Share Your World – 2014 Week 51

December 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Australia, Family, Family History, Gratitude, Nature | 3 Comments

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This is the last Share Your World for 2014. It has been a pleasure to be a part of Cee’s journey around the world for the last several months. Here are Cee’s questions for this week 51, and my responses to them (we missed out a week in November/December due to the holidays in the USA).


Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why? 

I came from England with my family in 1954, at the age of five. In the February we left, there was five feet of snow on the ground. My mother couldn’t wait to see the end of it. It was high summer when we arrived here – a bit of a shock. Most of us haven’t seen snow since then.

I am grateful to be living now on the east coast of Australia, where, apart from an occasional fall in the mountains to our west, we get no snow. Our winters are mild here, and a great time to get out and about in the bush, the coastal beaches and around our Lake Macquarie.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

Unless it is raining heavily, I don’t worry about an umbrella – we don’t get cold enough to worry about a little damp. However, I always know where all our umbrellas are – at the front door, and in both of our vehicles, where they are easy to get at.

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?

Hubby likes to eat his separately, starting with the food he likes least and saving his favourite until the end. However, I like the mix of flavours that you get when you combine, say meat and vegetables on your fork. It also means you can mix bland and tasty food in the one mouthful.

What is set as the background on your computer?

At present, I have a photo of all my five sons and their families in a group. The photo was taken when my eldest visited from Japan, in October 2013. It had been three years since they’d all been together, and it will be at least another year or two before it can happen again.

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

Last week we had a lovely time with hubby’s three kids and their families for Christmas Eve.

My second-eldest son arrives with his family today and will be spending a few days with us. Fantastic! It will be the first time we have seen in the new year with any of my kids for about fourteen years!

Introverts Unmasked

December 29, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Australia | 4 Comments

I am re-blogging this from Chris Donner’s blog because her definition of ‘introvert’ fits me perfectly. I have overcome my shyness, but I really need that time out in order to re-charge my batteries.
Great post from Chris!

Share Your World – Week 50

December 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Culture, Family, Family History, Gardens, Gratitude, Leisure activities | 6 Comments
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Many thanks again to Cee, for the questions for this week’s Share Your World.

Do you have a signature dish? If not is there one in your family?

This is a good question for Christmas time, as the only signature dish I have only makes an appearance at Christmas and New Year. It is a trifle, made with sponge cake, jelly, custard, whipped cream and topped with strawberries. When I go to Christmas shared dinners, that is what I take, and it is always very well received.

The trifle recipe is an old family favourite, and is made differently to all the other trifle desserts I have seen. My sisters and I learned it from Mum, who learned it from her mother, though I don’t know how far back from there it goes. Still, a hundred years is a pretty good family tradition.

Do you have a favorite board game?

I haven’t played board games for many years. However if I were to play one, it would be Scrabble, as I love any word games.

Is there a household chore that you enjoy?

Not so much inside the house, I’m afraid. However, I love mowing the lawns and keeping the yard tidy, as well as building anything needed there.

What is one thing you will never care about?

Being rich and famous. What’s the point, when it leads to the loss of your soul!?

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

Last week – Being able to at least deliver the Christmas gifts for my grandchildren in Queensland in an aborted visit (caused by my getting sick). Also, spending time with hubby as we travelled to and from there.

This coming week – relaxing for a few days at home before my second eldest son and his family come for a visit from Queensland.

(c) Linda Visman

Share Your World – Week 49

December 22, 2014 at 10:29 am | Posted in Gratitude | 2 Comments
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Here are my responses to Cee’s Share Your World questions for Week 49. They are simple questions, but again they get you thinking about things. Thanks Cee.

What is your preferred hot drink: coffee, tea, water, hot chocolate, or other?

Coffee once a day, in the morning – milk but no sugar. I need that to get me going. Then tea the rest of the day – black, no sugar. Tea is a refreshing and enjoyable drink, winter or summer.

What was your favorite toy as a child  . . .  and now?

I loved my cowboy set when I was a kid. Yes, cowboy; my younger sister wanted a cowgirl set, but I was a tomboy.

A toy now? I don’t have any – unless it is the internet, where I keep contact with people, do research, keep up with what is happening in the world (sometimes I’d rather not know). I like my scrapbooking and reading, which come the closest to playing apart from Facebook.

Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

I rarely eat sweets / lollies / candy. Occasionally I’ll have some chocolate, but the ones I like best are tangy, tart, sour hard ones. However, I also rarely have them. I really prefer savoury to sweet.

Would you want $100,000 right now or $120,000 in a year (tax Free)?

I sure could wait if someone were to give me the extra $20,000 in a year’s time.

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

Even though our trip last week to see three of my sons and their families was severely curtailed by my getting sick, I am grateful that we were able to spend a few hours with one son’s family and an hour with another son – though we could only wave to his kids. Couldn’t risk their getting sick!

Looking forward to spending a couple of days with hubby’s kids and their families this week for Christmas.

Merry Xmas

Linda Visman

My Ideal Christmas?

December 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Posted in Australia | Leave a comment

This is a post that I originally published on the 4th December 2010. I am revisiting it because I still think the same as I did then.


Santa overwhelmed







An ideal Christmas – you have to be kidding!

I think it won’t happen – at least while I’m living.

When will we have peace and joy in our lives;

or a world without war, and where everyone strives

to understand one another, and tries their best

to make their religion mean something that’s blessed.



Guns for Xmas








What about the stores, with their Buy! Buy! Buy!

Will that ever stop so that we can see why

this special day originally came to be?

It’s the opposite of their greed and venality!

And when will families, parted all year,

come together again without anger or fear,

but instead will create a real celebration

of love and of sacrifice and deep contemplation?



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My ideal Christmas has none of the hype,

but is based upon joy and on love of the type

that gives unto others and asks for no more

than to have all men equal, both the rich and the poor.

Of course, in this world, that’s all an illusion –

here, life is ruled by fear and confusion.

Selfish wants take the lead, and of love there’s a dearth;

Man doesn’t change because a child came to earth.


Santa stop the fighting







So, I’ll just take the presents, the food and the wine,

and shut out the world, so that all will be fine.



Christmas Celebration








© Linda Visman

Share Your World – 2014 Week 48

December 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Australia, Family, Gratitude, Leisure activities, Nature, Social Responsibility | 4 Comments
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Here are more of Cee’s questions, which we answer and share with others. The questions are great also for looking into ourselves and seeing what is important in life. Thank you again, Cee.

What is your favorite toppings on pizza?

We have a pizza shop in our village that makes the best pizzas I’ve ever had. They are not wimpy scatterings of a few ingredients on a piece of thin, brittle pastry that you get in the well-known chains. Instead, they are a good, solid feed with plenty of topping on a decent pastry base.

One of their toppings they call ‘Rosita’, and that is my favourite. It is basically lots of lovely king prawns (you call them shrimps in the U.S., I believe) with pineapple and cheese, and a yummy sauce.

I want to learn more about …

Life. Mainly, I want to know how to stop being so terribly affected (angry, upset, distressed, disgusted, demoralised, depressed) by the awful things that people are capable of and the destruction of our world.

What are three places you’ve enjoyed visiting?

Central Australia; the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney; and the South Coast of New South Wales. In reality though, I love to visit anywhere in Australia’s mountains, coastal areas , the bush and the desert.

Do you prefer eating the frosting of the cake or the cupcake first?

Neither – both are too sweet. I prefer a fruit mince tart.

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

Last week we had a lovely half a day in Sydney at the Powerhouse Museum, with  two gorgeous granddaughters and their lovely mum (hubby’s daughter).

Next week we are going to see most of the kids & grandkids from my side of the family – 4 of the sons and 6 of the grandkids.

(c) Linda Visman

Eastern Rosellas in my Back Yard

December 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Australia | 12 Comments


Dianella with berries

Dianella with berries


I stood at the back door a few mornings ago and watched an Eastern Rosella in the back garden. It was eating blue berries from the dianellas I have planted in the terrace garden, bending its bright red head to grab one, then, always alert for danger, immediately bobbing up again to see if it was still safe.


Where the dianella stem was long and too weak to climb onto, the rosella snipped it off neatly with its beak, held it in one clawed foot, and took the berries from the end.


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Eastern Rosella looking for grass seeds in our yard



Having had enough of those, it flew up to where we allow the grass to grow and seed, specially for our backyard wildlife. It walked just behind the top terraced wall, its head popping up and down behind the wooden plank as it stripped the seeds from grass stalks that overhang the garden below,


While its head was down and it couldn’t see me from behind the plank, I gradually eased the door open and stepped outside. Eastern Rosellas are flighty, timid birds and I didn’t want to scare it.


However, it soon finished with the grass seeds and flew off to a neighbour’s fruit tree. It was obviously time for the next course in its ongoing meal.


I wish I’d had a camera to capture this beautiful bird at ease in our yard. Instead, I have added a couple of rosella photos I have taken before in our yard.



Eastern Rosellas on our bird feeded

Eastern Rosellas on our bird feeder



(c) Linda Visman

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