Share Your World 2020: 16 November

Oddball Questions:

Is cereal soup? Why or why not?

No. Because it is cereal. OK, I know some people like to drown their cereal in milk but that does not make it soup.

What are some interesting ways to answer everyday questions like “how’s it going” or “what do you do”?

I’ve never given that much thought. I usually give a straight answer. I suppose if someone said “How’s it going” I could say “Still hairy.”

Still Hairy

What was your favorite toy growing up?

I can’t pick just one thing. When I was very young I loved my big dolls and my train set and dolls house. Later on it was fashion dolls and paper dolls. I still have some of my childhood dolls and Naomi and I share a dolls house that is the same model I had but older. Anyone who reads our doll blog knows that I still love fashion dolls and and paper dolls and until I moved I went to the Hobart Model Train Show every year.

Theresa my first big baby doll

If you have a pet, and you could ask it three questions, what would you ask?

I’d like to ask Cindy why she has been so itchy lately? I’ve done flea treatment and given her a bath and she still seems irritated.

I’d also like to ask her about her health generally. Is her arthritis very painful and can she see very much?I’ll probably ask the vet those questions instead when she goes for her shots.

I’d also like to ask her why she is so anxious if I leave her alone? She knows I always come back. She never used to cry and bark as much as she does now. I don’t think she’s really been the same since the bushfires.

Cindy April 2020

Attitude of Gratitude Section (Always Optional)

What’s one simple thing society at large could do to improve our world?

We should have more empathy for others.



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. More empathy would be a very useful thing indeed! Ms. Cindy might be experiencing anxiety attacks and maybe those bushfires (which were pretty horrific) did trigger those anxiety attacks in her. And (in my opinion) she might be itchy because she might be having some kind of allergic type reaction to whatever stress she is experiencing. It’s worth asking your vet I would think. She’s BEAUTIFUL btw. I love your dolls and all the wonderful stories and interest you share in them. Such a wonderful ‘hobby’ (although I suspect it’s more than a hobby). It’s great!

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    • The past 5 years have seen a lot of changes for Cindy. David got sick and was in hospital for 8 months before he died. Prior to that he’d been home most of the time and was the one who took her to the dog park etc. She adored him. She had to get used to being home by herself when I started volunteering at the Op Shop but although she cried when I left she settled down and was usually asleep on my bed when I got home or ready to play. During the bushfires we had to stay with friends and for the first bit she was confined to a veranda away from their dogs unless I had her in my room which I did most of the time. Then later that year we moved here. She likes it here now, she’s used to the house and loves the beach but if I so much as go downstairs without her she cries or barks. Her shots are due so I will be discussing it with the vet when we go.


  2. Yes, I agree. Cereal is not soup. That’s like saying, if you pour water over a piece of lamb is that now soup? No. It’s a wet piece of lamb. I love the “Still hairy” answer. I sometimes say “By bus”.

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