Yesterday I spoke about time and how it flies.
Today I'm wondering about how you spend your free time & energy?
Do you have hobbies and pastimes you like to indulge?
Or for you, is a little free time the chance to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries?
I know many of my readers have little ones and it can be hard to find a moment to oneself in the hustle and bustle of looking after little people.
Our boys turned 15 years and 17 years last month and I've now long been rather surplus to requirements (unless I'm making dinner or picking up after them of course!!)
(They'll go mad if they see I've posted this pic!!)
When they became Tweens and no longer needed the constant supervision younger children need I found myself at a loose end. I had my horses (which I got back into when both boys were in full time school) but I couldn't help feeling something of a fifth wheel.
I cannot work due to health issues and found myself twiddling my thumbs. I'm not ashamed to confess feeling a bit depressed. Of course children always need their Mum but I just didn't have the day to day role of looking after them.
I was "saved" by Kirstie Allsopp.
Her first craft series aired on TV and after seeing her manage to knit after years of thinking she couldn't I was inspired to try crochet again - I too had tried and failed before.
This time I cracked it and that gave me confidence to try other things.
Soon I realised it didn't matter that I failed both Textiles and Art GCSEs at school.
So now I have so many things to pass my time I sometimes don't know what to choose and I can't imagine what people do who do not have a hobby.
I still like to crochet but I also knit, sew, embroider, draw and DIY - a report from school as a child once said "Sarah is like a butterfly, she flits from one thing to another" and that, I guess, is still very true!!
A few recent makes:
I still have horses, so spend a bit of time outdoors.
This is TC (The Colonel) and I adore him.
And I don't mind a bit of a potter in the garden, these days, I think it must be an age thing - I especially like growing flowers to bring indoors:
It turns out gardening is one of the UK's favourite outdoor pursuits and if you wondered what the others are First Utility have a neat little chart with all the info:
Tell me in the comments what you like to do with your spare time and energy?
Do you fall into one of the categories on the chart, or do you do something out of the ordinary?
Until next time....
Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.