Share Your World 2020: 30 March


Pancakes, waffles or French Toast as your breakfast favorite? 

I don’t normally eat any of these for breakfast but I do like pancakes. I just always forget when Shrove Tuesday is.

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Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become?

I’m going to say maybe, sometimes. These days I think that if people don’t like their names they probably just change them but I guess that being the child or someone with a famous name might affect how they grow up but that is probably more about the upbringing they had than the name. Of course if your parents called you Zowie, or Lunar Module that might affect how you develop as a person. I think of that old Johnny Cash song “A Boy Named Sue”. In the song the father says that he called his son Sue to make him grow up tough. Personally I thought that was pretty stupid and cruel.

Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?

I think optimism is a good thing. However, you can’t ignore things that are going wrong and blindly believe everything is fine when it isn’t. We have seen where that takes us.

Is math(s) something that humans created or something we discovered? Is looking at reality mathematically an accurate representation of how things work?

I have never given this any thought. I assume that we discovered it along with fire and the wheel. We often say that something is a numbers game but I don’t believe you can solve everything with maths. Too many business organisations try to base everything on profit and loss and don’t take into account anything else.

David used to be very fond of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series. Those books were based on the idea the history could be predicted using maths “Psychohistory” was the term. Asimov was a scientist and a clever man but I don’t know if that is a real thing that he used in his stories.


What are you grateful for right now?   I realize it’s difficult to be very positive right now, unless one is being positive that things are pretty awful.   Let’s spread the joy

First and foremost that apart from the aches and pains we always have both Naomi and I are well.

Secondly, that after an anxious week I have managed to arrange for a grocery delivery, a necessity for me as I don’t drive. I can feed myself and the pets.

Thirdly, there has been some rain to replenish the tanks.

Fourthly, the internet, even though it is sometimes dodgy, means that I can stay connected with the world. I know what my friends and family are doing, I can read and write blog posts which keeps me occupied and I can keep up with the news without having to watch it on TV. I’ve enjoyed watching favourite musicians on YouTube and forgetting everything else for a while.

Fifthly, that the government is putting some extra cash into the pockets of people in the welfare system to help us get by as well as those who have lost or been stood down from their jobs.

Lastly, I’m grateful for nature. The kookaburras and other birds I hear all day long, the rabbit I spotted when I went out to take a picture of the sunset. The sunset itself.


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. All I can say is so far, we are okay. I can’t find anyone to deliver, but my son is doing a lot of it. We are pretty heavily infected here. I didn’t think we would be, but I was wrong … so we aren’t going off our own property.

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  2. Thanks Vanda for Sharing Your World and some insight into things on the other side of the world! I’m very glad to hear you were able to get some supplies in, for both you and your pets, and that you and your sister are well! Too many over here aren’t very well at all…I’m not sure if that’s due to stupidity on their part or lack of respect for how contagious this virus is. In Utah here we haven’t been affected all that much, but apparently there’s some kind of huge migration going on towards the West where I live and I suspect that will change things a lot. It’s certainly a weird time. Have a great week! 🙂


    • As an island state it is a bit eseier for Tasmania to control who enters the state. Up until recently all our cases were people who had travelled from overseas or been on cruise ships. We have strict regulations to try and keep community transfer from happening.


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