RDP: Simple Pleasures

I’ve often said during the last few years that it is the simple pleasures in life that have got me through difficult times. I think that perhaps they are the most important parts of life in the end. I mean, while it is wonderful to go out and do exciting things it would not make up for having a horrible everyday life.

My simple pleasures are mostly related to home. Sitting in the garden with a cuppa and a good book, listening to or watching the birds. I’ve spent many an hour in my old garden in Geeveston like that. Here we can watch the wildlife that abounds in our street. It’s still a novelty to see wallabies grazing in our garden or across the street or to see a parrot, a kookaburra or a wren. I can appreciate the beauty of a spiderweb although not the spider itself.

A place to relax.

When I used to have to get up early to go to work, I’d appreciate the sunrise while I waited for the bus. Sunsets, a full moon, even interesting cloud formations are all pleasures that nature provides us for nothing. Colour. I love colour whether it is the colour of the sea or sky, the colours of flowers, fabrics and yarn or even machinery and buildings.

Sunset at Sisters Beach

I enjoy watching our pets and the funny or cute things that they do; the smell and taste of a good meal, eating ice cream or Tim Tams.


Having a good laugh over something silly. The anticipation of going somewhere, riding in the car with good music on the stereo, the Scottish accent of the breakfast presenter on the radio station I listen to.

Most of these things are ordinary everyday events but imagine a life without such things.



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.


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