Share Your World 2021: 20 December


What is your least favorite holiday side dish?  (for any holiday)

It’s not really a side dish but I have never understood why people like pork crackling. I like pork but I always leave the fat on the plate.

What is the ugliest or most tasteless decoration you’ve ever seen?

Just recently Naomi and I were in a Target store in Launceston. All the store decorations were dull colours. I suppose they were meant to be silver and gold but they just looked like grey and beige. There was no sparkle and it was all very monochrome. We thought that was the ugliest Christmas decor we had ever seen.

What is a cherished or unusual (either or both) family tradition from your childhood?   (this is the recycled Evil Squirrel question that got bungled by moi, and sounded like a packaging question.  My bad).

When I was a child, we used to find silver coins in the Christmas Pudding. Not a unique family tradition, many families did it but I do remember the excitement of finding sixpence in your pudding. Today’s coins are not suitable to cook inside a pudding. You can buy silver charms but they are rather expensive so it’s a tradition that has fallen by the wayside unfortunately.

You’re walking down the street, feeling great — what holiday song would be playing in the background? (aw, play along. I realize some of you prefer a very silent night.  It is an option to pass on this question too.  No offense will be taken).  

I really enjoy hearing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah” at this time of year.

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Christmas Day was also our mum’s birthday. She often used to tell us the story of how her mother was cooking goose for the family Christmas dinner when she went into labour. I’m not sure whether she finished it or someone else had to take over. It was a home birth and naturally the baby was named Carol. I can also tell you that Christmas Day 1921 was a Sunday. If mum was still with us, she’d be 100 years old.



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.

One comment

  1. Happy Holidays Vanda, and thank you so much for Sharing Your World! What a wonderful ‘gift’ to get on Christmas – a new baby! I have a Christmas Eve niece (born on the 24th of December) and a cousin born earlier in December. Both are named “Holly” in honor of the day. “Carol” and “Noelle” are two other Christmas names I could think of! What a lovely share! ❤ I agree about that silver & gold 'trend' this year – a lot of stores went that way and I agree that mostly they look really tired. Add some sparkle to them if that's how one wants to go, I guess glitter must cost extra or something 😉 Have a wonderful week! 🤶🏻

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