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|The new mini-interview series’.|
9 Lifestyle orientated questions with a leaning also towards your blog genre will be asked of you and appear in the Wildlife Greetings series published Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings at 06.55 am GMT.
Sisters Beach Tasmania – June 2020
|Today’s Cuppa is with Vanda of Our Other Blog|
I started “Our Other Blog” in June 2013. In those days, it was just me alone and was called “My Other Blog”. The name was because I had started my first blog a couple of months earlier. “Dolls, Dolls, Dolls”. I wanted to write off-topic, so I created a separate blog. The doll blog is also still going, BTW.
“Our Other Blog” is not about a specific subject. One of the main things I wanted to do with it was to write about Tasmania and post photos of places I have been. I know that many people overseas don’t know much about Tasmania, and some are not sure whether it is part of Australia.
However, we don’t confine ourselves to that. I like to do writing and photo challenges, and I want to write about our other interests, like railways, cars and animals.
My writing style is casual. I write as if I were talking or writing a letter to someone. I used to be a prolific letter writer with numerous penfriends in different parts of the world. I guess I visualise the people that read our blog as friends I haven’t met yet and try to convey something about me and life in this corner of Tasmania in the posts I write.
|How many cups of tea, coffee or other [what] do you drink a day and when?|
Too many. I always start the day with a cuppa. I’m English, so I grew up a tea drinker, but David, my late husband, didn’t like tea, so I switched to coffee. Naomi doesn’t enjoy coffee, so I’m back on tea again unless I’m home alone and feel like coffee. That was probably TMI. I have a cup
of tea when I get up and might have another at breakfast, sometimes two if we are talking. Another one at or after lunch and dinner and another mid-evening. Sometimes even one more if we sit up late. That would be between 5-7 cups of tea. I don’t drink as much coffee because I never have a second cup of coffee the way I would have a second cup of tea during or after a meal.
What is your favourite way to while away an hour?
Reading, either reading blogs or reading a book.
What makes a person a good member of society?
A good member of society is honest and law-abiding, tries to be considerate of others and helps them when they can. They would be mindful of caring for the environment and being kind to animals. They take an interest in their community and try to make thoughtful decisions and choices when electing leaders.
What is your average day like, and what do you do?
My average day is spent at home doing chores, reading blogs and writing my posts for our two blogs. When Naomi is at home, we spend a lot of time sitting around with cups of tea and talking.
Can you separate political issues from the people who hold them?
Most of the time, I can. There are people I like very much who have very different views about politics and religion. I avoid those contentious subjects with them.
Do the opinions of others matter to you, and if so, why? If not, why?
The opinions of people who are essential to me matter the most. I recently got the first negative comment I’d ever had on my doll blog. I was a bit upset about it, to be honest, even though I told myself that the opinion of someone I didn’t know and who didn’t know me was not that important. Nevertheless, I felt concerned that other readers held similar views and might judge me the same way, so I addressed the issue in a post, and the feedback was positive.
What are you genuinely passionate about?
I am passionate about Tasmania. I love living here. It’s the best move we could have made coming here in 2002. Although our blog does not have a theme, one of the things I really wanted to do when I started was to tell people about Tasmania and how beautiful it is. Some readers are unsure about where Tasmania is and whether it is part of Australia or a different country. I want to educate people but in an entertaining way.
Are you living the life you imagined you would lead from, say, ten years ago?
No, I am not. Ten years ago, David and I were living happily in our old house, and I often said. “I’m never moving again. You can take me out of here in a box”. I never thought I would live at the other end of the state. I always thought that Naomi and I would end up living together, but I didn’t expect it to happen for a few more years.
Do you believe money equals happiness?
Not exactly, but I can’t entirely agree with those who say it does not. Money may not buy happiness, but the lack of it causes misery. How can you be happy if you are cold, hungry, homeless or sick or if you have bills you can’t pay and can’t send your kids to school or buy them what they need? Money equals security, and security equals happiness. At least, it does for many of us. I don’t need to be as rich as Elon Musk to be happy, but only people who have never wanted anything would say that money doesn’t matter.
|There we go folks, l hope you enjoyed this morning’s Community Chat with Vanda as much l did.|
Until the next time.
We both wish you a lovely Sunday.
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