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Old 10-23-12, 08:04 AM   #1
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Other Hobbies and Avocations - Newer Folks to the Forum

We have had a lot of folks leave and new folks arrive in the 50+ forum. Every now and then it is fun and interesting to learn what else the busy folks in this forum do for fun - besides bicycling.

(It is also encouraged for longer-term forum members to chime in also, as I would believe that the newer forum participants would enjoy learning more about you "older" folks).

So, what else are you up to for enjoyment?

Music
Athletics
Wood workng
Writing
Cars
Art
Poetry
Photography
Community volunteer activities/schools and the like
Travel
Political activity - any elected officials around? Any campaign volunteers (you don't need to state the political party)
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and a whole lot of other activities I know you folks do and enjoy.

Pictures and links, if possible, please.

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Will stick to current interests besides cycling and that is gardening. Only have .2 acre and it is the reason I don't have much time for anything else. I have learnt carpentry through the number of Structures I have had to put up so I suppose that could be another interest. Not much garden left now due to the shed- pergola- gazebo- wife's pool and the chickens but just maintaining that lot has kept me busy this summer. Good job I am retired.



This is the top part of the garden and another bit about the same size contains the veggie patch- the chickens and Rough grass that struggles.
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Cycling takes up enough time that it's cutting into my other activities, but I still get in two rounds of golf a week. And when I'm not riding on the weekend, I'm usually watching Thoroughbred horse racing.
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Will stick to current interests besides cycling and that is gardening. Only have .2 acre and it is the reason I don't have much time for anything else. I have learnt carpentry through the number of Structures I have had to put up so I suppose that could be another interest. Not much garden left now due to the shed- pergola- gazebo- wife's pool and the chickens but just maintaining that lot has kept me busy this summer. Good job I am retired.
That looks like a lot more than .2 acres to me. You sure about that?
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That looks like a lot more than .2 acres to me. You sure about that?
It must be metric acres.....
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.2 comes from the land registration file and may be wrong as it was bought in 3 lots. The 30x30 that came with the house and then the extended bit that I bought before I moved in so I could have a garden. Would not have moved in unless I had that. At its widest point this part of the garden is only 40ft and the Eastern boundary is the hedge along the R/H side of the garden and the Western is 2ft to the left of the greenhouse. The total length is just beyond the pool at the top but there is also another hit to the right of the pool that was the 3rd bit of land I bought.

Can assure you that it is right at .2 but there is a lot crammed into a small space. Just wish I had more space.
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.2 comes from the land registration file and may be wrong as it was bought in 3 lots. The 30x30 that came with the house and then the extended bit that I bought before I moved in so I could have a garden. Would not have moved in unless I had that. At its widest point this part of the garden is only 40ft and the Eastern boundary is the hedge along the R/H side of the garden and the Western is 2ft to the left of the greenhouse. The total length is just beyond the pool at the top but there is also another hit to the right of the pool that was the 3rd bit of land I bought.

Can assure you that it is right at .2 but there is a lot crammed into a small space. Just wish I had more space.
30x30 what (meters, feet, yards???)
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Did a lot of video gaming, but I've broken that habit - its maybe not as bad a smoking, but its certainly not what I consider to be a healthy life style, way too much sitting around.
As my spouse is quick to point out, I have an addictive personality, going to extremes in my pursuits. EverQuest (aka "EverCrack") was indisputably the worst for me: physically, mentally, financially - you name it.

But, right now, there isn't much room for anything but cycling and reading, which I do incessantly (the Kindle iPhone app is a wonderful thing). Of course, a lot of that reading is often cycling related, but I also just read 'East of Eden' - have a real soft spot for historical fiction. Currently reading "Breaking the Chain", and then will pick up either Grisham's latest, or "The Signal and the Noise".
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FT.

In one respect I am like the Americans- I haven't gone metric and doubt I ever will. Bit awkward buying timber and I want 8ft and all I can get is 2.4 mteres. But that mm or so difference won't make much difference to my building capabilities.
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Not much time for anything else because of the dratted work!
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In one respect I am like the Americans- I haven't gone metric and doubt I ever will. Bit awkward buying timber and I want 8ft and all I can get is 2.4 mteres. But that mm or so difference won't make much difference to my building capabilities.
OK - I applaud you for getting so much into your available space!!
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I'm a tomboy and always have been (three brothers). My other interests ("other" than cycling) reflect that, they're decidedly "male oriented" (so I've been told). I'm a part-time location recording engineer, geek, techie, whatever; I like trains and have a model railroad; I'm quite mechanical and I'm (enjoying) restoring my very first motorcycle, a 1965 Honda CB77 Superhawk. For the girly things, I love clothes, although I don't sew - I just shop! I love wine (and have to avoid it in order to maintain my training and figure), and I love to bake (although I'm not that good at it).
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Will stick to current interests besides cycling and that is gardening. Only have .2 acre and it is the reason I don't have much time for anything else. I have learnt carpentry through the number of Structures I have had to put up so I suppose that could be another interest. Not much garden left now due to the shed- pergola- gazebo- wife's pool and the chickens but just maintaining that lot has kept me busy this summer. Good job I am retired.



This is the top part of the garden and another bit about the same size contains the veggie patch- the chickens and Rough grass that struggles.
That is just so gorgeous, as well as being totally awesome! I wish I had the talent and patience for such an endeavor!
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As my spouse is quick to point out, I have an addictive personality, going to extremes in my pursuits. EverQuest (aka "EverCrack") was indisputably the worst for me: physically, mentally, financially - you name it.
Generation gap here as I had to google EverQuest. I have never played one of those games.
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Stepfam, that garden is absolutely lovely. When I retired we sold our house and my sweet garden was gone. I still am homesick for it.



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Besides cycling, there's golf, reading, a bit of television watching, occasional running, woodworking and music (listening/hi-fi & playing guitar, banjo & piano).

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