RDP: Clock Face

For the love of clocks

I often wonder if children are still taught to tell the time on a clock face. These days everyone has a digital watch, if they wear a watch at all. I think a lot of people just use their phones to check the time.

A gold clock

I like clocks. I like chiming clocks that wind up with a key. I like cuckoo clocks, I know a lot of people don’t. I like town clocks enclosed in towers and mechanical clocks that perform a musical routine on the hour.

Clock tower Ulverstone Tasmania
The cat and fiddle clock the arcade is named for ,Hobart Tasmania

I prefer it if the clock face or watch face shows all the numbers and preferably has a second hand. I don’t mind Roman Numerals, they are not that hard to learn.

Clock Tower at Richmond

There are a few clocks that I don’t like quite so much. I’m not fond of my alarm clock when it goes off before sunrise so we can get out early for an outing. I don’t often have to get up early these days fortunately. We once had a clock with a sensor that was sensitive to light. It hung in the passage and in the morning the sun would shine in and the sound would be triggered. It was a train clock so we’d be treated to the loud sounds of trains puffing and whistling on the hour. We love trains but eventually we had to pull the batteries out because it would go off from about six in the morning onwards. I’ve seen clocks like this with birds but I think I’d rather be woken by real birds than recorded ones.



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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