Cee’s Which Way Challenge #20

Archway and Steps

My entry for the Which Way Challenge this week is another view at the Hobart Botanical Gardens. This archway was erected to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the gardens however before that it was the entrance to the old AMP building in Hobart. When the building was demolished the archway was donated to the Botanical Gardens. A nice example of recycling. I never saw the old AMP building but it must have been grand. The archway was built in 1913.

Commemorative Arch

Sunday Stills: Made in the 1940s

Made in the 1940s

When I saw this challenge I immediately thought of steam engines. I am a railfan after all. Built for the NSW railways in 1943- 38 Class steam locomotive 3801. Photographed in South Australia during the Bicentennial in 1988. An award winning short film called “A Steam Train Passes” was made about this locomotive in 1974.

NSWGR 3801 -built 1943.
NSWGR 3801 -built 1943.

Share Your World – 2014 – Week 35

Share Your World Week 35

Have your blogging goals changed?

I started both of my blogs over a year ago and my initial goal was just to post regularly and not abandon them after a few weeks or months. Now I have set new goals. For my doll blog my goal is to create pages for each type of doll I own and to write regular posts featuring my large collection of Barbie and other fashion dolls. For example at the moment I’m doing a series of posts about Barbie’s Fashion Fever Closets. I am trying to feature a new one each week hoping that it may help fellow collectors identify outfits that they have bought at flea markets etc.

My goal for this blog has changed too. At first it was just for writing about things that interested me that were not doll related, pets, hobbies, opinions and so on but after a few months I decided that the theme of the blog would be to show off places in my home state of Tasmania. I still blog about everything but I feature photographs and articles about Tasmanian places every week.

I have not set goals like getting x number of followers because I don’t want to write for a specific audience. I just want to be me, talking about things that are important to me.

flower stall
Spring at Salamanca Market


If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?

There is no way in the world that I would ever want to perform in a circus. Being a trapeze artist or tight rope walker is way too scary for someone with a fear of falling and I don’t look good in tights anyway. These days you don’t really see animal acts. I’d probably enjoy doing something with performing dogs but I don’t really think that chimpanzees enjoy wearing clothes and pretending to be human and even when I was young it used to worry me to see elephants balancing on two legs on a stool. I was always afraid they would be hurt. I saw a brilliant juggler at a circus once, maybe it was the Moscow Circus, doing amazing things with spinning plates but I’m a born klutz so that’s not for me either. If I ran away to join the circus I’d be the one selling the tickets.

CircusTent02“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18 what advice would you give yourself?  Or if you are younger than 25 what words of wisdom would you like to tell yourself at age 45?

I think that I would tell myself to find something I wanted to do and study for a qualification so that I could get a better job. Probably I wouldn’t listen to myself though. At eighteen I was happy to be out of school and earning a wage so that I could save up to travel overseas.

What is your favorite comfort snack food?

I love my comfort foods. Chocolate would be right at the top of the list although I don’t buy chocolate all the time because I know I would just eat too much of it. When my sister and I get together once a month we love to share a packet of Tim Tams which are chocolate biscuits. They come in quite a lot of different flavours, Original, double coat, white chocolate, choc orange, well you get the idea. Recently I discovered Red Velvet Tim Tams and bought a packet of them to take to my sister’s house for a birthday treat. They were very nice too.


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Packet of Original Tim Tams” by Lakeyboy (talk) – I (Lakeyboy (talk)) created this work entirely by myself.
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Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week was a good week for me. The weather was beautiful and I was able to spend a lot of time out-of-doors. I went to a model railway show, a doll show and took part in a rally where I heard some inspiring speeches and learned the words of the song “Lean On Me”. This week will be quieter with time at home for baking biscuits, blogging and hopefully taking some more doll photos.

The Unions Choir, Hobart Tasmania
The Unions Choir, Hobart Tasmania

Share Your World 2014 – Week 24

What makes you feel the most secure?

My home is the thing that makes me feel most secure. As long as we have our own home I feel that we will manage even if we have little money. I would not feel as safe renting a house and I can’t imagine how frightening it must be to be homeless and never know where you will sleep at night.

There is no place like home.
There is no place like home.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

I would be a sheepskin Ugg Boot because I like to be warm and comfy.

How many languages do you speak?

I learned some French and German at school but after forty plus years I’ve forgotten most of it so only English now.

What was the largest city you have been to?  What is the one thing you remember most?

I’m guessing that the largest city I’ve been to would be Beijing. The current population is around 21 million people, not a lot less than the population of all of Australia which is about 23 million.. I was there in 1990 but it was still way bigger than any other place I’d been or am likely to go in the future. Tiananmen Square was interesting.  We visited the Forbidden City with a Chinese student who acted as our guide. We enjoyed talking to him and he, like most young people we met, wanted to improve his English. At the hotel where we stayed there was a disco most evenings which is where we met him as it was popular with the local youth.  The disco would end at around  9:30pm and the last song played was always “Auld Lang Syne” we never worked out why.  It was a smaller Chinese run hotel but we liked it even though the western style breakfast they served us was always cold. The reception staff spoke good English but the staff on the other floors who issued room keys not so much. There was a lot of traffic but more bicycles, motorcycles, trucks and odd three-wheeled cars than we would see at home. I imagine there are far more cars on the road now than there were then.

Tiannammen Square
Tiananmen Square
Beijing 1990
Beijing 1990

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful that my sister had a safe trip away last week and returned home safely and that she had good news about the sick friend she went to visit. This week will be a quiet one for me but I am enjoying getting all the photos I took in Oatlands onto my computer and catching up with my blogs which have been a bit neglected for the last few days.

image Spirit of Tasmania
Boarding the Spirit of Tasmania