Share Your World 2020: 28 December


Pick three words to describe this past year.   (please keep them PG. Thanks).

Sad, frustrating, strange

What were the best books you read this year?   Or the best movie you saw?  

I recently read “The Man” by Irving Wallace. Not a new book by any means as it was written in the sixties but I read it around the time of the US election. I also read a book called “Girt” about the history of European settlement in Australia. True history but with an amusing style.

Because there was lots of time for looking inward, what is one big personal lesson you learned this past year?

I guess that the hardest part of this past year for me has not been living alone, I’ve been doing that for a while now. It has been the loss of freedom to come and go as I please. I have lived a smaller life this year and have coped with it but I miss the idea of being able to go somewhere by myself maybe even more than I miss the actual outings.

Do you think Covid has strengthened or weakened societal bonds?

I don’t know, perhaps it depends on where you are in the world. People certainly seem to have suffered from the loss of access to friends and family but there are the selfish people who only care about their own convenience and refuse follow the rules that were put in place to keep everyone safe. It’s hard not to be mad at them.

Image by Natalia Lavrinenko from Pixabay

GRATITUDE SECTION (Optional of course):

What is a New Year’s Wish You’d Like To Share With the World?

Simply that 2021 be a better year for all of us.



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. Thank you Vanda for Sharing Your World! Very good words to describe 2020! Strange indeed! What an interesting book you shared! How prophetic (in a way) too…as we finally did elect someone of color to the White House ‘high chair’. Sadly, the one who followed him has made so many blunders that it’s a relief to see him go. Obama did as good a job as he could, but sadly not enough..maybe that’s just the way it will be. I’m interested in “Girt” too…that sounds like a good read! I hope your New Year brings only joy and good things!

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  2. You lived on your own since 2015. I have been on my own for most of my life and completely since 1997. Imagine that!


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