Share Your World 2017: Boxing Day Edition

Sharing My World This Week

What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today?

It’s Boxing Day today so apart from necessary chores I’m planning to treat myself to a lazy day. Boxing Day means eating leftovers instead of cooking and enjoying a few little treats. I will also enjoy playing with my Christmas presents. This year I have a new Barbie and vintage clothing so there will be some doll photography.

I plan to watch a bit of the Boxing Day Test Match and the start of the Sydney Hobart Race on TV and of course I will be spending a bit of time outside with Cindy while the sun is out.She has some new tennis balls and naturally she will want to try them out.

Wild Oats XI arrives in Hobart 30 Dec 2014. Photo by Bruce Laughton

List at least five of your favourite spices? (excluding salt and pepper)

  • Cinnamon
  • Mixed Spice
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Paprika

What can you always be found with?

Sad to say the one thing I can always be found with is dog hair. No matter how much I brush Cindy, the furniture and my clothing I always seem to have some on me.

Cindy is eleven

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 watched quite a few Christmas movies on Netflix and YouTube this month but I always save the best ones for last. The ones I find most inspirational.

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • A Christmas Carol

I used to reread my copy of “A Christmas Carol” every year but now I’ll generally watch one of the movie versions. There have been a lot of them included animated ones and I don’t really mind which one I watch. I just love the story. I think these movies portray what Christmas is about to me.


A Christmas Carol - Scrooge Extinguishes the First of the Three Spirits.jpg
Public Domain, Link

Share Your World 2017 – Week #50

Sharing My World This Week

If you could hire someone to help you, would it be with cleaning, cooking, or yard work?

I do hire someone to mow my lawns because I was never able to start the mower we had but I’d probably do it if I had an easier one to manage. I guess the real world answer is that I would hire someone to do anything that I couldn’t do in the way of cleaning and gardening. If money was no object I’d probably also have them do the things I didn’t like doing. There are more interesting things to be doing than cleaning. Blogging for example.

If you were to move and your home came fully furnished with everything you ever wanted, list at least three things from your old house you wish to retain?

It would be easier to list what I would not want to keep. I like most of the things in my house and I don’t really want to replace them with new things just for the sake of it. Some of my furniture belonged to David’s parents and was made in the fifties. “Mid Century” furniture is now quite trendy and expensive so I will just keep the mid-century furniture I already have.

My “Mid-Century ” furniture. The buffet belonged to David’s parents. I bought the china cabinet to match it. The little table Naomi gave me and it matches too.

What calms you down?

Some time alone will usually calm me down if I’m feeling stressed. Although I enjoy my volunteer job sometimes after a day of being around people I find it very calming to come home and just sit quietly for a while before I start doing things again.


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 past couple of weeks I’ve been indulging myself by watching Christmas movies. I know that a lot of people find Christmas tiresome but I love it. I love seeing Christmas decorations, baking the Christmas goodies and anticipating the nice day that Naomi and I have planned. I don’t do outdoor decorations like these which are at my friend Karen’s place but I did put my own tree and decorations up a few days earlier than usual so that I could enjoy them for longer. I have some nice scented candles too which I will enjoy using over the Christmas period.

Christmas decorations outside my friend Karen’s house.


Share Your World 2017- Week #49

Sharing My World This Week

This week Cee’s internet woes continued and she was unable to post her SYW questions so Laura from “Riddle from the Middle” stepped up and I decided to post my answers as usual.


Is your second toe longer than your big toe?

No. My toes are regular length.


What happens when the dogs dream?

Dogs are hilarious to watch when they dream. Cindy always runs and sometimes barks in her sleep. She loves to chase balls so I’m guessing that’s what she dreams about or maybe something more exciting. She chased a wallaby once when she was a young dog so perhaps she chases them all the time when she sleeps.

Let sleeping dogs lie.

What’s on your closet floor right now?

I don’t have a walk in closet. I have an old fashioned wooden wardrobe. What’s on the floor of it? At the moment a couple of Christmas presents waiting to be wrapped. Usually  there is also a box containing shoes. It’s too small to put much else in there.

Name five books on your bookshelf.

I actually have four book cases in the house and boxes of books packed away. Here’s a random sample from one bookcase. A couple of them were David’s but I have read them all.

A good read
  • “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
  • “The Russia House” by John Le Carre
  • “Matthew Flinders’ Cat” by Bryce Courtenay
  • “The Cuckoo’s Egg” by Clifford Stoll
  • “Stone of Destiny” by Ion Idriess

Name something that inspired you this week.

I am not a person who really goes around looking for inspiration and I always find this question quite hard to answer as the things I appreciate from week to week are always the same. My home,  the beauty in nature, the antics of birds and animals and kind acts by others are always on my list.

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.