This week’s Musing Mondays asks
Do you have any hobbies outside of reading?
Or do you collect anything?
The Physicist would undoubtedly say that I collect books, but I don’t think that’s the point of this question.
I cycle when I can, but usually as a mode of transport rather than a hobby; I love shoes but hate the thought of wasting money on them; my travelling is usually family-location induced rather than from an actual wish to see the world.
I do love cricket though. As an Australian born overseas and with my father as the stay-at-home parent, there was no way I was going to grow up not knowing how to play cricket; a number of trees and plants and windows over the years suffered for their fielding location relative to the wicket of the garden. I played at school (girls’ and boys’ teams), in the village men’s team, in the county U15 and U17 girls’ teams, for a local women’s club side and eventually at university where I had a decent record. Defeating Cambridge at Lord’s (on the Nursery Ground, admittedly) is not a feeling I will forget soon.
I stopped playing for a long time because of a hurt back and then work pressures, but I’ve got back into it recently and am determined to play lots more next year.
I also follow international cricket, but in recent years the Australian team has lost its all-conquering air, and it’s not easy being an Australian in England now that we’ve started losing!