Terri Webster Schrandt’s #SundayStills Photography Challenge
This weeks theme is…
Favourite Sports and/or Hobbies
This may be a long one, oh heck where do I start? As a child I was never still, always doing something, trying new things and I guess, as a 54 year old, nothing has changed there 😀
Drawing & Painting
My dad was a very good artist, I guess he passed that love of drawing down to me, because I have been known to sit and sketch and get totally lost in it. I particularly love to draw animals.
I have a diary which I started when my two boys were little, hopefully one of them will want it when I pop my clogs. I write about what’s happening in mine and my families’ lives and accompany the writing with little drawings. They’re not brilliant drawings, but I enjoy creating this book to pass on for my boys in the future. Here’s a little sneaky peek in my diary.
I’ve only recently started crocheting. My Nanna was amazing at it and my mum makes some lovely pieces, but neither my nan when she was alive, nor my mum follow patterns, they just make it up as they go, which I find really clever. I was never interested as a child, I was never still for long enough, but after I’d had my operation for a hernia last year, we were on holiday in Cornwall visiting Jon’s family and as I wasn’t allowed to move off the couch, Jon’s mum and sister, (who crochets and knits some fantastic creations) taught me how to crochet, and surprisingly for me, I love it, although I’m very slow at it and certainly not a patch on the four lovely ladies I’ve mentioned above!
Is Camper-vanning a hobby?
I’m not sure, but it’s something myself and Jon love to do when we can. There’s nothing like setting off with your home on your back, parking in beautiful surroundings and getting the kettle on.
Ok, so we actually live on our boat, so you could say it’s not a hobby, but our lifestyle. For the majority of the time though, we stay on a permanent mooring, where we live. We then set off cruising when the weather is good in Summer for a few months, and that to me is a hobby. We absolutely love it, to us it’s coincidental that the boat is our home, which is why I thought I’d include it 🙂
I wouldn’t call myself a photographer as such, I’m certainly not in Terri’s league, I just point and shoot, being thankful for my iPhone, but as I have a deep love of nature and wildlife, this too means I photograph what I see when I’m out and about.
I enjoy many more hobbies, such as Genealogy, where I’ve tracked my family history back to the early 1700’s, (a blog post for future 😉). I also love to read, although finding the time for all the books on my ‘To Read’ list is not easy. I love gardening too and as I left my lovely garden behind with my previous house, whilst on the boat, it’s more being creative with garden pot plants.
I absolutely love walking, whether it’s a gentle dog walk or a hike up mountains, I tend to walk every day. I believe it’s important for both health and mind and of course, I always have my four legged best friends with me and sometimes even my two legged bestie 😍
We mountain bike many types of tracks, from easy trails to the more challenging. I love it!
I learnt how to snowboard whilst in my 40’s and I’m so glad I persevered with it, even though my bruised coccyx didn’t agree at the time. I absolutely love boarding now and this sport has taken us to many beautiful places with some of the most stunning views I have ever seen.
One regret I have in life is that I didn’t do yoga in my youth. I started yoga only in the past few years, so after turning 50. Luckily I am fairly flexible and so have taken to it quite easily, but oh my word, it is AMAZING! I have definitely seen improvements to both my body and overall health since starting, I would recommend it to anyone and at any age. There are so many different types of yoga, but I have found my own yoga trainer whom I love to pieces…Zoe from Yoga Burn. I bought her ‘yoga programme’ a few years ago making it easy for me to do my yoga whenever I wanted, in my own home or in my case, boat.
Stand Up Paddle boarding
SUP is something I tried recently and it’s something else, which I believe I’ll be doing a lot more of. It’s quiet and relaxing whilst on the water, being at one with the beautiful surroundings and if you’re lucky and calm there may be appearances from quite a lot of nature.
Again, such a peaceful and calming thing to do, or of course canoeing can be quite exhilarating, depending on where you paddle.
I didn’t know whether to include this or not, because I think it’s a bit cheeky of me to say I surf. It’s rather, messing about in the sea, trying to surf whilst falling with style! I’m a little rubbish at it, but I do get up and actually stand on the board and have been known to stay on for longer than a few seconds too 🤣 The important thing is…I love it and have so much fun when trying!
Thank you to Terri for this weeks #SundayStills photography challenge.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my contribution.
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