Share Your World 2018: 3 December

Sharing My World This Week

What are the most important lesson(s) you’ve learned in life?

Don’t rely on other people to do things for you. I don’t like to ask people to do things for me all the time. There are a few who I know that I can call on if I really need help and I have done that when I was in situations that I really couldn’t manage myself. However, a lot of the time in life people will say that they will do this or that but they don’t. I don’t like to impose on the good people too often and I value my independence so if there is a way to manage alone I will.

How did you meet your husband/wife or significant other? How did you know he/she was “the one”?

David and I met on a steam train excursion. He was 19 and I was a few days off my 18th birthday. We had both been going on these trips run by the Australian Railway Historical Society (SA) for some time and on this particular occasion our locomotive had broken down and everyone was asking everyone else if they knew what was going on. David and I got chatting that evening and met on a couple more trips before he asked me out. We found we liked a lot of the same things apart from trains, photography, books, especially science fiction and generally had the same values. We were engaged after a year and married when I was 20 and David was 22. I don’t know if I ever  thought “he’s the one.” I’m not very romantic. Neither of us had ever really dated anyone else as we were so young but luckily things worked out for us. We were married for nearly 38 years.

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Wedding day, I was 20, David 22.

If you could take a year-long paid sabbatical, what would you do?

That’s a hard question to answer in some ways as I haven’t worked for several years. I guess if I’d had that opportunity when I was working for the railways and making decent money I would have traveled overseas or to more distant parts of Australia.

What is your favourite thing to buy at a movie theatre concession stand? (Credit to The Haunted Wordsmith for this one)

Well, Fantales of course, you have to have Fantales at the movies so you can read the movie trivia on the wrappers, Jaffas to roll down the aisles and those ice cream cones that are covered in chocolate.

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By Flickr user Andynahman, CC BY 2.0, Link


What are some Holiday Traditions you and/or your family observe in December?

Every year since I was about 14 I have made mince pies to eat over Christmas. I don’t think I’ve ever missed making them. We like our British style traditions of Christmas pudding and rich, dark fruit cake but in recent times have added another treat called White Christmas to the list of “must haves”.

As there is now just Naomi and me on Christmas Day it is pretty low key. We have a hot lunch, something we were not able to enjoy in Adelaide as it was often too hot for meat and three vegs. We open our presents and presents for the pets of course and later usually watch a replay of the Christmas Pageant from Adelaide and some Christmas movies. Usually, I talk to family and friends who live in other states on the phone at some point during the day.

We don’t observe any religious ceremonies although I used to like to go to Carols by Candlelight years ago it’s not possible now because of the lack of transport. It has become rather more like a pop concert than a Carols service though so I don’t really miss it.

White Christmas, this is the version made with copha.

On Boxing Day David if we were not going out David and I would watch sport on TV and eat leftovers. We watched the first day of the Boxing Day Test Match at the MCG and the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race. I still like to do this and to go to Hobart later in the week to see the yachts when they have arrived.


The Talkative Tag

I would not rate myself as a talkative person usually but I probably do talk more now than when I was younger and very shy. I probably write a great deal more than I talk though. Marilyn of “Serendipity-Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth”   tagged me as a frequent commenter and I have to confess to being a serial commenter on her and some of my other favourite blogs as commenting is the nearest we get to chatting in WordPress. It feels like having someone visiting for a chat and a cuppa.

Now looking at my own stats, recently the most frequent commenters on this blog after me have been Cee Neuner, human59, Marilyn, Dennis, Reflections of an Untidy Mind and Nancy Merrill.

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Obviously, I am not tagging myself as I’m responding to comments,

Cee faithfully comments on every challenge post that I and everyone else puts up so I doubt she has the time for this one but Cee if you want to please do.

human59 is my co-writer so tagging her for this would be a bit like chasing our tails.

Marilyn has just done it of course

There are plenty of old timber sheds around the Huon Valley

Dennis from “Diary of Dennis”  and I have been trading comments for several years now, from about the time that we discovered that we had very similar looking cats. He takes great photos around his hometown of Lubeck, Germany and of course of Shyna the cat. We always find plenty to talk about comparing life in Germany and Australia and I enjoy his guitar playing. Dennis also writes a lot about gaming and tech stuff.

Tracy from “Reflections of an Untidy Mind” a fellow Aussie from “the big island” is one of the group of bloggers that provides us with the Random Daily Prompt and also takes some fantastic photos of wildlife.

Nancy Merrill from “Nancy Merrill Photography” has the Photo A Week Challenge which I often join in. She always has interesting photos on her blog. Nancy always comments on everyone’s posts too which is much appreciated.

So Dennis, Tracy, and Nancy if you would like to participate and tag some of your frequent commenters that would be great but if you prefer not to that’s fine too. No pressure.



Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Field

Sports Fields

I decided to make sports fields the theme of this post. All the ones pictured are used for multiple sports but I have only visited in summer to watch cricket.

This photo was taken in 2010, my first ever time at a cricket match and the first time I had seen inside Bellerive Oval. There is a big new grandstand where the two small ones are now which is a shame in a way because you can’t see the mountain as well as before.

My first visit to Bellerive Oval in 2010. It looks very different now.

In the lead up to the Cricket World Cup practice games were held at suburban grounds. This was at Kingston and I especially liked the way the ground staff had prepared for the game which was between Scotland and Tasmania.

patterns in the grass. Kingston Oval.

Another first for me was to travel to Launceston on my own to see a charity cricket match at Aurora Stadium.

Aurora Stadium, Launceston, Tasmania

This one was taken at the playing fields at Rupertswood, a grand old house in Sunbury, Victoria. Cricket history has it that the legend of “The Ashes” began here. Apart from the modern lighting towers, this place has not changed a lot.

Playing fields at Rupertswood, Sunbury, Victoria

On the same trip to Victoria, my friends and I went on a tour of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.  It was not a match day and I am unlikely to ever see any cricket played there because I won’t go to the mainland in summer if I can avoid it. However, I can imagine these empty stands full of excited fans on Boxing Day the traditional first day of the post Christmas Test Match because I have seen it many times on television.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Cold

Winter in Tasmania

It is almost summer here so this week’s photos will be mostly reruns.

Compared to the weather some of my blogging friends experience in winter ours are pretty mild. Although mountainous areas get snow in winter low-level snow is rare enough that we get a bit excited about it. If we get some it usually isn’t a lot and doesn’t last long. Here are a couple of pictures from snowy days in 2015 and 2017. In 2015 we had some very heavy falls that came below 300 metres which meant that bus services to Hobart were restricted for a day or so. I was traveling to see David in the hospital during this time and the second photo was taken on one of those trips.

Untouched snow. This is about as heavy as it usually gets in Geeveston although higher altitudes will get more. Near Geeveston 2017


Taken from the bus window June 2015

What we mostly get in winter though is rain, frost, and fog. The damp and the greyness of almost everything is what makes it seem colder than it probably is.

We get a bit of fog here, especially in winter time.
frosty morning 2015
Bus Stop in the rain.

It rained almost continuously when we went to Strahan for a weekend. During a stop on our Gordon River cruise, our guide soldiered on regardless telling us about the flora and fauna and while Bruce and I took as many photos as we could.

Our guide braves the rain.
Bruce taking photos on our Gordon River cruise.
A cold rainy day 20 May 2012.



Share Your World 2018: 26 November

Sharing My World This Week

If your five year-old self woke up in your current body, what would happen, what would you say?

I’m sure any five year old would be scared to death to have become a grown up overnight. I would undoubtedly say that I didn’t like it and wanted to be a kid again, and I would want my mum.

Me with my teddy bear James.

What is a relationship deal breaker for you?  Whether you are talking about a romantic one, a friendship or a related to sort of relationship?

In a romantic relationship, a deal breaker would have been anyone who wanted me to be something different from the person I am. While I would say that most of the people I am close to have similar values and beliefs to me I do tolerate a range of differences of opinion. I guess the closer they are the more I will tolerate.

Is there something out there, a thought, an idea, a current event, or a fear that you find deeply unsettling?

There are a great many unsettling ideas about these days, I could make a list. However, mostly, I just feel like the world is going nuts.

And one that is a bit whimsical: I recently read a news article where some guy wanted to change his age on his birth certificate claiming that he was discriminated against because of his true age and that if he were 20 years younger he’d get more work and more women. I find this bizarre because he wanted to change a fact, the year that he was born. If he lives another 20 years is he going to want to change his DOB again?  As my mother would say, that’s just plain stupid. See above.

If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done?

My friends and family would assume that it was a case of mistaken identity as at the present time in Australia you can’t be arrested for complaining about things you don’t like on social media.


What were you grateful for this week?  Something that brought some joy into your world?

I had a nice catch up with some friends on Saturday last week. We meet up about once a month for lunch and we always find plenty to talk about. It was not a fancy event, just a local cafe but it was fun.

Roses are starting to flower in my garden. I love roses. This photo is from last year but I hope to take some new ones soon.

My new roses are now doing well.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Funny

Fun Fotos

I am not sure if I have a lot of photos other people would find funny. For example, I have photos taken at cricket matches of funny moments but if you did not know the players or anything about cricket it would not be funny so I have tried to go for things that would amuse anyone.

Here is Polly, the first Christmas we had her and she is very intent on examining the presents. The one she is after is actually for her.

Polly can’t wait to open her presents.

On one of the last days of our cruise some of the staff in the Windjammer Marketplace, a buffet restaurant dressed up in wigs and funny hats and went around the restaurant singing to everyone.

Singing waiters in Windjammer Marketplace

This one is from a few years ago when there was a fundraiser in Geeveston to raise money to renovate the local toilet block. You could say it is toilet humour.

The “gold-plated” toilet

A traditional Punch and Judy Show.

Something that makes me laugh.

I am often amused by signs and I liked this one near a display of vintage machinery at the Huon Show.

A sign at the Huon Show

This is one of my all-time favourite signs.

“Dyson with Death”


Snapshot Sunday: Where No Man Has Gone Before

Two of Naomi’s Star Trek Action Figures

Well, this weekend the weather has been too wet and miserable for outdoor photography so instead, I’d like to share a photo of two of Naomi’s Star Trek action figures.

Naomi recently started adding to her small collection of action figures. She brought her Enterprise Bridge up to my house recently so I could see it. I took this photograph that day.

If you would like to see more of these and other action figures check out Naomi’s posts on our doll blog. You can find a link below.

Action Figures