Blogiversary #8

It’s been 8 years since this blog began. It seems like I’ve been doing it a very long time and I guess that in these days of short attention spans it is. Although these days I sometimes struggle to post as regularly as I would like I can’t imagine not doing it. I won’t say I’ve made waves in the blogging community. I don’t have thousands of followers, just a few hundred but I think that quite a lot of them are real people who actually read what I write and some of them have been following this blog for quite a few years. Thank you all for sticking with me for so long. The nice thing about blogging on WordPress is the community feeling amongst bloggers.

When I started to blog I relied a lot on prompts for inspiration. Back then it was the Daily Prompt put out by WordPress. That’s long gone of course but today it seems as if there are even more challenge posts to participate in as bloggers stepped in to fill the gap. I still join in with these from time to time if the questions are interesting or the theme appeals to me. I especially love the photography challenges which give me an opportunity to share photos. Participating in them has given me new ways to enjoy photography and helped me to find subjects closer to home, something I’ve been very glad of since moving to Sisters Beach.

My favourite type of posts to write are the ones about interesting places or events I’ve been to. I like to share my corner of the world with others and I’ll continue to do that whenever I can.

Although I do enjoy a good rant sometimes I have always tried to give this blog a positive focus. If I wrote about all the things that make me angry I wouldn’t have a lot of fun doing this.

I’m not going to make any promises about posting more often because who knows what will happen in the future but there is a good chance I’ll still be here this time next year.



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. I’m just about a year ahead of you. It was 9 years in February. I’m not planning to quit either, but I have been slowing down. It’s not so much that I don’t want to as life has slowed down and we aren’t doing anything very interesting, so I do more photography than real writing. Also, I have a pretty cynical view of the world and I’m not sure everyone wants to share that.

    You have been one of the delightful surprises of blogging. Our private correspondence means a lot to me. It’s supposed to be almost summer, but it has been raining hard for three days and it’s nasty and cold outside. A 40 degree drop in temperature from just last week. But I keep reminding myself how badly we need this rain. Our well needs water, too and we didn’t have enough snow during the winter, so we didn’t get the snow-melt that we used to depend on to fill up the aquifer.

    Water is going to be the biggest prized possession to have.

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    • Thank you for your kind words Marilyn. That means a lot to me. I’ve been slowing down for much the same reasons. I go out less and I just don’t want to write about what’s in the news all the time.I also don’t like to write a lot about deeply personal things like some do. Not saying there is anything wrong with that but it’s not for me.
      Today is the last day of autumn for us. We tend to count seasons from the beginning of the month not the 21st. It has just turned colder and we’re getting more rainy days. I don’t mind. When you get your water from a tank or a well you don’t complain about the rain..


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