About Us


updated February 2023

I started this blog as “My Other Blog” in May 2013. Later, when my sister Naomi joined me I changed the name to “Our Other Blog” to reflect that change. I do have a Gravatar profile that will tell you a little more about me personally but in case you don’t want to read that here are a few fast facts.

I am:

  • a Baby Boomer born in 1957
  • still a British citizen although I came to Australia in 1966
  • a widow. My husband David passed away in 2015
  • a doll collector and blogger. Check out dollsdollsdolls.net
  • a pet owner and animal lover.

I’ve lived in:

  • Romford, England
  • Adelaide, South Australia
  • Geeveston, Tasmania
  • Sisters Beach, Tasmania

I’ve visited:

  • China 1990
  • Russia 1990
  • England 1977 & 1990
  • Scotland 1977 & 1990
  • Wales 1990
  • New Zealand (cruising) 2016
  • Malaysia (cruising) 2018
  • Singapore 2018

I like to:

  • collect dolls
  • take photos
  • travel
  • read
  • write
  • watch cricket
  • travel on trains

I dislike:

  • Reality TV
  • people who treat me as if I’m stupid
  • bullies
  • arrogant people

According to the Myer Briggs personality type test I am an ISFJ




I came to Australia with my mother and sister Vanda in 1966 from the UK aboard the Sitmar liner Castel Felice. We settled in South Australia I lived in the western suburbs of Adelaide for most of my life. I became very interested in retro items in my twenties. It was always a dream of mine to have an old house and fill it with retro items. I have done it twice now. My main interest is collecting old things. They do not have to be valuable, only interesting. There is something reassuring about old retro items. I have all sorts of things including doll related items. My other interests are my beautiful pets, art and going for drives to who knows where. I also enjoy board games or doing a scenic jig saw puzzle on a wintry afternoon by the fire. My goal is to travel a bit more as there are some places I would love to see



  1. Yay! We both have exactly the same dislikes. 🙂 I have family who live in Romford. My dad almost migrated us to Tasmania when I was a teenager. I’ve often wondered how differently my life would have turned out if he hadn’t changed his mind at the last minute. 😕


  2. Hello. I saw your shop (briefly) in the show “Rosehaven,” which I love. I can’t get over how gorgeous your part of the world is; I hope to see it one day. Best wishes.


    • Hi JJ I’ve missed a few episodes of Rosehaven but if you are referring to the Op Shop shown in season 1 that is actually not in Geeveston. It was set up in an empty store in New Norfolk which is about 40km north of Hobart. I wish they had come and filmed our shop but I don’t think they would have been able to fit the cameras into the shop as it is so cluttered. New Norfolk is a very nice town in the Derwent Valley and Oatlands where they filmed the real estate office scenes has some lovely old buildings. The street scenes were filmed in Church Street Geeveston where you can see the wooden statues, bakery and butcher shop amongst others.


    • We were intended to be but our father did not pass the medical so our next alternative was to be sponsored by family already in Australia so that’s what happened. The relatives who came over a year before us were Ten Pound Poms.

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