Share Your World 2020: 6 April


If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make them?

I guess it is because of the fear of consequences and because nobody likes to appear to be wrong or to have failed.

How do we know that pleasure is good and pain is bad?

Well, we feel that pleasure is good because it makes us feel good while pain makes us feel bad. Maybe that doesn’t mean that all pleasure is good but it doesn’t seem that way when you are having it. Pain is bad, it might make you stronger and all that sort of thing but it is still bad.

What problem or situation did TV / movies make you think would be common, but when you grew up you found out it wasn’t?

I don’t think I ever thought that the situations on TV shows or movies were anything like real life, not my life anyway.

Who could possibly think this was anything like real life?

If you drive, do you speed when no one is watching?   Have you ever run a red light late at night on purpose, particularly if it doesn’t seem to change very quickly?   If you don’t drive, what minor law may you have broken?

I confess. I have jaywalked.


What positive things are you finding to do to occupy your time right now?

I’m pretty much doing the things that I usually like to do, I read, I write, I play with dolls, I take photos even though my subjects are a bit limited at the moment. I have been listening to and watching videos of a lot of great musicians. I have been catching up with some TV shows I’ve been meaning to watch (Death in Paradise), rewatching some that I liked (Detectorists) and finding a couple of new ones that I might watch. (Picard). Now that I have a fresh supply of groceries I’ve been doing some baking. I have no shortage of things to occupy my time.

I really enjoyed this.


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. Thank you Vanda for Sharing Your World! I think that keeping ourselves occupied during this isolation phase is the best thing we can do for ourselves. Today I had a rather one-sided conversation with the dental assistant (a millennial) who was grousing about how bored she, her husband and all their friends were. I admitted to being a little amazed because I can think of plenty of distractions and activities to keep myself busy – she had never thought of doing a jigsaw puzzle for example. Neither had my dentist. I’m glad I have a stash of those waiting to be finished! Apparently they’re in short supply. You jaywalked?? Oh my! 😆 We have loads of jay walkers up here, but they take their lives in their hands. A lot of bad drivers are here too.

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    • I’m constantly amazed at what millennials don’t know or just don’t think of. Naomi and I have a whole cupboard packed with jigsaw puzzles and board games. We play a lot of Srabble and Scattergories. The dental asistant should be glad she has a job to go to.


  2. First a comment on the first question. Very obviously no one wants to be judged or yelled at or made to feel stupid. I know because this stuff happens to be all the time at work. Yes I am still at work cleaning at the hospital helping to keep the community safe. I am working all through Easter with only Saturday off. I am grateful for the work but pissed off because all of them at home on Welfare are getting more money than me to sleep in and watch the telly. I’m always too tired to do my hobbies so not much gets done.If I was at home I know I would be getting stuck into the study of some interesting subjects, art, blogging a little, watching all the rock concerts and rock music clips I collected. At least Vanda is watching them. I did watch a lot of Stones this week. I’d be playing with my dogs and cats. I’d be going on with my online piano lessons. I would probably do some cooking too. There is loads of stuff you can do if you think about it including making up games to play. if I ever got stuck in a long line of people or sitting in an arena waiting for a show to begin I had a favourite game. Spot the person. I’d say to Vanda can you find a big man with red hair and red braces on his jeans. She would have to find him among several hundred people. It was great fun.Well I hope Vanda freezes some of the cakes she is making for when I can finally visit Sisters Beach again. I am going to miss out of Easter all together. No hot cross buns for me this year. Now play some violins for me.

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