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Top Ten Tuesday: Non-Bookish Hobbies

Well, it’s that time of the week again and this week’s topic, from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, is what are our Non-Bookish Hobbies. Which basically allows us to waffle on about anything and everything we love to do, outside of reading that is. So what are some of my favourite hobbies?

Well, here we go, here are my top favourite 5:

PHOTOGRAPHY: I’ve been taking pictures, like a lot of other people who are obsessed with photography, since an early age. And, up until the corona virus putting us all back in lockdown, you could have found me outside, clicking one of my many cameras—I have four. And yes, several different types of lens as well. And while I’ll take photos of mostly anything, it’s mostly photos of nature that I’m drawn to.

NATURE: Which brings me to another of my hobbies. All things to do with nature. Combining my love of photography with nature walks through the many parks here, in Québec City, I get the best of both worlds. I can get outside, I can go for a lovely walk, and I can snap pictures to my hearts content. And what both do, is make me more observant.

FLOWERS: While I love nature as a whole, one of my passions is flowers. Sketching them, looking at them, growing them, and yes, taking floral portraits. What, I hear you ask, is a floral portrait? Ha, just me taking lots of close ups of flowers. I currently have about 10,000 floral portraits in my portfolio. I always wanted to do my own book on flowers, as seen through the seasons. Maybe one day, I will.

SKETCHING: Tie in the nature walks, with the photography, and the flower obsession, and you have me sketching and doing bad water colours. And while I will never be even mediocre as an artists, I nonetheless love scribbling and dabbling, and spending a couple of hours absorbed in creating art.

JOURNALLING: Another one of my more recent passions, which I started back in 2016 for certain health reasons. And when you tie this in with the previous four hobbies, you see a pattern emerging here. Whether it’s becoming more aware of my surroundings and my life, to observing more and paying attention to details, to trying to capture those moments and images. Everything ties in together with these hobbies, at least, for me it does.

I also love:

  • Scribbling stories
  • Creating havoc in the kitchen
  • Staring into space
  • Gardening (on the balcony)
  • Science fiction: movies, TV, books, and games

And you, Dear Reader, what are you favourite hobbies outside of reading?

28 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Non-Bookish Hobbies

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    CREATING HAVOC IN THE KITCHEN is what I’m going to call “cooking” from now on. Though that’s probably more of an apt description of when I attempt to bake… LOL Your photos are gorgeous. <3

    My post is here, if you want to check it out: https://elleyotter.com/2020/11/03/ttt-non-bookish-hobbies/

    • Alex

      Oh, you don’t know the half of it. I love to bake, I just don’t love the clean up, so my partner calls me Loki’s sister. I leave chaos in my wake!!

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    Oh wow! That first pic is like Monte’s painting, Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies. I love it!

    I’m actually trying to get a little greenhouse together for next spring and start a bit of gardening, myself. Any tips on that is more than welcome.

    • Alex

      Actually, it’s a replica of the bridge, here in Quebec City, in the Governor’s gardens at the Bois du Coulonge. They recreated the scene, and it’s a great focal point of the now park.

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    I also love photography and nature.

    My post.

    • Alex

      I think it’s one of those hobbies that we can all take part in, especially now we have access to smart phones, and digital photos. So great to capture the moment with.

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    I don’t have any other real hobbies but before I started blogging I painted Warhammer armies, I made 3 classic bears, I took a course on quilting (my project still only half finished), I did cross-stitch, I made an attempt on scrapbooking (it was very on trend at that time and I did one called 100 reasons why I love you), I had an afternoon making cupcakes with diverse toppings which was so much fun, I love puzzling and painting by numbers… I like doing all sorts of things really. I often think now that a job making things like restauring paintings, or repairing watches, or even shoes would be something that would suit me, but I never thought of these when it mattered.

    • Alex

      Warhammer? Oh, now I really have learnt something new about you, Inge! I love that. We did models as kids, but I haven’t painted those little figures, that takes a lot of skill, patience, and concentration. As does quilting.

      Oh, I hear you about attempting and not sticking to doing a lot of things. That’s all part of the fun trying new things and seeing what we like and well, what we don’t. We don’t always have to take everything up as a full time hobbies, after all, right? 😀

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    These are great hobbies, Alexandra They tell me a lot about you and I’ve always enjoyed your photography.

    I collect porcelain demitasse cups and saucers. However, in order to develop my collection, I had to learn everything about porcelains in general, dating back to the earliest origins in China. I collect mostly European (English) and was fortunate enough to visit the Royal Worcester Factory prior to its closing. I was in heaven!

    I used to write creatively before I had to do it professionally in my career. Now I express myself by writing reviews and leading lots of book discussions on Goodreads. I’m leading five series group reads right now and loving it.

    I’m not sure it’s a hobby but I also love interior design. I’ve done projects for friends and family with an eye for color being my special skill. It is impossible for me to walk in a room without immediately seeing how it can be designed in terms of layout and color.

    • Alex

      The first five are the most recent (last few years) and all tie in together. and have been a life saver. Along with reading of course. And thank you, I have had plenty of practise, and time to perfect the point and click approach!

      Oh, china? My mum loved tea cup sets, and my sister inherited the collection. I think? And she still collects little china pill boxes – they take up less space. Ha! Ha! And how wonderful to have visited the RW factory. That must have been something special.

      Ah, yes creative writing is one thing but then, when we’re writing daily reports it kind of crimps on wanting to write fiction as well. I finding I do less and less the more I blog and read. But that’s fine, I’m still writing reviews. And, as long as we’re enjoying what we’re doing, right?

      Definitely a skill set but, I suppose, also a hobby if you’re not doing this as a profession. It’s a creative outlet and I can see the allure and enjoyment of planning everything. Just a different kind of canvas is all. 😀

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    I want to start journaling a little more, too. I keep notes on my phone for health reasons, and I used to keep a spiral notebook with jotted down things. I really want to do bullet journal’ing, though. I’m just a perfectionist and I worry one little mess up will cause me to give up, haha.

    Your photos are beautiful! 😀

    • Alex

      Oh, you should really take up journalling, Brittany, and don’t worry about making a mess. It’s about keeping track of things rather than doing a work of art (though I know, online, there are those who do that too). But for me, it’s a scribble journal with the occasional doodle, and maybe, a bit of Washi Tape and a sticker here and there.

      And yes, I started because I needed to keep track of health issues, and this was the perfect way to do it. Hope you give it a try.

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    Great pictures. You have a full life.

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    Your flower pictures are so gorgeous!

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    Oh I love that staring into space! I think we should all do it a bit more. Your photos are lovely, do keep to it.

    So glad we got to know you a bit better!

    • Alex

      Thank you, Mareli. And yes, we all need to take time to just meditate and stare into space more. And, you are welcome.

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    WOW!!! Your pictures are just phenomenal!! I have started photographing nature these days so your pictures are inspiring me!
    Here’s my TTT

    • Alex

      Thank you, Priyanka, that means a lot to me to have you say so. It is one of my fav hobbies, that’s for sure. SO maybe I’ve just had a lot of practise.

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    My goodness, I think you’re right, and we are the same person. I’m going to have to talk to my mom about why she never told me my real name.

    • Alex

      Aren’t we? When I read your post I thought damn, those are nearly the same as my answers! 😀 Maybe we were mixed up twins? Ha! Ha! But it’s fun to share the same hobbies.

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    Don’t forget the “cutting hair while on lockdown” Alexandra! LOL

    • Alex

      Oh, you are wicked, Sophie! That isn’t one of my fav hobbies, but a need due to circumstances. Ha!

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    My grandpa was Canadian, so we used to visit him in B.C. all the time before he died. One of the things I noticed about Vancouver was all the flowers. So beautiful! And, of course, Butchart Gardens is amazing. No wonder you love photography—Canada is a gorgeous country and I’ve only seen a small part of it.

    Happy TTT!


    • Alex

      Oh, Susan, that must have been wonderful to visit and see. Vancouver, like Quebec City, is well known for its gardens and flowers. And yes, we have plenty here too. Certainly, we have plenty of scenery up here. 😀

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    What a great post! And some lovely photos! Let me know if you need a review for your flower portrait book. I mean, it’s not my usual thing… “the delicate focus on blossoming flowers evokes a sense of the unfolding multiverse”

    • Alex

      Aww, thanks, Jake. I had fun writing this one, like the Sunshine Blogger post, it’s nice to share bits of ourselves, what we do in between reading books that is! And yeah, I have something like 20K photos of flowers. I really need to sit down one year and do it. And you could be the first in line for a review… you’re so poetic!

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