Time for astronomy? What are you other recreational hobbies keeping you busy?
Racquet Sports, squash racquetball
Collecting and Reading a mountain of books and making annotations on many topics/genres.
Golf once a week (Going to driving range and different courses)
Travel, camping, backpacking sometimes in different cities
I might buy a goldfish to keep me company as a pet.
Collecting stuff from auctions, if cheap and what I am looking for.
Drag racing. I wanted to become a rally driver but my ex sapped all my enthusiasm by browbeating me into submission that she would not marry me.
Photography, bird and landscape, going to bird hides around melbourne, wetlands, etc, telephoto, etc.
Now retired I don't know how I found time to go to work.
To keep the mind active I tinker with embedded controllers, programming PIC micro's.
Also hold small commuter classes, Broadband for Seniors.
For physical exercise I jump on the Harley and go for a ride.
Too many hobbies-not enough time.Apart from astronomy here's a few others.
Dingo/wild dog trapping,bird watching,fishing,bushwalking,tarot card reading(well I got have some hobby to pay for all those astro gear purchases),collecting and reading books,using a metal detector along the beach,general photography.
It's a bit like that Rob, I barely have time for anything else these days as the kids take up all my time. I think I might be under the false illusion that this time will free up as they get older.
I used to be a member of a fishing club in Adelaide and would like to think this is something I'll get back into, doesn't have to be in a club but it'd just be nice to find the time.
Darts was always good too.
But really for now it's more about family.
And naps, naps are great.
Mine is rather a sedentary life.
I'm involved in our local art society. It's exciting times atm, our Art Gallery is reopening very soon in it's new location. I'm getting the office side of it set up.
Photography club is fun.
I have my little vegie patch I can potter in.
At the moment both my sewing machines are out and I'm busy sewing a few scope dust covers to sell at Astrofest.
I belong to a hiking group, and if they have a nice easy walk organised, I'll go along to that.
If the mood hits me, I'll drag out my dremle and do some gourd carving.
Between work, kids, IIS and facebook i dont have much time for any other hobbies (building model cars, drawing and jigsaw puzzles) but........ when Friday arvo comes along i dont mind cracking a UDL can or two and partying up in the shed with the fire and a few tunes or watching the footy hehehe
Traveling and camping and enjoying nature and birdwatching and walking and photography ... phew. It sounds a lot but of course I get much less time to enjoy them than I would like. Music is more of an everyday pleasure. I play bass (acoustic bass guitar) not very good but not too bad in a regular bluegrass jam. I've long though about getting a melody instrument, something I can play tunes on by myself, and last week my octave mandolin arrived. I can play a handful of chords .. eventually and last night could rough out the first part of Old Joe Clark. Royal Command Performance here I come.
I blew ~$2K on a stereomicroscope so as to look at the various small creatures and fungi in the soil.
Ended up spending two years working with a soil scientist, looking at soil samples.
I highly recommend taking a stereomicroscope to the observing site, just for those cloudy nights. (now that sounds a little weird.....)
I've been keen to purchase a decent microscope for a couple of years now. I figure a glass of pond water will keep me happy for days imaging all those little critters.
Could you pm me with any recommendations for a suitable set up? please
Well, our children have grown up and moved on and I am now only working about a day a week, so plenty of time for Liz and myself to do the things we want to do do. We enjoy exploring Australia together and we are both keen Mah Jong and Scrabble Players.
My other passion is sailing and wooden racing yachts. I own Peri, a Derwent Class racing yacht which is a piece of Hobart's maritime heritage. I've attached a couple of photos from the Derwent Worlds held here last February.
I also find time to grow berry fruits - loganberries, boysenberries, youngberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, black and red currents and probably some others I have forgotten to mention. I do a mean berry pie and summer pudding. Liz has experimented with berry liqueurs which we and our neighbours have enjoyed. The photo shows the loganberry and boysenberry rows.
well ckucky theres nothing like owning a goldfish as your intellectual equal ha ha! good for bouncing ideas off!
however my most important things in life for my sanity are the ones that have been with me for just about my entire life
football,astronomy and music from about the age of six and then i became an avid wine collector from the age of eighteen........ all rather expensive hobbies dont you agree?
for many many years it was a case of krug taste on beer budget!