Share Your World 2021: 25 October


Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building  (yeah it’s a retread.  But there are new participants to SYW too who probably never answered it)

With my terrible night vision, the thing I’d be most likely to run into in a dark forest would be a log. I’d probably fall over it. Seriously, I would not like to run into a creepy person. I’ve read too many news stories about women who disappear in such places.

Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds?

Worlds yes if we’re talking about inhabited planets. Why should we assume we are the only ones here? Dimensions I’m not so sure about but if scientists say they are possible that’s good enough for me.

Would you ever go to a graveyard at night?

Yes, I would but only with a good torch (see question 1). Naomi and I have been on “Ghost Tours” of historic sites a couple of times. They weren’t cemeteries though. I quite like old cemeteries, it’s interesting to walk around and read the old head stones and think about the families from long ago who are buried there. I’ve done that at dusk a couple of times and didn’t find it at all scary.

What is the most frightening book you’ve ever read?

I don’t know so much about frightening but the most disturbing book I can remember reading was George Orwell’s 1984. I read an abridged version when I was in my early teens (Readers Digest) and it didn’t bother me but a few years later I came across an unabridged edition and that upset me quite a bit.

BONUS QUESTION (just for silliness’ sake!)

 If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), which would you pick out of the five choices?

Black cat, I’ve always had a soft spot for them. I did have a black cat once, Josey. He was a very handsome cat. Naomi has a black cat called Panther. She is a lovely cat but very timid and still runs away from me most of the time. Sometimes she lets me stroke her but only if Naomi is nearby.

Panther photo by Naomi

GRATITUDE SECTION (As always, optional)
What are you grateful for?  

This week I’m grateful for two things. On Saturday we drove from Sisters Beach to Oatlands to do some cleaning up at Naomi’s house. The weather was horrible. It rained for the entire three-and-a-half-hour drive, the whole time we were there and all the way back home. There were roadworks and Naomi had to drive over some bad patches of road, gravel in a couple of places and the roads were all wet and slippery. I’m grateful that she is such a good driver and that although we had a couple of scary moments, we made it there and back safely and without any car problems. Wazza, Naomi’s ageing Ford Falcon has overheated a couple of times recently, she thinks it is the thermostat, but he behaved perfectly.

Road Tripping photo by Naomi

The other thing I’m grateful for is that the house will go on the market in the next week or so and we will only have to do that trip one more time to finish cleaning up.



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 Vanda for Sharing Your World! 🙂 I agree that graveyards can be very peaceful, but I wouldn’t voluntarily hang out in one after dark. Superstition on my part, it’s not that I think anything untoward would happen, unless, like you, I fell over something. My night vision is bad too. I’m glad the house scenario is wrapping up nicely and it’s always reassuring to know someone who is a competent driver, especially in bad weather! Panther is a beautiful cat, and perhaps with time she’ll warm up a bit to you. Kitties (and dogs too) can be very skittish if they have a bad experience when they are young. Have a great week and stay warm and dry!

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