Share Your World 2020:18 May

Here are my answers for Melanie’s “Share Your World” questions this week. My usual method of doing the link is just not working. You can find her post here.


What’s something you really resent paying for?

I really resent paying the ridiculously expensive shipping fees that are now charged if I buy anything from overseas, especially from the USA. As a doll collector, I used to buy a lot of Barbie stuff from the USA. The exchange rate has made that very difficult now. I used to put up with that but not when the postage is more than the value of the item. As an example, a vintage Barbie outfit that would fit into a small, letter-sized package. Yet to have it shipped to Australia would cost over $40. I can’t justify that.

Expensive shipping to Australia

 What was the most unsettling film you’ve seen?

I always find it difficult to answer questions asking me what is the most, the biggest, the hardest anything I can remember. I don’t seem to have the sort of mind that files these things in order, or at all sometimes. Anyway, I read the question before going to bed and the first film that popped into my mind was “Deliverance”. I saw it when I was a teenager, maybe seventeen and I found it extremely disturbing. I do however love “Dueling Banjos”. I was interested to learn that the tune predates the movie by about 20 years. I chose a different version of it to share instead of the one from the movie because I still can’t watch it.

Do you judge people?  

Fandango wrote in his answer to this question that we all do and I’m sure he’s right. We judge people by our own values but nothing is ever as clear cut as you’d like it to be. I know from personal experience that some people who are very kind and helpful, who have done nice things for me personally, sometimes have views very different from my own when it comes to religion or politics. On the other hand, I have no problem in judging anyone who is cruel to animals as being a nasty person.

Finish this sentence:  “Back in my day, we…”?

We had more respect. Kids were taught to behave better in public and to look after their toys at home. People could spell. We were not all obsessed with mobile phones. Yes, I am being judgemental about millennials. Get over it.

Sour old lady


Another week has gone by, not very different from the last one, or the one before. I’m grateful that I am not the type of person that gets bored easily or requires a lot of social contact.

Things are starting to reopen. Kids can go to the playground, nature lovers can visit a National Park as long as it is no more than 30km from their homes. Cafe’s are allowed to serve a limited number of seated patrons. I haven’t been out yet apart from around the neighbourhood. The travel aspect is still a hassle so I’m waiting until things are opened up enough for me to enjoy at least half a day out. Meanwhile, I’m still enjoying the autumn colours on the few deciduous trees around the neighbourhood.

Autumn colours


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. I particularly like your sentence about not having the kind of mind that files things as “the best or the most or hardest” or whatever. I relate to that. I think it’s a common characteristic of journalism (which I suppose blogging is a form of) that we want to emphasize points by using these… damn I can never remember the word that describes these extremes. My mum has complained for years about this in the media. You hear the economics guy on TV say “the stock market suffered its worst fall in three weeks”. It’s such a stupid statement when you think about it. Three weeks. How is that even significant? It’s not. But by using the word “worst” they make it more significant because, like everything, News has become a business.

    Anyway, sorry for the rant. What is that word, gosh darn it?

    I guess your comment was more about personality than anything else. I get that too.

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    • I agree with you although in my case it’s just that I don’t think about these things enough to categorise them. Who am I kidding, poor short term memory plays a part. However, I’m always extremely irritated by these lists that you always find online now. Ten worst this, ten best that. Who decides these things anyway? Annoys heck out of me.

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  2. Thanks Vanda for Sharing Your World! I would have to agree that “Deliverance” is one of the more disturbing films that was ever made. I first saw it when I was in my 40s, and it still bothers me, but I love the version of Dueling Banjos that they did. My family (one side of it anyway) was kinda like those back woods folks portrayed (without the nasty intentions) and perhaps it reminds me of them a little. That photo was exquisite! I love the Fall colors (although we’re on the opposite side – Spring is here fading slowly into Summer (very slowly). Thank you for sharing some of your always excellent thoughts with SYW! 🙂

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  3. Everyone bloody well does judge you. You can see it in their expressions a lot of the time. They try to hide it but it’s there. I am not suffering from any paranoia by the way. If I make some statement I know right away what people are thinking even when they have said nothing. Anger shows in the face even when the person says nothing. They prefer to go off and bitch about you to others instead. There is my rant. I am over it now! I am now off to enjoy the rest of my day watching DVDs while relaxing at home.

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