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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #60 on: January 29, 2017, 12:07:27 AM »
How many cats do you have?
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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #61 on: January 29, 2017, 01:49:19 AM »
How many cats do you have?
I have 2 cats.

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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #62 on: April 10, 2017, 04:49:44 PM »
I don't know if it counts as a "hobby", but I've been baking my own bread for a couple of years ... that's the edible kind, not counterfeit money ...

And have been involved in Play-by-mail games for several decades ...
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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #63 on: April 12, 2017, 11:48:21 PM »
My most recent hobby has been getting more into writing poetry. Here's a diverse little sample:


Morning Song
A short and sweet poem about my daughters
(This was in response to a poetry prompt. An "abhanga" is a quatrain with lines of 6-6-6-4 syllables, with only the middle two lines rhymed.)


In That Ill-Storied Man I See
A liturgical prayer inspired by Donald Trump (hah!)


The Heavens Draped In Sackcloth Sigh
A poem about snow

I'm currently posting something new about every week or two, across various publications. You can find an up-to-date list of my poems here if you're interested. :) It has been a fun creative/learning experience. If anyone wants to join me in it, let me know!
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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #64 on: April 14, 2017, 11:57:29 AM »
I don't know if it counts as a "hobby", but I've been baking my own bread for a couple of years ... that's the edible kind, not counterfeit money ...

Of course it counts! I have also dabbled in bread-making. I can make a pretty good focaccia now, and I'd like to branch out a bit more. I recently got a second-hand bread-maker but haven't had a chance to use it yet.

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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #65 on: June 23, 2017, 08:55:38 AM »
I collect Vinyl, renovate and build record players.



Some are a little bit different to the normal.
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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #66 on: January 06, 2018, 07:21:48 AM »
Outside of browsing the web for Carcassonne collectables, i also have a hobby i've been active in since 2006:
Brazilian Percussion
Samba percussion

Ive been playing in several bands around the Netherlands, and since i moved to the UK, ive joined some bands here to.

In 2016 me and my girlfriend (who i met at a sambafestival in Germany in 2012) went to Rio de Janeiro and did multiple workshops with several bands/styles of music. I was even lucky enough to play in one of Rio's most well known samba schools!
Some video's from some of my bands can be found here:



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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #67 on: May 06, 2018, 08:04:11 AM »
Over the past year, I have started keeping planted freshwater aquariums.   I have a 29 gallon high (110 liters) with a betta, some Harlequin Rasboras, Cory Catfish, zebra danio, and amano shrimp.  I also put together a 10 gallon (37.9 liters) that has a colony of red cherry shrimp, 2 guppies, and 3 Gertude's Rainbowfish.


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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #68 on: May 14, 2018, 06:21:50 AM »
Only just got into Carcassonne, but really enjoying it.  Just own the basics at the moment - base game, T&B, River 2 & The Count.  Last two bought for aeshetics.  Glad that my Boy actually asks to play as he's normally buried in iPad/iPhone/X-Box, the last of which was given to him by a friend upgrading his console & before my Wife & I could say no.

Otherwise it's London Irish Rugby, coaching Mini-Rugby & cookery.  I also got back into model railways a few years back, which then led to general model building.  I'm stalled a bit on a model of a Chieftain tank that I Commanded in Germany back in the early '90s.  Latest fad is painting 28mm wargaming figures with a focus on 17th century stuff.

Finally I started having acupuncture last year for health reasons.  That has led to practising Tai Chi, in turn to Zhang Zhuang (basically exercising by standing completely still in a series of complex postures - harder than it sounds) & Daoist meditation.  My first go at the last was astonishing, never thought I would sit/kneel completely still for 45 minutes!

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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #69 on: August 06, 2018, 06:14:32 AM »
Hi all,
I was busy in the last few days. I have a sewing machine since this year. I tested the sewing machine with some other projects.  I've build a bench for my balcony and I needed some pillows for it.

This is the result of my new pillows: (see Attachment)

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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #70 on: August 07, 2018, 02:16:32 AM »
Apparently it's been longer than I realised since I last visited this thread! Great to see what everyone else is doing to keep themselves busy though.

@dirk2112 - loved seeing your tropical aquarium. I've kept a few over the last ten years but have never had a lot of luck with plants even with strong lighting and a CO2 pump. What's your secret? I would share a photo of the one we have at the moment but I'd be too embarrassed to given the state it's currently in... :-[

@Foggy-Balla - I used to know someone else who was a big fan of London Irish. She even took me to watch a game but it didn't really help that I don't particularly understand Rugby and didn't know what was going on most of the time. They play just down the road from me at Madejski Stadium though (they did at the time anyway), so at least it wasn't far to go. Hope the acupuncture is going well! :(y)

@kettlefish - Great work! I love the look of the meeple pillows :green-meeple: :(y)
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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #71 on: August 08, 2018, 06:21:30 AM »
The hardest part of keeping a planted aquarium is fighting algae.  Too much light, not enough nutrients, too much c02, etc.  It is a real balancing act.  I don't use CO2 at all, so my secret is limiting myself to easy plants.  Mosses, Wisteria, guppy grass, Cryptocorne, Creeping Jenny, vals, and tiger lotus are easy to grow.  I have a dimmable light, so I can reduce it or the amount of hours it stays on if algae starts to grow. 

For nutrients, I use osmacote in the soil and weekly add macro and micro fertilizers I bought online. 

The other thing you can do is use Glutaraldehyde in small doses to kill algae and add carbon to stimulate growth.  In the pet store it is sold as Seachem Excel, but in the US there are cheaper ways of getting it. 

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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #72 on: August 08, 2018, 01:27:44 PM »
Very comfy looking pillows kettlefish!

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Re: Other Hobbies than board games
« Reply #73 on: August 08, 2018, 01:33:44 PM »
I have opened a topic at CarcF in the open forum and a topic in the workshop at CarcF.
There you can see more photos and information.

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