Share Your World 2020: 31 August

Roger’s Magical, Mystical Questions:

  1. Many local regions, especially rural areas where I live, have haunted houses. Have you ever spent the night in a house that was supposedly haunted? Anything ‘strange” happen?

As I’ve mentioned before our mother often told us about her encounters with spirits. For a while in the 1950s her family ran a guest house in Bexhill in England where she said she had seen something. I went there years later myself to spend a night but I did not have any unusual experiences there. 

  • The Quidditch Cup (riding broomsticks while chasing a small ball) was a huge sporting event in the land of Hogwarts. What is the largest sporting event (or concert, etc.) that you have ever attended?

I’ve only lived in small cities with small sporting and concert venues. I think that the biggest concerts I attended in Adelaide probably had 8-10,000 people there. I’ve only been to cricket matches in Tasmania and I think a capacity crowd at Bellerive Oval in Hobart would be about 18,000 which we’ve had at a few Hurricane’s matches and International T20’s and One Day Internationals.I have visited the MCG in Melbourne and although it is an impressive stadium I prefer the more homely size of the smaller venues.

Looking Up at the Night Sky Bellerive Oval
  • When you go for a swim, do you prefer an ocean, the seaside lakes, or a pool?

I can’t swim and haven’t been in a pool or the ocean for many years. Each have advantages and disadvantages. The sea here is usually a comfortable temperature but I don’t enjoy walking on burning hot sand to get to it, nor do I like the lack of changing facilities on many beaches. Pools have the facilities but they smell of chlorine and are often crowded. I think my choice if I were to go back in the water would be a private pool.

One of the pools on Ovation of the Seas
  • Ron Weasley received a horrid robe to wear as formal wear to the Christmas dance at Hogwarts. Tell about the most ‘ghastly’ fashion statement that you have ever made.

I’m sure I have made a few but I’m not a follower of fashion.I was a teenager in the 1970s and I was on the plump side so I probably should not have worn bright red pants for one thing.

Muggle Questions (from Melanie):

What is the last song you sang along to?

I honestly cannot remember. I used to sing along to songs a lot when I was younger but these days I find my voice cracks up when I try. I still at least join in a chorus of a catchy song though.

What was your scariest nightmare about?

I must have had some scary ones when I was a teenager because I used to wake up in tears sometimes. I have half memories of very intense dreams but I couldn’t tell you what they were about. I used to dream about being at school a lot which wasn’t scary but it was unpleasant. As the years went by I became more assertive in my dreams and eventually they went away.

What food do you crave most often?

Raisin bread.

What’s your grossest bug story?

Bugs are gross but I don’t have a story. I see them, I kill them. Except spiders. That’s bad luck.

In our back garden. I don’t know what kind of spider this is but think it may be a Wolf Spider.


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. Visiting those sites for events sounds grand. My Go-Tp site in the world would be to have great seats at a Tennis Grand Slam while Nadal is still playing. Thanks for participating in the week’s Potter questions.


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