Share Your World 2018 – 20 February

Sharing My World This Week

How do you like your eggs?

I don’t have them very often but I really enjoy fried eggs cooked on both sides preferably with bacon and maybe a sausage and fried tomato or baked beans. However, a boiled egg is also a nice breakfast and I also like them scrambled on toast, poached or occasionally as an omelette.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

I haven’t met a rock star, movie star or member of the Royal Family and although there have been opportunities I usually hang back from autograph/selfie sessions with sporting stars even the ones I like. I prefer to stay in the background and take my own photos when they are doing something else. The one exception to this would be when I went to a book signing event for Australian cricketer Michael Clarke with my friends Allyson and Matt. I declined the opportunity for a selfie but I did speak to him. I think I said “Thank you. “ when he signed the book and “Pleased to meet you.” He said “Pleased to meet you too.” and managed to look as if he meant it. I sent the book to my nephew in Adelaide after I read it.

Allyson and Matt with Michael Clarke.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

I can’t possibly remember that! It was probably some little doll or toy at the local shop with my pocket money.

As an adult I had a ten-year period where I did not work so I do remember that after I got my job in the railways in 1987 the first thing I bought for myself was a second-hand Pentax MG SLR. I loved that camera and used it for many years. We eventually added two other Pentax cameras to our collection as well as a number of lenses and that is the main reason that when I bought a DSLR I bought a Pentax.


By TitrisolOwn work, CC BY 3.0, Link

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Yesterday I looked out of the window and spotted the bright red feathers of a robin sitting on the fence at the bottom of the garden. Of course he flew away before I could get my camera but I do like seeing robins more than any other garden visitor.

Here’s a photo courtesy of Wikimedia.


Petroica boodang orford



Share Your World 2018 – 12 February


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Are you a practical jokester?

No, not really. Certainly Naomi and I played a few harmless pranks as kids and teens but that’s all. I think that mum must have enjoyed them when she was young too as I recall her telling us stories about short sheeting beds and similar pranks.

Who cuts your hair?  You, a friend, or professional.

I generally go to a hairdressers in Hobart where you don’t need to make an appointment. I find this convenient as I never know when I will have the time to fit in a hairdressers visit. I started going there when I first moved to Tasmania and worked in Hobart and I am a creature of habit. I don’t have a particular favourite hairdresser though.

Did you have a stuffed animal when you were a kid, if so what kind?

I had a few, the one that lasted the longest was my teddy bear, James. Mostly I preferred my dolls though

Me with my teddy bear James.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Last week I went up to Naomi’s place to stay overnight before we set off on a trip to look at some houses. I haven’t been there for over three years but Toby and Teddy remembered me and were very excited to see me. Toby slept on my bed both nights I was there. Even Tigerwoods came over to say hello to me. Panther did not but she is like Polly and wary of strangers and I’ve never managed to make friends with her.

Here is an old picture of Toby taken when I used to visit more often.



Share Your World 2018: 5 February

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What would be your ideal fantasy way to spend Monday?

If I am at home I would get any necessary chores out of the way early and then the day would be spent on hobbies, some doll photography or something doll related, rearranging, changing clothes or maybe some doll sewing. Later in the day would be for knitting, photo editing and blogging. In-between times there would be ball throwing for Cindy when she wanted it.

A day out would be getting on the road early with the camera to visit an interesting town or location, take some pictures, browse some second-hand shops and have a nice lunch somewhere.

I guess this is not really a fantasy in that these are things I actually do but it would be nice to be able to do them whenever I wanted.

bridge Richmond Tasmania

The bridge at Richmond, built 1825 is possibly the oldest known stone bridge in Australia.

What one person that you are out of contact with would you like to say thank you to?

I don’t know if I can really answer this as most of the people I am out of contact with and would like to thank are gone forever. But I think they know.

List your favorite toys or games as a kid?

I had a lot of favourite toys and games at different times in my childhood. Here are some of them.

  • My Triang dolls house and tiny dolls house dolls
  • My Triang Hornby train set
  • James, my teddy bear
  • Baby dolls
  • Paper dolls especially the ones from my Bunty comics
  • Fashion dolls, Sindy, Tammy, Tressy and others
  • Board Games: Mousetrap, Green Ghost, Scrabble, Monopoly

A Triang Hornby model railway.


What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I went for an eye test last week. I hadn’t been for nearly four years and I was relieved that while my sight had deteriorated a little due to age it was not a lot worse. I appreciate my eyesight as without it I would not be able to take photographs, enjoy the beauty around me or see the faces of my family, friends and pets.

In a couple of weeks I will also be able to appreciate the world through new glasses.

The Huon River at Franklin.



Share Your World 2018 – 29 January

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If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?

John Martins.jpg
By Image Services, S.L.S.A.; photographer. – Mortlock Library of South Australia: South Australiana Database., Fair use, Link

If I had a time machine I would go back several decades to shop at John Martin’s department store in Rundle Street/Mall in Adelaide. If I went back far enough I could buy some wonderful furniture from the thirties, forties and fifties and bring it home to put into our new house as Naomi and I both love the older styles. We could use a nice club lounge and a dining suite with an extension table. I’d also buy bed linen, rugs and lamps to match.

I could pick pretty well any department store from the past to buy these items but “Johnnies” was a South Australian icon which I have written about before. They had a wonderful toy department, I’d buy some dolls while I was back in the sixties too; they were the ones who started the tradition of the Christmas Pageant in Adelaide. John Martins was where mum and I would go to look at dolls together as well as nice china and ornaments and the furniture we would buy one day “When our ship comes in.”

I bought books and records there in the early seventies and David and I bought furnishings for our first home towards the end of that decade. I often had my hair cut there and Naomi and I loved going to the cafeteria, known as “The Buttery” for lunch right up until the store closed down in 1998. You might even say that the loss of John Martin’s was a factor in my desire to leave South Australia.

Back in the real world I think I’m going to say eBay even though it is not a shop as such because if we had unlimited money we could buy those things as antiques.

What is the worst thing you ate recently?

I can’t think of anything really bad that I ate recently.

Name five things you like watching…

Not in any particular order:

  • Cindy and Polly playing together, so cute and funny to watch.
  • Birds in the garden, especially when they fly off with Cindy’s hair after I have brushed her.
  • Waves breaking, especially from the deck of a ship.
  • Sunsets
  • A steam train passing by
  • Old music video clips from the 70s and 80s and old films of places and things on YouTube.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

After several very hot and humid days I really appreciated the cool change when it finally came. What I would appreciate even more is a good downpour of rain.My garden could use it and several of my friends who are on tank water are running out and will have to buy some if it doesn’t rain soon.




Share Your World 2018 – 22 January

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List 2 things you have to be happy about?

First of all I’m happy that I have special people in my life both near and far. Naomi of course, David’s family back in South Australia who are now my family, friends in the local community and others who live further away but keep in regular touch. I also count my fellow bloggers as friends as we share so much in our posts.

I’m also happy that I have hobbies and interests that keep me well occupied so I am never bored or lonely.

Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewellery?

By Original uploader was Arpingstone – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., Public Domain, Link

I remember the pet rock craze and thought it was a bit silly but I do like interesting rocks and pretty coloured crystals and gemstones. I have a few at home.



Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

Generally I am a non-hugger. I will do it when greeting family and close friends, especially those I don’t often see but I don’t really like being hugged by casual acquaintances as I like my space.

I am not usually a hugger.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Whenever I am at the Op Shop I am always inspired by my friend and co-worker Karen. She is so enthusiastic and full of ideas to improve the look of the shop and to find ways to do a better job that I am always carried along with them.


Share Your World 2018 – 15 January

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Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to….

our next cruise holiday in late March. Two weeks on Ovation of the Seas and a week in Singapore.

Ovation of the Seas - Hobart ,13 Dec 2016

Ovation of the Seas – Hobart ,13 Dec 2016

What is your favourite comfort snack food? 

I love raisin toast.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

My very first job when I left school was as a sales assistant in the local branch of a department store called Moores. It has long since closed down but that was nothing to do with me. The photo is of the Adelaide branch of the store now knows as the Samuel Way Building and used as law courts.


Samuel Way Building.jpg
By Scott W.Own work, CC BY 2.5, Link

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I appreciate the good friend that came over one evening last week to hang a cabinet on my bathroom wall and over the past two years has helped me by doing many small handyman jobs around the house thus saving me the expense of  getting tradespeople to do those things. I also appreciate Naomi giving me the cabinet which she bought for her own bathroom but did not end up using.

Bathroom cabinet.


Share Your World 2018: 8 January

Sharing My World This Week

Do you prefer a bath or shower?

I normally shower rather than take a bath. It is quicker and I can wash my hair at the same time. I used to enjoy a soak in a hot bath but I am a little wary of having one now as I worry that I will have difficulty getting out. I probably would feel more secure with a grab rail.

What do you do to make a living or during the day? If you are retired what mostly occupies your day? Or if you are a student what are you studying?

I’m in a sort of limbo of not working but not being officially retired. I am obliged to do thirty hours a fortnight of voluntary work in order to receive government benefits. I go to my volunteer job at the Op Shop on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with  Saturdays once a month so I’m actually doing more than required.

Geeveston Op Shop.

Outside the Geeveston Op Shop.

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom?

Until recently there were several teddy bears but when I had the room painted I packed most of them away only keeping out two bears that I had made years ago, Columbo and Albert. Columbo has now gone to Adelaide, he was David’s bear and I wanted his new great-niece to have him. Albert still sits on my dresser.

Columbo and Albert today.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I appreciated my Christmas decorations one more time before taking them down on Saturday.

I appreciated having the weekend at home after a very busy week at the Op Shop.

I appreciated the climate here in Tasmania as the mainland sweltered with temperatures in the high thirties and low to mid-forties we had one unpleasant day which was more humid than burning hot. It was to get away from the excessive summer heat that we left South Australia and I have never regretted that decision.

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