The Bottle Tree and Other Impractical Hobbies to Take to South Africa
Kurt and I have a lot of hobbies. (Probably too many, since we start far more projects than we finish.)
Kurt’s hobbies are things like metalworking, woodworking and stained glass. Mine are genealogy, the Japanese language, and making jam.
While we expect to make sightseeing and exploration our primary hobby in South Africa, we both plan to take something along for weekday evenings. My decision is easy, as I’ve made an agreement with the wife of Kurt’s boss to trade my jam-making “lessons” for her teaching me how to quilt. (I put quotes around “lessons,” because my lessons come generally with a side of cursing, burnt fingers and insights such as “if it looks like this and the texture is this, it’s done.” (So helpful, you know?)
As you can guess, Kurt’s are much less portable than mine, so he is trying to decide what, if anything, he might take. Or maybe he might opt to learn something new while we’re there.
I argue that he should take his welding equipment or buy new equipment there, because when someone is gifted enough to make this bottle tree, he shouldn’t be kept away from that talent for two whole years:
What are your hobbies? Are they more portable, like mine, or rooted, like Kurt’s?
Hope your weekend was beautiful. We’re expecting another snowstorm tonight. While I hope it’s our last for this year, I’m secretly looking forward to it for the sake of the beauty. It might well be the last snow we see for two years.
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