Share Your World 2020: 13 April


What do you do to get rid of stress? 

If I feel stressed I reach for what is familiar and comforting whether that is favourite old TV programs to watch or music to listen to or eat favourite foods. At my old house, I used to have a favourite spot in the garden where I would sit. I found it peaceful to look at the flowers an the apple tree and listen to the birds. We hope to turn our pergola here into the same sort of peaceful retreat.

In the past people were buried with the items they would need in the afterlife, what would you want buried with you so you could use it in the afterlife?

Well, I had intended to be cremated but if I were to be buried I was considering a natural burial so I wouldn’t be having stuff buried with me. However, I do like the concept of having your favourite things with you to use in the afterlife, although I would stop short of wanting to take living creatures, human or animal with me. It would be nice to take some favourite dolls with me. It would give some archaeologist of the future something to think about.

My doll collection would be much smaller without eBay
My doll collection would be much smaller without eBay

What’s the opposite of a koala?  (this is strictly for fun.  I know what I came up with as an answer, but it was nonsensical.   Alaok.  See?   It’s okay to pass on this one too if you want)

Well, koalas are very passive and only eat a certain type of eucalyptus leaves so I guess the opposite would be a creature that is very aggressive and eats whatever is going. I think I just described a Tasmanian Devil.

Tasdevil large

What’s the creepiest tech out there?  (My interpretation of “tech” is app or program.  If you know what “tech” is supposed to mean, hey!  Great!   Educate us. 

I think the creepiest tech I have heard of is the dark web. Now I’m not very familiar with how it works or anything just that it is a part of the world wide web not visible to normal search engines, but I understand that it is a part of the web where some very nasty things go on.


What method are you using to find your smile right now?   Please explain in detail so others might utilize the same ideas.   Some bloggers have shared a daily (weekly sometimes) method that they are using to keep their spirits up right now.   I’d love to hear from anyone who does and is successful at it!    Have a great week and stay safe!

I’m just trying to do “business as usual”. As I have mentioned, my circumstances mean that I was already semi-isolated when all of this started so it is not as big a change for me as most people. I was expecting to be out volunteering at least once a week by now but that is all on hold indefinitely. I hadn’t got to know anyone really as I had just started.

I try not to read the news too much, sometimes that’s hard. I already gave up TV news and just listen to the radio in the morning. I try and regulate how often I go to the news sites online during the day. It’s a temptation to just keep checking for the latest news but realistically a couple of times a day is enough. Things are not going to change that rapidly and even if they were there is nothing I can do about it.

If I keep myself occupied with things I enjoy I can forget about everything for hours at a time.

EPMD Business as Usual (shirt)
photo from Wikimedia commons


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! That doll collection is very impressive and I find a new ‘face’ every time I see some photos of it. Amazing! 🙂 That Tasmanian Devil does look aggressive and quite angry actually. Nature has some strange critters in it that’s for sure! 😆 From what I know of the dark web – it’s also a place where ‘Big Brother” isn’t able to watch everything that’s searched for or looked at – and that probably explains why some awfully nasty stuff goes on. No rules as it were. I’ve never visited that place and have no reason to think I ever would. I have gone ‘incognito’ through Google though a time or two. I think your idea of taking a dolly or two with you to the next phase of existence is a valid one, although impractical if you’re being cremated. My own belief is that our furry loved ones wait for us ‘over there’ and so we don’t have to take them. My version of heaven has all my dogs and pets, and if it doesn’t? It’s not heaven. Have a great week Vanda, and keep finding things to occupy your time. Sounds like a great way to spend the time.

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    • I believe that our pets from the past are waiting for us with our loved ones. I was thinking of ancient people who would have their pets and servants killed to be placed in their tombs with them. I wouldn’t do that. I read that the dark web was originally started by the US government I think for a way for its spies to communicate, at least it was they who developed the software needed to access it, You can’t accidentally go there luckily, you need to use a special browser.


  2. Love the idea of taking a doll to your grave with you. Very comforting😊
    Tasmanian devil – awesome!
    This crisis will soon be over and I am sure you will get back to your volunteering. In the meantime it sounds like your lockdown is going well.

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    • There is not much call for volunteering at a tourist information centre for the time being but eventually it will come back. In the meantime I guess this is what retirement will feel like. Total freedom to do what I want as long as I don’t go out.

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