Share Your World 2022: 31 January


What is one topic you love to talk about?

I could say dolls. I could say trains but I think the best answer would be that I love to talk about the past. Those good times we had riding on trains, going to concerts, holiday road trips, people we knew and the funny things that happened.

Ask the wonder question. ‘But so, suppose there was a magical wizard standing right in front of you and you could turn your life into anything you wanted, what would you do? ‘  For example: What, who, where, why? ‘  (Short explanation:  Suspend disbelief and suppose for a moment that you COULD turn your life into anything you wanted it to be.  Answer any or all of those “W” codicils as you wish)

What would definitely be more money in the bank. I’m not one of the “money doesn’t buy happiness brigade”. I’m sure that the people who say that have never had to struggle to make ends meet.

Who would be just the same. I like who I am and don’t feel the need to be a different kind of person. If I were younger, I’d ask for a career doing something interesting. A travel agent, tour guide or maybe an archeologist or historian. I would have to be a slightly different kind of person for those though. More outgoing and confident for the first two and probably fitter to be an archeologist unless I was the kind that stayed at the museum and analysed things.

Where would still be Tasmania or maybe an earthquake free New Zealand. I think that would be a pretty good place to live. Scotland would also be a possibility. I’ve always had a soft spot for Scotland.

Why? Well it would be interesting to have a “Sliding Doors” experience and see what my life might have been if I’d made different choices but by and large I’ve been happy with how things turned out.

(This one has been asked before in various ways)
Could you adjust to life without any internet?
This means the net has theoretically failed and there’s no cyber connection any longer.  Things have gone back to the old ways of land-line telephones (because cells don’t work without the ‘Net) and hand written letters.  Paper newspapers and magazines.  Hard bound books.  Having to actually do finances with ledgers, paper and pen or pencil.  There are a myriad of things the internet brings with it that I think we’ve all gotten so used to that we now take them for granted.   The Millennials and generations after them don’t know the ‘old ways’ at all really in my opinion.

In some ways yes, I could. I liked writing letters, reading books and magazines and I did learn how to do ledgers the old-fashioned way. I hate landline telephones as much as I hate mobiles. I just hate all phones.

However, I would miss things like being able to pay my bills online. I would have to start writing cheques again. I haven’t written a cheque in twenty years. I might have to actually traipse around paying bills in person. That would be annoying. I would miss being able to instantly find the answer to a question that was bugging me and I’d miss blogging.

What do you think is unique about the human ‘animal’ (homo sapien)?

Humans have the capacity to hate. I don’t believe animals have that.

GRATITUDE SECTION  (As always, optional)

Share some encouraging words that you’d say to someone who was feeling down.

Often when people are feeling down I think they would rather just get empathy than advice on how to “fix” their problems. I think I’d say something like “This must be difficult for you.” or “I’m here if you need me.” and just let them talk. Being British I’d probably offer to make them a cup of tea too.

Photo by Cadeau Maestro on


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. I would miss the ease of communicating wi-fi has brought us. Not much other stuff, though. We had computers and calculators and bookkeeping electronics many years before the web. We went to the mood before we had email. Isn’t THAT a thought!

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    • I am often amazed to think what NASA could do with the technology of the day, yet we haven’t sent a man to the moon or anywhere else since (except orbiting ships I mean)


  2. Thanks Vanda for Sharing Your World! Your answers were great and the photos magnificent! I like your ‘comfort for people who are feeling blue” too. A good cup of tea fixes a lot of problems, doesn’t it? Something really soothing in that process! Scotland is lovely, my ancestors on my father’s side come from Scotland. I’d love to see it one day too, but given current conditions, that’s highly unlikely now. You have a wonderful week! 🙂

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