Share Your World 2019: 30 December

Sharing My Year

What was the single best thing that happened in your life this past year?

  The most challenging?

The single best thing that happened in my life this year would have to be that Geeveston escaped the bushfires last summer with minimal damage and no loss of life. On a personal note that my own home did not suffer any damage. The most challenging, definitely moving house.

A satellite image showing a smoke plume from Tasmania Posted 16 Jan 2016, 3:04pm A large plume of smoke drifts north from Tasmania's north west and west coast where dozens of fires burn. Supplied: Bureau of Meteorology
A satellite image showing a smoke plume from Tasmania Posted 16 Jan 2016, 3:04pm A large plume of smoke drifts north from Tasmania’s north-west and west coast where dozens of fires burn. Supplied: Bureau of Meteorology

One thing you learned in 2019?

Never take anything for granted.

Given all your experiences, insights, and lessons learned in 2019, what’s the best advice you could give yourself for 2020?

Be organised and plan for every contingency.

What’s the best meal/food you ate in 2019?  

I think our Christmas meal was one of the nicest we’ve ever had. The roast cooked in an unfamiliar oven was just right, the Christmas Pudding slid out of the bowl without breaking and the mince pies as always were perfect if I do say so myself. I have eaten some nice meals in restaurants and pubs this year but this homey food is what I like best.

Just before we ate lunch on Christmas Day.

What are the three activities you plan to use in the coming year to relieve stress?

  • Walking on the beach.
  • Blogging
  • Reading

What brought you the most joy and are you going to do more of that?

My doll collecting has brought me a lot of joy over the years and I plan to do more of that, maybe not as much buying new ones but creating a new display, photographing them and finding accessories to complete outfits for the vintage fashion dolls.

Some of my doll collection.

Lastly – Any resolutions you’d care to share? 




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. I’ve heard (just recently) of the situation in Tasmania. My thoughts go out to you that you’re kept safe and that you avoid the worst of it!! Your doll collection is amazing! What a lovely goal – to improve the collection by adding some new outfits or accessories to the fashion dolls and for sharing them with us! Peace in the New Year!

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    • We have a few fires going in Tasmania at the moment, a couple are bad but there are worse ones in Victoria and New South Wales at present. We began 2019 with bad fires in Tasmania and now it seems that 2020 is beginning the same way.


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