2021 in Review

I started 2021 in a hopeful frame of mind and for most of it, things seemed to be going quite well despite Covid. We lived more or less normal lives, becoming accustomed to things like QR codes, checking in to places and using hand sanitiser everywhere. We had no Covid in Tasmania this year until two weeks ago when our borders were opened to all states, even those with Covid hotspots. This coincided with the arrival of Omicron. Now we have several hundred cases in the state and have to wear masks indoors in public places. The case numbers around the country are going up and I just don’t know where it will all end. Many of the things that I was looking forward to doing may not be possible for some time and those we can do I won’t enjoy as much. I don’t feel comfortable going to big events where I may contract the virus and I am still trying to find a way to wear a mask without getting my glasses all steamed up. It seems that I must choose between being safe and being able to see where I am going.

Well, enough of Covid. What else happened this year? I did manage to get back to my volunteer job at the Visitor Information Centre, “The Wonders of Wynyard”. It’s not been very busy with few interstate visitors able to come to Tasmania but it has given me a good opportunity to learn on the job as my training was cut short by the pandemic. I do really love going there. I have always really enjoyed helping visitors. I had a little taste of it when I worked for the railways in Adelaide. When I worked at the station I’d often be asked for directions or to recommend things to do even though I was working as a cleaner. That was why I decided to go into the hospitality industry after leaving the railways. I was not qualified, nor did I want to be a tour guide but I did enjoy the interaction with visitors that I got as a housekeeper. Working as a Volunteer Information Officer has been a lot of fun.

I was saddened earlier in the year to hear of the death of my friend Graham. I had not seen him since moving to Sisters Beach two years ago but we kept in touch by email. Graham’s death was sudden and unexpected and unfortunately, I was unable to go to his memorial service in the Huon Valley. I still miss him and think about him often.

Naomi has not been that well since moving here. She had been suffering with chronic pain for quite some time due to age- and work-related injuries but for the last six months she has been especially uncomfortable. This wasn’t helped by the first doctor she went to after moving here, as he didn’t listen to her or try to help her manage them and in the end, he was so rude to her that we just decided to find someone else. She now has found a doctor she trusts and has a care plan being put in place so things should improve next year we hope.

Erratics at Sisters Beach

The other positive thing that happened this year was that Naomi sold her house and moved to Sisters Beach full time. She actually moved in July but the house was only sold last month after being on the market for less than a week. We can now move ahead getting more work done on this house and buying a few things for it.

As you all know we recently experienced a bushfire here at Sisters Beach. Luckily as it happened early in the season there were plenty of resources available to fight the fire and it was under control within a week. It was frightening seeing the flames at night as it wasn’t too far from us in the National Park. We were lucky this time.

2021 hasn’t been the easiest year for blogging. I am very grateful for the bloggers who post writing and photography challenges which have helped a lot to keep me motivated. I have not had many opportunities to go places and take new photographs or write about them and that has often made me feel frustrated. We do hope to do some drives this summer to other Tasmanian towns but I think it will be a very long time before we’ll go on an overnight trip or go interstate.

We still have all our pets including Cindy who will be turning sixteen in March. She has arthritis in her back legs now and moves rather stiffly at times but still manages to get up to mischief emptying rubbish bins and stealing treats if left at home alone.

Cindy March 2021

So that was 2021. On the whole I’m glad to see the back of it although I don’t have a lot of optimism that 2022 will be better at this stage. Time will tell. I’m afraid that this post has been a bit of a downer. I don’t usually dwell on the negative as I like to keep the blog upbeat, a place where I can focus on the good things in life but this has been a tough one.

Thank you to all of our readers old and new who have continued to visit this blog even when there hasn’t been much new content to see.

Happy New Year to all of you, may 2022 be a better year.



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. Mr Worms keeps a close eye on what the scientists and doctors are learning about Omicron. While it’s still all a bit new, the data that is coming out suggests that, while it’s incredibly infectious, it is MOSTLY a very mild illness and that perhaps it won’t need to be feared as the original and Delta were feared. He says he would put money on the pandemic being over by March. Let’s hope he’s right. All the best to you and Naomi for 2022. I sure am glad to see the back of 2021.

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    • I certainly hope that he’s right. I’ve been OK with most of the restrictions and didn’t really mind being alone during lockdown but having to wear a mask everywhere I go has really got to me.

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  2. It must be nice to have some company, Vanda. I hope Naomi’s pain dials down soon. The AZ left me with months and months of pain, not so the fizzer. Perhaps that could be a contributing factor? I send my best wishes for some respite from the weather and Covid stresses. Hopefully Omicron will be short-lived and you can soon return to fog-free vision.
    Cindy is looking quite sparkie for 16. It is not easy to travel with an old dog so maybe holidaying at home was meant to be.
    Best wishes to you and Naomi.

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    • Naomi’s health issues started back in July before her shots although they have actually been ongoing for some years, it got worse and was made worse by a bad doctor. Hopefully the new one will work out better. I don’t think I will be making any long term travel plans while I still have Cindy with or without Covid. Naomi would look after her of course but she does fret for me and wouldn’t be fair to leave her with an aged pet and five others to care for if Cindy were likely to get sick.


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