Share Your World: 18 March


Do You Have Any Guilty Pleasures?

I guess that would probably be chocolate. I don’t buy chocolate or chocolate biscuits just for myself very often. It’s always a big temptation to eat it all at one go but I usually try to make it last if I have it. Once in a while though I will think “Darn it, I’m just going to finish it.”

Tim Tams

What Is The Worst Pick Up Line You Ever Heard?  

            For the guys: What’s The Worst Pick Up Line You’ve Used?

I don’t believe that anyone has ever used a pickup line on me. I know David didn’t and I only went on one date before I met him.

What Slang Or Trend Makes You Feel Old?

Millennials make me feel old full stop. I don’t understand their slang half the time. I have no idea who the actors and musicians they follow are and I hate the way they write articles that begin “You have been doing …….. all wrong.” As if to say that they know best about everything.

What Do You Consider The Most Over-rated Song?

I can’t choose one song out of millions. When you hear one song on the radio all the time you can get very tired of it especially if it is not your sort of music.  For example when we were on holidays Naomi and I got very tired of the music being played on board our cruise ship. We didn’t know what most of it was but I think that the soundtrack to “The Greatest Showman” had just been released and that featured heavily. Most of the time I just don’t listen to the radio except for classical music  (except opera).

The Greatest Showman Japan Premiere Red Carpet (38435528300)

Instead of a Tender Mercies question, here’s a philosophical one instead:

You Find A Book And Begin To Read Only To Discover That It Is Your Life. You Get To The Point That You Are At Now, Do You Turn The Page Knowing That You Will Not Be Able To Change The Events To Come?

I don’t know that I’d like to be put in that position. I have been known to peek at the end of a book to see “how it comes out” but I don’t know if I want to know when or how I will die or what the end of my life might be like. I think I’d stop reading.

Share Your World: 11 March

Sharing My World This Week

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  If you don’t think Heaven nor God exists, you might want to answer by saying something outrageous, just for fun!

If there is a heaven and I get to go there I hope that God will say. “There are some people and animals here who can’t wait to see you.”

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Whether for me personally or for humanity, in general, I guess feeling that there is no hope that anything will change for the better would be about as bad as things could get.

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

I don’t drive and don’t own a car so the only time I am ever alone in any car is if I am waiting for someone who is doing an errand. Generally, I’m thinking I hope that they won’t be long coming back.

How would you rate your memory? 

It’s probably average for a person of my age. I write a shopping list and leave it on the kitchen bench, but then I remember most of the things I wrote down anyway. I go into a room and forget why; I forget people’s names, names of songs and names of movies.

I remember the names of all the pets we ever had, favourite toys I had fifty or sixty years ago, my favourite places, favourite times with special people. I think that’s pretty normal.

Scrapbook page about Tessie

And lastly:

What’s one song that always cheers you up, no matter how blue you’re feeling?

I’ve got nothing for this but I once read a story, I think it was by Isaac Asimov about a musician who was asked to create a rhythm that would be played to assist in treating people suffering serious depression. He chose “When The Saint’s Go Marchin’ In.”

image brass instrument

Share Your World: 4 March

Sharing My World This Week

What’s the first thing you notice about a person?

I think generally their expression. Do they look happy or sad, smiling or serious?

Photo by Rene Asmussen from Pexels

What three habits do you feel would improve someone’s life?

Not in any particular order:

  • Optimism – “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”
  • Moderation- Enjoy the things you like but don’t go overboard
  • Tolerance – I’ll give you a quote from Gene Roddenberry for this one:
IDIC: Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations
“Intolerance in the 23rd century?  Improbable!  If humankind survives that long, we will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between people and between cultures.  We will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.  It’s a manifestation of the greatness that God, or whatever it is, gave us.  This infinite variation and delight, this is part of the optimism that we built into Star Trek.”— Gene Roddenberry

What takes up too much of your time?   Would you stop that if you could?

Definitely the internet. No.

Cookies (biscuits to those elsewhere), pastries, pie or cake?   If not, what does your sweet tooth crave?

I like all of those but if I had to choose I’d probably tend towards cake first although I am very partial to desserts like pies.


Gratitude?  Are You Happy?  If so, why?  If not, why not?

Yes. I am happy. I don’t have everything but I’m mostly content with my life.

Share Your World: 25 February


What, in your opinion, is the point to life?

I am not sure why we are here but since we are I think the point of life is to live it well. I can only speak for myself but I try not to do harm to others, to be kind to animals and appreciate nature. I enjoy the good things in life, family and friends, the love of pets, good food, good conversation, hobbies, reading and experiencing things. I try to speak up when I see something happening I feel is wrong.

I don’t know what happens when we die but I’ve always thought more about the here and now than the hereafter.

A sunny day at the Botanical Gardens in Hobart.

What was your most recent lie?  You don’t have to get really specific obviously.

Saying thank you when someone donates another big box of books to the Op Shop when I know there is absolutely nowhere for me to put them.

Non-Fiction books at the Op Shop

What country do you consider the strangest?   (it’s all In fun folks, ALL countries may seem strange to outsiders)

I’m sure that’s true. Please take everything I’m about to say in the spirit of fun.

  • Australia would probably take the prize for the strangest animals, platypus anyone?
  • Japan probably has the weirdest reality TV.
  • Iceland might come first for strange landscapes.

Platypus in Geelong.jpg
By TwoWingsOwn work (NB: this is scanned photography since it had been taken with an analogue camera), CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Lots of countries elect or inherit weird leaders so America is not alone in that although I’d have to say the USA and North Korea are neck and neck for that one at present.

Although I am very fond of my American blogging friends and I’ve met some lovely people from the USA over the years I often think that America is a strange country because:

  • People drive on the wrong side of the road.
  • People say “Booee” and “Aloominum” instead of “Boy (for buoy)” and “Aluminium”
  • American spelling is weird. Theater instead of Theatre, color instead of colour and there are zeds (zee’s to you) where I’d put the letter “S”
  • Voting machines
  • The Kardashians and other famous for being famous stars.
  • The Jerry Springer Show
Jerry Springer Musto Party 2011 Shankbone 10
Jerry Springer – photo by David Shankbone.

I could go on but I won’t. I’m fascinated because in a lot of ways America and Australia seem similar. We both started out as British colonies, we both have a multicultural population, we both were opened up by pioneers looking for land or gold. On the other hand, sometimes things that happen in the USA make it seem like another planet.

What’s your funniest story involving a car?

I don’t drive and since David has been gone I no longer have a car so I have to go back a bit

Once, a long time ago I was visiting Naomi at her house in Semaphore, a beachside suburb of Adelaide. We drove down to the beach for some reason and then wandered back up the main street. At that time there were some interesting second-hand shops that we loved browsing in. We ended up buying a few things and not being far from Naomi’s house we naturally just walked back there. It was only some half an hour later when we were sitting down having a cup of tea that we thought about the car which was still parked in the car park at the beach. I can’t even call that a senior moment as we were both in our thirties at the time.


Do you have something you’re very thankful for or that showed immense kindness toward yourself or someone?

There is a lady that I know who is probably one of the kindest and most generous people I know. She spends her whole life looking out for other people.  I’m grateful to know someone like that.


Share Your World: 18 February

Sharing My World This Week

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I’d read more, write more and unfortunately I’d probably shop more online.

Some old travel books from my bookshelves

What job would you be terrible at?

I can think of loads of jobs I’d be terrible at. I’d be a terrible athlete, I’d be terrible at anything that involved ladders, don’t ask me to clean your windows or gutters. I would be lousy at anything in the medical profession as I can’t even watch CSI without cringing at the sight of blood and gore. It would probably be a shorter list if I said what I might be good at.

Window Cleaners on a Hobart building.

 When was the last time you climbed a tree?

I’ve never climbed a tree. Fear of falling remember.

Polly has never climbed a tree either.

Do you count your steps? 

What for? I have tried a pedometer a couple of times but for me walking is more enjoyable if I am not thinking about exercise.

Lake Dulverton Walk 2 Photo by Naomi.


Bonus question (just because it’s really silly)   What’s the dumbest way you’ve injured yourself?

I’m not sure it’s the dumbest but I once put my back out cutting my toenails.


Share Your World: 21 January

What’s the closest thing you’ve experienced to real magic?

Well to me science is magic, the internet, how amazing is that? This invisible link between people all over the world.

NeXTcube first webserver

Who is the messiest person you know? And why?

I’m not going to name and shame here. I am not by any means a neat freak. Given the choice between cleaning and doing almost anything I’d take the other thing but I don’t like to live in a pigsty so I keep my place moderately tidy. I don’t have kids, I guess keeping a home tidy when you have children is more of a challenge and sometimes things get overwhelming, picking things up and putting them away must seem like too much. However, there is no excuse for me to have my chairs and floor covered in stuff.

I used to think the messiest person I knew was a cousin of mine. I went to stay with her once and was meant to be sleeping on the couch but when I arrived it was piled high with ironing and clothes waiting to be put away.  I have seen far worse since.

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?

I could ask what happens when we die but I am not sure I really want to know the answer to that.

What benefits does art provide society? Does art hurt society in any way?

Art provides many benefits. It can be soothing or stimulating, it can make us think and most of all remind us that there is more to life than eat, work, sleep. However, graffiti is harmful to society I believe. Some of the people who create so-called street art are very good artists and if they chose legitimate ways to create I would have no problem with them. However, years of working in the railways brought me into contact with a lot of graffiti. Defacing the sides of public transport with rude and ugly tags is not art and the large murals were difficult and expensive to remove.  We had to use nasty chemicals and wear respirators and gloves even in the hottest weather so it was certainly harmful to us railway cleaners. Here’s some legitimate street art commissioned by a local engineering works and scrap dealer.

On top of a shipping container at Drysdale Engineering Geeveston

What’s something positive you’d like to share?  Can be a smile, a joke, or music..anything that gave you a lift this week!

I’m grateful for our strong community. As there are bushfires in the district many people have been on social media offering paddocks for animals, accommodation for anyone who has to leave home and asking if there is anything they can do for the firefighters. A local man has made himself available with his utility truck to help people move animals and possessions if they need to at no cost. It’s not a nice situation but a reminder of what a good place this is to live.
Friends have called me to make sure I’m OK. I am, and I know that if I do need any help I have only to ask.

The firies prepare for the Christmas Parade 2017. Geeveston Fire Station.

Share Your World 2019: 14 January

    I was writing

these answers late last night and my laptop totally refused to let me add a link, or even change the size of my heading. I decided to finish it off this morning on the desktop. I was dismayed to find that I can’t do it here either so obviously, WordPress is being weird again. I think I found another way. I hope it worked.

You’re walking in a forest and you find a black suitcase.  Inside it is one million dollars and a piece of paper, stained in blood and bearing the single word “Don’t!”  Would you take the suitcase home or leave it?

First of all, I am very surprised that anyone would leave a suitcase full of money unlocked. I don’t know that I would even open it in case there was something nasty inside. I certainly would not take it home. If I had opened it and seen the blood and the note I’d feel that it was something that needed to be reported to the police and that I should not touch it because obviously, the area is a crime scene of some kind.  I am certainly not going to keep the money because. a) I would feel bad when it wasn’t mine. b) someone might come after me for it. c) I’ve never seen a million dollars, for all I know it might be counterfeit notes.

I don’t have many of the large-sized notes in my purse 🙂

Imagine you lapsed and cheated on your partner. You feel horrible and you know you’ll never do it again, because the feeling is so awful. Would you confess?

I can’t imagine that I would ever have done that but if I had I would give myself away for sure because I would act guilty even if I didn’t say anything.

Would you live your life differently if nobody ever judged you for anything you did?

I want to say no but I don’t think many of us are completely unaffected by what other people think of us. As I get older I care less about what people in general think of my life choices but of course you want your family and friends to think well of you so sometimes you don’t say or do exactly as you please in case you upset them.  I really don’t care if people think I’m stupid to collect dolls, or if they criticise my appearance, eating habits or anything like that because it is really none of their business.

Would a fly without wings be called a walk? No? What would you call it?

Well, that depends.  Was the fly born with wings and lost them in some kind of mishap? Can a fly survive losing its wings? In that case, I think you can still call it a fly. If its parents were flies it is a fly.

In any case, wings or not I’d call it a noisy, dirty little pest.

What’s something that brought joy and lightness of being to you this past week?

Before I started to write this post I was watching cricket on TV and I must say that even though I haven’t been able to go to any of their games this summer I’m really enjoying how well our Hobart Hurricanes are playing as they are currently on top of the points table.

The crowd on the hill at Blundstone Arena