Share Your World 2022: 14 March


How do you tell if someone has a sense of humor? 

By listening to what they say, and noticing how they react to situations. A person with a sense of humour will often find a lighter side to an annoying or ridiculous situation.

What sort of music do you prefer?

When I was young it was all rock music but now, I also enjoy some jazz and some classical, but not opera. I like instrumentals so I can really hear the sounds of each instrument. The modern music I prefer comes mainly from the sixties, seventies and eighties.

Midnight Oil, Australian Crawl, Skyhooks, Mental As Anything , Cold Chisel

Thoughts on gravy or ‘sauce”?   Yea or nay?

I don’t actually dislike sauce or gravy but I usually don’t have them on my food. I have been put off gravy because many places we’ve eaten at smother the food in thick gravy. I wouldn’t mind a little on the plate but I want to taste the food, not the gravy. Naomi enjoys it but even she has said that the last couple of pubs we ate at used way too much. I make it for her but I put it in a gravy boat so that she can put on the amount she wants. As for sauce, I don’t use tomato sauce or BBQ sauce on meat for the same reason, I want to taste the meat not the sauce. Also, because I am messy and I know I will spill some on myself. I do like a little tartare sauce on fish as long as I can add it myself.

Would you enjoy a hot air balloon ride?

I have mixed feelings about that. I’ve always thought hot air balloons look beautiful and that it would be marvellous to ride in one. Two things worry me. Getting in and getting out, especially the latter. I’m not built for climbing into a basket and fear a bumpy landing. I’m not sure how I would go in the air. I am not scared of heights but I am scared of falling. I don’t know if the basket would make me feel secure enough. I think it would as I’m short so it would likely be more than waist high for me.

In any case I’ll never know because I would never be able to afford to do it.

Photo by Brett Sayles on

GRATITUDE SECTION (As always, optional)

What do you think is widely taken for granted?  

Those of us with secure lives take many things for granted. Other people, our health, having a roof over our heads, having enough to eat, peace. Take your pick.



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. Thanks Vanda for Sharing Your World! What great answers to all the questions. I’m with you on the sauce answer, and have gotten in the habit of asking for it “on the side” so I can choose how much to put on. I even do that with enchiladas because one place I used to eat would pour a lake of red sauce over the enchilada and all you could taste was hot pepper sauce (something I can’t eat). I got an extremely odd look for requesting the enchilada sauce ‘on the side” but it was worth it. I hadn’t considered the logistics of getting in and out of the basket of the balloon. That would be a consideration for me too, and I’ve been told I could never sky dive because of the artificial joints in my legs. I wonder if that would be a factor in riding in a balloon too? Hm. Many folks have the same phobias – either fear of falling or fear of heights which stops them from doing that. Have a spectacular week! 🙂

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    • I would like it if waiting staff would ask you if you wanted gravy or at least served it separately. I don’t find a plate of food smothered in gravy very appetising.


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