Share Your World 2021: 18 October


Are you easily frightened or startled?

I’m not really sure! Loud, unexpected noises may make me jump and I have laid in bed at night listening to a strange noise and not wanting to get up and investigate, so I guess I am.

(Purely whimsical supposition.  Suspend disbelief for a bit)
If you were a ghost, what location do you think you would haunt? Is it the same or different from the location you’d want
 to haunt?

If I were a ghost I guess I’d probably haunt my own home as I’m very attached to my space as you know. I wouldn’t actually want to haunt anything. I don’t want to be like the ghosts in “A Christmas Carol” floating around going “Woe is me! Why didn’t I do this or that.”

What do you see in your mind’s eye when you close your eyes?  (I know somebody will answer ‘the inside of my eyelids”, so I took the temptation away by answering that first!    Feel free to use that answer if you like though, or pass. It’s ALL good!)

I don’t always see the same thing. I do like to visualise places I’d like to be to help me go to sleep so I visualise something like a compartment on the Indian Pacific train or walking through a place I’d like to visit . It works so well I usually fall asleep before I get very far.

If a Semi (Big Rig in Americanese) (lorry or trolley over the pond) were about to smash into a crowd, and you could divert the vehicle’s course to hit only one person, would you?  How would you decide who would become the victim?

Ah, The Trolley Problem! I would hate to have to do this, especially after watching an episode of “The Good Place” that dealt with it quite graphically. It was meant to be funny and it was but also gory. I don’t have the right to decide who lives and who dies but if someone had to I’d probably try to steer towards the least amount of people and hope that they were fast enough to get out of the way. Many might disagree but I would probably choose to head for a younger, fitter person who might stand a better chance of surviving than someone older, disabled or a young child. There has been a lot written on the subject and I find it an interesting problem ethically but I don’t want to have to do it.

The Trolley Problem


Please feel free to share what makes you feel warm and cozy when the wind blows cold? Alternatively (for those on the other side of the world), what makes you feel relaxed and comfortable when the thermometer starts rising?

I’m going to stick with warm and cosy because it’s still pretty cold and wet down here. We’ve had a few nice days but a lot of rain and some nights that have gone down to single (Celsius) figures. I’ve had to wear bed socks!

Being tucked up in bed with my winter weight doona on the bed makes me feel very snug. So does relaxing in my favourite armchair with my feet up, the heat pump on, listening to the rain and wind outside while Cindy and Polly are sleeping nearby

Cindy and Polly


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 so much Vanda for Sharing Your World! That photo is so darling! Obviously those two get along very well, I’ve never seen a cat that would allow a dog to lie on them like that. Does it help Polly feel more secure? They’re both absolutely beautiful! I fear I’ve duffed the “Trolley” question a bit, because, although we have trams over here (trolley cars) and particularly in San Francisco (it’s famous for them), I thought it referenced the lorry or big truck. Any vehicle out of control towards a crowded street (are there those around any more ?) would cause me a lot of anxiety! I do the same visualization technique when I’m trying to drop off, and that train looks amazing! How fun to be able to take it to different places! 🙂 I hope you have a splendid week!

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    • After I had answered the “trolley” question I did some further reading and discovered that there were a lot of variations to it so your semi trailer scenario could easily be one of them. There was also a scenario where you are standing on an overpass looking down on the impending accident. The scenario is that a heavy object dropped from that height would halt the trolley/semi. You are standing next to a fat man. Do you push him over? I had never heard that one and I was appalled. Of course I wouldn’t do that. It’s murder. Would anyone do that? Also I don’t think it would work. A heavy vehicle like that would continue a long way before it stopped and likely kill the people below as well as the unfortunate victim.
      Cindy and Polly don’t often lie together like that but Polly will often go up to Cindy when she’s lying down and wash her face. Polly prefers a higher sleeping place most of the time, especially now we have two other dogs in the house but Cindy can no longer jump onto a chair or the bed.


  2. Bugs make me go “EEK!” Noises make me worry that something is wrong with the house, like maybe the roof is falling off. Otherwise, it’s just getting chilly here. All of a sudden, it went from summer to fall. It’s the kind of weather where you aren’t sure if you need a sweatshirt or not. Indecision rules!

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