Truthful Tuesday: 7 February

Frank’s question to day is this:

What hobby or pastime have you recently set aside, either partially or completely, even if just for the time being? What has made you set it aside? Has another hobby or pastime taken its place? If so, is it a new interest or has something previously put away caught your attention again?


I can’t say that there is a hobby that I’ve recently set aside. I’ve always been a bit sporadic with hobbies and there are a couple I haven’t spent any time on in recent years. One is scrapbooking. I haven’t done any since moving to Sisters Beach. The main reason I suppose is the inconvenience of getting all the stuff out and having, for the moment to use the dining room table. At my old place I had a whole bedroom which was used for my doll collection and I kept my sewing and scrapbooking stuff in that room as well. I had a table where I could spread things out without having to pack up at meal times. That table is now our dining table and my scrapbooking stuff is stored in the room that will eventually become an arts and crafts room. When that happens, I will try to complete the albums I had already started.


I used to make teddy bears and sometimes dolls clothes, that hasn’t happened since I’ve been here either although to be fair, I haven’t made a bear in several years. I have repaired a few of Naomi’s vintage ones, making them new ears and replacing eyes or paw pads. I bought myself a new sewing machine table before leaving Geeveston but have never unpacked it. Eventually I’ll find somewhere to put it and maybe get back to those hobbies too.

Dolls in outfits I made them.

The hobbies I’ve mentioned, plus knitting which I also do sporadically are related to the hobbies I do now. I still collect dolls and I have a doll blog so that means that sewing and knitting for my dolls will remain part of my life, especially when I have a more convenient area to work in.

I’m always going to take photographs and I like to document events and places that matter to me so although I mostly do that by blogging these days, I do enjoy making scrapbooks as it is a way for me to be creative with my photos. I have so many old prints that I’d like to organise the best of them into albums even though I doubt anyone will want them when we’re gone.



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. Great blogpost. I have many hobbies, mainly dollmaking, drawing and learning languages, and sometimes I get depressed and leave all of them aside. I know my depressions over once I put myself together and pick up my hobbies again!
    Keep posting, thanks xxx

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