Share Your World 2023: 15 May

I was not expecting this week’s Share Your World questions to be all about children. Tricky one for me to answer but I have done my best.

 Children aside, do you celebrate your birthday/anniversary or is it just a normal day for you?

Yes, I do celebrate my birthday. Who said birthday fun was only for kids? That doesn’t mean I require a big party or anything like that. Usually Naomi and I go out for lunch on our birthdays, sometimes we can’t do it on the right day but as close as we can.

This year Naomi is away on holidays on my birthday but she left me a present which I won’t open until the day. I’ll make myself something nice for dinner and treat myself to some chocolate.

Birthday cards

 Do/did you always give your child a birthday party when they were young?

I never had children but if I had I’d have given them a party if they wanted it or some kind of special treat if they didn’t. I was never much of a party person myself so I’d never insist on a child having one if they didn’t want it.

 If your child was born on Christmas Day (or a few days either side of the 25th), did they have a ‘half birthday’ in June, two presents/celebrations, or something else?

Again I can’t answer that for myself but I’ll tell you about my mum. Her birthday was on Christmas Day. She also had two older sisters, twins, who were born on 13 December. For the first few years of her life mum shared their birthday so that they wouldn’t think that she was getting more presents than them at Christmas. I know that some family members sometimes gave mum a combined Christmas/Birthday gift. Naomi and I always thought that was mean and we always bought mum a special birthday present and made her a birthday cake. We’d try to make some special time for her on Christmas Day when it was just about her.

Would you prefer to give your child a party, or take them and a few friends on a special outing?

Oh, these are such hard questions for a childless person to answer. I can only say what I think I would do which is whatever the child preferred. I don’t care for going to parties but I would have been happy to bake a cake, decorate and organise a kids party. The only thing I would not have wanted to do was to get caught up in birthday party one upmanship which is more about the parents than the children I think.



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. Birthday party one-upmanship is very common these days, I think. Luckily we never got caught up in that with our own kids or with the grandkids. I think our daughters did brilliantly when giving birthday parties for their little ones. They kept it simple and everybody had fun.

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  2. Thanks for joining in Vanda, and I think you did just great! I haven’t had kids either, but I did bring up a family consisting of ex partner’s 2 boys and a variety of foster kids for 8 years. I did parties when the boys were young, but when they got older, they chose the menu on their birthday and I cooked it. Mum and Dad always gave us a party when we were kids, and in later life, I returned the favour for their 25th ( a meal out with family), 35th ( a surprise buffet party at my house with about 30 guests. I’d made a fruit cake which my boss iced and decorated with red carnations in sugar craft!), and 45th anniversary (a meal out in a Cantonese restaurant with family). When Mum was 80, I got the family to meet us at a restaurant and there were about 20 of us. I also had a friend make a special cake for her and she decorated it with forgetmenots.
    Nice what you and Naomi did for your Mum.

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