Share Your World 2020: 27 January


   What age would you like to live to?

I would like to outlive my pets but other than that I have no particular age in mind. I’d like to live until I am ready to go.

  What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?

Life, the Universe and Everything. Or maybe what animals think about?

Polly looking attentive.

  Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?

In some people’s case it certainly does.

  What outdoor activity haven’t you tried, but would like to?

I always thought that I’d like to go up in a hot air balloon but to be honest I’d probably be frightened because of my fear of falling.

Photo by Brett Sayles on


We had some heavy rain last week. That felt good. It’s not been as hot and dry here as other parts of the country but it still felt good.


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! 🙂 That rain must have been greatly welcomed…forgive me, but I don’t know precisely where you live. I have the idea it’s in Australia or NZ somewhere (Tasmania?) My American based education is showing one of it’s holes…the geography one. They didn’t teach us proper geography in my day.

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    • Many Americans seem to be geographically challenged but that’s not a new thing. I had an American penfriend some 40 years ago and she worked for a while as a teachers aide I think it was. Some of her students didn’t even realise that Australians spoke English! Tasmania is an Australian state. It is an island separated from the mainland by Bass Strait. If you look at a map of Australia, find Melbourne, Victoria and then keep going south and there we are.


  2. I almost got a hot air balloon ride, but literally, when I got to the front of the line, they closed it down. Apparently, it wasn’t hot enough and it was too late to reheat it. So I almost did it. I’m not afraid of height, just of crashing.

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