes you cringe?   (Please insert the word “Holiday” for Christmas if Christmas isn’t your thing or bothers you or something)

I won’t say it’s the worst but “Last Christmas” by Wham was not a favourite.



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 Vanda, for Sharing Your World! Even satellite radio (supposedly with so many channels one can find ANY type of music they like) doesn’t play many of the old favorites (which are my favorites). This year I can only get two channels that are even playing any Christmas music at all and both are inundated with that modern version crapola. I’m so very glad for the ‘skip’ option…

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  2. My vintage teddy was a cool present. He has been keeping me company in my computer room and is called Gunter as he is a German made teddy. One comment on Xmas music. Radio stations can be turned over or off but there is no escape from supermarket music. Our local store plays it non stop all Xmas and I hate it. It’s a mix of old and new songs. I hurry to collect up my items and try to get served and get out ASAP. At least in my car I can listen to all my faves from the 70s and 80s without any hassles.

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