Share Your World 2017 – Week #48

Sharing My World This Week

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Does painting count as a household chore? I’m over it. I don’t love any of them.  There are far more interesting things to be doing than housework. However, I think the one that I procrastinate about the most is vacuuming. It seems that no matter how often I vacuum up the pet hair it’s there again before I can turn round.  I just got new carpets though so I am trying to keep them nice.

Living room with new carpet.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

I think the answer to that would be the times when I felt I was making a difference. Usually I like to just quietly do my own thing but if  I feel strongly about something I will participate in a community event. The times that particularly stand out for me are three or four years ago now when I attended anti government protest rallies in Hobart. It felt good to know that lots of ordinary people felt the same way as I did and felt strongly enough to say so.

Not In Our Name

How many times have you moved in the last ten years?

That is easy, not at all. David and I bought this house 15 years ago last May and moved in on 20 June, 2002. We had lived in our previous house in South Australia for more than 25 years. I think that people who own their own homes probably don’t move as often as renters.

How the hedge has grown.

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. 

It might sound rather silly but I really appreciate the ladder I bought to replace my old step-ladder. It is so sturdy that it has enabled me to reach areas that I would not have been able to get to without it. I thought I would not be able to reach across the bath to paint the upper part of the wall but I feel safe enough on this ladder to try.

A nice new step-ladder – with a shelf.

Share Your World 2017 – Week # 47

Sharing My World This Week

Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

I would love a reading nook like the one pictured in Cee’s post as I love the idea of a window seat. However, I can read anywhere. A place for Naomi and I to do our hobbies is definitely a priority in our next home. I’d like an area where I can have my scrapbooking supplies and finally start making albums of the special places and events in our lives. I don’t know if an Op Shop will be part of my future but in any case an area where I can work on old toys we buy, set up my sewing machine for making dolls clothes (and boring mending) and a well-lit spot for photographing our treasures are on my list. Naomi likes to draw, paint and do crafts so she also needs a space to be messy in. We would like to incorporate a reading/watching TV nook where we could keep our reference books and watch tutorials on DVD or YouTube.

image scrapbook page

I love my hobby space in the doll room.

Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.)

This morning was partly cloudy with an area of high pressure situated over the Op Shop  where we were working hard as usual. Temperatures rose while trying to find places to store donations. The afternoon was still warm but calmer and this evening will be fine with a forecast of pleasant conversations online.

If you could witness or physically attend any event past, present or future, what would it be?

If I had a TARDIS of my own there are so many places and events that it would be amazing to see. Imagine being in London in 1953 for the Queen’s Coronation what an atmosphere! I’d like to have seen The Beatles in concert back around 1964. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the screaming girls and crowds very much though; maybe if I could have been at the Royal Variety Performance with a more genteel audience (“just rattle your jewellery”). I’d love to have crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary (the first one) or travelled on some of the great train journeys of the world. I’d like to attend a cricket match at Lords and the 1985 Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide, I went to all the others held there but not that one.

Baggage Tag for the Queen Mary.

I’d also like to go back and experience once again events that I did attend or take part in and see people who are no longer with us.  I can’t think of  anything I particularly want to see in the future except next year’s holiday and that will be here soon enough.

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 two friends of mine who helped me out. One by coming over to hang up some of my pictures which I could not manage myself and the other for offering to take me to Kingston to do some house related shopping at a hardware store. I can get to the shops myself but bringing bulky things home on the bus can be a problem. He said he appreciated the company as he doesn’t enjoy driving that far alone. We chatted and the trip seemed to take no time at all.

Share Your World 2017 – Week #46

Sharing My World This Week

If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so?

No. I would never do that. I would do the parts I was most certain about, then the parts that I was not so sure of and hope for the best.

What things in nature do you find most beautiful?

I’m always attracted to water, rivers, lakes and the sea. I love to see hills and mountains and I love green fields, trees and flowers, the sight of a rainbow and especially at this time of year, birdsong.

Who doesn’t like flowers?

Complete this sentence: When I travel I love to….

Take photographs obviously, I also like to explore on foot, use public transport and most of all take all the time I need. I don’t like to be rushed through one attraction to get on to the next one.

Sandridge Bridge, Melbourne

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. 

Summer seems to have arrived early and roses are blooming everywhere now. Here are some of mine. Since I took this picture two or three days ago the bush now has half a dozen roses in full bloom.

I think it is amazing the way these change colour as they bloom.

Share Your World 2017 – Week #45

Sharing My World This Week

Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?

Yes sometimes, especially if Naomi and I are out somewhere. We love to walk but we will often take a break on an inviting bench and stop to admire the view or just to talk. We never stop talking. Even alone I do enjoy contemplating a pretty view though.

The Huon River at Franklin.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light?

I have done all of the above. I usually keep a couple of candles handy but need the torch to find the matches and sometimes if the torch isn’t working it has to be the phone. Although as my phone is usually on top of the fridge, not in my pocket  and it is just a little clamshell thing it’s not a lot of help but still better than nothing.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

I hope this won’t sound greedy but I think I’d rather have the money myself. Anything that would make moving a bit easier would be welcome.

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’ve been appreciating the lovely weather we’ve had for the past couple of days. Today was a little warmer than I like but Sunday was perfect. Inspiration also came from all the new dolls and the paper dolls Naomi brought down so I’ve been doing lots of writing and researching for the doll blog.

Two new celluloid dolls. John who is made in Japan and Princess Elizabeth by Palitoy UK. Both from the 1930s.

 

 

Share Your World 2017 – Week #44

Sharing My World This Week

Would you rather take a 2 week vacation with an organized tour or take a cruise of your choice?

Some people make lifelong friends on tours but I am not one of them. I believe that the more people you travel with the more compromises you have to make to your plans. Travel is expensive, call me selfish but I don’t want to miss out. That’s why I would only go on an organised tour if it was to a place where I did not feel I’d be safe alone or where language would be a major difficulty. Naomi and I are unsociable travellers; we don’t even like having to sit with strangers at lunch so spending every day with forty strangers on a bus would be torture. We like to chat to people but we don’t want to become part of a group. On a tour you have to stick to a rigid itinerary, too long in places you are not interested in and not enough time in the ones you like not to mention all the personality quirks of fellow passengers.

We love cruising so a cruise ship would be my choice. Even on a large one there are plenty of places you can go for some peace and quiet and you can plan your day the way you want.

Explorer of the Seas 2016

Did you like swinging as a child? Do you still get excited when you see a swing?

I did like swinging as a child. We had a back yard swing and naturally I enjoyed the playground although I was never game to go “over the top” as some kids did. I rarely see swings now especially adult sized ones but I don’t think I’d get that excited if I did.

What is the most important thing that you ever learned ? (I bet it’s not something you learned in school)

I suppose it would be that you can never and should never rely totally on other people. In my childhood there were people who said that they would do this or that for our family or take us somewhere and they let us down so we became independent and found our own ways of getting things done or we went without. In recent years I have had the opposite experience of having people offer to help me and actually do it but I don’t take it for granted. People have their own lives and their own problems and I try to deal with mine myself as much as I am able.

I suppose it is also a little of the same thing as question one. If someone else is driving the bus you are on their schedule not yours.

Bus arriving at the interchange.

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. 

The last week has been devoted to decorating at my house and even after painting, varnishing, moving furniture and cleaning ornaments I still appreciate my home. I am lucky to have it.

This was taken from a similar angle on Friday.

Share Your World 2017 – Week #43

Sharing My World This Week

Where do you eat breakfast?

If I am only having toast for breakfast I may have it at the computer while I check comments and posts from the night before. Otherwise it will usually be at the kitchen bench.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want to have an evening with?

I think I am becoming unsociable to the point where I would not enjoy an evening with anyone that I didn’t know personally even a celebrity or historical character that I admired. My choice would be a family member or even to be alone with my pets.

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

I always lack the imagination to think of myself as anything other than a human being so I can’t really answer this that way. I would like to have the strength and dignity of an oak tree.

Oak trees growing on the Parliament Lawns, Hobart

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. 

A kind friend came over on Saturday and painted my living room ceiling for me. I won’t say I was exactly inspired but as I had moved a lot of the furniture out of the room it seemed practical to carry on and paint the walls. I spent Sunday and Monday doing that and am now deciding which of a couple of smaller painting jobs I should do next.

Old colour on the left, new colour on the right.

Share Your World 2017 – Week #42

Sharing My World This Week

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

School was difficult for me. Not so much academically but because I was shy and very bad at anything that required hand eye coordination like sports, sewing and cooking. I disliked those subjects intensely. There were some mean teachers back in the sixties who would yell at you if you were not good at particular subjects. I particularly remember one Home Science teacher who yelled at me because I was not used to lighting a gas oven and didn’t want to reach inside to do it. She didn’t care when I tried to explain we only had electric at home.

I was lucky in that I was not teased by classmates but I resented well-meaning teachers’ attempts to integrate me into a group when I was quite happy reading or just taking a break from being with people. I could not leave soon enough.

List some of your favorite types of animals.

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Birds, especially the ones that visit my garden, finches,  blue wrens, rosella’s occasionally, robins if I’m lucky.
  • Macaques & Chimpanzees – such fun to watch at the zoo.
  • Squirrels, we don’t have them here but they look so cute and I love reading about their antics in the gardens of fellow bloggers.
  • Alpaca’s, their faces make me want to smile.

    Alpaca’s Middleton Show 2011

 

Japanese Macaque, one of a small colony that lives in an enclosure in City Park, Launceston.

 

What is your favorite large city you have been to? What is the one thing you remember most?

I don’t know if I can pick just one. London is definitely my favourite of the few large cities I’ve been to. I love the history, the old buildings, the red buses and underground trains.

I  also really like Sydney, perhaps not a very large city by world standards. I think the population is about three million but that fabulous harbour is hard to beat even though the skyline is being filled with ugly buildings.

On the whole though I prefer smaller cities like Wellington, New Zealand which is about the same size as Hobart I think.

 

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. 

In the past week or so my apple tree has suddenly blossomed. It never lasts long so I appreciate it while it does last.

The apple tree blossoms

blossoms October 2017