Sandman’s Q & A

Today I’m joining in with Sandman’s Q&A which poses some interesting questions.


What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?

So many things that Millennials do I don’t get the point of. Taking photos of your meal but not actually eating it. “Influencers” and the people who follow them. Tik Tok, to name a few.

What quirky things do people do where you are from?

I don’t know if we’re quirkier in Tasmania than any other part of Australia. Tasmanians call a reverse cycle air conditioner a heat pump and even more confusingly to me they call soft drinks (Coke etc) cordial. at least the older people do. Maybe it is an Australian quirk that every state seems to have different names for things. Vegemite is a huge Australian quirk.

Cold Beer.

What are some things you wish you could unlearn?

I don’t really want to unlearn anything. I’m more afraid of forgetting things I once knew how to do.

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?

Of course, I miss David even after six years. I miss my friends from Hobart and the Huon Valley, the girls at the Op Shop where I used to work and my other group of friends that meet regularly for coffee or lunch. I miss my friend Graham who died last year. I hope to see the others again when I can visit the south but I’ll never see or talk to him again.



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.

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