E.M’s Sunday Ramble #2

It’s Monday morning in Australia and although I read these questions on Sunday Night, I decided to sleep on them before answering.

This week’s topic is “favorites “.

Here are the questions:

What is your all time favorite food for any occasion?

There are a lot of foods I call favourites. One of them is bread. I love toast for breakfast, especially raisin toast, toasted ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch on a cool day or salad sandwiches with fresh bread on a warm one. I like crusty bread straight from the oven or bread maker and those soft white dinner rolls. I like multigrain and wholemeal bread for sandwiches or just eating with butter or margarine. One of my favourites is Helga’s Soy & Linseed loaf.

If we’re talking about meals for special occasions I would have to go for roast lamb. When I was growing up, and for some years after that, we would have a roasted leg of lamb with roast potatoes and vegetables every Sunday. It’s too expensive to have lamb that often now but we get it occasionally for a treat. We may have one at Christmas.

loaf of bread

What is your favorite season and why?

I have to say spring because I adore the spring flowering bulbs especially daffodils and tulips. Living here in north west Tasmania we get treated to an annual display of tulips at the Table Cape Tulip Farm which opens to the public but we can often glimpse fields of commercially grown tulips from the roadside at other farms. Daffodils always brighten me up with their cheery colours after a long dull winter. I had so many daffodils in my garden at Geeveston as I used to plant a few more every year and they were blooming earlier every year. Spring is just a wonderful time in nature. I love seeing the blossoms on trees, new growth on plants and lambs and calves in the fields.

Tulips at Table Cape 2021

Autumn in Tasmania is lovely too. As it is cooler than mainland Australia, we get a display of colours as the trees turn to red, yellow and gold. Oak trees grow well here and the acorns on the ground remind me of my early childhood in England.

This tree was showing wonderful autumn colours.

Pick three of your most favorite colors and tell me why you love them.

Red: I’ve always loved red. I like to wear it. I like red flowers; I like red cars although I probably wouldn’t have one. I can’t really explain why I like it so much. I guess because it can be such a vibrant colour. As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate the darker shades, especially for clothing and the softer shades like raspberry and rose. The bright reds that I associate with fire engines, Ferrari’s, post boxes and London buses are still my favourite but I realise that those shades can be overpowering in large amounts.

Green: Green was my mum’s favourite colour and she said she liked it because it was the colour of the grass and trees. I can’t think of a better answer than that. Green is fresh and cool and it is easy on the eyes.

Purple: It was harder to choose a third favourite colour because I really like blue and yellow too. However, a glance at my wardrobe will show a lot of shades of purple. I do favour the bright shades over the pastels. I guess that I just like colours that make a statement.

Who is your favorite person on the planet?

I’m afraid I can’t really answer this one very well. Some of the people dearest to me are gone now, David, my mum, my grandmother. Of those people still living, there are a small group of family members and friends, they know who they are. I am not going to name just one.

What is your most favorite personality trait in other people?

Kindness, people who are kind and thoughtful towards others.


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. Hi Taswegian! Your answers are awesome! I like the pictures to go along with them, and that bread looks so yummy. I just made banana chocolate chip bread from scratch for the first time today. I spoiled the family. Tasmania looks beautiful and fresh. It is much different from where I live right now. We have a lot of droughts, so there isn’t much green unless you go up North or towards the Pacific Ocean. Kindness does make the world less chaotic, so it’s a great choice of a trait. Thanks for joining in! Have a great Sunday!

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      • Thank you Taswegian! I grew up in the midwest, so I fell in love when I got out here. I had come to visit my sister the August before I moved here, and we drove up the coast from Disney, nearly all the way up to the San Jose area. I take the train to the Bay. I love it out here.

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  2. Thank you for explaining a bit about Tasmannia. I knew it wasn’t the same as Australia, but I didn’t know the differences. You get seasons. That’s important. It’s one of the things I really missed living in Israel. They have seasons, but they are different. No Autumn at all. Spring is long — January through May. Summer comes in June and only ends when the first clouds roll in, usually in October but sometimes not until November or December. Winter is chilly and rainy (if they are lucky) with weeks mixed in that are gorgeous and sunny and warm. And in January, back we go to spring. Here, it’s four seasons, though spring is very short and winter is long. Fall is the good season. When I was away I even missed winter and I don’t even LIKE winter 😀

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    • We are quite a bit further south and I think being a small island plays a part in keeping the climate cooler. Tasmania is more mountainous too. I haven’t visited every state in Australia. Hopefully I will still get to do that one day. I’m most familiar with South Australia and there autumn had all but disappeared by the time I left there almost 20 years ago. It was hot well into April. In winter we thought 4 degrees Celsius was pretty cold. Tasmania’s seasons are much more distinct from each other. I think Victoria is a little like that too but summers there can be much hotter than we have. That’s why I never liked to visit the mainland states between October and April. Told the family it would be weddings and funerals only.


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