Share Your World 2022: 20 June


What are three scents you like?

Bread baking, sandalwood, burning coal in a steam engine.

What is something true (factual) that most other people don’t believe?

There are a lot of things that are factual that many people don’t believe these days but let’s not go there today. There are even people who believe that Australia doesn’t exist.

Would you rather have a massage or get a facial?

To be honest neither. I don’t like strangers touching me.

Have you ever thrown someone a really extravagant party?

No, we don’t really do extravagant. Actually, we don’t really do parties.


Feel free to share some gratitude. It can be a photo, image, quote or just some wisdom.

Today, 20 June is the 20th anniversary of David and I moving to Tasmania. I’m very grateful that we had the opportunity to do that. I’ve never regretted the move for a moment.

image Spirit of Tasmania
Boarding the Spirit of Tasmania


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. Thanks Vanda for Sharing Your World! Those scents are particularly evocative aren’t they? I love the sound of the train whistle (there are tracks about two miles west of me I think and the sound carries. Something lonely yet comforting in a train whistle. Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful idea it was to move to Tasmania (which I now know IS part of Australia. My geography is very sorely lacking I’m afraid. 😳 Another blogger had the same reaction to that massage/facial question so I’m gonna amend it a bit and add or pedicure or manicure. I don’t like being touched by strangers either, totally get that! I hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for sharing that lovely photograph! It must bring back lots of good memories!

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    • The photo was taken on our way home after a visit to Adelaide. We did that a couple of times to visit David’s family.
      I’ve never had a manicure, I’d probably be OK with that but not a pedicure as I especially don’t like anyone touching my feet.


  2. I think you have got to be the only person who like the smell of coal in an engine. Very cool 🙂 I like train whistles. The train no long stops in Uxbridge, but it does — about once a week — run through the middle of town over that bridge near the dam. I don’t think any of our trains run on coal anymore. I think they are all electric.

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    • I think the only engines that still burn coal or wood are in preservation. It is strange to like that smell I guess but it reminds me of happy days. I like train whistles too. We’ve been watching some footage of diesels running through towns in different parts of the USA. There was one where there was a Christmas fair going on. The train was just metres away but nobody seemed bothered. It’s unusual to find rail lines going through towns here although there used to be some. I think they have all been pulled up.


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