Share Your World 2022: 11 April

This week SYH has a guest host, Tena, from Jottings & Writings. Here are her questions.


Do You Prefer Salty Foods or Sweet Foods?

Definitely sweet. I can’t eat a lot of salty food anyway. It makes my lips sting.

Would you rather be in a place where it is excessively hot or excessively cold?

I’d rather be where if wasn’t excessively anything but if I have to choose, I’ll pick cold. I don’t handle extreme heat very well.

Favorite Mode of long distance travel (Bus, Plane, Train, Automobile, or other).

This is a no brainer for me. Of course, I’m going to say train. Not that there are many places in Australia you can go on a train just to go from A to B these days. Most long-distance train journeys are “experiences” with gourmet food and tours added to the cost. But there is nothing like sitting in a train where you have plenty of room, watching the world go by and then being able to stroll down to the dining or cafe car for a snack. I love it.

A very close second, and only because it is also nearly impossible to do it for an A to B journey is a ship. I like the Bass Strait ferry from Melbourne to Devonport. It’s not the cheapest or the fastest way but it is like a mini cruise. We came to Australia in 1966 on a ship and there is something about being out on the ocean that is very calming. Cruising is an easy way to travel too. You are transported from one place to the next with a minimum of fuss. You don’t have to keep packing and unpacking or carry luggage except at the beginning and end of the trip. There is plenty to do on the ship if you like to be active or you can be like me and enjoy the views from the deck, read books and do puzzles.

What was your favorite holiday growing up? (You can also use american holidays or appropriate holidays from your country)

I always get caught by this one because I always think of a holiday as being a vacation first, then I remember “No, they mean Christmas, Easter etc.” of course those are holidays too, we call them Public Holidays. So, my favourite, growing up and now? Christmas. I love Christmas.

Christmas decorations outside my friend Karen’s house.


Gratitude Section

What gave you the most gratification this week?

I have had quite a good week although nothing special. We went to Burnie for some shopping, we went to a car show and I did my usual volunteer day at the Visitor Centre in Wynyard. I think that I gained the most gratification from that actually. All volunteers were suspended for two months over the summer because of Covid so it was nice to get back to doing it again. I do enjoy helping visitors to discover our area. It was nice to get a pat on the back (metaphorically speaking) for doing a good job too.


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. We can’t get anywhere by train either, though mostly because our train tracks have been so badly neglected and because when they were built, no one agreed on the right size, so some tracks are one size and other are different and in all these years no one ever changed them and made them the same. Really stupid planning and stupid failure to repair things.

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    • Australia had the same problem with different states adopting different gauges but now most of the major rail lines are standard gauge so you could travel from Brisbane to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth on the same train if there was one that did that.


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