Share Your World 2023: 22 May

Di is our host for Share Your World every Monday.

Here are this week’s questions:

 Growing up, were you closer to your mother or father, or was it a balance of both depending on the circumstances?

I was closer to my mother.

 What was your favourite toy as a child, and do you still have it?

I do have a few of my favourite childhood toys, my baby doll Theresa, my walking doll Christine and my Sindy doll and a couple of other things. I don’t have my teddy bear, James, any more. I gave him away when I was a teenager. I kind of wish I hadn’t. I don’t have my Hornby train set or my childhood dolls house either but Naomi did find replacements for them which are in our toy collection.

Theresa my first big baby doll

  Did you have any secrets?

I probably did but I don’t remember them now.

  What did you want to be when you grew up, and are you anywhere close?

I never had the least idea what I wanted to be as a child, right up until I left school at fifteen I still didn’t know. What I did know was what I wanted to do. I wanted to travel. I have done some travelling and hope to do a bit more before I get too old and infirm.

Ovation of the Seas, Sydney photo by Vanda


I just celebrated my birthday, yes, another one. I’m grateful to all the people I know who left me birthday greetings on my Facebook page and the couple of people who sent actual birthday cards.



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. Happy belated birthday Vanda.
    Oh, lucky you having a train set! I always wanted one, but never got it. Hubby bought me one for Christmas 2019 and we get it out every year, though 2022 we didn’t in case it confused the dog!
    Thanks for joining in this week.

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  2. A belated Happy Birthday Vanda. I had a sneaky suspicion you would still have some childhood toys being the collector that you are. Theresa is beautiful. My brothers had trainsets and it was fun playing with them as well as the dinky cars.

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