On The Hunt For Joy Challenge: Rediscover Your Childhood Joys

HappyDays Never End

I decided to join in this challenge because this is a subject that really speaks to me. Naomi and I have many happy memories of our childhood. We often reminisce about how we would spend hours playing together or separately with our dolls, model cars, train set and other toys indoors or with bikes, scooters or skates outside. We were lucky to live in an age where children could go off to the park or their friends homes without having to have an organised “play date”.

A Triang Hornby train set. Hobart Model Railway show 2016.

As adults we treasure those times and we are fortunate to still have a few of our childhood toys. I collect dolls as I’m sure everyone knows, and Naomi collects toys. Some dolls, teddy bears, Matchbox cars, robots, puzzles and games and all kinds of things. She is always especially pleased to get hold of something that we once had as children. Recently she bought a big Compendium of Games, which as far as we can remember is the same one mum bought for us, with Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, Tiddly Winks etc. Naomi also has some vintage wind up toys like the ones we had as children. A couple of years ago she found a dolls house almost the same as the one I had as a child, the Triang 61.

The Dolly Mix dolls house Naomi gave me last Christmas and our shared Triang 61

I guess that as we grow older and so many things change it’s just nice to have these reminders of simpler times but we also appreciate these old toys for their detail and workmanship. Tin litho dolls houses have beautiful graphics. Modern dolls clothes are nowhere near as well made and attractive as vintage Sindy and Barbie fashions, the Matchbox cars of yesteryear were sturdy and well made toys. Today I get a lot of pleasure not only from owning these things but from photographing and writing about them for our blogs.

Some of Naomi’s eclectic toy collection

Some people might laugh at us but we still love things like miniature railways and carousels as much as we did as children too.

Train ride at Darling Harbour.
All the horses are named


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 WordPress.com 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. Just wait until I unpack all my stuff again. There will be heaps of photos of all the toys and games. Got some lovely old stuff people might remember playing with, that’s if you are a baby boomer.

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