Share Your World 2022: 18 April


In your opinion, what do you buy way more of than most people?

I don’t buy a lot due to having a tiny budget and I don’t know what “most people” buy. I suppose in proportion to my income I probably buy more dolls than most people.

Dolls in my bedroom

Which workers have the worst jobs?

That’s a tough one too. There are a lot of horrible jobs. Anyone who works in the business of cleaning up after others has a horrible job and they get little pay and less respect for it. That’s probably not the worst job you could have though. I did it and enjoyed it mostly for many years, so did Naomi.

People who work in sweat shops making clothing for next to nothing in horrible conditions have terrible jobs. So do those who have to deal with the dead after a road accident or some other kind of tragedy. I take my hat off to them because often they choose to do that for a job.

Opinion.  John Cage is a composer who composed a piece named 4’33” for any instrument. The performance are instructed not to play their instrument for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Is this music or is this art?  A combination of the two?   Neither, it’s stupid.  Your opinion?

I’ve never heard of him but no I don’t think it is music or art. I’m not sure what it is. I also don’t think that burying yourself in a hole in a busy road for a couple of days is art. That was done by a performer in a festival in Hobart a few years ago. I didn’t see the point of it. You couldn’t see him; it was disruptive to city traffic and certainly not art as I understand it.

How good are you at drawing?


GRATITUDE SECTION (as always optional)

Feel free to share one amazing thing you’ve experienced (any time frame).

I have written about this before but in 1990 David and I visited China and Russia travelling on the Trans Mongolian and Trans-Siberian Express trains. The whole experience was amazing but the standout moment for me was at the Great Wall of China. We went to Badaling on a bus tour with a small group of tourists and somehow on the walk I became separated from the others. Unknown to me they had returned to the bus after the first tower but I kept walking. I went as far as I could go and eventually the crowds of visitors thinned out and I was almost alone. It was a travel experience I’ll never forget. Below are photos I took that day.


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. What an amazing memory to cherish! Thanks, Vanda, for Sharing Your World and that beautiful trip with us! I never had any desire to go to China, but the train ride certainly sounds intriguing! You were handed a rare opportunity and you got some great photos out of it. For that, the others could wait IMO. I love your doll collection and admire your devotion to it! I think being buried in a pot hole (I’m sure it was bigger than that of course) is one of the dimmer things I’ve heard of someone doing, BUT the ‘artist’ who painted with poo was right up there too. Yeah. putting poo on a canvas, IMO, does NOT make it art. It makes the ‘artist’ a disgusting individual. Have a wonderful week!

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