Share Your World 2023: 6 March

It’s Monday and time for Share Your World hosted by Di of Pensitivity101

 Does your spouse/partner (or do you) help with the household chores?

When David was alive and well he did do some chores. After he stopped working he took over the shopping and most of the cooking as I was still working. He would do the laundry and the dishes but he never did things like cleaning the bathroom or the toilet. I don’t think he ever noticed when they were dirty to be honest. He didn’t dust, scrub things or vacuum. I used to get mad at him sometimes if he didn’t make the bed when I had to go out before he was up but then when he did make it he often did it so badly I felt compelled to redo it when he wasn’t looking.

 What is  your least favourite chore?

That makes it sound as if there are some chores that I like. The one I really dislike, and generally put off doing, is vacuuming because I get a sore back when I vacuum.

Hoover vacuum cleaner

As a kid, did you have to do chores to earn your pocket money/allowance?

No, our pocket money was not tied to doing chores. We were expected to keep our rooms tidy but mum did not force us to do any jobs.

Did you save any of your pocket money or spend it all?

I usually saved at least some of it. I understood that by putting a bit aside I would have money to spend on something special for myself or to buy birthday and Christmas presents. I didn’t want to have to ask mum for money to buy a present I was going to give her. I wanted it to be from my own savings. Sometimes if things were a bit tight at home mum might ask if she could borrow what I had saved to buy groceries. She always gave it back when things were better though.


We’ve had some rain at last. It’s been a dry summer despite La Nina and our pond had almost completely evaporated. Rain means water in the tanks, now nice and clean, and more water in the pond.



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. Lovely share Vanda. Hubby is very good with helping with the housework or cooking. Our neighbours had pink and blue lists and when he passed away, she said suddenly everything was mauve. Like you I used to save for thins I wanted or to buy gifts. I bought my Mum a pair of glittery strapped dance shoes for sixpence at a jumble sale when I was about 6. She wore them every time there was a chance there would be dancing as they were so comfortable and my parents loved to dance a waltz or a foxtrot.

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  2. I am convinced there is a special male gene that prevents them from seeing dirt. Garry does not see dirt. Sometimes he will vacuum the living room, but that’s because we are having guests and he figures maybe all that dog hair should be vacuumed up. But we don’t get much company, so that doesn’t happen very often. I’ve given up the whole spotless house thing. I can’t do it. Also, frankly, I don’t want to do it. I’m old and I’m tired and my back has taken more than enough abuse.

    I do have to take the dolls down and clean them. Their hair is dusty. I keep the bathrooms and the kitchen clean. I also clean the deck and monitor the bird feeders, but all the rest of the dusting? Nope.

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    • There are better things to do with our days than being pedantic about dusting. I have a lot of dolls in my bedroom now as there is nowhere else for them to go. Costume dolls and porcelain dolls. Every now and then I take them down to dust the shelves , dust the dolls and put them back. I couldn’t bear to do it every week. The little ones are so fiddly to put back.


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