Share Your World 2022: 13 June

Where has the month gone? We are halfway through already! It’s really winter here now. We had wild winds all weekend, thankfully no damage at our place except a lot of leaves and twigs. Others were not so lucky. The power was out for two hours on Saturday which was not great because it was pretty cold. We were able to make tea on the gas burner stove so at least that warmed us up. There has been snow in the more elevated areas of Tasmania, not here on the coast. I would rather have had snow than wind. So Monday, well Tuesday morning for me, and it’s world sharing time again. Anyway on to the questions.


What is one topic you really like to talk about? Or something you really want to tell people?

I like to talk about the past. It’s nice to reminisce about funny things that happened, special holidays and good times with people who are no longer around.

Me in Scarborough, England 1990

What do you normally never tell strangers about yourself? (be general, I don’t need to know details or invade privacy)

I don’t tend to discuss my health with strangers, especially in real life. The last thing I want is to start them off discussing their own operations etc. They might want to show me their scars , yuk! I also don’t tend to discuss my politics with strangers. Having said that I do of course discuss all kinds of things on the internet with thousands of strangers. Sometimes though you can get into a discussion with someone you know you are unlikely to ever meet again, on public transport or standing in a queue, and you can have those talks and say things you might not say to someone you knew slightly.

Have you ever broken anything?  (can be health related, emotion related, or situation related – you define “broken anything” for your own satisfaction)

I’ve never broken a bone (touch wood). I think it has broken my heart every time I lose a pet. I’ve broken countless household items over the years. I’m a bit of a klutz I guess.

Is having a big ego a negative trait or positive trait?

This immediately reminded me of an old Skyhooks song called “Ego (Is Not A Dirty Word)”. Now, I don’t like egotistical people anymore than anyone else does. However, I guess the point that the writers of the song were trying to make is that ego is not always a bad thing. Low self esteem can be very damaging. So, I think that having an ego is a positive trait but a very big ego, like some ex-presidents I could name, is a negative trait from my point of view (but probably not from his).


What aspects of your city or neighborhood are you grateful for?

I love the peace and quiet here. Sisters Beach is very small and a lot of the houses here are people’s weekenders, shacks, we call them although many are proper houses. At this time of year there are not many people around during the week. You can go for a walk on the beach and have it to yourself more often than not. I love the wildlife, even if the possums, pademelons and potoroos eat our plants. I love seeing a Rosella, finch or Superb Fairy Wren in the garden or hearing the kookaburras laughing in the gum trees. I like hearing the sea, another thing about it being so quiet here, there is practically no traffic so you can hear nature.



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. Thank you Vanda for Sharing Your World. What a beautiful area you live in and twice blessed because it is small and you can enjoy the natural beauty and the critters without something spoiling that. Thanks for sharing those amazing photos! It can be startling to come across a photo of ourselves ‘as we were’ at a younger age. I see photos of myself as a teenager and young woman and compared to what I see now – it’s a bit of a nasty shock actually. My mother looks out at me when I glance in the mirror, and that always takes me aback. I think everyone has one or more broken crockery or trinket story to tell. Some just have better recall about it (if that’s any consolation). It’s simply good sense to keep our private information and points of view strictly to ourselves in this time in history. Someone will steal what is made easily available I think. Have a splendid week and stay warm! We’re coming into summer over here, and yesterday saw me hunkered in my house with all the blinds closed and every floor fan I possess plus the ceiling fan whirring around. I was roasting. Now I have my A/C ready and maintained and am sitting in blissful cool air. 🙂

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    • It’s about one degree Celsius this morning, only fractionally warmer than when I typed my post before bed. A man is supposed to be coming to quote for a new heat pump today. I’ve had a lot of trouble finding someone who would come as the big stores that sell them either don’t quote anymore or have unreliable contractors. BTW “heat pump” is what Tasmanians call a reverse cycle air conditioner. Confused heck out of me when we moved here but I speak the language now.


      • Heat pump here really means “electric heat.” EVEN with the huge (insane!) high cost of oil, electric heat is still more expensive than oil. Sad, but true.

        You live in a beautiful place too. It’s the best part of living here. It’s WHY we live here.

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      • The reverse cycle air con is actually the cheapest and most efficient method of heating but any other kind of electric heater is pretty expensive. Oil is ridiculously expensive. I don’t know about gas. In SA we had natural gas and 20 years ago it was pretty reasonable but here it is all bottled gas and not so cheap.


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