Share Your World 2020: 27 July


Are you a clean or messy person?

I’m a little of each. I can be lazy but I try to keep things around the house clean. However, messy is a little different. I don’t enjoy living in a pigsty but I have no problem with a little clutter. I don’t want a house that looks like it should be in a magazine where you feel afraid to touch anything. Anyway we have pets so there is always going to be some mess.

An essential cleaning tool.

If I asked you to describe yourself in five words – what would they be?

Stubborn, procrastinator, lazy, optimist, content

Do you enjoy being out in nature?

Yes. I’m not the hunting, fishing, camping type of person and I do spend a lot of time indoors but I appreciate nature. Seeing the changing seasons, listening to the birds, looking at flowers and trees are all things that make me happy.

Kermandie River, Geeveston

What could you spend all day talking about?

I wouldn’t literally spend all day talking about just one thing but I do enjoy reminiscing about old times and Naomi and I do do that for hours sometimes.


Naomi quit work. I’ve been wishing she didn’t have to do a job that was hurting her body so much for a long time and now she’s decided to retire from it. Of course that also means she will move here with me a bit sooner than we originally thought.



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 Vanda for Sharing Your World and I’m very glad to see you back! I’ve missed your responses, but I realize that life takes precedence and sometimes the questions aren’t quite one’s cup of tea. 🙂 It’s all good! I like the idea of clutter versus messy. That’s the true heart of the question as I meant it. I doubt anyone lives in complete squalor or admits it if they do. No judgment of course, we all have different standards. Your list of ‘attributes’ was very honest, and I was pleased that you know you have some great qualities! 🙂 I think observing nature from the porch or one’s own backyard is a valid way to enjoy it; it doesn’t have to be going into the deep forest or woods or climbing a mountain to do that. Congratulations on having your sister move in. It sounds like her retirement is long overdue! Have a splendid week!

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  2. I’m glad the two of you will be able to be together. This is a hard time to be the one and only. One of the things that keeps us all going is that there are three of us and we help each other out. Being together matters a lot.

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    • She’s not going to be able to move in right away but visits will be more frequent and longer probably and we hope the final move will happen by early December so we can have a proper Christmas this year.


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