12 Questions from Rory

Rory aka A Guy Called Bloke writes the following:

12 Bloggerz is a once a month question feature where l will …. ask you questions … 12 of them!

When was the last time you were totally lost?
[Be this physically, mentally, emotionally or so on, interpretation is yours]

I’m not often lost, sometimes temporarily misplaced. The last time I can remember being lost was a couple of years ago when Naomi and I were looking for a house we were interested in (not this one). I knew where it was but I could not for the life of me figure out how to get to it. We were so close but we could not find the correct turn to make. In the end I rang and cancelled the appointment because we were both getting hot and frustrated.
Do you think that we as viewers to the entertainment industry have much higher and perhaps unrealistic expectations to the content that we read, watch or listen to today in comparison to previous years and or generations?


I don’t know about people in general but I think that I must because I don’t enjoy many new films, TV, music or books. I’m always surprised when I find a new TV series that I actually want to watch.
Does Money ‘Really’ make us happy or is that just a myth and more importantly it is ‘what you do with it’ that makes you happier?
People who tell you that money won’t make you happy generally have plenty. It is not the cure all for everything of course but having enough money to keep a roof over your head, pay the bills, eat and have a little left over for leisure is better than the constant worrying about how you are going to live. I do agree that it is not the money itself that makes you happy. It’s what you can do with it. Yes, having a bit in the bank for a rainy day makes me happy but also being able to enjoy life even in a modest way, to be able to give gifts and share good fortune is even better.
How important to you is it to be right?
Nobody is right about everything. I try to make sensible decisions about my life. I haven’t always been right in those decisions. I have opinions about things which I think are right after thinking and reading about them. I’d like to think I am right in those opinions. I guess only time will tell. However, I don’t want to become a martyr to my opinions. My sister likes to say that our mother would rather be right than happy and I think that was true. I’d rather be happy.
How often do you find yourself completely confused with life and the way it is changing and has changed over the last ten or twenty years?
More and more often. There are so many issues now that I never gave a lot of thought to that now seem to major sources of conflict. There are buzz words that I don’t understand and the younger generations seem so different. Maybe I’d have understood all this better if I’d had children myself. As it is I often feel I can’t keep up with it all.
When out shopping and carrying your goods or groceries which do you prefer to use more often – paper or plastic bags [reusable] or cotton totes or something else?
I take a shopping bag when I go out. I have a fold up vinyl “emergency bag” for impulse buys and we take fabric reusable shopping bags to the supermarket. I actually get most of my shopping delivered and until Covid it was great because the delivery person would bring it in and put it on the kitchen bench. There were never any bags. NowI get inundated with plastic bags. The store will recycle them and I give a lot away to the place I volunteer at but I’d rather not have them at all.
How many emails do you get a day [roughly] and from who do you get the most?
Too many, most of them junk mail from shopping or other sites I’ve subscribed to. Every now and then I have a cull and unsubscribe to a bunch of them. I guess it would be a dozen or more a day. I don’t count I just hit delete.
Have you ever made for yourself ‘homemade wine/spirits’ and if so what was it made from and how was it?
I haven’t. My husband David used to try his hand at beer making. Some of it was nice, some wasn’t.
In your opinion and from no ‘fixed time period’, what have been in your eyes the top 5 most memorable television series you have ever watched and what made them special to you?
That’s a hard question for anyone over 60 to answer. it’s a lot of TV. I’m definitely going to say “The West Wing”. A lot of what I know about the US political system I first learned watching that show. I loved all the characters and the way the story was written. It had great dialogue. In my opinion the best shows are the ones that make you both laugh and cry and “The West Wing” did that. I’d also include M*A*S*H and “The Gilmore Girls” in that category. Other shows that either made me laugh or made me care about the characters would be “Yes Minister”, “Doctor Who “(except for Doctors 6, 7, 8 & 13) and Star Trek. I’d also give a mention to “The Orville” which if it keeps going could reach “laugh and cry” status.
The West Wing Wallpaper
Photos courtesy of Flickr user François Pichard
What’s wrong with today’s music as opposed to the music of your yesterday’s – do you consider the music now to be far worse or greatly improved and why?
As my mother used to say about our music. “That’s not what I call music.”
I guess it is generational but I really don’t enjoy today’s pop music. I don’t see any really memorable music coming from the last 20 years. For me you can’t beat the 60s, 70s and 80s .Although there have always been fads for certain types of music in those decades there was a lot more diversity than now I think. I wonder if many of the iconic bands of the past would have survived appearing on shows like “American Idol” or “Britain’s Got Talent”. I’m sure they would have been told to change their material, change their look or lose weight to fit in with some judge’s idea of what was going to be popular. Don’t get me started on those shows. I really don’t listen to today’s music much though, it is background noise to me, only noticed when it is particularly annoying.
image Neil Finn
Neil Finn in his Split Enz days at Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide c1982
Does world history really matter to our daily lives – is it that important – l mean it’s not like we can change anything right – what do you think?
Yes, so much. If we’re not to keep repeating the mistakes of the past. It is important to understand how events in the past shaped the world we live in today.
Do you believe that a good night’s sleep and waking up refreshed the following day helps you make better decisions or worthier improvements to your life – or it makes no difference at all?
I’m sure it does. I should try it some time.


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. 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. I think your answer means what I mean. Having ENOUGH money makes you have. Not having enough money makes you UNhappy. Poverty (fairy tales notwithstanding) is not a happy state. Poor but happy is one of those meaningless comments that really annoys me because the person saying it is never really poor.

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    • Yes, that is exactly what I meant. Of course we would be happier if we were not always wondering how we would pay the bills and letting home repairs go because we can’t afford to fix them or going into debt because we must fix them. No rich person would understand that.


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