Share Your World 2023: 23 January

Di is our host for Share Your World and this week she has given us some questions about our sleeping habits.


 Do you find it relatively easy to fall asleep at night?

Yes, usually I do. Occasionally I might struggle on a hot night but most nights I fall asleep pretty easily.

 Do you remember your dreams?

I rarely remember a whole dream in detail. I may remember things when I first wake up but the memories are soon gone and I can’t recall any more than an impression. I think that’s worse than not remembering anything at all because I’m left wondering “What was that about?”

 If you can’t sleep, do you watch TV, read or listen to music in the hope you will nod off?

As I said it rarely happens to me. What happens more often is that I decide to read for a while or watch a YouTube video on my Echo Show which acts as my alarm clock. I’ll start to get sleepy almost at once and usually it ends up with the book or Kindle hitting me on the nose if I don’t put it down, or me waking up at 3am and there is some strange video playing. The only time that I regularly struggled to sleep was when David was sick in hospital. I found that listening to the classical music radio station calmed me down and helped me to sleep more than anything else.

My old bed.

 Can you literally sleep anywhere (chair, sofa, bus, train, flight etc)?

Yes, pretty much. I can drop off almost anywhere.


It’s been 57 years since we arrived in Australia as emigrants. Naomi and I were little girls of six and eight years old. We’ve spent our whole lives living here, more than half of that time in South Australia where we grew up and the last twenty odd years here in Tasmania. I think we’ve been very lucky. I sometimes wonder what sort of lives we’d have led if we had stayed in the UK but I’m happy that we came here. For many years I thought that January 24th was the day we arrived in Adelaide but in recent years I’ve thought that it might have really been the 23rd.

We left England on December 23 1965 on a ship called Castel Felice which had been contracted to bring migrants to Australia. It’s amazing to think that we crossed the ocean on a ship smaller than the current Bass Strait ferries. We arrived in Fremantle on 19 January, and in Melbourne a few days later. When we disembarked we had to go straight to the railway station where we caught the train to Adelaide, a journey that took more than 12 hours. The train between Melbourne and Adelaide did not usually run during the day so I suspect our train was a special just for the ship’s passengers.

Castel Felice


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.

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