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I grew up spending most weekends at my Grandparents home, helping our Grandmother in her yard and her famous flowerbeds (I talked to her Tiger lilies thinking they were some kind of cat related plant!). Our visits there were the highlight of my life!

Now I use my time creating and maintaining my flowerbeds when I can. To sit under our arbor, listen to the birds sing and admire the gardens is the highlight of my evening. I also create Fairy cottages and write Fairytales. There are days that I simply sit in my recliner because I'm having a rough day, but I can still look outside and see my flowers.

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I can just picture you, happy and at peace. I don’t really know what I like doing because I don’t have a hobby. But now you’ve got me thinking. I should be doing something that makes me smile😄

God bless you!

Maria

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That sounds lovely, I love flowers too. My thing is flowering shrubs. After a tough day when I pull in my driveway and am greeted by gardenias, hydrangeas, camellias, white spireas, viburnums, crepe myrtle, deutzia, bottlebrush and lantanas, I get a sense of calmness. If I only had luck with perennials !

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That sounds like a perfect way to relax and appreciate the calm that nature brings!

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I don’t do gardening but like to sit in mine and soak up the sun if it’s warm enough

I like active pursuits and at the moment I’m still able to do these to a lesser degree though

I ride my horse regularly and go to yoga

I dread the day when I can’t do this...maybe I should start a more serene hobby but can’t think of anything at the moment..I don’t like crafts like knitting or painting (not good at those)

I play the piano though and love reading so I guess I can always lose myself in a book

Barb xx

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I love reading, being in nature whether beach, mountains or lakes. Listening to music. Mediocre. I am a half-a$$ed gardener and have not done anything in years. Maybe this year....

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I spent my childhood weekends and school holidays at my grandparents, running riot with my brother in their lovely garden.

My garden is overgrown but I love photographing flowers, insets, birds and landscapes and I think that love came from those early years in my grandparents garden. Such happy memories 🙂

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Hi,

Your garden sounds lovely. I am hoping my garden takes off this year. My strawberries are flowering, I planted some onions today and I hope my mint and potatoes will also come in this year. I have a potted lavender plant that my friend gave me last year that is doing well. I also like to forage in the nearby woods and nature reserves for asparagus, blackberries, raspberries, apples and chestnuts.

I am a foodie (I made a mushroom and lentil Bolognese for my tea tonight), I love animals and am a huge history buff. I love to be active and be out in nature, which works well for me, as I run my own dog walking and pet sitting business. I've got lots of other interests too, but I don't want to bore everyone!

Sophie

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Sophie, you will never be bored or boring. I love gardening as you do. I’m a foodie, too and like to cook. Do you walk the dogs yourself or do you have an employee do the walking? My Lab is almost 80 lbs and can pull me over, so my husband walks Rosie.

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Hi, thank you! That's kind of you to say so, although I am not sure my husband would agree with you, as I bore him half to death with historical facts and figures during a documentary! Or I will argue with the hosts when they get something wrong. He will then respond by saying I should be hosting the shows!

As to my business, I walk all the dogs myself. I'm the sole proprietor of my business. It isn't a huge business, and that's how I like it. My husband will occasionally help me out during my busy times. I also care for cats, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs and I have also cared for farm animals, snakes, turtles, ferrets and so on in the past. I would love to have some more snakes on the books.

Sophie

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I forgot to mention that I also do polymer clay sculptures. Mostly animals. I haven't done any since my diagnosis last Fall, mainly because of my pain. It's hard to concentrate right now.

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I enjoy taking walks, going to the beach, sitting outside in the sunshine and warm weather, listening to music, singing, going to flea markets and yard sales with my daughter and hand sewing veerryy unique fabric handbags.

Spring is here so very excited to sit outside and watch the sailboats and birds on the beach across the street! So relaxing.

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I absolutely love flower gardening just like you. I have multiple beds and in a little while I will have all my pots ( which I get professionally made) delivered and on my back deck and can't wait. I am lucky that I have a green thumb with growing.

Aside from that I love reading, leisure mountain bike riding, yoga, doing puzzles and I also do adult coloring. All in all I have something to keep me busy all the time. My darling dog who just turned 13 still wants her walks twice a day and my walks with her are a true delight to my days.

Sandra

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When I was in a lot of pain and flowers weren’t blooming I got great enjoyment sitting in my recliner watching the birds and the squirrels. My husband was wonderful about keeping the bird feeders full and actually adding some to the collection. Their short visits matched my attention span at that point! Now I am also adding to my garden. But I also get great enjoyment out of spending time with my grandkids, quilting, traveling, reading, and working on genealogy projects. I sometimes wish I didn’t have quite so many hobbies!

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It appears you have your own little paradise! Quilting makes me happy, I grow vegetables and herbs among my flower garden and my two mischievous Bearded Collies keep me laughing, busy and walking. My newest pastime is pouring over all the books available on beating cancer. Presently, I am reading Jane McLelland’s book, “How to Starve Cancer” . I love to cook vegetarian meals using my garden veggies. Changing my diet has been the biggest challenge since my dx in Jan 2018. I will be 70 this year so I hope I am able to keep up with all the heavy work for a while.

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I love the picture you paint of your garden. It feels relaxing. I too enjoy gardening, both flower and vegetable. We have planted tomatoes, spinach and sugar snap peas (which don't look so good) and I have bell peppers, cucumbers, and cilantro growing under lights in the basement. I love bird watching and sitting in the sun with my knitting taking it all in. This warms my body and my heart.

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Lovely post. I used to love working as a designer. After BC #1 I set up a gallery and worked as an artist. BC #2 has knocked me so badly I just can’t seem to do anything!

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Ellie, working as an artist sounds wonderful! Maybe you can start painting or drawing again when you feel more up to it.

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