Share Your World 2022: 10 October

Here are Melanie’s Share Your World questions for this week. They are quite deep and I don’t spend a lot of time pondering things like this so my answers come from my first reactions on reading them.


  • Can we really know everything?

No, I don’t believe so. I don’t think that any individual can know everything and as a species I don’t know if we will exist long enough to know everything. Maybe it’s a good thing. If we knew everything what would we do then?

  • Where were people before they were born?

Maybe in the same place we’ll be after we die? Prior to the womb I mean. I can’t visualise that. I wasn’t me until I was born and I don’t know where I will be after I die or even if I will still be me.

  • Does the Law of Attraction exist?  (Law of Attraction as I understand it) is a school of thought where positive thinking brings about good changes.  Some say it’s made them wealthy.  Others say it improves their health or their outlook on life)

I don’t know a lot about this. I do think that thinking positive thoughts and visualising how you want your life to be is better for you than living with negative thoughts. I don’t know whether you could become wealthy by thoughts alone though. You have to work too. I think it is a good way to live your life but it’s not an exact science.

  • Do we love ourselves more in the virtual world and less in the real world?  If so, why?   If nay, why?

I am not sure I really understand the question. Is it about people who create a persona online that represents how they would like to be seen rather than how they really are? Social media has such a hold over people these days. Everyone is different so I don’t think there is a definitive answer to this question. I’m the same person online as offline although maybe if you met me you’d find me a bit shyer and more awkward than you expected. But I’m happy with who I am.


Are you happy?

Yes, mostly I am. I’m more concerned about the future than I used to be and there are things in my life I wish were different but by and large I’m happy and content.

Beauty like this makes me happy


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. Beautiful photograph indeed! I like your answers, they verify (to me) that you’re the same ‘there’ (IRL) and ‘here” (virtual way station). I try to do that and am getting better at not hiding the ‘real’ me as much. There are those (spammers, trolls, ugly misguided (IMO) creatures) who enjoy ‘playing’ with someone’s perceptions, although I’ve never understood the attraction to do that. Have a splendid week and thank you sincerely for the kind messages when I was in care.


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