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Posted on 29 Apr 2013, 12:04:57 BST
Heeyy!! It's the Bear!! We've missed you, oh Ursus Major!!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013, 12:02:04 BST
Bearman says:
Interesting question - I have lots of hobbies and no where near enough time to indulge them as much as I would like:

Gardening, gardening , gardening (most time spent on this after cooking). In the dim and distant past I was a self employed garden designer and landscaper.
Scuba diving
Drawing/painting (watercolours, acrylics, oils, airbrush)
Scultpure (wood and stone carving)
I could go on..........

Posted on 28 Apr 2013, 16:04:38 BST
I can imagine that in 50-100 yrs time, handwritten letters and diaries will be more valuable than Moorcroft and Clarice Cliff porcelain; and I just saw a small CC honey pot (which was slightly cracked!) go at auction for well over a thousand quid.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2013, 12:20:15 BST
Stu says:
You could always leave them to your daughter in your wll love so she can read what went on back in time and remember,i use to write to my twin sons every week in bristol,and to start with they wrote back, then it suddenly stopped to twice a year telling me what they wanted for their b/day and the other what they wanted for xmas in the end i told them to stuff it and stop i wasnt being used---xxx

Posted on 27 Apr 2013, 18:12:36 BST
Happy says:
It's sad to think that the art of letter writing will soon be lost forever. I used to write lots of letters, but slowly they've got less and less. Used to write to daughter every week, but now we use Skype and sometimes a text.
My parents wrote to each other everyday during the second world war. I wrote to my mother every week from when I left home until she died. She'd kept every letter, and I kept all of hers. I have them all now but often wonder what will happen to them.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2013, 17:21:52 BST
M Inx says:
Thanks Ori x

Posted on 27 Apr 2013, 15:32:42 BST
Americans too...thanks (!!) to txtspk and the Internet no one can spell anymore. Me language is being raped before me face. Like Miniver Cheevy, I was born too late.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2013, 13:48:05 BST
Stu says:
hi ori love,hope you are well,a lot of people living in england could do with going on a course to learn how to speak english as the home language lol---xx

Posted on 27 Apr 2013, 13:33:47 BST
Teaching English as a Foreign Language as a degree. Frenchie probably means the English exams for foreign speakers.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2013, 13:15:16 BST
M Inx says:
What's TELF Frenchie?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2013, 13:14:05 BST
M Inx says:
DH sounds a bit like Peter Rabbit in your dream Ori, hee hee.........xx

Posted on 26 Apr 2013, 23:04:36 BST
FSamuel says:
One of my hobby is reading, reading, reading and reading... Ok, you get my drift **smile**
But I have just started an online course for TEFL (please, do not laugh), because I like to keep my brain active and because I paid only £29 instead of £300 odd , through Amazon local deals (most probably, this was the true reason).
I would love to learn sewing. I badgered Mr French for a sewing machine, 5 years ago, and once I got it, I did not know how to use it. So, it is still in the box .
I love cycling too.

Posted on 26 Apr 2013, 15:24:24 BST
Didn't get much sleep last night M Inx, more cat naps than sleep. I wasn't sure I had slept at all till I woke up out of a dream in which DH was dressed in a hand-knitted baby blue "kilt"...with handknitted baby-blue jodphurs underneath??? Wierd. He and a friend were going to play a joke on me and the friend's wife...well it would have been, wouldn't it! Woke up at 6.30 and that was it for the day, and I have to be out until 10 tonight...wish they wouldn't hold Vespers so literally late!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2013, 10:09:21 BST
M Inx says:
They sound very sweet Ori, sewing is really not my forte. I'm going to make an effort to get into my antique quilt crocheting this weekend I've only done 7 squares out of about 220 so far....... Hope you and DH are keeping well xx

Posted on 25 Apr 2013, 18:02:12 BST
Happy says:
I agree Ori. the number of times I've been racing along with my machine only to discover that all I've got to show for it is a lot of neatly spaced little holes!

I've lots of hobbies but these days never have time to do them. While on holiday the desire to do some painting was over whelming so I bought a pack of cheap water colours and amused myself painting the ever changing scene from the apartment window. Not that I'm any good, but I definitely improved with practice. The only painting I do in Portugal involves a vast amount of white emulsion and a roller, or to make a change a brush and some varnish.

I love a sewing, not much good making clothes ( my mum was a pattern designer, and brilliant at making things, so I just used to draw a picture of what I wanted and she did the rest) I usually make curtains, and chair covers ( though I have today ordered some ready made curtains, as they were cheaper than buying material) I used to do a lot of free hand machine embroidery pictures ( thread painting) I used to sell them through the WI markets in the UK, but haven't done one for twenty years. There's a half finished one in the cupboard.

I also love gardening and when we came here I thought I was in heaven. Eight acres of untamed land to do what I pleased. The problem is that I spend all my time fighting a rear guard action, just to keep it under control. It's either too hot to work in or too wet to do anything.

Cooking is the only thing I still have time for, mainly because I make time for it. This forum has helped no end to keep me inspired. Though I am getting slightly worried about my lentil addiction!

Posted on 25 Apr 2013, 16:27:47 BST
Have been making those little coin purses, it's true they're easy peasy, the only "problem" is when the rotten old bobbin runs out on me in midflow. These modern machines ought to have a warning light or something so you don't just sew merrily on nothing with an empty bobbin.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2013, 09:13:02 BST
pixie says:
I used to love cycling Clem when I was younger...nothing as adventurous as you and Debs! I toyed with the idea of buying a bike when I moved to Somerset but the lanes aren't that safe for biking....hedges are too high and you can't see the cars coming.
I lived in Hampshire and it's a lovely part of the world. I worked in Portsmouth and lived in Gosport. I always remember what a clean county it is.x

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2013, 08:15:30 BST
Clem Feeney says:
Mrs J, reading around cycling forums, the big issue with Ditchling on the big sponsored rides is that so many people get off and walk up that the good cyclists can't get through and have to get off and walk as well.

The night ride (Moonriders) only has 500 riders so that's not such an issue. What I really need is a similar hill to practice on near home.

Posted on 24 Apr 2013, 08:04:31 BST
@Clem... Oooh lovely part of the world, Neel and I looked at the Farnham area before settling on a move to hertfordshire next year instead. That distance sounds about right, it's such a wonderful ride, London just seems to break all at once and roll immediately into hobbit like countryside just after Croydon. I think we go gooey for it because we live in Zone 2 at the moment.

Ditchling is a beast... But I found some of the earlier climbs more difficult as they are steeper and happen long before you are nicely warmed up, by the time you reach Ditchling you're fully warmed up and in that euphoric state of exercise. I think people struggle with ditchling climb because it is so long, it just goes on and on. The first time I did it, I just clicked down in to my lowest gear and kept peddling, by the time I was 3/4 of the way up I started counting the cats eyes back from 10 until I hit the top :)

SOLD! I am off out on my bike, I am going to cycle towards hastings today :) Have a lovely day.

ps. I might sign up for the night ride when I get home xx

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013, 23:06:09 BST
I think it,s a good idea to have different things on the go, I used to be like that, but I seem to have lost my way lately. Time being an issue for me at the moment.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013, 16:09:06 BST
Clem Feeney says:
Mrs J. I only just noticed your post. I live in Fleet in Hampshire near the Surrey border. This is my first night ride event, last year I did a ride called the Wiltshire Big Wheel, 45 miles and seemed quite manageable (though lots of re hydration was required - I counted up and I took on about 9 pints of various drinks throughout the day - I'm hoping a night ride will require less, being at night and all). This ride is around 67 miles so will stretch me a bit further - does that distance sound about right from your experience?

The logistics of getting to London and home from Brighton have yet to be worked out. My route will go over Ditchling Beacon - have you done that at all and is it as hard as people say?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Apr 2013, 13:49:19 BST
Stu says:
hi debs,not quite love her name is tula ahah close though,how are you keeping?very well i hope,they do stop me,and i stop them too cos im nosey too ahah--xx

Posted on 23 Apr 2013, 08:48:25 BST
@Minx... Once I have finished this dress, I am going to have a go at crochet. I just changed my Cake profile picture to the last shrug I knitted, not sure if you can see much of the detail, but I thought it was pretty :)

@Ori... I was thinking that once you have an idea of how much you need, I will go and take some photo's of some material first. Then you can choose which you like best x

@Stu... I thought you'd like the high heeled part ;) Watercolours will certainly relax you, and it will also be great for Lulu (did I remember that or make it up?!) to be outside with you, and also good for chatting to people. I am sure people will stop to see what you are up to... If they are nosey like me xx

Posted on 22 Apr 2013, 16:00:37 BST
Stu says:
hi debs love,hope you are well,first time of reading these posts and the original one by yourself got me laughing high heels indeed lol--xx well i do like them but only on the females of the species,when i have finally finished my decorating,i may well take up painting with water colours to help me relax,my only real hobby at the moment is walking my dog and chatting to the people i meet---xxx

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2013, 11:24:47 BST
Deb, I will nose around my pattern books and email you. It's been a bit since I've actually sat down and started a real quilt.
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