Share Your World 2021: 19 April


Q&A

What was the last TV show you binge-watched?   If you don’t watch TV (congratulations by the way) what’s the last thing you binged ON?

I don’t watch a lot of TV. When Naomi is here we really don’t watch any except music videos or occasionally a comedy or historic film footage on YouTube. TV reception in Sisters Beach is bad and I haven’t bothered to get the antenna connected. If I want to watch I can stream the catch up channels, YouTube or occasionally Netflix or Amazon Prime. Of course when I am home alone I have the TV on more for company. Binge watching is something I might do those evenings, I don’t generally watch during the day. I can’t remember the very last show I binge watched as it was at least two months ago. I know I watched a couple of seasons of “The West Wing” late last year but not the entire 7 seasons this time. I watched “The Good Place” for the second or third time during the summer and the British series “Detectorists” which I love. If I like a show I generally will watch several episodes at a time to get into the story better.

What’s your most prized possession and why?

Anyone who has read this blog for a while must know that I’m quite attached to my stuff but I would not say I had just one prized possession I can single out. Not a lot of what I have is valuable although some of my vintage fashion dolls might sell well. Most things are important because they are family things like the brass ornaments my grandmother bought when the family lived in India and Egypt or because they are part of my childhood like Theresa, my big baby doll. Other things are prized because of who gave them to me and others because I think they are beautiful. I don’t include Cindy and Polly in this list because they are not possessions. They are family.

Everything in this picture has meaning. Theresa is one of my childhood dolls, the rag doll is one mum made for me out of a dust cloth and the teething ring was mine when I was a baby.

If you had the time and inclination, what would you volunteer for?

I have done a lot of volunteering in my time. When I was young I volunteered at a steam preservation society. Mostly I cleaned carriages but I also sold tickets, raffle tickets and other jobs as required. I did it for a number of years and thoroughly enjoyed it. In the last ten years or so volunteering has been a requirement of receiving job seeker benefits and I’ve done quite a few things. I cleaned a local church in Geeveston and looked after their blog for a while. That is how I actually came to WordPress as they used it. I volunteered at the local radio station where I mostly did receptionist duties but also cleaning, going to the shops and the bank, looking after the Presenters needs and even recording a couple of sponsorship messages (not my favourite part). After that I worked at the Op Shop in Geeveston and now I volunteer at the Visitor Centre in Wynyard. All these activities have been enjoyable even though they were an obligation as well. I really like my current volunteer job at WOW and if I didn’t have to do it I probably still would as I’ve always enjoyed helping visitors to my area even back when I worked for the railways.

image car cleaner
volunteer cleaner circa 1979

Do you think that humans will ever be able to live together in harmony?

As things currently stand I doubt it. I’d like to think that we could achieve a society where there are fewer haters but I’m not holding my breath.

Share something uplifting with everyone.   It can be some writing or an image or photo you like!   Thanks! 

As I mentioned in my last couple of posts Naomi and I visited the Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens near Burnie over the weekend. It is a wonderful park where you can just lose yourself for a while. We really liked it. It’s autumn now and I’m really enjoying the autumn colours that are appearing everywhere.

maple leaves

Taswegian1957

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. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.

3 comments

  1. Thanks, Vanda for Sharing Your World! The gardens are beautiful and I imagine would be very very uplifting! Nature can do that so well! What a nice history you have with the volunteer work! I so admire folks who just got in there and did whatever was required to help others, and didn’t expect recognition or pay for doing it either! Wonderful ethic! Your doll collection continues to be a source of such joy! I’m sure all your dollies have stories attached to them, and memories with the stories of how they came to be your dolls and so forth. Thanks for that peep at some very special dolls in your collection, I think it’s amazing you still have your childhood doll made by your mother! What a priceless treasure! Have a wonderful week!

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