Share Your World 2022: 15 August

Di is our host once again while Melanie is taking some time off. I hope you are feeling better Melanie.


1. Do you prefer to live in a single story property like a bungalow, a high-rise apartment, or a house?

Our current home is a two-storey house. I have to admit that I do like being able to go out on to the balcony/deck, I’m never sure which to call it as it wraps around half the house. It’s nice to be level with the trees and see the birds but I don’t really like the stairs. They are going to be a nuisance later on when I’m older I can tell.

When I was a child in England, we used the term bungalow for a single storey house as most houses I was familiar with were two storeys. My previous homes were single storey but nobody called them bungalows so I’m unsure how the term is used in Australia. I don’t hear it much except in architectural terms, California Bungalow is a house style that was popular here in the past.

I have lived in flats a couple of times, not high-rise ones though. I would hate to live in a high-rise apartment. I like my space and a house and garden gives you that.

2. If you won a large amount of money on the lottery, would you want publicity or keep things quiet and low key?

Definitely keep it low key. Otherwise, I’d be the target for scams.

3. How do you like your eggs? (No, this is not a trick question)

I love fried eggs with bacon, cooked so the yolk is just a little bit runny. I like a soft-boiled egg, firm white but runny yolk that I can dip bread “men” into and I love scrambled eggs on toast.

Photo by Modernista Magazine on

4. If cars were no longer available, what would be your choice of transport?

Cars have not always been available to me as a non driver but I’ll take the question as if I had a choice. For commuting I’d pick a train. The railway that once terminated in Wynyard is long gone but once it would have been possible to catch a train from Wynyard all the way to Hobart on a train called “The Tasman Limited”. The journey took about seven hours but there was a dining service. The scenery between Wynyard and Devonport is just spectacular. These days if I wanted to go to Hobart on public transport, I would need to get four buses. A local one from Wynyard to Burnie, another from Burnie to Devonport then a coach to Launceston and finally another coach to Hobart. It takes about, you guessed it, seven hours cramped up in a coach with no food service and waiting time at substandard bus stations.
The Last Tasman Limited by Flickr user GSWRHS Collection –

Our aim is to make at least one person smile every day.

I’m grateful for spring flowers. Cheerful daffodils, jonquils and dainty snowdrops always make me smile.



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 got a bit nettled at the assumption that electric bicycles are the answer to transportation in the future. Hey, what about those of us too old or a big infirm who can’t or won’t ride a two-wheeler? I haven’t been able to balance on a 2-wheeler in years — long before I got as old as I am. There is not going to be a single solution and right now, I’m not sure there are going to be any solutions at all. And that’s pretty scary stuff.


    • I’m sure that electric bikes are great for short city commutes. They are certainly becoming popular but they are not the answer to everything. As long as there are larger vehicles on the roads, they are not completely safe and don’t offer much protection for the rider. You can’t carry large amounts on them and you are completely exposed to the weather. In places where there is little or no public transport such as where you and I live we would be lost without access to a car. I don’t know how we’ll get around this in the future. If private cars were to eventually be phased out it would have to be concurrent with improvements in public transport everywhere not just in the big cities.
      Where is the teleporter when you need it?


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