Share Your World 2021: 6 December

Share Your World is a bit of a team effort this week with questions from or inspired by other bloggers. The year is rushing towards the end and so we have some holiday themed questions from Melanie as well. Let’s see how I go.


Di  (11-2-2021) What really turns your stomach?  (Politicians aside) 

I have a reasonably strong stomach for disgusting things. I think you have to if you have pets because you are often going to have to clean up poo or vomit. It served me well when I worked for the railways especially at New Year. Working New Years Eve when, if I had the night shift, I would spend most of the evening walking around with a mop, bucket and a pail of sawdust. However, that was better than a hot New Year’s Day when the nasty messes had been sitting in a hot train car for a few hours. I did draw the line however at cleaning up urine from a train carriage while the person in question was still doing it.

What really turns my stomach though is anything to do with open wounds or surgery. I can’t watch real life hospital dramas; I don’t like it when people want to show me their operation scars. I couldn’t even watch CSI because the close ups were often too revolting to look at.

Photo by Emmet on

What would YOU do with the immense amount of ‘garbage’ in the world, if there weren’t dumps or barges (Sorry New York/New Jersey) where it was taken to be processed?   (My question thought up from Jim and Fandango’s)

That’s a tough one. I am in favour of recycling and reusing things as much as possible. You can argue that it does no good and that the industry is a scam but if we all throw up our hands and put it in the too hard basket where does that leave us? Too many people and too many governments are waiting for someone else to do something first. Everyone needs to do what they can. Obviously not wasting things in the first place would be better. What to do with the huge amount of garbage we already have? I don’t have a clue. I hope we think of something before we are buried in it.

Evil Squirrel posed the following (12-5-2021)   What’s the oddest container you’ve ever gotten a gift in?

I would love to be able to answer this but as usual I can’t remember. As we often recycle packaging material, I’m sure I’ve had gifts given to me in some odd boxes over the years. Can’t think of one right now. Naomi and I used to enjoy playing the game of wrapping a very small present in layers and layers of newspaper and wrapping paper to make it appear much larger. Mum and David were our usual victims although sometimes we did it to each other.

Holiday themed question:

Do people behave differently during Christmas (insert your own holiday or festive season)?
                Do they try to be better?
                Do you donate something (money, clothes…) to charities?
                Do you give something to homeless people?

Some people do, I think. A lot just seem to spend the whole season complaining about how much they hate it. Very depressing for me as I enjoy it. I’m sure that many families have Christmas traditions that involve giving to others or doing something generous. We have a Christmas Tree at the Visitor Centre for local people to leave donations at and it had a large pile of toys and books under it last time I looked. The gifts are donated unwrapped and I could see some very nice things amongst them that had been bought specially to donate.

I have often donated to charity at Christmas. This year it is a bit tough but I’ll try to do something. One thing that I have often done in the past few years is make donations in lieu of gifts to family members. International Aid organisations offer a way to do this. You may donate the cost of a goat, a couple of chickens, seeds or a water filtration plant depending on what you can afford. I’d do that in the name of the family members who often said “Don’t get us anything.” They got a kick out of it and some needy people got something they could use. All good.

I haven’t given specifically to homeless people but it is a cause I’d like to help if I could afford it.

Nicholas Butcher’s shop

GRATITUDE SECTION (As always, optional)
This is an allegedly joyful time of year.   How do you, personally,  FEEL?

I’m not feeling Christmas yet. It used to be easier to get in the mood when the shops windows were decorated and I’d go to Christmas Parades and Carol Concerts and when the mail would be full of Christmas Cards. eCards are very nice but they are not the same.

I don’t feel bad, but I don’t feel excited about Christmas yet. I’m sure I’ll be more into it once we get the decorations out.

image Santa on float
At the Hobart Christmas Pageant


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! It is a special time of year, and grouchiness and ill-will do spoil that a bit I agree. It sounds like you do your part and that’s all that I think can be asked of us. The garbage question is one that has puzzled me for a long time. Because Utah is so “big” and there was lots of space in the desert, folks wanted us to take their garbage. Store nuclear waste even. In my opinion it’s up to each individual country or state (if you’re here) to figure out the cleanest and safest way to deal with garbage. Recycling properly is a great step IMO. And it seems as if manufacturers are using more biodegradable and recycled stuff for packaging and what not. It’s a start anyway. Your photos were excellent! You can see that the Christmas spirit has come to the shops over your way. I hope you enjoy fully this Christmas season! 🙂

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    • The same thing occurred in South Australia which is a state with a lot of empty space and desert. Other states wanted to send their garbage and nuclear waste.
      My photos this week are all old ones as I haven’t been able to take any this year so far.


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