I always feel like…what!??! Blog carousel time already? I seriously cannot understand how each month goes by so quickly (which is seriously annoying!) BUT it is that time again, which is great because I always LOVE doing this monthly project. Its always a nice break from the routine to do something a little more creative.
This month, the theme is Non-Photography hobbies. Yes, as photographers, we sometimes DO actually like other activities, or at least, I used to when I had time for them. Admittedly between having a really busy family and a small business, there is not enough time left over for all the fun and relaxation that I used to have. Nevertheless, I do try. I recently started taking tennis lessons, which means that I actually get to leave the house BY MY SELF for a FULL HOUR to do something FUN just for ME (caps because its so darned rare!).
But despite being busy all these years, I have tried to keep a few hobbies alive (even if that’s only on life support for now). I used to do alot of crafting and from time to time, I will get out my glue gun just for old times sake. And I love growing food in my backyard. I grew up in the countryside and our family had HUGE gardens (which as a child labourer I didn’t love so much…until dinner time at least). So I have continued to try to grow some food on a small scale in my city yard over the years (some years are better than others admittedly). But eating something fresh from your garden is unlike any other kind of eating. My FAVOURITE is to go out with a bowl and pick fresh berries to have with my morning coffee. Like, its heaven…not even chocolate compares.
These are not from this year (clearly, since Southern Ontario had a snow storm last weekend and there were flakes in the air last night…which is bad and weird since I have my pool scheduled for opening NEXT week!) But I have a delivery of dirt and mulch sitting in the front year waiting for the start of my 2013 garden season. My kids (aka MY child labourers) are SO freaking excited for Saturday when we start the garden…by which I mean, they are not happy at all (but come dinner time in mid-July they will be happy).
Scenes from my garden in years past…
And the yummy result…
Here is how things look around July.
My FAVOURITE berry of all is the black raspberry. You can’t really buy it in many places (although there is a local grower that usually has some…not enough for me though LOL). My husband HATES these berries because the stocks are REALLY long and they are the MOST prickly of all…as in the barbs hook your skin and won’t let go!
My other favourite treat that I grow are these little alpine strawberries. I guess my gardening philosophy is to grow things that are harder or more expensive to buy, and then get the rest from the market. Its a nice balance I think.
Next up in the blog carousel is Kim Prochazka, a Central New York wedding and portrait photographer. Check out her entry in the carousel by clicking her name. I look forward to checking out Kim’s hobby entry.
And if you happen to want to see MORE blog carousel images from our past months (we have been doing this project for just over 2 years now!! Lots of great and creative ideas to see), check out this link http://taurophotography.com/blog/category/blog-carousel-2/