Question Time Over Coffee: 19 November

By Earthly Comforts

It’s Saturday night and the rain is pouring down. I don’t have any coffee but will probably make a cup of tea in an hour or so or when I finish writing this; whichever comes first. In any case I’m ready to tackle Rory’s questions.

image Russian Electric loco
This was one of many electric locomotives we saw in Russia
Travel diary and note book, my sister knows me well.
Have you ever been on an extended vacation/holiday road trip? If so, when and where and for how long?
Twice in my life I’ve been on an extended holiday. When you live in Australia you are a long way from anywhere so it doesn’t make sense to go to the other side of the world for a couple of weeks. At least not if you are not sure you will ever be able to afford to go again. In 1977 I went to England by myself. I was there for about six weeks I think. Then in 1990 David and I went to the UK together but we went the long way via China, Russia and across Europe by train. We were away from home for about nine weeks on that trip I think.
When was the last time you visited an actual bookshop, and what, if any, new/old/secondhand titles did you buy?
I was at a bookshop about two months ago I think. Naomi and I went to Burnie around the end of September and we visited a bookshop there called “Not Just Books”. I don’t think I bought anything that day although Naomi did. I don’t buy books very often now because I really don’t have the room for any more books until I get some more shelves, and cull a few books probably. But I do love to visit book shops just the same.
How do you feel about the new WP Dashboard 7-day highlights Statistics?
I quite like it but I don’t spend a lot of time looking at it.
How do you feel about all the Russian nuclear sabre rattling?
It is very worrying. I feel we are closer to World War now than we’ve been at any time in my life.
If you could go back or travel to an age of your choice and live or relive a previous era for a day, what age would you pick and why?
Oh that is a tough one, especially for just a day. I was not born when World War Two ended but even though I normally don’t like crowds it would have been amazing to be outside Buckingham Palace celebrating, or maybe a few years later at the Queen’s Coronation. Just to be part of a bit of history.
Do you have a favourite coat? [Outdoor/Indoor/Business/Social] What makes it unique to you, OR is a coat just a coat?
I don’t have that many coats. I have a black wool one that I have had for, well let me see, my mum was with me when I bought it and she’s been gone for 25 years. It must be 30 years old. I don’t wear it much now though. My current coat is pretty new and it keeps the rain and wind out. That’s all I want from a coat these days.
Do you enjoy learning something new every day or week?
I enjoy learning new things if they are things that I want to know about. I suppose that I enjoy learning the things I don’t really care about too because I don’t like not knowing how to do something.
Are you more comfortable in your skin today than you were in the youth of your yesterdays?
Why and how so?
Yes, I am. I was very shy and insecure and worried about upsetting people a lot. I still don’t like to upset people but if they don’t like me it’s not the end of the world. I’ve gained confidence and maybe I’ve grown a bit harder and more cynical. Or maybe I just don’t care as much.
Have you ever kept a hardback diary or a journal as opposed to an online digital one? When did you first start to journal your life?
I do remember having diaries as a teen but I never kept them for very long. I have also kept travel diaries every time I’ve been on a big trip.
How do you feel about Eggplant/Aubergine/Guinea Squash as a vegetable? Is it something you enjoy having in your meals?
I never heard them called Guinea Squash before. I used to make moussaka from time to time when I was young but I don’t anymore. I can’t remember the last time I had eggplant. Naomi doesn’t like them so they don’t feature in our meals.
What film could you watch over and over again and why?
I never get tired of The Blues Brothers or Spinal Tap. Both are hilarious films.
What concert, show, or event would you love tickets for if you could get them?
I think I’d probably have to go back into the past for this one. Most of the bands I’d have enjoyed seeing are probably a bit past touring now and those that are I think I’d rather remember them as I saw them when they were younger. If I could see Midnight Oil again I would.
Would your teenage self be impressed with who you are today and what you have achieved so far in your/their life?
My teen self would have had trouble imagining being 65. I thought it was strange enough that I’d be in my forties by the time the 21st century began. I guess that teenage me would be reasonably satisfied with what I have done in life so far.
Which online behaviours do you find the most annoying in blogging?
People who steal your work, post it on their blogs and don’t acknowledge you in any way. I’ve had that happen to me a couple of times. I’m more than happy if people want to use my photos or reblog something I wrote. I just want them to acknowledge where they got the material from that’s all.
In our WP community we don’t seem to have a lot of the nasty trolling that goes on in other sorts of social media. At least I haven’t struck any. I’m glad of that because I have no time for haters.


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. Some interesting answers in here Vanda, nicely done.

    Despite it being fear mongering to scare the west. I agree that we as a world are closer to a serious conflict than ever before and it can be worrisome.

    Your 9 week holiday must have been quite the experience for you 🙂

    I haven’t watched the Blues Brothers in ages, a favourite of mine well two starring both Ackroyd and Belushi were Animal House and Dragnet 🙂 I haven’t watched them in ages either.

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