I have recently picked up a hobby I had when I was little.
I just made a call to my mum and dad to ask them if they remember at what age I built my first remote control car. My Dad said he brought it back from one of his regular overseas trips and I built it in a weekend as soon as I got it. Mum worked out that I was probably 15. It was not a simple thing to make and I remember the satisfaction I got from building something like that and the enjoyment of using it after I'd built it. I also remember constantly tinkering with it, having built it from scratch I had the ability to fix it as well.
I think even in those days I dreamed of planes and helicopters but they were well out of the price range and ability of kids like me.
In the last few years RC (remote control) helicopters have gotten cheaper and cheaper and easier and easier to fly. So I have bought and crashed (one still lies in the dam) a few over the years.
A big boy toy or hobby?
Well up until recently I think they have just been toys, and like a lot of toys they got played with a lot at first and then forgotten. Lately though I think I may have actually progressed to the level of hobbyist.
Wikipedia says a hobby is,".. a regular activity that is done for pleasure, typically, during one's leisure time."
Now maybe the reason I have never considered it a hobby before is because I had almost no leisure time before.
That's not to say I didn't have breaks from farming, as we have always considered it important to get away from the farm for some time every year and worked hard to make that happen, so as to balance our family farming lifestyle.
But leisure time within our normal routine has been very sparse over the last 13 years. Now a lot of this would be to do with raising 3 kids which I think is the hardest job I've ever had and does involve a great deal of overtime. Couple this with moving to a 50 acre property and establishing an organic farm makes the notion of leisure time, just that, a notion.
So what has changed lately. Well we have made the decision to stop trying to grow our farm business. As a I heard a fellow farmer friend say on the radio recently, there are many different ways to grow a farm other than the traditional, size, stocking rates and profit, and we are on our way to exploring what that means for us.
Now that I think I have a hobby, I've got another problem. Can I leave my hobby as just that and why do I find myself thinking of ways I can earn money from it? Aerial photography is something that has always interested me and the aerial photo I bought when we first moved here has been invaluable in all our farm planning.
Has you're hobby become you're job?
Do you want me to get back to farming topics?
Top Gun was on TV the other night, is that not one of the all time great movies?