Share Your World 2020: 30 November


What would you enjoy if you could do so without someone getting annoyed with you for enjoying it?  It MUST be something you aren’t supposed to enjoy because it is “bad for you”.

I think that I do most of those “bad for you” things already. I eat chocolate, cake and ice-cream regularly. I shouldn’t because I am overweight but there is really nobody to get annoyed with me about it. No, not even a doctor because I have never had a regular one. I go to the doctor when I get sick or put my back out and only then if over the counter remedies and rest don’t work.

Is it okay for men to wear the color pink?

Men wearing pink became a thing in the 1970s along with Safari Suits and men wearing shorts to work. A popular Premier of South Australia, Don Dunstan was photographed wearing pink shorts to Parliament House. I was about 15 when the stores bloomed with shirts in shades of pink, apricot and lilac along with the more traditional colours.

These days I think it is considered quite acceptable for men to wear pink. In fact pink has become associated with a very popular charity, the McGrath Foundation, which provides breast care nurses to cancer patients. Glenn McGrath for my friends in non cricketing countries was a successful Australian cricketer whose wife Jane died of breast cancer. The Foundation was set up before she died and Cricket Australia started to make the Sydney Test match a tribute to her several years ago. It has become known as “The Pink Test” and there is a lot of pink worn by both men and women at the ground. The concept has spread to other countries and other sports raising money for charity.

Just as a side note, I read someplace that up until just after WWII it was traditional for boys to wear pink and girls to wear blue. Pink was considered the more manly colour. Don’t believe me? Read this.

Now, my personal opinion is that while people can wear whatever they like an excessive amount of bright pink on anyone, male or female, doesn’t look good on most people. Unless you want to look like Barbie that is.

England Women’s Cricket World Cup stars (L-R) Charlotte EdwardsLynne Thomas and Enid Bakewell, photographed at North Sydney Oval during the 2017–18 Women’s Ashes Test by Bahnfrend

Can you curl your tongue? 


What, in your opinion, is the best room to put a fireplace?

I had two fireplaces at my old house, one in the living room and the other in the room which was a combined dining room/ computer room. When we first moved to Tasmania we used both of them but after a few years we switched to a reverse cycle airconditioner, known in Tassie as a heat pump. The main reason for that was that David, with his bad knees, could not bend down easily to put logs into the fire and I was often coming home from work to a cold house because it had gone out or he hadn’t been able to light it. Of course the whole wood stacking, bringing wood in business was also a factor. These were also my jobs. To be honest, although the wood heater in the dining room did a good job of heating the rooms the open fire place in our large living room did not. So regretfully we said goodbye to the ambience of sitting by the fire in favour of modern convenience. It saved a lot of cleaning too, rooms with open fires get dusty.

However, if we’re just talking about how a fireplace looks I still think it’s nice to have one. I liked having favourite ornaments and a clock on the mantel and of course it was also the best place to put Christmas cards. There is a non working fireplace in the living room here, it has a gas heater in it which doesn’t work and which we may eventually have removed but we’ll keep the fireplace surround because we like them. Besides we need somewhere to hang the Christmas stockings.

Some of our Christmas Decorations


How do you show your gratitude?

I don’t have a lot of money but when I can I try to donate to charities and causes that matter to me. I participate in online campaigns for various causes by signing petitions etc. I think I have had a good life and so I try to show my gratitude by improving the lot of 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! That photo of your Christmassy fireplace surround is beautiful! So festive! Thank you also for the informative bit on ‘pink’. Pink is the breast cancer ‘color’ fact I have a face mask I got after my last mammogram in their ‘thanks for getting checked” goodie bag, that has the pink ribbon on it. I have two female relatives (so far) that have or were diagnosed with breast cancer. I won’t be horribly surprised if they tell me one day that I have it too, women who never had children have an increased risk of getting breast cancer. It will be what it will be…. Have a fabulous week!

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