Share Your World 2022: 26 December

Here we are at the final SYW post for this year. Here are the questions from Di.

1.   If you have been given a variety of gifts, do you have a clear out of older stuff to make room for it?

Not really unless the gift is a replacement for something. If I was given a new iron, I would probably take the old one to the Op Shop but if I get new dolls, I don’t get rid of dolls I already have. I do cull things occasionally, books, dolls that I bought to fix up. But I don’t do that just because I got new ones.

2.  Do you overindulge with food for special occasions and then come to regret it with either weight gain, guilt or severe indigestion?

We try not to overindulge. We do enjoy our special Christmas treats but we don’t want to eat so much that we feel bloated, so we spread them out over a few days. Of course, sometimes it does happen. We did not feel too full after lunch yesterday but later in the afternoon we had some mince pies and Quality Street chocolates, so we felt a bit too full and didn’t eat dinner till later than usual. We just had some cold meat and salad then. I don’t feel guilty because we don’t do that too often.

Mince pies

3.  What is your favourite part for any celebration?

Sometimes I think that preparing for it is the most fun. I like doing the baking and it’s fun to put up Christmas decorations and the tree. Of course, it’s nice to sit down to Christmas lunch and enjoy that and I love to see the pleasure on someone’s face when they unwrap their gift and I know they really like it.

4.    Are you looking forward to getting bargains in the January Sales?

Usually, I don’t bother about them to be honest. There are sales all the time now, so they don’t seem that special. I certainly wouldn’t go and queue up outside a store and risk getting trampled to get a bargain. However, we have decided it’s time we bought a new Christmas tree for next year so we’ll probably go to the sales and see if we can find a nice one cheap after New Year.


We had a good Christmas. We live in a peaceful place; we have nice weather and a nice home. We were able to enjoy a good meal and received gifts that we liked. We are a lot more fortunate than many people around the world.



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.


    • I am glad that you were able to enjoy food this year. I know you are having a big freeze in parts of the USA. Stay warm and if it snows at least Arthur and Owen can do the shovelling.


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