Share Your World 2020: 20 January


Where do you get your news?

I like to listen to the news on the radio when I wake up. I find that the 7am news service on the station I listen to has quite a comprehensive rundown of the major stories of the day. After that it is on to the computer where I can read more about any subject that particularly interests me. My preferred sources are the ABC (Australia) or SBS news services and “The Guardian”. I generally avoid video reports as I prefer to read the news. I rarely watch the news on television these days. I used to watch news on TV to get local, Tasmanian news but now two of the commercial channels don’t have a local news desk anymore and I am not interested in the local Melbourne news. I don’t buy newspapers any more. Hobart’s Mercury is a Murdoch paper so there is no point in reading that. I am not sure about who owns “The Advocate” the paper for northwest Tasmania so I must find that out.

The Merc is Tassie’s Newspaper. photo by Naomi

What ‘old person’ thing do you do?

Probably that I complain that music, movies, television etc was better back when I was young. Also my knees creak when I get out of a chair.

When was the coldest you’ve ever been?   The warmest? 

I can’t mention a specific time for either, my brain blots out unpleasant experiences. David and I travelled to Europe via the Trans Mongolian Express in February 1990. I would say that the temperatures we experienced there were probably the lowest ones I’d ever been in but I don’t remember the day in Irkutsk as being particularly unpleasant. The sun was out, the sky was blue and I took some nice photos. I think I have been colder and more miserable standing outside my house in Geeveston at 7 am on a winter’s morning waiting for the bus to work. I do recall that Moscow was cold and I think there was one day when it snowed so much that we gave up sightseeing and went back to the hotel early. The hottest, Singapore was hot and humid the whole time we were there. I found that very uncomfortable although the temperature was probably only in the low thirties. Adelaide summers when it could reach the low forties on a regular basis were also horrible. I am only glad that I don’t live there now as this past summer the city has experienced temperatures above forty-five degrees Celsius and in parts of the state up to forty-nine. It was never that hot when we lived there. The hot summers were the main reason David and I left in 2002, a wise move I think.

Wooden house near Lake Baikal, Siberia 1990

Do you eat food that’s past its expiration date if it still smells and looks fine?

If it is a “Best Before” date and it looks and smells fine I’d have no hesitation about using it. If it has an expiry date instead I’d be a little more cautious but if it was just a day or so I’d probably risk it although I would not offer it to anyone else. I can’t afford to waste stuff.

Photo by Modernista Magazine on


This week my gratitude spot goes to a new acquaintance here in Sisters Beach. As I may have mentioned there is no public transport from Sisters Beach to Wynyard so when Naomi is not here I am more or less stranded. Mind you there are worse places to be stranded. However, sometimes I have to go out. I have appointments with my Job Search Provider in Burnie and if I want to do volunteer work to fulfil my obligation I have to be able to get to Wynyard at least twice a week. I had no option but to rely on the kindness of strangers so I asked on the local Facebook page if anyone travelled to Wynyard regularly who would be willing to give me a lift. Almost at once I had a reply from Lena who works at the chemist there. She would be happy to give me a ride. I had never met her prior to her pulling up in my driveway on the first day. I would never have had the nerve to ask strangers in this way prior to moving to Tasmania. I never even hitchhiked before that but living in the Huon Valley taught me that country people are kind and look out for their neighbours and so it has proved to be here as well.


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. I do a lot of sniff testing. If it looks okay and smells normal, it’s food. If it smells funny, I dump it. I too hate wasting food, so I am learning to buy smaller amounts. But some things, there’s kind of a minimum you can buy, like how much less can you buy than 1/2 of a chicken breast?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thanks Vanda for Sharing Your World! It sounds like you’ve found a new friend (perhaps) in your ride share volunteer! How lovely for you both! The sniff test is the most accurate, because eyesight doesn’t always do the job…yesterday I was at lunch with some family members, and got a dish of fresh fruit. At this time of year (winter) it’s mostly melon and grapes with maybe some pineapple chunks (canned) thrown in and a few orange slices. The cantaloupe I got was ‘off’. My mouth told me what my eye did not catch. Needless to say the rest of the melon was untouched. Ick.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.