Sue, this week’s host, has asked that we look at current pastimes – things we have taken up in this time of enforced home isolation. For me my pastimes have remained the same as they were prepandemic. I had thought that I would gain a couple of new pastimes – I would cycle on the exercise bike sitting in our spare room every day – that lasted a week. I would have a spotless house as I would spend every waking minute cleaning – but I guess the cows came home and that didn’t happen either.
Did I take up stamp collecting – no but this was my Father’s favourite pastime, spending hours with new, used and cinderella stamps. He had a huge collection on his death – some valuable, some not. Surprisingly, his cinderella collection (stamps that aren’t legal tender) was one of the best in Australia and someone asked if they could use his collection to write a book displaying it. I have no idea how many copies were sold but we were quite chuffed that he would be remembered for his beloved pastime.
Cameras and books have always been my favourite way to fill in time.
With over 60,000 photos on this computer and more stored on CDs and external drives I have a pasttime that will see out my years. The hours I can spend labelling, tagging and researching is interminable. As are the number of books in the world.
The sad thing is you don’t realise until too late that you don’t have enough hours left to read all the books you want to. How do you choose which are more important. Even the decision then becomes a pastime.
Of course, there are the dogs. Even in lockdown they get there two walks a day. We now only go to the dog park once a day – in the morning. The number of people in the afternoon has become massive and my stress levels rise accordingly. Families with kids on bikes, scooters and skate boards – all things that Marley loves to chase. Dogs that are unknown and a little more intrusive – Muffin reacts. Now we walk through some bush that is at the back of our place. A lovely place with dams and birds and yes even more photo opportunities.
As you can see – I really don’t have time for new pastimes. The old ones fill in all the spare time I have.