RDP: Toys

We Love Toys

Toys are a big part of our lives. Naomi and I were fortunate to have some very good toys as children. We had Lego and other building toys. We had dolls, dollshouses, paper dolls. We had teddy bears and other stuffed animals. We had model cars and even an electric train set.

Collecting these things as adults brings us a great deal of pleasure. It reminds us of our happy times as children playing but now as adults we can also appreciate the quality and beauty of what we had.

Old tin toys like dolls houses and money boxes had colourful lithographs. Our paper dolls and other carboard items had really attractive graphics, even the packaging was nice to look at. Our fashion dolls like Barbie and Sindy had well made outfits with so many little details. Robots had flashing lights or spinning wheels and cogs inside them.

We are very lucky that we still have some of our original childhood toys. We’ve searched and waited and searched again to find replacements for others that were given away. Some things we’ve bought because we always wanted them as children or just because we like them. Nearly all our toys have stories.

Here are a few, the Triang railway photo was taken at the model train show one year. The other things are mine or Naomi’s.



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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