Share Your World 2020: 3 February


When was the last time you tried something new?

I tend to like familiar and safe things and have a terrible memory so this is a tough one for me. I have visited a few places that were new to me recently. The last one was the Penguin market which both Naomi and I thought was great. We’ll certainly be going over there again.

If you were forced to eliminate every physical possession from your life with the exception of what could fit into a single backpack, what would you put in it?

I had to do something like this when I left home during the bushfires last summer. Naturally, I took necessities for the pets and myself, a few clothes, toiletries, food for them. I could not really take any of my precious possessions like ornaments or dolls. What I did take was my camera, my laptop, a hard drive with all my photos and important documents on it, my Kindle and my passport. Getting a British passport in Australia is a terrible hassle and it is also my main form of identification as I don’t have a drivers licence. It’s not that I’m such a techie person but the Kindle meant that I could read, the laptop meant that I could stay in touch with friends and family and keep blogging. The camera I took because taking pictures is important to me. I also had my mobile phone because I needed it to communicate and it had all my contacts on it which I’d never have remembered otherwise.

What simple fact do you wish more people understood?

I can think of a few, people seem incapable of commonsense these days. An important one, to me at least, is that if something sounds too good to be true it probably is.

What food item do you go through fastest in your house?  (credit to Sandmanjazz)

That would probably be bread. I love my raisin toast for breakfast and I eat a lot of sandwiches, toasted or fresh, for lunches.

Guess what I keep in here.


I left quite a lot of my things that did not fit into the moving van with friends around Geeveston and on Sunday a couple of friends drove up to Sisters Beach to bring them to me. I was very grateful to them for doing that, and of course it was nice to see them and catch up on Geeveston gossip. I’m lucky to have some very kind friends in the Huon Valley who helped me out a lot while I was moving.


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 so much Vanda for Sharing Your World! Few people (aside from you and Marilyn) thought of the important papers addition to their backpack. It’s becoming difficult to go without papers in today’s world. That’s an important thing to remember to keep up to date. Because it is a pain in the butt to get that stuff once you’ve lost it or let it lapse. Over here (U.S.A.) you’re likely to get a visit from some men in a black SUV wearing dark suits and sunglasses if you don’t have your papers in order. That’s a slight exaggeration, but not far off I don’t think. Taking our sentimental stuff with us could be tricky, often that stuff is bulky and doesn’t travel well. I’m glad it’s a theoretical question! Good friends are priceless, aren’t they? Glad you have some of those too! 🙂

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    • I wonder if some people interpreted the question as being about what was too precious to leave behind rather than the practical stuff. We’re taught that if we have a bushfire plan that involves leaving we should bring important papers and medications as well as the personal necessities for ourselves and pets. Most people, if they have luxury of more room take their photo albums. I had a space in someone’s car and didn’t feel I could choose dolls or ornaments to take with me. I knew if I had the HDD I’d at least have my photos from the last few years. I am so glad that they were there for me to go back too but it’s always going to be in my mind because it could happen here too.


  2. I’d leave all the techie stuff behind except my flash drive with my fave music on it. I’d grab my vintage teddy bears. I would not be leaving with only a backpack and I would have teddies under both arms. The computer and phone can burn!


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