Share Your World 2022: 11 July


How did you spend the money from your very first job?

What do I remember about my first wage? It was cash, in an envelope. I think it was about $35. I did keep my first payslip for quite some time but it is long gone. I don’t recall exactly how I spent it. I would have given mum some for board, maybe ten or fifteen dollars. I can’t remember now. I also probably bought a record album, which when I was fifteen would have cost five or six dollars or about ten if I bought a double album.

Would You Rather Look Like A Potato, Or Feel Like A Potato?  (Note.  I have no idea why they used the word “potato”, but just went with it.  Answer any way you like, this question is purely for fun)

Peter Dutton-Australian Embassy Jakarta, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I have no idea how a potato feels. If vegetables have feelings too I don’t know what the heck we are going to eat. Nor would I particularly want to look like a potato. Who wants to look like Peter Dutton ?(Australian Federal opposition leader).

What were the best pair of shoes you have owned?

Two or three pairs come to mind for this. A pair of red patent leather shoes I had as a child. I loved those shoes but they made my toes go green so I wasn’t allowed to keep them.

When I was in my teens I had a pair of suede shoes that were so comfortable. I loved them. Then when we were planning to go overseas I bought myself a pair of walking boots for the trip, wore them in for a few months before we went and they were great. I had them for years before they pretty much fell to pieces. I’ve always been hard on shoes but I got my money’s worth from those.

Besides war and diplomacy, what would be the best way for countries to settle disputes?

Well Rock, scissors, paper might work as well as anything if all parties were prepared to abide by the best of three.

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on


In these often depressing times, how do you find the bright spots?

I read/listen/ watch the news for a while but then I switch off and focus on more enjoyable things like hobbies and interests. You have to, especially these days.



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! I love your solution to the war/diplomacy question. Tiddlywinks? Even better. If you could get those kind of people to sit still for five minutes of course. Some of them seem more like grouchy two year olds than grown adults. There is just something about red shoes. You’re the third to mention red shoes in answer to that question! Comfort is primary in shoes I think. Especially as one gets older. I also look for ease of putting the things on (i.e. slip ons these days) Tying laces or doing up a shoe is beyond my capabilities these days. You must have been proud of your first paycheck, I remember mine (not the amount) but that I worked for $2.85 an hour and thought that was good wages. How the world has turned! Have a lovely week! 🙂

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    • I do agree that comfort is the most important thing in choosing shoes. I don’t like laces any more. I can do them up but so many shoes seem to have really long laces and they get loose and then I step on them. I much prefer velcro or slip ons.


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