Thoughts and other Miscellany

Musing Mondays – other hobbies

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!

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4 thoughts on “Musing Mondays – other hobbies”

  1. Beating Cambridge, yes I can imagine that was pretty awesome. I wasn’t aware there was female cricket, so that’s a pleasant surprise, and it’s good that female sport seems to be getting more coverage in the media. Best of luck for your next matches!

  2. Not sure my comment posted: Beating Cambridge is definitely awesome, and it’s good female sport is getting more coverage (I’m pleasantly surprised to hear about female cricket which has passed me by). Best of luck in your next matches!

  3. I live in a neighbourhood with a very large Pakistani community so kids here play cricket in the streets the way other kids play hockey. I never understood the sport but my husband is from the Caribbean so he’s been explaining it to me as we watch the kids from our window.

  4. Heh, I guess S. would say the same about me: “she collects books!” Your story about cricket has inspired (or prodded) me to get some physical exercise again. Sitting in an office all day is not really healthy I guess :-/

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