Share Your World 2023: 13 March

Monday is Share Your World Day with our host Di. Here are her questions for this week.

 What kind of music do you like?

I like a variety of music styles. I mostly listen to classical music on the radio these days, unless it’s opera. I don’t enjoy that so much. I like classic rock, blues, soul music and some jazz. I really don’t listen to music as much as I used to though.

 What is your favourite food?

I usually say bread, I love crusty bread, rolls, toast. I love a slice of freshly baked bread with butter. Of course there are many other types of food I like but that is the one I’d have a hard time giving up.

 What is your favourite tipple?
For those who don’t drink, what do you order when out with friends?

A bottle of wine.

I don’t drink very often. Since moving here I don’t really go anywhere with people who drink so I usually end up just getting a cup of tea or coffee if we go out for a meal. I do like a glass of wine though, usually white but sometimes a red with a meal. David and I sometimes used to get a cask of wine in summer in case we felt like a glass on a hot evening. When I used to go out to lunch with my friends in the Huon Valley I’d often split a bottle of wine with my friend Graham. If he just felt like having a beer instead I’d get cider. There are a lot of local ciders in Tasmania, especially in the Huon where apples are grown so I would order apple cider or occasionally pear cider. Naomi doesn’t drink wine so at Christmas and other special occasions we get non-alcoholic wine or sparkling apple juice.

 What relaxes you (music, reading, walking, meditation, yoga etc)

Reading is relaxing for me but at night if I am not ready to go to sleep and don’t want to read I will play ambient sounds like rainstorms or train sounds or a cat purring. Of course it’s nicer when there is real rain on the roof but the recorded sounds are very relaxing for me. Polly often sleeps in my room and provides the ambient noise herself but if she chooses to sleep in the lounge I’ll have a virtual cat instead.


How often do you have some ‘Me Time’?

I need my “me time”. When I was working I often sat up really late in order to have some time that wasn’t about work or chores. Even now when I have plenty of time to myself I find it hard to go to bed early. Old habits die hard. Naomi and I spend a lot of time together but because we’ve both spent time living alone sometimes we retreat to our own areas to do things.

On Sunday we went to Sheffield for Steamfest which is a 3 day event for lovers of old machinery. There were steam engines, miniature trains , traction engines, vintage trucks, tractors and farm machinery. We took the dogs along and they got to have a ride on the train. The weather was warm and sunny and I was able to get some photos of the locomotives and traction engines. I haven’t processed them yet so here is one I took on our last visit in 2021.



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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