Share Your World 2021: 20 September


If you were to be cast as part of a comedy double act, which part would you play…. the straight man or the funny one, and why?

I think I’d be the straight person. I’m pretty bad at telling jokes.

If you were to be reincarnated on Earth as any non-living/inanimate object of your choosing, what would you come back as and why?

To be perfectly honest the way the world seems to be heading there seems very little point in coming back at all even as an inanimate object. I wouldn’t want to be a tree and get chopped down. I think many modern buildings are hideous and I can’t think of any reason I’d want to be some kind of vehicle. So I’m hoping that reincarnation is not a thing after all.

We all know how dogs mark their territory.  How do you mark your territory?

With my stuff. I put out my dolls, my books and my sentimental bits and pieces and they turn my home into my castle.

If you were on a trivia show and had to correctly answer ten questions in one subject to win a million dollars (or whatever currency is used in your locale), what would you hope the category would be?

That’s a very good question. I like trivia and lists of things. We play Scattergories a lot but I’m afraid my memory is not what it was. I like to say that the hard drive that is my brain is getting so cluttered with information that I have trouble retrieving it on demand. I think that I’d choose history for my category. I’m better at remembering the far past.


In democratic societies, do you believe that the right to vote is merely a privilege or a duty for all citizens?  This should not be thought of as an “Americans only” question.  ANY ONE is welcome to answer.

I think that the right to vote is a privilege and a duty. Those of us who live in countries where we are free to vote for our leaders are very fortunate. Many people would die for that right, many have died for it. I don’t think we value it anywhere near enough. In Australia voting in state and federal elections is compulsory and I always feel annoyed when I hear people complaining about having to go and vote and not taking it seriously. I do believe that it is our duty to vote . If you don’t vote what right do you have to complain if you don’t like the outcome of the election? Elections are still the best way for people to choose how they want to be governed. We should take the time to become familiar with the policies of each party and look at their track records. An election is not a popularity contest, you shouldn’t be voting for the person your partner/parents/friends vote for unless you think that person or party is the best for the job. You shouldn’t be choosing because of comments that the leader made on social media, because you think he’s funny or supports the same football team as you. You only have one vote. Make it count.

Polling Booth by Johnscotaus, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


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! Very impassioned answer about voting. You might have had a career writing speeches for someone! I agree most heartily! Lovely pics to go with your answers, and I LOVE Scattergories. We grew up playing a ‘home’ version (long before the game was available) with paper and pencils with my mother. She loved words and “Categories” (what we called it) was probably one of her favorite games. She’d usually come up with words we didn’t know too, and so we’d learn. Thanks for the reminder of gentler times! 😀 I found it so sweet that you call your home your castle. Where the dollies live, and familiar things around you. I think you must love your home! ❤ Have a spectacular week! 🙂

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    • I do love my home and I am very passionate about voting. A teacher I had when I was about 12 talked to the class about how important voting was and why we should make up our own minds. I have never forgotten it.


  2. The problem is, you are expecting that education would actually educate people. I don’t know what happened, but people seem to reject “learning” as a concept. They know what they want to know, wrong or right or completely absurd. They don’t care if it’s true or even if it’s complete nonsense.

    I suspect that anyone who actually knows what’s going on doesn’t need to be forced to vote. But maybe that too is wishful thinking.

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    • Sadly you are probably right. Even people who have had a good education eg. gone to university, can have strange ideas. Some of them become politicians too. 😦


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