Blogiversary #9

It’s become a bit of a tradition to write a post on the anniversary of me starting this blog. I think I only missed one in nine years of blogging. Nine years! That’s quite a long time, and I was worried I couldn’t keep it up.

I just read one of my early posts from June 2013, it was about reality TV shows which I hated then and still hate now. I bet hardly anyone read it because in the first month of this blog I don’t think my views even got into double figures.

These days my constant gripe is finding the time to sit down and write a post. Even the challenges I enjoy doing every week have to be squeezed in. Last year I wrote that I couldn’t promise to post more often. I would really like to. I enjoyed our outings to different places and events during the summer which gave me the opportunity to share a bit more of Tasmania with you. That is still my favourite part of blogging, visiting an interesting place and writing about it. I don’t think that those are the posts that necessarily get the most views but they are the most fun to write.

As regular readers will know my dog, Cindy, passed away at Easter. I had decided that as long as I still had her I would not undertake any overnight trips away from home. She fretted badly whenever I was not there. Now that she is gone, I may do that in the coming months. I haven’t been back to the Huon Valley since I left there in 2019, nor have I been interstate. I still have the urge to travel and see new places as well as old ones.

Cindy with a favourite toy.

WordPress of course has continued to bug hobby bloggers like me, most recently with changes to their pricing system. I was lucky to have been tipped off in time to secure another year on my current plan but next year I will have to move to a new one which will cost more unless, and this is entirely possible, WP changes things again before next April. I will do it because I can’t imagine not blogging and I don’t really want to start again with a new blogging platform. I’ve read a lot of posts from other bloggers about what is available and not one of them sounds better than what I have now. Above all I really don’t want to move away from the WP blogging community because you are the ones that make this worthwhile for me.

With that, I just have to say thank you once again to all the people who follow this blog, especially to those of you who have been here since the early days and actually read my posts.

Now, on to Blogiversary #10


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. I’m heading into 12 years making this a longer gig than any job I ever held. Not a little longer. A LOT longer! I don’t want to quite either, but I can’t pay their “professional” rate nor should I. But I’ve got a year too having just renewed, so we’ll see where this goes. I do know that on a fixed income, I simply can’t allow another big monthly payment. Prices are going up, but our “income” isn’t going anywhere and it’s getting harder and harder to survive. So we’ll see how it goes. I’m hoping they let those of us who already pay to keep our plans.

    I’m glad I found you. You are one of my favorite bloggers. I really enjoy what you write both in you blog and in comments. I’ve learned a lot from you.

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    • Thanks Marilyn that means a lot to me. It is getting harder to make ends meet. I hope that WP will allow us to stay on our “legacy” plan but doubt it. I would manage the extra more easily if they allowed monthly payments. Still, we’ll see what’s happening in a year. It’s hard to plan ahead these days.


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