Share Your World 2022: 17 January


Fill in: ‘If I were really completely honest, I would say that …’ This is a question for ‘radical honesty’. What are the things you wouldn’t normally say? Things you would otherwise actually hide?  What’s on your mind? What would you really like to be able to say?

‘If I were really completely honest, I would say that I don’t really like being hugged except by people I’m very close to.…

I could have said “I hate phones”. but I’m completely honest about that. I tell everybody.

Have you ever broken anything? What about rules?

I have had a run of breaking things lately, mostly china. I broke one of our dinner plates a couple of months ago which was a nuisance because it was from a vintage set. I did manage to find a replacement online.

Rules, well I won’t say I’ve never broken any rules but I generally try not to even if I disagree with them or dislike them.

Are you  also  afraid of spiders? What is your biggest fear, other than spiders?  (if you’re not afraid of spiders, use your biggest phobia instead).

Well, I don’t fancy snakes either, most Australian spiders and snakes are dangerous so I don’t think that’s being wimpy. However, what I am really afraid of is falling. Even changing a lightbulb is impossible for me. I can’t stand on a ladder unless there is something close by to hold onto like my step ladder does or unless it is near a wall.


A nice new step ladder – with a shelf.

Do you think time goes faster as you get older?

Oh yes definitely. It’s been a rollercoaster these last few years.

GRATITUDE SECTION (as always, optional)

Please share something that really inspired you from this last week or month.

I think that our recent outings have inspired me to write more. I especially loved our drive through the Tarkine forests earlier this month. It not only provided me with many photo opportunities but just seeing the trees and ferns and smelling the fresh air made me want to share the experience.

Tall trees in the Tarkine


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. Thank you Vanda for Sharing Your World! I agree whole-heartedly with your first answer. What’s with the hugging strangers trend? Yikes! Not safe right now either. The Tarkine looks amazing, such tall trees! I bet that was very refreshing, not only physically, but spiritually too. Driving through such places reminds us that we’re a small part of a very big world. Have a great week ! 🙂

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