We have all spent the past few months self isolating, so I know lots of people have managed to dedicate their extra free time to immersing themselves in a hobby.
Whether it’s a newfound passion or an old favourite pastime, many have found lockdown to be the perfect opportunity to develop some skills while reducing stress.
From learning a new language to improving your culinary abilities, playing an instrument to gardening, there are plenty of fun options out there to help pass the time.
I for one have been doing quite a bit of drawing to help me relax. I also love singing, so it’s been pretty cool being able to practice more often 😊
What about you? How have you spent your extra free time these past few months? Did you learn any new skills or rediscover any dormant hobbies?
Before COVID-19, my favorite past-time was traveling. During the past few months, we've spent a lot of time renovating our Atlanta rental apartment and our home. We plan to do more renovations in St. Lucia. I really do like creating the design and layout, updating the decorations (not sure about my husband though).
@Debra300 I must say I'm also super interested in interior design but I'm not particularly good at it myself, so I love hearing about renovation stories and specially seeing pictures 💖
The work you and your husband did on the new window turned out amazing, I'd love to see some photos of what you've been up to nowadays if you have them!
@Sandra126Remember the phrase, "Never give up, never , never,never"
You will succeed.
I admire anyone who can read music to as it was a challenge only having one class a week for an hour growing up.
I've a friend who plays the piano beautifully.
Alas not so keen on those who used to practice the bagpipes early in local parks on a Sunday morning!
Much prefer to hear Church bells chimming which is an art in itself.
Does anyone here in CC have experience undertaking Church Bell ringing?
I learnt to explore parts of Auckland that I hadn't ventured in for a while including our neighbourhood during the daytime and at night when the lights shine within and outside creating a different setting on homes and trees and gardens.
One of my favourite pastimes is exploring streets with heritage homes in and ponder upon who built, lived in those places and the many, many stories those wonderful homes could tell, if only they could talk.
It's fun when there's no traffic on the roads.
We walked along them visualising what it was like to walk along them in there barren states before tarseal and horse and cart, Model T Fords in sunshine and rain.
We also reflected on what style of clothing those before us wore in far more challenging times.
Not to be overlooked, we also reflected on the animals roaming freely where now it's covered in houses.
A little spotting old fences and paddock lines around neighbourhood's adds another dimension to one's life.
What a beautiful sentiment, @Helen427.
Was there any particular spot that you discovered during those walks that has become a regular place you visit now?
Also, you've made me curious about the history of New Zealand. Now somebody has some reading to do 😜
That's a tricky question to answer @Liv as there's many places in Remuera and beyond that we visited.
I guess bc I've a soft spot for the UK Royal Family & understanding of their roles in Peacekeeping I probably found some of the places that we explored are named after them & where they visited the most interesting.
One of our highlights was visiting Devonport on the North Shore where King Edward Parade is and the archway is named after him as on goes onto the beach, seeing a young lad proudly wearing his UK Flag helmet who kindly posed for me at the intersection under the signpost of Cambridge Terrace & King Edward Parade, where Queen Elizabeth visited North Head where the War Tunnels are, and of course Victoria Avenue in Remuera named after Queen Victoria - how English is that?