Share Your World 2017: Week #41

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If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

Without a doubt my first choice would be New Zealand. I felt very at home there during the few days we had at cruise ports in New Zealand. It is a country with beautiful scenery and a climate that I would feel comfortable with. In addition New Zealanders are lovely people. At least all the ones I’ve ever met have been. The only thing that would put me off is the earthquakes. It would be scary to live in a country that has so many, some of them have been devastating.

My other choices would be Scotland, a country I’ve always liked and Canada as long as I could live on the coast. All the Canadians I know are also very friendly people.

View of Wellington NZ

View of Wellington NZ from the cable car, 28 Feb 2016

What colour would you like your bedroom to be?

I know it is sensible to paint your walls neutral colours and bring colours in via soft furnishings, pictures etc but I am sick to death of neutrals after painting my whole house in shades of white and cream. Yes it looks nice but it is boring. I have always wanted a bedroom with shades of red and green in it. Not the scarlet and emerald I probably would have picked in my younger days but colours like rose, burgundy and light greens. Perhaps I would pick a shade of pastel green for the walls as I would not want a dark colour and don’t really want pink. Cream would look nice with this colour scheme too but right now I can’t think about neutrals.

What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.

In no particular order:

  • Watching Cindy and Polly playing with each other
  • Travel-seeing new places and revisiting old ones
  • Photography
  • My doll collection
  • Road trips
  • Having a laugh with Naomi
  • Going to a Big Bash cricket match with friends
  • A day visiting markets and antique shops searching for collectibles
  • My home
  • Christmas
  • Hearing birds singing in the trees


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. 

This week we have finally had three warm sunny days in a row! I think we all appreciated that. I have also spent several hours over the past week or so soaking, washing and ironing vintage tablecloths and other linen that was donated to the Op Shop ready for our sale on Saturday. I have a new appreciation for my mother’s generation who did this every week and I am certainly glad that I don’t have to.

One of many items I ironed this week.



Ovation of the Seas - Hobart ,13 Dec 2016

Share Your World 2017 – Week #40

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What do you consider is the most perfect food for you? (It can be your favorite food to something extremely healthy.)

Most of the time I have only myself to please and the most perfect food for me is the one that I feel like cooking. Today, after a tiring day at the Op Shop it will most likely be something from the freezer. When I cook I generally put aside the extra portions for days like this. If I have the time and inclination to cook, the perfect food for me is more comfort food than cordon bleu. Meat, potatoes and two or three veg, stir fried chicken and vegetables with rice, Shepherd’s pie or a casserole of some kind, pasta with Bolognese sauce. If I’m really not feeling like bothering oven cooked frozen fish and chips with veg or a pizza from the supermarket are just fine too.

Roast lamb dinner

Are you focused on today or tomorrow?

I think I am more focussed on the present. I concentrate on the short-term future, what’s going on at the Op Shop, slowly getting jobs done around the house, what photos I need to take for our blogs. I do think about the near future a lot too Christmas, next year’s holiday, getting the house on the market or the long-term future but the further away things are the harder it is to visualise them.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?

Family members on each side of my family have researched the family tree but without that information in front of me I don’t recall names of any of them. I think that rather than interviewing them I’d like to have a time machine to travel back to their time. I’d like to see where they lived and what their everyday life was like, I’d like to see their homes, where they went to work, where they went on holiday if they had any.

Mum Circa 1922 with one of her grandmothers.


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.

Ovation of the Seas - Hobart ,13 Dec 2016

Ovation of the Seas – Hobart ,13 Dec 2016

It is six months now until Naomi and I head off on our next cruise adventure on Ovation of the Seas. Although the cruise has been booked for over a year it seemed so far away that it did not seem very real to us. On our trip to Hobart last weekend we went to see our travel agent. We now have flights booked, to Sydney and back home from Singapore afterwards. We have a night booked in a hotel in Sydney as we like to arrive the day before the cruise and a week booked in a nice hotel in Singapore that Naomi has stayed in before. On the Royal Caribbean website I was able to reserve a trip on the North Star observation pod. Our trip now feels a lot more real to us.


Share Your World 2017- Week #39

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If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter would go?

I was lucky enough to go on a helicopter flight years ago over my old suburb of Hallett Cove, South Australia. It was at a local fair and rides were not too expensive so David and I went up. I was not at all frightened and loved the views. I have wanted to do it again ever since but have either lacked the opportunity or the money as they are much more expensive these days and I am poorer.

Helipad on the Yarra.

What are some of your favourite type of proteins to eat? (meat, seafood, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts)

Apart from soy I like all of those things but probably meat would be my favourite of them.

What would be your preference, awake before dawn, at dawn, or awake before noon?

As I tend to sit up late reading the blogs of those of you on the other side of the world waking at dawn would definitely mean that I had not got enough sleep. I would feel lazy if I slept until noon though. That’s something I’d only do if I was either sick or had been up all night so I guess dawn would be about right for me. Providing dawn was about half past seven that is. Most days I generally do wake up around seven whether I put the alarm on or not.

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.

Our trip to the Botanical gardens inspired me, or perhaps I should say this week’s Fun Foto Challenge inspired me as I wanted photos of flowers and got several good ones. I also appreciated Naomi’s efforts. She is very modest about her photography but she’s taken some excellent photos over the past few months and I’m very pleased that she’s chosen to share them on our blog.

The Rotunda at the Botanical Gardens , Hobart


Share Your World 2017 – Week #38

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What is your favourite outdoor activity?

I’m lazy so don’t expect anything strenuous. I like strolling, exploring and enjoying the outdoors whether country or city and of course taking photographs.

Sandridge Bridge, Melbourne

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

No choice for me as I don’t drive but I do like being a passenger. I can watch the passing scenery and don’t have to worry about what other drivers are going to do. I would like to be able to drive to be able to go somewhere alone though.      


If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

  • I would love to have my 30-year-old body back, to be able to kneel and rise with ease and not have back aches and “all over aches” if I have done too much.
  • I would like enough money to buy a new house without having to sell this one first.
  • I’d like to have a time machine to go back to visit places I liked the way they used to be.



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.

One day last week when I arrived home from the Op Shop I was met by a very excited Masked Lapwing who was swooping about as I came up my driveway. I suspected there was a nesting pair and this proved to be correct. I had some near my house last spring too.Although being swooped is annoying I do appreciate what  good parents these birds are and I was inspired to read up about them. I hope to get a picture of the chicks before they grow too big, they are a lot larger than when I saw them last week already.



Share Your World 2017 – Week #37

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Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about …sewing and adapting patterns.

I’d love to become a better doll dressmaker especially for the poor old Ken dolls as Mattel only ever seems to dress them as bridegrooms or beach bums.

Ken never gets anything nice to wear.



On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?

In a hotel room:

  • Number one, it must be clean and have a comfortable bed.
  • It must have some form of climate control especially in summer.
  • A shower I can get into. We stayed in a hotel in Sydney that had a wall that I could not step over with confidence so I could not take a shower while we stayed there.
  • Facilities to make tea or coffee
  • A small fridge

The other things I look for in accommodation are comfortable chairs, a desk or table, a pleasant location, access to public transport in a city and friendly staff.


 What is your greatest extravagance?

The dolls without a doubt. Vintage dolls like Shirley Temple or the hard plastic walkers that I love don’t come cheaply. I spend more on fashion dolls than I probably should because I am particular about faces in particular. It’s hard to explain to a non-doll person why the Barbies you can buy cheap in chain stores are unappealing to me now. It’s probably because I’m not three. I probably spend more on clothing for “the girls” than I do on my own. But then they look better in it.

My African American Barbies pose for a group shot.


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

I always have trouble answering this question because it’s not something I think about all the time. Inspiration is not really the same as motivation. I was motivated to paint my house because it needed to be done. I wasn’t inspired because I wasn’t painting it in the colours that pleased me but the neutral colours that will be more attractive to potential buyers when I sell the house eventually.

What inspires me in life is more often than not something in nature, flowers or a beautiful view.

Spring is officially here.

Share Your World 2017 – Week #36

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Would you want $200,000 right now or $250,000 in a year? It’s safe to assume all money is tax free.

It is tempting to say I’ll take the lesser amount if I can have it now but when I think about the things I want to do with it would be better to wait another year. It would be worth it to have more in the long-term.

Is it more important to love or be loved?

I honestly have never thought about it. Both are an important part of life, I can’t say that one is more important than the other.

List things that represent abundance to you.

When I think of this word I think of a favourite scene in Charles’ Dickens “A Christmas Carol” where Mr Scrooge opens the door to see the Spirit of Christmas Present sitting in the midst of a mound of good things to eat. That is abundance.

Scrooges third visitor-John Leech,1843.jpg
By John Leech, Public Domain, Link

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

Last week I got a new Barbie that I had ordered from Amazon and she was so pretty I just wanted to get her out of the box. I did and that inspired me to take a lot of new photos for the doll blog of her and some others that I hadn’t photographed for some time.

Share Your World 2017 – Week #35

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What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?

I always feel happy wearing red at least on the upper part of my body. Red pants might be a bit much. I also like to wear shades of purple and blue. I do wear black a lot and I like it but I spend a lot of time worrying about pet hair as Cindy is a light coloured dog. So embarrassing when you go out and someone says “You have a white dog don’t you?”



What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

I like all types of dogs but my favourites are the ones that have belonged to me and the ones I’ve been “aunty” to over the last few decades and they have all been mixed breeds. My first one, Tammy, I never figured out exactly what she was, Nicki may have had a bit of Kelpie in her mix, Tessie was a Corgi/Cavalier King Charles Spaniel cross. I do like the Corgi personality. Cindy is a Staffy/Lab with a bit of Corgi thrown in but she is more like a Staffy than anything else.

Amongst the purebred dogs just for looks, I like Lassie collies, Irish Setters, Golden Retrievers and both Cocker and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels but these would be impractical dogs for me because of their size or the amount of grooming involved so I prefer to admire them from a distance.

The Australian Terrier is also a great little dog, handsome, a good size and personality although they can be yappy like most terriers.

List at least five favorite flowers or plants.

  • Roses
  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Pansies
  • Dahlia’s
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Daisies
  • Pelargoniums
  • Petunia
  • Polyanthus
  • Bluebells
  • Hyacinth

and many more.

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

The weather has been pretty bad here the last few days, freezing cold winds, heavy rain, sleet and snow in some places. This morning, waiting for my ride to the shop outside my house I watched the birds who had been sheltering somewhere all appear once the rain stopped and the sun momentarily came out. It is inspiring to me that the birds, the plovers that still occupy the land next to my house, tiny little wrens and others like the starlings and the kookaburras survive in such conditions let alone manage to build nests and raise families.

There are four plovers I see nearly every day. I like to think that they are the same ones I saw as chicks last winter.

Out for a stroll with mum or dad.