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Title: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: boxcall on September 23, 2017, 09:50:28 PM
So as the title goes what other hobbies do melodeon players like to do?
This is something I am curious about is there any relation to are interest in melodeons and other things we find interesting or fun to do.
I'll go first, so for the last thirty something years I have been MAD about mushroom hunting, I know around fifty different edible mushrooms that I eat, and hundreds more I can Identify (a fun fact is the largest living thing on this planet is a mushroom, not the part we eat, which is like an apple is to a tree ,that is the fruit of the plant, so the plant is the stuff you would see if you turn over a log, the white cobweb looking stuff called mycelium) in Oregon there is a plant that is over 2 thousand acres in size and almost or more than that in age so it's mass is the largest living thing on this planet). I also like to go fishing and watch or play hockey, I was also a volunteer for my local ( all volunteer) fire dept. not really a hobbie but thought it was a good way to help the community I live in. In a lot of ways it help me out with meeting people and making connections for my work in construction ( building houses) I just recently retired after 16 yrs. from the fire dept. As it became to much of a commitment with running my own business which I've done for 33yrs.

Ok so lets hear your hobbies or things you like to do , I'm interested if we have any other connections.

I hope this is ok for general topics maybe it should be in the sand box?

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Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on September 23, 2017, 10:00:41 PM
Sea fishing, wood turning, harmonica playing, guitar playing, and cooking. Among other things


Sir John
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Post by: boxcall on September 23, 2017, 10:05:42 PM
Well there's a connection as we both like to fish and I like cooking also but like eating more
Thanks Sir John
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Post by: playandteach on September 23, 2017, 10:21:05 PM
Until very recently I was a keen and competitive table tennis player - melodeons start to look like value for money when you're shelling out over £100 just for the bat rubbers.
A bit of golf at the moment, though I've knackered my right hand somehow, so that's off the list right now. Playing piano for my daughter's flute pieces. It's amazing how a hand injury affects pretty much everything.
Writing tunes, arranging tunes. Spent a couple of months making lamps out of odd things recently. I have to keep my mind occupied otherwise I start thinking.
I've always fancied wood turning - I've been watching some youtube wood turning projects over the last couple of weeks. And actually some gardening too, though it's really just putting things in pots rather than proper gardening.
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Post by: Martin P on September 23, 2017, 10:39:53 PM
Totally different. Scuba-diving and marine life surveys. Also, walking the coastal paths of Devon and its rolling hills, but the later is sort of linked to folk music because of places I visit on walks and I always have a tune in my head when strolling about.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: boxcall on September 23, 2017, 10:53:23 PM
Until very recently I was a keen and competitive table tennis player - melodeons start to look like value for money when you're shelling out over £100 just for the bat rubbers.
A bit of golf at the moment, though I've knackered my right hand somehow, so that's off the list right now. Playing piano for my daughter's flute pieces. It's amazing how a hand injury affects pretty much everything.
Writing tunes, arranging tunes. Spent a couple of months making lamps out of odd things recently. I have to keep my mind occupied otherwise I start thinking.
I've always fancied wood turning - I've been watching some youtube wood turning projects over the last couple of weeks. And actually some gardening too, though it's really just putting things in pots rather than proper gardening.
I too like to golf but don't make the effort to get out there much and gardening is also something I do but forgot to mention it. Raised beds is what I grow stuff in, it's all the same really just on different scales. I also like wood working but since I do it every day it's not always high on my list, although I been on a bit of a whirligig craze lately.
Totally different. Scuba-diving and marine life surveys. Also, walking the coastal paths of Devon and its rolling hills, but the later is sort of linked to folk music because of places I visit on walks and I always have a tune in my head when strolling about.
scuba diving now that's something I like to try and walks is something I do all the time sometimes thinking of tunes but mostly well you know, I love the shore as I live near it but really like being in the woods.
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Post by: Winston Smith on September 23, 2017, 11:05:08 PM
Forty years of self-employment (with little business sense) with mostly seven day working, often till late at night, doesn't leave much time for anything other than sleeping! Hobbies went by the board from the age of 18.
However, the love of singing never left me, and as well as singing in our small chapel choir, I now also enjoy torturing the members of our local folk club with my singing and my melodeon playing, poor beggars. Retirement has allowed me an amount of free time to continue tinkering with things, namely melodeons, and either making them work, after a fashion; or completely destroying them!
Whilst I still have the company of my first wife, we spend about half the year in Luxor Egypt, where we enjoy our mutual hobby of people watching whilst drinking tea. That's also a hobby which we like to indulge in during our other mutual hobby of taking short foreign holidays. (Trip planning and budgeting for, are her major hobbies.) The other main interest, as far as I'm concerned, is rooting around junk shops and car boot sales, I'm a sucker for other people's rubbish!
Oh! Nearly forgot.......reading and contributing to melodeon.net.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: boxcall on September 24, 2017, 03:04:12 AM
I too have been self employed from 1984 to present, there was a time where I was working to much and had nine plus employees (more employees does not equal more money, I found it's just more head aches) so I didn't have much time but I always carved out a little time for myself, maybe just an hour or so in the morning to go fishing. And I made it my religion to take sundays off, life is to short to work it away and I didn't have to which helped. plus I had young children that I wanted to spend time with, you can't get that time back and they grow up to quick. More recently (no employees) and a dog at home I would go home for lunch then take the dog for a walk, all within a hour or so. my jobs are all five to ten minutes away and my customers mostly repeat don't mind and I price things by the job so they don't worry about every minute I'm there. plus I'm a believer in it's not how much time your on the job it's what you get done while your there.
My wife tells me I'm spoiled and I'd have to agree (:)

I'm glad you are finding time now to expand your free time and hobbies.
traveling more is something I need to work on, but there always things getting in the way, the kids college , wedding, need a new truck, etc.
I too like rubbish if it's good rubbish ;) and poking about on this site.
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Post by: GPS on September 24, 2017, 06:05:22 AM
Another wood-turner here. I used, with my wife, to make and sell wooden marionettes, and though we no longer  make for sale we still make the odd one-off special or experimental puppet. I'm also, I'm afraid,  a long-time railway enthusiast; I used to edit the in-house magazine for a narrow-gauge railway modelling association.

Graham
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Post by: Sage Herb on September 24, 2017, 08:52:02 AM
Non-melodeon musical stuff includes banjo, mouth organ (with lots of retuning), song arranging, and the lovely experience of helping my other half (Annie Dearman) to push along her rapidly-developing skills on upright bass. Away from music altogether, it's architectural appreciation, with a special interest in the work of Arts & Crafts/ Modernist architect Edgar Wood (1860-1935). I'm a member of a group currently producing a book on one of Wood's houses.
Cheers
Steve
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Post by: Gromit on September 24, 2017, 09:39:12 AM
Retired self employed woodworker - cabinet making, carpentry and joinery, still do some but not so much since hand injury.

Music - (Irish wooden) flute is main instrument, B/C box and guitar - also not so much since hand injury. I'm into photography, drawing, walking and natural history.
I used to frequent Irish sessions around London but these days I'll be nodding off by the time they start.

John
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Post by: pbsalt on September 24, 2017, 09:42:00 AM
Mainly Natural History Activities -   Bird Surveys for the BTO , organising outings for our local Wildllife  Trust + some gardening, which mainly consists of following the destruction of my runner beans by  slugs.   
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Post by: Lester on September 24, 2017, 09:51:37 AM
Melodeon fettling, walking (mostly in London/Thames), morris, industrial museums, tractors, steam engines, rivets.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Roger Howard on September 24, 2017, 10:05:02 AM
I also attempt to play Northumbrian small pipes and Swayne G pipes, sail a Lune Pilot - now very infrequently, I'm afraid - walk in the Lincolnshire Wolds and the Lake District, and read a lot; my latest reading project is Balzac, which should take about a year. Of course, there's also the obligatory, gardening, house maintenance etc. Wine should  be on the list somewhere, too. Sea kayaking might appear next year. Oh, and hats!  :|bl

R
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Post by: boxcall on September 24, 2017, 10:40:58 AM
Another wood-turner here. I used, with my wife, to make and sell wooden marionettes, and though we no longer  make for sale we still make the odd one-off special or experimental puppet. I'm also, I'm afraid,  a long-time railway enthusiast; I used to edit the in-house magazine for a narrow-gauge railway modelling association.

Graham
couple of wood tuners so far, I thought of doing some but would need a lathe and I don't have enough space with all my other tools filling up the shed. When I was little my dad took me to a guys he knew house he had a train set up or more that filled his basement it was cool, must of took him ages to put the thing together.
Non-melodeon musical stuff includes banjo, mouth organ (with lots of retuning), song arranging, and the lovely experience of helping my other half (Annie Dearman) to push along her rapidly-developing skills on upright bass. Away from music altogether, it's architectural appreciation, with a special interest in the work of Arts & Crafts/ Modernist architect Edgar Wood (1860-1935). I'm a member of a group currently producing a book on one of Wood's houses.
Cheers
Steve
As a home builder I appreciate architecture too, I've built some homes for architects, one was this somewhat round thing that seemed weird at the time it was on the coast. It also swayed quite a bit when you stood on the roof, built per plan so nothing to do with the construction we ended up putting in a lot of bracing. Any way the electrician on the job was in he's boat on the water and looked at the building and said that it looked like a tug boat from the sea. I not to long ago read a book on architecture called the Old way of seeing by Jonathan Hale it's a good book that talks about the under lying geometry in buildings. Geometry is another one of my interest mostly it's relationship to nature.

Retired self employed woodworker - cabinet making, carpentry and joinery, still do some but not so much since hand injury.

Music - (Irish wooden) flute is main instrument, B/C box and guitar - also not so much since hand injury. I'm into photography, drawing, walking and natural history.
I used to frequent Irish sessions around London but these days I'll be nodding off by the time they start.

John
my wife's the photographer in the family but I like to draw things mostly geometric designs & patterns and then I color them in. I probably would like quilting if I knew how sew better. I'm with you on the last line of your post.

Mainly Natural History Activities -   Bird Surveys for the BTO , organising outings for our local Wildllife  Trust + some gardening, which mainly consists of following the destruction of my runner beans by  slugs.   
  I grow pole beans mainly to take up less space, plus it helps with the slugs. I read something about burying tea bags to deter them, not sure if it helps though. Beans sautéed with oyster mushrooms, just saying. I also enjoy bird watching and studying nature in general.
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Post by: boxcall on September 24, 2017, 11:01:33 AM
Melodeon fettling, walking (mostly in London/Thames), morris, industrial museums, tractors, steam engines, rivets.
so I take it your the mechanical type (:),and who doesn't like a steam engine, to bad we couldn't get them to go faster there would be more ozone left. Personally I like a slow steady pace, I just need to apply it to my music.
I also attempt to play Northumbrian small pipes and Swayne G pipes, sail a Lune Pilot - now very infrequently, I'm afraid - walk in the Lincolnshire Wolds and the Lake District, and read a lot; my latest reading project is Balzac, which should take about a year. Of course, there's also the obligatory, gardening, house maintenance etc. Wine should  be on the list somewhere, too. Sea kayaking might appear next year. Oh, and hats!  :|bl


R
I enjoy reading but I'm lousy at it, I got a couple books sitting on the coffee table that I'm half though they have been there for awhile now, I might finish them.
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Post by: Chris OBJ on September 24, 2017, 11:17:15 AM
Since retirement some eleven years ago time has been spent on overseas travel planned by the other half, and caravaning in Britain and europe. general household repairs and DIY, and as time allows model engineering (stationary  steam) and attempting to restore concertinas. At this time trying to make reed blades for a concertina with deep rust on some reeds, main problem is cutting/shearing to exact width. Anyone know how it was done in times past, all info welcome. Plus of course melodeon and concertina playing ( but apparently not improving) and have just joined a recorder group
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Post by: Gromit on September 24, 2017, 11:46:24 AM
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...the under lying geometry in buildings
Interesting subject - as a carpenter I studied roofing geometry which can be a little complicated, sadly I only ever built one roof.
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Post by: playandteach on September 24, 2017, 12:00:16 PM
Looks like a lot of us were lucky enough to have careers that fed at least one of our interests.
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Post by: Nigel on September 24, 2017, 12:08:13 PM
Tiddlywinks, frogger, train spotting and pylons (member of  Pylon Appreciation Society – have a look at our website)
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Post by: arty on September 24, 2017, 12:26:20 PM
My job is, I teach adults to paint - I have done that for the past 35 years or so. My lifelong interest, is to paint and almost all of my inspiration comes from Folk Music. I love the social history behind many folk songs, what they are about, why they were sung, working songs, drinking songs, love songs etc., etc. I listen to them over and over and some inspire me to paint my reactions to them, my feelings, my thoughts.
Have a look if you like:   www.davidhenley.co.uk
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Post by: Rees on September 24, 2017, 12:49:11 PM
Sex ............
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Post by: TomBom on September 24, 2017, 01:12:04 PM
Drugs,  rock 'n' roll ...
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Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on September 24, 2017, 01:19:50 PM
Living in the past  >:E
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Post by: boxcall on September 24, 2017, 01:27:10 PM
I would like to but probably want keep responding to all the post. It' takes me to long to type.
I do want to hear more though and will respond to some.

Rees I'm sure that many here enjoy that!! To funny

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...the under lying geometry in buildings
Interesting subject - as a carpenter I studied roofing geometry which can be a little complicated, sadly I only ever built one roof.
I've done many roofs some simple others way more complicated but the math and layout are all similar and if all else fails you do what I call the mountain method (which is hold it up to where it looks right, mark it cut it nail it ) close enough. Since most often the roof line is developed on the gable end which I build on the ground this can be done. My friends and I were building a camp in Maine 13 miles into the woods when we realized that nobody brought a framing square, so we use the mountain method quite appropriate I think, there is math involved 10 pitch roof = rise of 10" per every foot to center of ridge plus height of the birds mouth. The book I mentioned has more to do with a geometry that is not really visible to the eye but to the subconscious, so patterns that are in the facade of a building. And the irregular window or door placement that create these patterns and also often act as a function within. Basically not building cookie cutter buildings that have no appeal, which is what you see mostly these days.
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Post by: Nigel on September 24, 2017, 01:58:19 PM
Sex ............
Hell, I forgot about that one.
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Post by: Rees on September 24, 2017, 02:31:37 PM
Sex ............
Hell, I forgot about that one.

"You were always on my mind"  :o
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Post by: Howard Mitchell-Borts (Mitch) on September 24, 2017, 02:52:16 PM
when I retired from my career, I took a job in a performing arts college as a technician.  After finishing that I continued to fix electronic things for friends, particularly music-related equipment. Recently that's turned into involvement in the 'maker' community. Helping others to make and fix things. Others bring skills in mechanics, woodwork, needlework, etc and we've set up the beginnings of a community workshop.

Quite separate to that 9 years ago my new partner (now wife) introduced me to scuba diving and underwater photography. I now have over 200 dives in my log book and I'm typing this from Lembeh in Indonesia after having spent the day looking at odd creatures under the waves.

Mitch
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Post by: AnnC on September 24, 2017, 03:35:14 PM
 (:) brushing up my very rusty French, trying to learn Tai Chi, dabbling at watercolour painting, pottering on the allotment and amateur archeology......... walking what seem to be miles, marking out lines and prodding spikes into the ground ( think Zimmer frame with prongs  ;D) for resistivity surveys
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Post by: playandteach on September 24, 2017, 04:03:07 PM
My job is, I teach adults to paint - I have done that for the past 35 years or so. My lifelong interest, is to paint and almost all of my inspiration Have a look if you like:   www.davidhenley.co.uk
Very fine, David. There are quite a few that I've been back to look at again.
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Post by: boxcall on September 24, 2017, 05:36:13 PM
Tiddlywinks, frogger, train spotting and pylons (member of  Pylon Appreciation Society – have a look at our website)
pylon, I was thinking the orange things you set out in the road for construction, until I checked it out. That's different. My Dad work for Boston Edison electric company in Ma. And would work on these what we called high tension wires. Dangerous work for sure. Especially back then they didn't have the grounding equipment they have today.
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Post by: Joan Kureczka on September 24, 2017, 05:48:23 PM
Still working full time (hopefully only for another year or two). Other activities include mineral collecting (it's amazing how easy it becomes to switch affinities to MAD when you slow way down on this one) and enjoying other music and art. Plus travel whenever we can.
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Post by: boxcall on September 24, 2017, 05:53:12 PM
Short list so far- of common interest one or more other likes doing.

Woodworking and or working your wood :P
Gardening
Reading
Making or fixing things
Photography
Scuba diving
Painting
Nature and earth science
Trains or mechanical devices
Traveling
Walking and or hiking about
Fishing
Playing, writing  or listening to music
Cooking
Morris Dancing
Firefighting
Singing
Visiting melodeon.net
Drinking wine, beer, etc.
Playing other instruments
Did I miss any?
I must admit I feel a little like FB gathering info on people but this is interesting.

Edit to add to list
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Post by: Doug Anderson on September 24, 2017, 06:38:06 PM
Since I retired after 35 years of designing high capacity digital transmission systems - the backbone of the internet - I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen, at the firehouse, or at church. I cook all of our meals at home and often cook for larger gatherings. At our all volunteer firehouse I am the first lieutenant of the fire police and am responsible for maintaining the pagers and two-way radios. At church I sing in the choir on Sundays and serve at the altar for mid-week mass. For my own entertainment over the past 70 years I have played at playing the piano, harmonica, penny whistle, recorder, guitar, banjo, autoharp, mandolin, concertina and melodeon. But my real hobby is photography, shooting film with cameras as old as I am, developing the film, scanning the negatives and making black and white digital prints.
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Post by: Thrupenny Bit on September 24, 2017, 06:39:04 PM
morris dancing...... there's not  a lot more to say really!
The nucleus of friends in the morris side are still together 40 years on, mad as a bag of frogs, it's the only way.....
I've been to places I'd never think of going, been overseas several times, met a bunch of lovely people, made lifelong friends of which some are on here..... and I'm still going. It just hurts more  :(
I used to mountain bike around home mainly, but continual colds from November to Easter in 2010 broke the habit. My new bike frame was put on hold and after my daughter had attended a beginners Melodeon workshop, my bike frame became a Tommy.
Now look at the trouble it's got me in  >:E
hey ho..... still it's all good fun!
Q
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Post by: boxcall on September 24, 2017, 07:14:54 PM
Since I retired after 35 years of designing high capacity digital transmission systems - the backbone of the internet - I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen, at the firehouse, or at church. I cook all of our meals at home and often cook for larger gatherings. At our all volunteer firehouse I am the first lieutenant of the fire police and am responsible for maintaining the pagers and two-way radios. At church I sing in the choir on Sundays and serve at the altar for mid-week mass. For my own entertainment over the past 70 years I have played at playing the piano, harmonica, penny whistle, recorder, guitar, banjo, autoharp, mandolin, concertina and melodeon. But my real hobby is photography, shooting film with cameras as old as I am, developing the film, scanning the negatives and making black and white digital prints.

Thanks Doug
So I should add cooking to the list since someone else likes it and maybe fire fighting I was the Lieutenant of my company as well and before that the engineer (Pump driver). But I'm getting to old for that, it's very hard work when required. Not to mention a lot of responsibility and liability.
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Post by: playandteach on September 24, 2017, 07:16:26 PM
Short list so far- of common interest more than one other likes doing.

Did I miss any?
Missed off table tennis and golf.
How I could have forgotten reading, though is beyond me. I read all the time.
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Post by: boxcall on September 24, 2017, 07:21:24 PM
morris dancing...... there's not  a lot more to say really!
The nucleus of friends in the morris side are still together 40 years on, mad as a bag of frogs, it's the only way.....
I've been to places I'd never think of going, been overseas several times, met a bunch of lovely people, made lifelong friends of which some are on here..... and I'm still going. It just hurts more  :(
I used to mountain bike around home mainly, but continual colds from November to Easter in 2010 broke the habit. My new bike frame was put on hold and after my daughter had attended a beginners Melodeon workshop, my bike frame became a Tommy.
Now look at the trouble it's got me in  >:E
hey ho..... still it's all good fun!
Q

Thanks Q
I'll also add dancing to the list as I think someone else mention it.
I'll be lucky to keep this list in some order.
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Post by: playandteach on September 24, 2017, 08:23:12 PM
You need someone whose hobby is organising.
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Post by: Clive Williams on September 24, 2017, 10:31:45 PM
Bit late to the party already! Most of my spare time is taken up with family these days, so melodeon is pretty much the only hobby to get airtime. Enjoy playing piano, learning violin (badly), learning CBA (badly). Lapsed bellringer, like many here I suspect. Avoid DIY and gardening like the plague...
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Post by: boxcall on September 24, 2017, 11:31:55 PM
Thanks Clive for your contribution  (:)
The things you don't like will go in my next thread ;)
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Post by: Steve_freereeder on September 25, 2017, 08:15:30 AM
My main professional career was a geologist, at first down in the dark and dirties in the UK coal industry, but also in the British Geological Survey and as a visiting/guest lecturer at the University of Sheffield. I've always been interested in geology since childhood, and although I'm mostly retired now, I still keep up my interest through hill walking, visiting the coast, exploring quarries and abandoned mines.

You could get a flavour of what I do outside the world of melodeons by looking at my Ipernity webpages here:
http://www.ipernity.com/home/earthwatcher

In parallel with all this I have been a musician (mainly clarinet and bass clarinet) since the age of 10, playing in orchestras and chamber groups. I still play in the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra (which I help run) and other local ensembles including a wind quintet and a clarinet quartet.
 

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Post by: Howard Jones on September 25, 2017, 09:04:51 AM
Outside folk music (as well as melodeon I play several other instruments) my main interest is mountaineering and rock climbing. I'm fortunate to live on the edge of the Peak District, and Wales and the Lake District are both within easy reach.
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Post by: 911377brian on September 25, 2017, 10:18:10 AM
I must be the most boring member of Melnet. Winding my watch and going for a pee seems to take up most of my day...
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Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on September 25, 2017, 10:21:44 AM
I've reached that age too Brian

SJ
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Post by: ACE on September 25, 2017, 11:09:22 AM
Allotment, angling and an obsession of trying to find the best pork pie in Britain, every time I find one somebody tells me there is a better one somewhere else, my quest will never end I hope.
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Post by: Myrrh Music on September 25, 2017, 11:14:09 AM
Well, I used to do a lot of amateur acting, with some semi-professional stuff along the way, but now I'm left with University of the Third Age play reading sessions, as at my age there aren't really the parts, darling! Well none that Judy Dench hasn't taken anyway!!

Mary
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Post by: Theo on September 25, 2017, 11:53:17 AM
I’m getting a bit obsessed with finding real cheddar cheese. You know the stuff with an actual rind, and with a flavour that is full and lasting but without the peppery bite that supermarkets think is the hallmark of the “extra strong” or “vintage” rubbish that they try to sell us.
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Post by: Roger Howard on September 25, 2017, 12:08:00 PM
trying to find the best pork pie in Britain, every time I find one somebody tells me there is a better one somewhere else, my quest will never end I hope.

I hope you've explored the Lincolnshire varieties - Bycroft's of Boston are a good example. (Our local butcher - they make thin crust and hand raised.)  ;)


Roger
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Post by: boxcall on September 25, 2017, 12:40:15 PM
My main professional career was a geologist, at first down in the dark and dirties in the UK coal industry, but also in the British Geological Survey and as a visiting/guest lecturer at the University of Sheffield. I've always been interested in geology since childhood, and although I'm mostly retired now, I still keep up my interest through hill walking, visiting the coast, exploring quarries and abandoned mines.

You could get a flavour of what I do outside the world of melodeons by looking at my Ipernity webpages here:
http://www.ipernity.com/home/earthwatcher

In parallel with all this I have been a musician (mainly clarinet and bass clarinet) since the age of 10, playing in orchestras and chamber groups. I still play in the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra (which I help run) and other local ensembles including a wind quintet and a clarinet quartet.
 



The clarinet is an instrument I've always love the sound of and wanted to try, never did though.
I will check out your link, my daughter just recently got her masters in geology from the university of Kentucky so I'm a little familiar with the field of study and find it interesting. Her study was the dating and mapping some of the oldest rock at the southern most point of the Appalachian mountains. I've got a piece of rock ( I believe she said metamorphic / niche ) that is 1.4 billion year old.
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Post by: boxcall on September 25, 2017, 01:02:18 PM
Outside folk music (as well as melodeon I play several other instruments) my main interest is mountaineering and rock climbing. I'm fortunate to live on the edge of the Peak District, and Wales and the Lake District are both within easy reach.
my friends and I use to do a lot off rock climbing when we were young and stupid, up the side of a cliff face with no gear. I still like to hike mountains in my area, but I go up the well worn trails these days.

I must be the most boring member of Melnet. Winding my watch and going for a pee seems to take up most of my day...
(:)

I’m getting a bit obsessed with finding real cheddar cheese. You know the stuff with an actual rind, and with a flavour that is full and lasting but without the peppery bite that supermarkets think is the hallmark of the “extra strong” or “vintage” rubbish that they try to sell us.

I like a good cheese too, luckily for me I don't have to go to far as there are plenty of shops around that sell the good stuff with an almost granular texture that melts in your mouth.
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Post by: Chris Ryall on September 25, 2017, 01:42:51 PM
Semi retired, I sing, occasionally dance (mainly in France) and generally travel a lot. 5 expeditions into Europe already this year, and my Helsinki trip cancelled 'cos I was in hospital. I am in a national level bridge partnership, but with its other half in London we mostly play in one of the internet clubs, online

To pay for my hobbies I have set up a workstation in a spare bedroom and report overflow Xray exams via a virtual window into my client hospitals' system. As I no longer work NHS I have to fund my own "ongoing training" so Holland trip #2 was to the NVvR Xray scientific conference. Helps keep up my dutch 😉  Holland #1 had been to play a weekend with Toon van Mierlo of Naragonia, and Anna-Lise Foy. Cliff Stapleton was also there: his new CD is excellent!

I'm also doing the English subtitles to the Mustradem Accordeon videos; a favour to my friend Stef Milleret. It helps keep up my French.

Last year's "training" was at Australia/NZ conference n Adelaide. But I got to see daughter Mathilda and tour the Barossa wineries with her. Followed by a presentation on its wines to N Cheshire wines society.

Just now I'm holed up at home recovering from a life changing operation. Hope to get back to Xray reporting, and playing melodeon 😀 next month. So far I've only been as far as the local shops.  "Helsinki" is coming to me, next week 😁

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Post by: MatlockBather on September 25, 2017, 02:05:57 PM
Lots of family stuff for me. My lad is a keen fisherman and my daughter is a horse rider. Both require parents to be present and so I find myself sat on a river or lake bank with a rod quite often but I have yet to get on a horse.
We have a ten acre small holding with sheep, horses and pigs - all of which need daily visits and looking after along with the upkeep of the land, hedges, barns fences....
If I get some 'me time' I mountain bike, mainly locally in Derbyshire.
In between all that I have to fit in full time work!

Busy but very happy!
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Post by: ACE on September 25, 2017, 02:19:33 PM
trying to find the best pork pie in Britain, every time I find one somebody tells me there is a better one somewhere else, my quest will never end I hope.

I hope you've explored the Lincolnshire varieties - Bycroft's of Boston are a good example. (Our local butcher - they make thin crust and hand raised.)  ;)


Roger
Strangely The first  pie that sent me on that quest was served to me hot straight from the butcher that was below my flat in Lincoln way back in the sixties when I lived in Sincil Street.
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Post by: boxcall on September 25, 2017, 02:27:19 PM
Semi retired, I sing, occasionally dance (mainly in France) and generally travel a lot. 5 expeditions into Europe already this year, and my Helsinki trip cancelled 'cos I was in hospital. I am in a national level bridge partnership, but with its other half in London we mostly play in one of the internet clubs, online

To pay for my hobbies I have set up a workstation in a spare bedroom and report overflow Xray exams via a virtual window into my client hospitals' system. As I no longer work NHS I have to fund my own "ongoing training" so Holland trip #2 was to the NVvR Xray scientific conference. Helps keep up my dutch 😉  Holland #1 had been to play a weekend with Toon van Mierlo of Naragonia, and Anna-Lise Foy. Cliff Stapleton was also there: his new CD is excellent!

I'm also doing the English subtitles to the Mustradem Accordeon videos; a favour to my friend Stef Milleret. It helps keep up my French.

Last year's "training" was at Australia/NZ conference n Adelaide. But I got to see daughter Mathilda and tour the Barossa wineries with her. Followed by a presentation on its wines to N Cheshire wines society.

Just now I'm holed up at home recovering from a life changing operation. Hope to get back to Xray reporting, and playing melodeon 😀 next month. So far I've only been as far as the local shops.  "Helsinki" is coming to me, next week 😁



Chris, sorry to hear about your operation, but I'm glad your home and recovering. I hope you are feeling better soon!!

Lots of family stuff for me. My lad is a keen fisherman and my daughter is a horse rider. Both require parents to be present and so I find myself sat on a river or lake bank with a rod quite often but I have yet to get on a horse.
We have a ten acre small holding with sheep, horses and pigs - all of which need daily visits and looking after along with the upkeep of the land, hedges, barns fences....
If I get some 'me time' I mountain bike, mainly locally in Derbyshire.
In between all that I have to fit in full time work!

Busy but very happy!

I've always loved biking although I go a lot slower these days as you miss all the mushrooms when going to fast:) I just recently built a chicken coup for I plan on getting a few in the spring and see if I got the homestead bug then maybe some goats.
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Post by: Chris Ryall on September 25, 2017, 04:10:30 PM
Nice thread! You get to know people here in musical terms, but it is a bit one dimensional until you bump into the, at some folk do.

I've really enjoyed getting to know my fellow melodeonistas a little bit better. Thanks 😀
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Post by: MartinW on September 25, 2017, 04:34:31 PM
Folk related interests include playing anglo concertina, playing for Morris, and singing.
As we get towards this time of year I start to look forward to the local Carol singing sessions in pubs around Sheffield and Derbyshire which fills lots of my time from mid- November each year.

Unrelated interests include food, wine, beer,  walking in the Peak District, riding my motorbike, travel, and above all going to watch Wycombe Wanderers FC when they are playing within about 80 miles of Sheffield.
Martin
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Post by: boxcall on September 25, 2017, 05:22:34 PM
Nice thread! You get to know people here in musical terms, but it is a bit one dimensional until you bump into the, at some folk do.

I've really enjoyed getting to know my fellow melodeonistas a little bit better. Thanks 😀
Thanks Chris,
I too am enjoying hearing about what others are interested in. I think it tells you a lot about someone, even if they don't have any (:) I've always express to my kids to find things they would like to do ( usually getting the look) but as they are getting older I see them starting to pick things up at least trying things which is good. Work can be satisfying and give you a sense of value but there nothing like a passion out side of work, or at least doing something ( can be work like) for no money that you enjoy IMO.
I had a doctor visit just for a checkup which I haven't done for ages, so I was a little nervous going.
They must of ask 100 questions, then did a blood pressure test which came out high of course, then the physical then another BP test still high. So I went back to get a couple moles removed, another test still high, so as He was removing them I strike up a conversation about music since I knew he played guitar we talked he ask me if I played , more conversation then another BP test it was just fine then
I really found it funny / strange that not one of those 100 questions asked what I like to do for fun.

All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy. That's my moto.
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Post by: Stiamh on September 25, 2017, 05:34:53 PM
I have been tempted to chime in to tell you that my favourite pastimes are extreme mountain biking and climbing to the top of incomplete skyscrapers and taking videos of myself standing on the end of a girder 1000 ft. above the ground.

But that would be untrue.  (:) I was tempted to lie because reading all the replies I thought I must be really be a dully boy, perhaps the dullest person on here. Until I read brian's contribution, that is. (I don't have a watch to wind up.)

The thing is my life changed dramatically in two respects in the space of two years between ages 48 and 50. One thing was that I fulfilled one long-standing ambition by becoming a dad (twice) and the other was that I took up the box (which had never been an ambition at all).

Kids are both teenagers now and as a result of these changes I don't really do anything outside work (I have no idea how I will ever be able to retire) other than play music, and spend time with the family. Maintaining our large garden is not a hobby, just more work. Although I do love to contemplate a freshly trimmed lawn and an orderly (if not very productive) kitchen garden. Work is freelance translation and editing. I do literacy tutoring as a volunteer, including a spell in the local jail, where I learned far more from the inmates than any of them learned from me. I play in a dance band or two and try to pass on whatever I have learned about box playing to fellow sufferers.

I'd love to be a woodworker but regluing chairs and building fences in the aforementioned garden is about as close as I get to that. I bought a table tennis table recently, hoping to rediscover my own teenage talents at that sport but my teenagers' enthusiasm for it lasted about a week.

I like cooking, particularly baking, but much as I like mushrooms, fungi spotting seems to me a little like playing Russian roulette.

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Post by: GPS on September 25, 2017, 05:39:33 PM
Nice thread! You get to know people here in musical terms, but it is a bit one dimensional until you bump into the, at some folk do.

I've really enjoyed getting to know my fellow melodeonistas a little bit better. Thanks 😀

Absolutely. I've met fellow morris dancers at a woodturning exhibition, a railway open day and on top of a mountain (I used to do a lot of mountain walking when I was younger, had both my original knees and lived in a cooler climate than I do now} when I had no idea we shared an interest.

Graham
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Post by: Tyker on September 25, 2017, 06:41:06 PM
My only other hobby , combining my love of countryside and puzzles( sometimes) is geocaching.
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Post by: boxcall on September 25, 2017, 06:52:04 PM
I have been tempted to chime in to tell you that my favourite pastimes are extreme mountain biking and climbing to the top of incomplete skyscrapers and taking videos of myself standing on the end of a girder 1000 ft. above the ground.

But that would be untrue.  (:) I was tempted to lie because reading all the replies I thought I must be really be a dully boy, perhaps the dullest person on here. Until I read brian's contribution, that is. (I don't have a watch to wind up.)

The thing is my life changed dramatically in two respects in the space of two years between ages 48 and 50. One thing was that I fulfilled one long-standing ambition by becoming a dad (twice) and the other was that I took up the box (which had never been an ambition at all).

Kids are both teenagers now and as a result of these changes I don't really do anything outside work (I have no idea how I will ever be able to retire) other than play music, and spend time with the family. Maintaining our large garden is not a hobby, just more work. Although I do love to contemplate a freshly trimmed lawn and an orderly (if not very productive) kitchen garden. Work is freelance translation and editing. I do literacy tutoring as a volunteer, including a spell in the local jail, where I learned far more from the inmates than any of them learned from me. I play in a dance band or two and try to pass on whatever I have learned about box playing to fellow sufferers.

I'd love to be a woodworker but regluing chairs and building fences in the aforementioned garden is about as close as I get to that. I bought a table tennis table recently, hoping to rediscover my own teenage talents at that sport but my teenagers' enthusiasm for it lasted about a week.

I like cooking, particularly baking, but much as I like mushrooms, fungi spotting seems to me a little like playing Russian roulette.



Well don't get me wrong for melodeon playing and music is a hobby or passion for you and Brian.
And it sounds like you do a lot to me even if you don't love the gardening part I bet you enjoy the product and the cooking of it, maybe not so much the canning  (:) raising children is also a great sense of achievement and it' gets even better as they get older, from my experience. Although I do miss how adorable they were when they were little. We have a ton of video that helps bring those days back.

As for mushroom hunting I'm very careful with Identifying them and have never gotten sick from them, there are some that I have identified but won't eat because of the family they are from or poisonous look alikes. There are more good than bad for starters, and a lot of them are easy to identify. The common white button you buy in the store is from an easy to identify family, it has chocolate brown spores and free gills and no other mushrooms have those features, there is one in that family that could make you sick but it smells bad like a chemical where the good ones smell like anise.
Also chicken and hen of the woods are real easy to identify nothing looks like them and or no poisonous look alikes. They are found on trees, hen being the best IMO is found at the base of oaks , they are very high in vitamin D and others vitamins. Plus this mushroom also has chemicals that help fight cancer and other benefits. Then you have the common puff ball, those things when you were a kid  that you stepped on and a puff of brown smoke ( the spores) came out, they are found in grass and when young are pure white inside with a texture of cheese are edible and good.
Once you know a few keys to identifying them it's not that dangerous. And it's also a lot fun and learning about the relationship between them and trees is interesting. Trees can't grow with out mushrooms for mushrooms the plant that's under ground ( not the part we eat) decompose the leaf litter so that the tree can then use it as food. And certain mushrooms grow only with certain trees as a general rule, some grow with more than one.
I find just like garden plants have givers, takers , parasites, etc. so do mushrooms and people for that matter. Nature can tell us a lot about ourselves if we look.

I hope my spelling is ok, it's usually not.
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Post by: Anahata on September 25, 2017, 07:48:59 PM
Until I retired in July, I was an embedded systems engineer - a mixture of electronics designs and software, as well as being the company's IT department. There were only 5 of us and I really enjoyed it. Electronics and then computing where what I always wanted to do for a living.

Retirement also meant moving house (to West Yorkshire, for those who haven't caught up), so I am now drowning in DIY projects. Simple furniture (shelves and other simple storage, etc) are about as good as I get in woodwork, but I also like doing bit of electric wiring, especially lighting.

I also enjoy messing about with computers, building web sites (which I sometimes do for other people) and run a very low profile web hosting business which just pays for itself and enables me to host my own sites effectively for free. Two melnetters are among my customers.

My electronics interest has always included audio and I have a home recording studio which occasionally does small paying projects. That's not functional right now as it needs to be rebuilt in the new house, which is also one reason why I haven't done any YouTube videos for a while - I'll be back, eventually!

With Mary Humphreys, my wife and musical partner,  we continue to go round the clubs and festivals (been a bit quiet lately for various reasons) and are looking for new opportunities for playing ceilidhs in our new location, and for sessions, including very likely reviving one that used to happen at our local...

When we have a bit more time we'll do a bit more walking (Ilkley Moor is within walking distance from back o't'house) and sightseeing.

Eventual ambitions: to play cello more, get more gigs with Mary, make another album, get some more work for the studio and possibly some web site work too. And get a bit fitter, too!

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Post by: smiley on September 26, 2017, 03:55:15 AM
I like spending my time reading all the guff on melodeon.net ... when I logged in today it kindly told me that I've spent over 26 days of my life doing this!

Whenever my partner looks over my shoulder and sees my 'total time logged in' count she is incredulous that I could waste so much time on here. [She's probably right too, but I maintain my stolid facade in the face of such provocation]
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Post by: Nick Collis Bird on September 26, 2017, 07:01:03 AM
Drink!  :|glug
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Post by: brianread on September 26, 2017, 07:33:44 AM
Well since I "retired" 6 years ago (i was self employed IT Consultant / Support person) - I seem to be as busy as ever, although the timing of things is much more under my control and my excuse "I am mean't to be retired" works quite well some of the time!

I have one commercial client I cannot shake off, and one I do as a favour for a friend, plus database and web work for a national educational charity. I still love computers (I first programmed one in 1968) and spend a significant part of my day in front of my Linux based system.

I also host about 20 WordPress websites for friends and clients and myself (so it pays for itself).

I play in a band which also runs a 2 weekly dance club , and also am the main administrator for a monthly Slow and Steady session in Chorley. I am also working on a folk music "event" for 2019 and 2020 which I suspect will take up more of my time as we get closer.

I go to a weekly and 3 or 4 monthly music sessions,

I also enjoy reading (New Scientist, a Linux magazine and books).  I like biographies and science based stuff, but am not adverse to the occasional novel.

My aged parents live very close so I spend at least 1-2 hours a day round there, and I have 2 small to mid range grandchildren who sometimes take my time, plus my wife and I like to cycle on our Cannondale tandem.  We also enjoy museums and art galleries if we can get away, and bird watching and general nature type things.

<later> Oh and I forgot - Films and television (the latter mainly science and astronomy based documentaries), Classical music (Beethoven, Mozart, baroque) and Puccini Operas!
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Post by: boxcall on September 26, 2017, 02:34:36 PM
Drink!  :|glug
(:) I'll add that to the list as one other listed it.
I like a good IPA myself and maybe a touch of whiskey now and then, not so much a hobby but a necessity I think.
Cheers!
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Post by: boxcall on September 26, 2017, 02:56:17 PM
Short list so far- of common interest one or more other likes doing.

Woodworking and or working your wood :P
Gardening
Reading
Making or fixing things
Photography
Scuba diving
Painting
Nature and earth science
Trains or mechanical devices
Traveling
Walking and or hiking about
Fishing
Playing, writing  or listening to music
Cooking
Morris Dancing
Firefighting
Singing
Visiting melodeon.net
Drinking wine, beer, etc.
Playing other instruments
Did I miss any?
I must admit I feel a little like FB gathering info on people but this is interesting.

Edit to add to list
Moving this list forward. Keep adding and I'll keep adding to list.
I was hoping I'd find some more weird ones like mushroom hunting and pylon appreciation society. Which is really weird, never even heard of such a thing, but I do like it!
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Post by: Nick Collis Bird on September 26, 2017, 03:06:02 PM
Bat conservation Trust, fully paid up member as well as bumble bee conservation. I've been known to hunt frogs as well, in a conservational way you'll understand.
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Post by: Steve Coombes on September 26, 2017, 03:38:07 PM
The Normal other activities are Morris Dancing and reading (into Boris Akunin at the moment)
Slightly less normal I play in an evening skittles league.
And the weird one, I take part in Roll playing games (nothing to do with sex) Dungeons and Dragons, Rollmaster/Spacemaster and the like.
So nothing practical or worthy and now I feel that I'm letting the side down... too late to change now ;D
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Post by: Brian Rawcliffe on September 26, 2017, 06:20:51 PM
Sailing, especially long cruises!  (:) Three and a half years into the current trip and in Guatemala at the mo sheltering for the hurricane season. However, despite my earlier optimism, the climate in the tropics is slowly destroying the three boxes I have aboard. Everything rusts, almost overnight...

Back to Europe next summer...
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Post by: deltasalmon on September 26, 2017, 06:27:36 PM
All the interesting hobbies in this thread are really making me look forward to retirement.  :||:
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Post by: Winston Smith on September 26, 2017, 07:37:54 PM
Sean, the best part of retirement is just not having to go to work. Being able to pick up a box and have a squeeze any time you fancy is a huge bonus. (And that's from someone who always loved his work.)
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Post by: AnnC on September 26, 2017, 09:41:14 PM
Being able to pick up a box and have a squeeze any time you fancy is a huge bonus.

 ;D looking round the room there's a Liliput nestling within reach in an armchair and another tucked against the sofa ...... I took George's advice to leave instruments where they could be easily played to heart  :|||: ;D .....  sometimes one has even made it onto the allotment to practice on while resting from weeding  (:)
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Post by: boxcall on September 26, 2017, 10:22:36 PM
Bat conservation Trust, fully paid up member as well as bumble bee conservation. I've been known to hunt frogs as well, in a conservational way you'll understand.
That's admirable! We need conservation and these animals are telling us something. I didn't realize bumble bees were in danger as I still see some in my garden and on flowers, not so much honey bees.
I use to hunt frogs when I was little, big bull 🐸, I wish someone told me to respect them, because I didn't which I regret. But you can't change the past only the future. Best wishes for the conservation effort! Also I put bat boxes up around my place but no takers even though they're around. They probably like the neighbors barn.

Being able to pick up a box and have a squeeze any time you fancy is a huge bonus.

 ;D looking round the room there's a Liliput nestling within reach in an armchair and another tucked against the sofa ...... I took George's advice to leave instruments where they could be easily played to heart  :|||: ;D .....  sometimes one has even made it onto the allotment to practice on while resting from weeding  (:)
I too keep my boxes within reach or on the sofa, my wife calls it my girlfriend because it's always between us on the sofa. (:) really nothing could be further from the truth, I love that woman!
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Post by: Nick Collis Bird on September 27, 2017, 02:31:29 PM
I hope I'm slightly still on topic, but bumble bees are declining rapidly and are much better pollinators than honey bees. I refer you all to the book by Dave Goulson, " a sting in the tale" ISBN 9780224096898. Its very funny and deadly serious at the same time.
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Post by: Gary on September 27, 2017, 05:04:00 PM
Photographer...commercial with aerial and construction progress as special aspects, turned ahobby into aself employed job. Flying. Playing the boxes, watching wildlife with a camera.Swimming, recently started regular one mile pool distances. and tied in to that some gym weights and cross trainer. Aiming to be a very fit OAP in 7 months time. Plenty of other interests including vintage aircraft.

www.scotaviaimages.co.uk
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Post by: melodeon on September 27, 2017, 10:27:33 PM

Taking care of  my 11  1/2 acres and refurbishing my 1964 MGB ( lifetime project) .
Overhauling my house (s) for eventual sale in an effort to get away from the dope growers who have invaded and destroyed our community.

And this:

http://www.jjhildrethstudios.com/

I have my automotive logos in 21 countries to include several auto museums in Japan, Belgium, Australia, Chicago, Florida, Texas  etc.
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Post by: playandteach on September 27, 2017, 10:51:27 PM
I had a 1962 Riley 1.5 for a few years. Loved it until a motorbike beckoned. Used both as everyday transport. Amazingwhat you forget. Good thread.
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Post by: baz parkes on September 27, 2017, 11:01:37 PM
Rare breed sheep and ponies

Cooking

Growing things to cook

Reading

Frequently saying "It wouldn't have happened in my day..."  :|glug
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Post by: boxcall on September 29, 2017, 10:52:29 AM
I hope I'm slightly still on topic, but bumble bees are declining rapidly and are much better pollinators than honey bees. I refer you all to the book by Dave Goulson, " a sting in the tale" ISBN 9780224096898. Its very funny and deadly serious at the same time.
I don't think there is off topic in this thread (:)
Sad about the bees and other animals. I may look at the book sometime when I get a chance, I'm pretty sure it has some thing to do with the chemicals we use to grow stuff. There's a good book called The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael pollan where he discusses our over use of chemicals and our crazy system of food production.
We definitely could "bee" kinder to them and help ourselves out in the process.

Photographer...commercial with aerial and construction progress as special aspects, turned ahobby into aself employed job. Flying. Playing the boxes, watching wildlife with a camera.Swimming, recently started regular one mile pool distances. and tied in to that some gym weights and cross trainer. Aiming to be a very fit OAP in 7 months time. Plenty of other interests including vintage aircraft.

www.scotaviaimages.co.uk
Nice work/play! I grew up near a small airport, I enjoyed watching them especially the gliders. They also did skydiving and would drop wind direction streamers out of the planes, we'd chase those things for hours never knowing where we would end up.


Taking care of  my 11  1/2 acres and refurbishing my 1964 MGB ( lifetime project) .
Overhauling my house (s) for eventual sale in an effort to get away from the dope growers who have invaded and destroyed our community.

And this:

http://www.jjhildrethstudios.com/

I have my automotive logos in 21 countries to include several auto museums in Japan, Belgium, Australia, Chicago, Florida, Texas  etc.

It's good to have a life time project , gives you something to get to. Or in My case ( working on my house ) gives My wife a reason to keep Me around ;)
Nice art work on your signage, it looks like you age them for that vintage look. Also nice to put a face to people you know here!
Rare breed sheep and ponies

Cooking

Growing things to cook

Reading

Frequently saying "It wouldn't have happened in my day..."  :|glug
Nice Baz, as I mentioned earlier in a post I'm getting some chickens come spring, I was thinking rare breed birds but since this is my first venture into livestock I not sure I want to kill anything rare :D

Thanks again to all for your contributions!  It's good to see and hear your story's .
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Post by: Gary Chapin on September 29, 2017, 07:34:03 PM
Comic books, reading, philosophy, song writing
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Post by: Thrupenny Bit on September 29, 2017, 08:20:39 PM
Well I never Baz! I didn't know that. Fascinating.
I heard last night on local BBC news the Asian Hornet has been discovered in Woolacombe in the north of Devon, and now anther colony much closer in Plymouh. They simply eat and destroy honey bees at an incredible rate ( 1 hornet kills 3 bees *per minute* ) and are a huge worry, hence  the area being quarantined by DEFRA.

Which only goes to prove, as my first job was being assigned to work with an Entomologist at my local University, it has instilled a love and fascination with insects and I look and observe whilst the rest of the family go 'bleugh....' and run!
Q
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Post by: Worldsend on September 29, 2017, 10:41:23 PM
Beekeeping

Jacob sheep

help at cubs

 hospice volunteer

I work full time so just think what I can do when I retire!!

Just had my first melodeon lesson eeekkk my head's going to explode
my kids just shake their heads in despair they thought beekeeping was bad enough


Likely to waste a lot of time reading all of the advice on the forum


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Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Winston Smith on September 29, 2017, 11:20:33 PM
That's not wasting time, it's learning! Welcome and good luck.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: boxcall on September 30, 2017, 01:14:30 AM
Beekeeping

Jacob sheep

help at cubs

 hospice volunteer

I work full time so just think what I can do when I retire!!

Just had my first melodeon lesson eeekkk my head's going to explode
my kids just shake their heads in despair they thought beekeeping was bad enough


Likely to waste a lot of time reading all of the advice on the forum


I
Welcome to the forum!
Hospice care and end of life care is a difficult time in peoples lives. I have a couple of sister in laws that do this as nurses and my Dad did this for awhile as a volunteer and know it takes a special person to be there for the family's during this time of life. I commend you!

I use to get that from my kids too when I first started to play melodeon but now they are interested, as I've gotten a little better and I know they admire the fact that I've push myself to do it and that I'm still keeping at it. passions can do that for you. That's why I was interested in what other peoples interest or passions are.
Thanks for sharing!
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Post by: AirTime on September 30, 2017, 03:50:53 AM
Kitesurfing

Melodeon playing

Skiing

Sim Racing

Gardening

My kids seem to think I'm "eccentric". I have no idea why   :-\

My eldest daughter is now also an avid kitesurfer, so doesn't think I'm quite as weird. Maybe she'll take up the melodeon next ... then my parenting job will be done!   8)
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Ebor_fiddler on October 02, 2017, 12:42:32 AM
Well, I've been to Church this evening, so that must count, but an the other hand I did suggest to the organist (who plays keyboards in the Bad Bargain Band) that "Plough The Fields and Scatter" might be improved by being played on melodeon, so maybe it doesn't count. I'm all bewildered ...

I also do Family History and -

Play fiddle and gobiron
Go contra dancing
Ceilidh Dancing
Longsword
Play for Ebor Morris
Housework etc
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: 911377brian on October 02, 2017, 10:05:53 AM
As someone receiving palliative outreach care from our local hospice,hats off to you, Worlds end.
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Post by: Chris Ryall on October 03, 2017, 02:42:30 PM
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  Our very best wishes in that, Brian. I'm sure that I speak for the group. Your
  many contributions, and pithy wit are well valued. Keep winding that watch 😉
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Post by: Nick Collis Bird on October 03, 2017, 04:47:18 PM
Ditto !
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Ebor_fiddler on October 06, 2017, 12:12:09 AM
I see that I forgot to list canoeing when I can, walking, and talking a lot. Oh, and the drink.  :|glug
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Post by: boxcall on October 06, 2017, 12:50:24 AM
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  Our very best wishes in that, Brian. I'm sure that I speak for the group. Your
  many contributions, and pithy wit are well valued. Keep winding that watch 😉
Double ditto!! Brian, I hope you get well with the care you are receiving.

I see that I forgot to list canoeing when I can, walking, and talking a lot. Oh, and the drink.  :|glug
I'm usually fishing when 🛶 it's a great way to see wild life as you can sneak up to them and most animals don't seem to mind. It's also good to have a drink on hand and a life vest!! Best to leave the melodeon at home or camp:)
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Post by: mselic on October 06, 2017, 01:42:03 AM
I live in the Gatineau Hills in Quebec on 4 acres of rolling land surrounded by wildlife. I perform in theatre and work as a musician. I sing and play guitar, as well as some banjo, mandolin (and equivalent 5th apart counterparts such as the octave mandolin) and harmonica. Since it's tricky to make ends meet with music alone, I also work as a carpenter and home builder/renovator. I've kept my heavy truck licence and sometimes haul snow in the wintertime (yes, that's what we do here - haul snow by the dump truck load once the streets are plowed!) These days I'm doing less and less of the latter two and more of the former :D

I live near the Gatineau river, so there is plenty of swimming and canoeing in the warmer months. In the winter I snowshoe and sometimes dogsled. Next year I plan on keeping chickens and other small animals again. I have a building on my property that used to be an artist's studio, and I'm looking into breathing some life back into that space. I live with my 8 year-old son, who's been messing around with the box lately...;)
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Post by: Sage Herb on October 06, 2017, 07:19:03 AM
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  Our very best wishes in that, Brian. I'm sure that I speak for the group. Your
  many contributions, and pithy wit are well valued. Keep winding that watch 😉

Yes indeed Brian!

Best wishes
Steve
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: boxcall on October 09, 2017, 03:16:43 PM
I live in the Gatineau Hills in Quebec on 4 acres of rolling land surrounded by wildlife. I perform in theatre and work as a musician. I sing and play guitar, as well as some banjo, mandolin (and equivalent 5th apart counterparts such as the octave mandolin) and harmonica. Since it's tricky to make ends meet with music alone, I also work as a carpenter and home builder/renovator. I've kept my heavy truck licence and sometimes haul snow in the wintertime (yes, that's what we do here - haul snow by the dump truck load once the streets are plowed!) These days I'm doing less and less of the latter two and more of the former :D

I live near the Gatineau river, so there is plenty of swimming and canoeing in the warmer months. In the winter I snowshoe and sometimes dogsled. Next year I plan on keeping chickens and other small animals again. I have a building on my property that used to be an artist's studio, and I'm looking into breathing some life back into that space. I live with my 8 year-old son, who's been messing around with the box lately...;)

We have a few things in common, we both play a Beltuna in D ( I still struggle with calling myself a musician more of a wannabe) , carpentry/ home building, and plans for raising chickens come spring (:) I have been wanting to do this for years now but keep putting it off, so this year I built a coup with run, so I now have to get some.
Thanks for your contribution.
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Post by: playandteach on October 15, 2017, 11:15:03 PM
Almost started a new thread, called: What have you done today to make you feel proud?
In the summer I tried practising in France at a little village green - absolutely dead, then a car of relaxed young women stopped to listen while they smoked. Big grin.
Then I got home and back to isolation (melodeonically speaking).
On Thursday I went to listen to the local session in Hexham. Ended up going home to grab a melodeon, and sat there for an hour with some attempt to play tunes I'd never heard before (not that it would have made much difference).
Yesterday morning I turned up (invited by David Oliver - many thanks) to join in a rehearsal of the village band. I was the only melodeon player, and everything was by ear - not my strength.
Tonight I went to a first rehearsal of French music in Newcastle (with dancers). Julian Sutton was there, hardly playing while others of us fumbled (there was music but mostly not GC friendly).
So in other words, I've achieved more in a week than I have for 4 years.
Massive progress, not as a player, but in terms of joining in music making instead of developing lonely skills at home (which I still enjoy).
Great support everywhere I went, and great hopes of it continuing.
Thanks for listening.
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Post by: Nigel on October 15, 2017, 11:45:45 PM
P&T last post stated "So in other words, I've achieved more in a week than I have for 4 years.
Massive progress, not as a player, but in terms of joining in music making instead of developing lonely skills at home (which I still enjoy).
Great support everywhere I went, and great hopes of it continuing."

Great post P&T. You're putting it about! Nice to see that Julian attended the Newcastle French band practice tonight. In the end, I couldn't make it in time after finishing the Mel Biggs  workshop "Thinking Outside of the Box" in Winster. Now that was a great weekend with the Derbyshire Melodeon Playgroup followed by Mel's workshop, although it was rather eventful. I may resume my other interests this week; tiddlywinks, frogger, train spotting and pylon observations.       
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Post by: Winston Smith on October 15, 2017, 11:49:11 PM
Pete, I've got to say that the two times I've seen you at the North East Melodeon Group, you've worked wonders among the few who attend. You should be proud of that, and I hope you can continue to help us along.
Thank you.
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Post by: boxcall on October 16, 2017, 12:24:14 AM
That's great P&T,
Thanks for for your contribution.
It's always nice to join in, even if your not playing at these outings. And as you say, you can learn quite a bit from these experiences stuff that you won't get by playing alone. Also nice when people stop by to enjoy the music your're making, even better when they are relaxed 😎. I been going to local accoustic jam sessions in my area, there's a couple of people that play Irish stuff but most play bluegrass and folk. The bluegrass folks play tunes that might be Irish like some hornpipes but play them as reels and fast, I can't always keep up and they change the rhythm and sound of the tune to the point where I am lost. But I still learn a lot about the music and how it could be played. Also when I start a tune they all play along to what I'm doing without taking over, and the benefit is the tune I'm playing sounds so much better with the other players than it would if I was playing alone. These players know music and can find the rhythm of a tune by ear which amazes me. I don't have the best ear to just pick stuff right out, but I am improving by just doing it. It also helps to be playing with nice people who are there to just have fun. I also noticed that some players are trying to play stuff that I know, so they must like the sound of the melodeon or what I'm doing which is makes me feel proud. This group takes the summer off but will be starting up again soon, I'm looking forward to that.
Cheers,
Michael
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: boxcall on October 16, 2017, 12:37:28 AM
I may resume my other interests this week; tiddlywinks, frogger, train spotting and pylon observations.     

 (:) (:)
Nigel, you do have some quirky interest (in a good way) I wasn't sure if you were just pulling my leg, but I'm thinking not.
I do like frogger also 🐸
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Post by: Roland Carson on October 20, 2017, 05:13:51 PM
I've really enjoyed reading all the contributions here and so feel that I should take part in this thread.
I have always been interested in wildlife and was born in the Lake District where I lived until I went to work at my first job which was at Whipsnade Wildlife Park. My hobby for 30 years was Falconry which became my profession for a short time during the early 1970s. I am still an active member of the British Falconer's Club although I no longer fly hawks.
I took a pilot's licence and flew a microlight aircraft for 7 years.
I fly fish for Salmon and Sea Trout in Sweden and counties in England where it is possible during the Summer.
I started to play diatonic accordeon about 18 years ago and of course it is now my passion and will take the rest of my life (and more) to learn....it affords plenty of scope. I play now with a young lady who lives in France (I like the French dance music) and we skype and meet regularly to play together.
I ski every Winter and have done so for the past 39 years.
I keep bees and produce up to 200lbs of honey most years.
I enjoy cooking and eating wild food and drinking French Red Wine.
I like single malt whiskey.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: boxcall on October 20, 2017, 10:01:37 PM
Thanks for the contribution Roland
Interesting hobby Falconry, do you hunt with them or do they just get their dinner?
I had a cat that was snapped up by a hawk, I don't know how the hawk pick him up as he was pretty big. Nature at work for he certainly took his share of prey.
How many bees/ hives does it take to get that much honey? Seems like it would take a few hives.
I like fly fishing too, mostly wet flies/ streamers. I assume that's what your using. I don't fish the ocean though but you'd think I would since I live right near the ocean, probably because I'm hunting for mushrooms in the woods. I seem to only fish when I go away to a lake or other spots.
Cheers
Michael
 
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Post by: melodeon on October 22, 2017, 02:28:35 AM
I make ice fishing decoys, vernacular furniture, automotive logo art, I make stringed instruments to include cavaquinho and classical/flamenco guitars...I collect exotic and rare hardwoods specifically for musical instrument collection.. I have been hauling much of this around for 45 plus years.
Restore British cars and old American trucks..
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Post by: Danielle M on October 22, 2017, 08:48:20 AM
Hi to all readers

I do sailing and kayacking. It is on a old fishing boat (used now as a leasure boat) that my first contact with the instrument took place. A few accordeons players gave us a lot of pleasure with some lively tunes and then one of them put a instrument in my hands and ask me to play a few notes at random.  It was pretty bad as I knew nothing about music, nevertheless it convinced me that I should give it a try. 

Not sure I would really like it after a while I decided to rent an instrument and started to learn on my own through the net and paper methods. I have been playing now (or rather trying to !) for around 7 months and I am, for sure, hooked into it.  I have now started to take a few lessons, now and then, with a teacher so, hopefully, things will get better.

I am hoping that one day I will be able to play good enough so I can use my accordeon on the old boats myself, thus enable me to link my two activities because I think they go well together.

P.S. I have, since, bought 2 accordeons : An old Hohner Valpareso and a Saltarelle


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Post by: boxcall on October 22, 2017, 10:32:50 AM
Hi Danielle,
Welcome to this site and to the wonderful world of melodeons, it's easy to get hooked.
We got some old fishing boats schooners around my area (Gloucester ma.) that are now being used for leisure and educational purposes. I've yet to get on one when out on the water sailing. They do sails around Cape Ann, sometimes Celtic sails with live music. I bet they have a lot of fun. I got to tour it recently when it was docked, it's a beauty very well restored. Here's the link to their web sites http://schooner-adventure.org/    http://www.schoonerardelle.com/ you may find them interesting.
Good luck with your melodeon playing.
Cheers
Michael
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: boxcall on October 22, 2017, 10:58:53 AM
I make ice fishing decoys, vernacular furniture, automotive logo art, I make stringed instruments to include cavaquinho and classical/flamenco guitars...I collect exotic and rare hardwoods specifically for musical instrument collection.. I have been hauling much of this around for 45 plus years.
Restore British cars and old American trucks..
Thanks for the contribution Jeff
Interesting stuff you do! I always thought with ice fishing, that one would cut a hole, set the trap with live minnow, go hide out in shack and drink then wait for the flag to pop up. (:) I never heard about using decoys before.
I'd like to have an old American truck that would be cool. I'm a ford guy but any would do. I also like the old internationals.
Cheers
Michael
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Post by: playandteach on October 22, 2017, 11:22:46 AM
I used to drive a 1962 Riley 1.5 as my only transport. It was in great shape. Sold it shortly after kids arrived.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Eshed on October 23, 2017, 06:40:53 PM
Thought I'd jump in and say hi as well.
This forum is an incredibly valuable resource for a new fumbling player so many many thanks!

Actually another hobby of mine is the reason why I got into melodeons in the first place.
Mitch mentioned the 'maker' community a few pages back, anyway, a few years ago, together with a friend, I've created a makeshift "Accordion Hero" from a toy button accordion (unfortunately I don't have any pictures).

After showing it off at whatever conference  I've removed the electrical parts from the accordion and restored it to working order (well, for a toy accordion). In the following year or two I've played it a bit (right hand only) to the dismay of everyone in hearing distance.

Fast-forward a few years, I've decided it is time to learn how to play on a new instrument, remembered the happiness that silly little toy brought me, and after a short foray into the world of PA I'm now happily wearing my fingers off playing my box.

In my current inept state I find myself playing on my guitar (another hobby!) the melodeon tunes I wish I could play.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: boxcall on October 24, 2017, 09:48:14 AM
Hi Eshed,
Welcome to the forum.
so, what are you playing now? Do tell.
Good luck with your playing it's a great hobby and you'll get lots of good advise here.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Eshed on October 24, 2017, 11:26:25 AM
Unfortunately melodeons aren't very popular here, barely anyone knows they even exist.
I've only found one store selling a new Delicia Popular 1914 for quite a bit over what I'd call a reasonable budget for someone who can't play (yet).

Thanks to the advice on this forum I knew I didn't want to buy anything used from ebay, so I've decided to take a calculated risk and buy one of the unknown french Gankine GC boxes that appear on ebay every now and then (including shipping, taxes etc. it cost me less than half of what the Delicia would have).

The quality is ok-ish and it's definitely playable, so for now it seems that the risk was worth it. I should probably make a more elaborate post on this in the makes & models forum rather than drive this thread off topic.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Mike Mccarthy on October 24, 2017, 11:48:41 AM
outside of music mostly it's outdoorsy stuff, I'm a gardener for a living (2nd career type thing) and we have a small smallholding, so that takes up a lot of time. We like to go walking, I'd love to take up sea fishing, but finding the time seems awkward (one day will do it though) and I shoot a bit as well. Other than that, have a lifetimes addiction to books and reading (mostly fantasy and sci fi, and history) and when I'm not gardening we sell 2nd hand books and collectables. That all seems to keep me busy.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Choonz on October 24, 2017, 01:56:00 PM
I have been busy of late reducing my sheep farming commitments here on the edge of the South Pennines.   My lambing sheep are now hopefully happily grazing pastures new so no lambing certainly for next year.  We are busy converting a barn into additional self catering accommodation but I am looking forward to being able to get away to a few festivals next year and hopefully meet a few more people from this forum. 

I get out hill walking when I can with my husband and two sheepdogs.  I have also been renovating an old caravan for the last two years as a sewing/DIY project.  My festival getaway!  :|||:
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Post by: GPS on October 24, 2017, 02:06:53 PM
  I have also been renovating an old caravan for the last two years as a sewing/DIY project.  My festival getaway!  :|||:

What sort of van?  Back in UK we had a couple of classics - a little 1969 Cheltenham Fawn, and a beautiful coachbuilt Royale, of which only about 1200 were ever made.  We had to say a sad goodbye to both of them when we moved to Cyprus...

Graham
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Post by: baz parkes on October 24, 2017, 03:16:56 PM
  I have also been renovating an old caravan for the last two years as a sewing/DIY project.  My festival getaway!  :|||:

What sort of van? 

what sort of sheep?
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Choonz on October 24, 2017, 04:49:19 PM
My caravan is a little 80's pop top Fleurette.  It is light enough for me to manhandle and hitch up all by myself and small enough with the roof down to fit into my corner of the shed.  My sheep are North of England mule gimmer lambs now.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: MarioP on October 24, 2017, 05:13:18 PM
Networks, Cloud industry, Drumming and cooking are some of my other activities.
Self employed at the moment as well common bonding so far.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: baz parkes on October 25, 2017, 01:52:07 PM
My caravan is a little 80's pop top Fleurette.  It is light enough for me to manhandle and hitch up all by myself and small enough with the roof down to fit into my corner of the shed.  My sheep are North of England mule gimmer lambs now.

WE may have discussed caravans and sheep on a melodeon forum. I think we got away with it.... >:E

(whispers shetlands..)
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: GPS on October 25, 2017, 02:34:32 PM
My caravan is a little 80's pop top Fleurette.  It is light enough for me to manhandle and hitch up all by myself and small enough with the roof down to fit into my corner of the shed.  My sheep are North of England mule gimmer lambs now.

WE may have discussed caravans and sheep on a melodeon forum. I think we got away with it.... >:E

(whispers shetlands..)

To redress the balance, I've just mentioned the melodeon on a baas-players' forum....
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Lester on October 25, 2017, 04:06:11 PM
My caravan is a little 80's pop top Fleurette.  It is light enough for me to manhandle and hitch up all by myself and small enough with the roof down to fit into my corner of the shed.  My sheep are North of England mule gimmer lambs now.

WE may have discussed caravans and sheep on a melodeon forum. I think we got away with it.... >:E

(whispers shetlands..)

To redress the balance, I've just mentioned the melodeon on a baas-players' forum....

You sure it was not a baaagpipe players forum

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vWUb4FXNGPs/TrhZDjc9v5I/AAAAAAAAAMw/MmAcGTX03XQ/s1600/Gaidasheep.jpg)
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: boxcall on October 25, 2017, 04:24:50 PM

WE may have discussed caravans and sheep on a melodeon forum. I think we got away with it.... >:E

(whispers shetlands..)
You may have, if I manage to lose my list :-X

Actually I think it's already gotten away from me (:)
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Choonz on October 25, 2017, 06:03:33 PM
To keep on track I suppose I should have also mentioned that I play a Baaaafetti ;)
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: GPS on October 25, 2017, 06:11:15 PM
Ooops! Why are the A & S keys next to each other?? I seem to have made a bit of an aas of myself!    :|bl ;D
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Chris Rayner on October 26, 2017, 11:34:34 AM

You sure it was not a baaagpipe players forum

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vWUb4FXNGPs/TrhZDjc9v5I/AAAAAAAAAMw/MmAcGTX03XQ/s1600/Gaidasheep.jpg)

I think in Wales that’s known as a shag pipe.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: boxcall on November 02, 2017, 11:19:53 AM
Short list so far- of common interest one or more other likes doing.

Woodworking
Gardening
Reading
Making or fixing things
Melodeon repair and MAD of course
Photography
Scuba diving
Painting
Nature and earth science
Trains or mechanical devices
Traveling
Walking and or hiking about
Fishing
Playing, writing  or listening to music
Cooking
Morris Dance teams
Firefighting
Singing
Visiting melodeon.net
Drinking wine, beer, whiskey, etc.
Playing other instruments
Fixing up cars, trucks, and vans
Beekeeping
Skiing
Flying planes
Game playing
Keeping livestock
Biking

Edited: to add to list on 11/20/17

This thread seems to be winding down so here is a summary of the common things we like to do.
Feel free to keep contributing.

This has been interesting to see some of the other interest which we share. I think we covered most of the normal things that people do (as expected), so I guess we're not so weird ( insert, melodeon players) after all.  :||: :|||: :Ph
Thanks everyone!!
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: melodeon on November 03, 2017, 01:46:50 PM
Bicycling.. avid cyclist for 6 decades.

Currently have 6 bikes.  2 Mountain bikes.. 1994 TREK 930 American made.. 1992 CADEX 3 carbon/alloy, 2 go anywhere do anything Rivendells  (Hunqapillar and a Cheviot) , 2 road bikes.. 1982 Italian Somec, 1982 Miyata Pro Aero highly modified.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: boxcall on November 03, 2017, 08:58:40 PM
Biking is a great hobby, I use to bike everywhere when I was younger.
I should get a Mountain bike for there are some great trails in a place near where I live (Dogtown in Gloucester / Rockport Ma.) it's about three thousand acres of woods/ water shed conservation land in the middle of cape Ann. Most people live on the coast here and I been surprised by the fact that most people that have lived here their whole lives have never been there. Me on the other hand,  I have walked just about every trail out there. Crazy that some don't know about the things around them.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Lyra on November 04, 2017, 07:54:59 AM
I knit and dye yarn (not necessarily in that order)

If you think MAD is a thing, you should see yarnies and their stash.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: GPS on November 04, 2017, 08:50:53 AM
Bicycling.. avid cyclist for 6 decades.

Currently have 6 bikes.  2 Mountain bikes.. 1994 TREK 930 American made.. 1982 CADEX 3 carbon/alloy, 2 go anywhere do anything Rivendells  (Hunqapillar and a Cheviot) , 2 road bikes.. 1982 Italian Somec, 1982 Miyata Pro Aero highly modified.

So that's a case of BAD, then......
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: Nigel on November 04, 2017, 09:03:55 AM
Bicycling.. avid cyclist for 6 decades.

Currently have 6 bikes.  2 Mountain bikes.. 1994 TREK 930 American made.. 1982 CADEX 3 carbon/alloy, 2 go anywhere do anything Rivendells  (Hunqapillar and a Cheviot) , 2 road bikes.. 1982 Italian Somec, 1982 Miyata Pro Aero highly modified.

So that's a case of BAD, then......

or possibly, CAD
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: rileycat on November 20, 2017, 12:32:14 PM
Cycling - raced/time-trialled until mid-fifties (age not year!) when the 'veteran' category was from 40 year-olds and onwards. Then I gave up trying to beat 40 year olds and stuck to enjoying my hobby!  Bikes still owned - Ex-TDF yellow Linda McCartney Team bike (Pricipia), bought when the team disbanded and high-end mountain bike (Marin Mount-Vision Pro) for the tracks of Devon.  And then, there is surfing - a life-long year-round habit, as I've lived by the sea for my entirety!
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Post by: Clawhammer on November 20, 2017, 04:07:52 PM
"Old time" clawhammer banjo playing in Michigan. Health services researcher.
Title: Re: Melodeon playing and what other things do you like to do?
Post by: boxcall on November 20, 2017, 04:57:59 PM
Thanks for the contributions, this thread is still has some life (:)
I added biking for I missed that, two others also said they like to do that.

My brother in law plays a claw hammer banjo bluegrass/ folk mainly, I like that instrument and probably would give it a try if I wasn't MAD
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Post by: Jesse Smith on November 20, 2017, 06:10:07 PM
Interesting that a lot of people are also into bicycling. I'm very keen on it, both for everyday transportation (I commute daily using a bike made in Stratford-Upon-Avon - my Anglophilia at work again) and also for recreation (in September I rode a 200 km trip in what they call randonneuring in the US or Audax in the UK).

With winter coming, the recreational season is pretty much done here, which makes it a good time for woodshedding with my new melodeon!
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Post by: melodeon on November 20, 2017, 06:32:48 PM
I gave up clawhammer banjo last year. Sold my Bart Reiter  1992 Grand Concert.
I've owned 3 Bart Reiters, another custom Grand Concert and a Regent (best of the three) as well as about 10 other banjos. Started playing around 1972.

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Post by: Sage Herb on November 21, 2017, 09:28:43 PM
About 5 years ago, I gave up anglo concertina in favour of 5-string banjo. Annie and I wanted a non-free reed option for song accompaniment, so my 2 Crabbs and my Jeffries were replaced by a modern Deering Vega Senator and a Dave Stacey custom. Of course there was enough change from the transactions to pay for serious building work on our house! I've since added a 1934 Alex Burns plectrum guitar, on which I employ various banjo tunings.
Cheers
Steve
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Post by: Gary Chapin on December 01, 2017, 06:41:28 PM
Looks like a lot of us were lucky enough to have careers that fed at least one of our interests.

This is true. I work in education reform in the states and not only am I genuinely fascinated by it, but I feel it matches my values. JUST LIKE THE MELODEON!

I am very lucky.
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Post by: ladydetemps on December 03, 2017, 02:08:43 PM
Sewing.  Vintage,  historical and cosplay.
Bit of dancing but that's something I dip in and out of.
Any kind of handicrafts really.
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Post by: Thrupenny Bit on December 03, 2017, 02:27:48 PM
I'll dip back in:
Keen mountain biker until 2010 when constant colds and infections for ~ 4 months broke the habit, a result of working in a virus factory. Some people call them schools.
Still have a Cotic that will get ridden again, and anyone after a classic steel Bontrager give me a shout!
The up-side to breaking the habit was 'perhaps instead of a new bike, I'll get a melodeon to share with my daughter' after she attended one of Ed Rennie's Beginner melodeon workshops at Chippenham festival.
She didn't take to it and....the rest is history  they say!
cheers
Q

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Post by: boxcall on December 03, 2017, 03:45:01 PM
Sewing.  Vintage,  historical and cosplay.
Bit of dancing but that's something I dip in and out of.
Any kind of handicrafts really.
Thanks for your contribution Ladydetemps,
I should learn to sew then I could patch my pants with the worn out knees ( almost every pair I've got)
I do small sewing button repair, some patches by hand but they never turn out good. I've done some cross stitching stuff, tedious but it turned out quite nice when completed. And yes I can cook, clean and do my own laundry when needed. I do the cleaning but my wife usually does the other.
My Mom taught My brothers and I well, really more like if you want it done you better get busy doing it. I been wanting to do step dancing but have not made the effort to do as of yet, maybe soon.

I'll dip back in:
Keen mountain biker until 2010 when constant colds and infections for ~ 4 months broke the habit, a result of working in a virus factory. Some people call them schools.
Still have a Cotic that will get ridden again, and anyone after a classic steel Bontrager give me a shout!
The up-side to breaking the habit was 'perhaps instead of a new bike, I'll get a melodeon to share with my daughter' after she attended one of Ed Rennie's Beginner melodeon workshops at Chippenham festival.
She didn't take to it and....the rest is history  they say!
cheers
Q


Thanks Q,
My wife works at one of those virus factories, so I know what you mean.
I'm glad that your melodeon sharing idea worked out for you.
That gives me an idea I wonder if I could interest my wife into sharing one ;)
Cheers,
Michael
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Post by: Thrupenny Bit on December 03, 2017, 03:54:22 PM
Yes, it's a funny how things work out when looking back.
I do need to re-kickstart my cycling though. I'm sure a reoccurring knee problem when dancing would fade if I got my legs going properly again.
Trouble is, I now look out at horizontal rain or a really cold day and somehow learning a new tune appeals more!
Q
now becoming a wimp brought on by melodeonism.....
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Post by: boxcall on December 03, 2017, 04:07:20 PM
I hear you, Q.
I was always out walking in the woods foraging for my favorite things and now I tend to sit around playing, which is nice but might not be as good for my physical well being as sitting is not so good for you in general.

Edit to add: unless of course you are sitting with a nice cold beer to drink (:)

Cheers
M
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Post by: Thrupenny Bit on December 03, 2017, 05:48:10 PM
Hah!
Well of course I am improving my mental wellbeing by constantly  exercising my brain trying to work out how these silly things work.
that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
Q
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Post by: Gary Chapin on December 04, 2017, 07:26:17 PM
At the risk of contradicting a previous post, I am noticing that my current fascination with C tuning on my guitar is shaping my right hand chording on the box. Who would have thought?
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Post by: MarioP on January 01, 2018, 09:41:18 PM
Gary, this sounds like what happened to me the intense attempts of doing chords on the my melodeon with the left hand made my left hand way more flexible and more syncopated on my drum set :D
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Post by: Gary Chapin on January 07, 2018, 12:33:02 AM
Gary, this sounds like what happened to me the intense attempts of doing chords on the my melodeon with the left hand made my left hand way more flexible and more syncopated on my drum set :D
One thing I have learned while taking all the roundabouts and detours involved in a lifetime of playing music: nothing is ever wasted.

Good man.
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Post by: lefthandsqueezer on January 17, 2018, 09:31:45 PM
Walking in the countryside and pondering life with my two dogs. Playing a bit of Irish banjo and a little mandolin. Surfing youtube for tunes. But best of all sitting in the pub playing tunes with my friends. (:)
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Post by: havaLaff on January 17, 2018, 09:40:27 PM
Sequence dancing which has shown  a vast improvement along with my playing the box.
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Post by: boxcall on January 17, 2018, 11:04:56 PM
Gary, this sounds like what happened to me the intense attempts of doing chords on the my melodeon with the left hand made my left hand way more flexible and more syncopated on my drum set :D
One thing I have learned while taking all the roundabouts and detours involved in a lifetime of playing music: nothing is ever wasted.

Good man.

roundabouts? I thought we called them rotaries or traffic circles over here ;) (:)

Walking in the countryside and pondering life with my two dogs. Playing a bit of Irish banjo and a little mandolin. Surfing youtube for tunes. But best of all sitting in the pub playing tunes with my friends. (:)

I love taking walks in the countryside and wish sometimes I was a dog pondering where my next pee or place to lie down should be:)
Thanks for your contribution

Sequence dancing which has shown  a vast improvement along with my playing the box.
I had to look up Sequence dancing, I never heard of it. I guess it covers pretty much all styles of ballroom type dances? I'm thinking of attending a contra dance in my area this weekend, not to dance, but to sit in with the musicians and play some tunes.
Thanks for contributing
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Post by: Gary Chapin on January 18, 2018, 09:48:32 PM
roundabouts? I thought we called them rotaries or traffic circles over here ;) (:)

I'm trying to fit in. No ugly American, I.   8) 8)
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Post by: boxcall on January 18, 2018, 10:16:42 PM
 
Ah right! (:)

It's hard not to look like an ugly American these days :o
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Post by: Steve_freereeder on January 23, 2018, 03:20:07 PM
roundabouts? I thought we called them rotaries or traffic circles over here ;) (:)
We have Magic Roundabouts here in England.
The one in Swindon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Roundabout_%28Swindon%29) is brilliant  (:)

Aerial view:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OGvj7GZSIo

Edited to update Youtube link.
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Post by: Anahata on January 23, 2018, 04:50:21 PM
The Moor End Roundabout in Hemel Hempstead was converted to that system from a huge conventional roundabout at
around the same time, with dramatic savings in transit time for all traffic.

(Ahem... we digress!)
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Post by: Stiamh on January 23, 2018, 06:52:19 PM
You have to live, as I do, in an area of North America where roundabouts are practically non-existent to appreciate that they are the product of genius - as you sit dumbly at a red traffic light in a deserted town in the early hours of the morning, for example, or as a pedestrian you press the button to cross a busy intersection and wait what seems like 10 minutes before you can. The first example contrasts with my memory of, in my teenage motorcycling days, riding home right around the Norwich ring road in the early hours of the morning at a lovely clip - quick glance to the right as you approach the roundabout to check nothing is coming, ease off the throttle, three quick flicks of the hips left-right-left, open up the gas and you're well on your way to the next one.

Self-regulating systems (controlled by the participants) with no moving parts needing replacement and zero electricity consumption. Simply brilliant and environmentally friendly.

To stem the digression: melodeon player Dave Hennessy has composed some fine Cork/Kerry Polkas including The New Roundabout (http://www.norbeck.nu/abc/display.asp?rhythm=polka&ref=40).

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Post by: boxcall on January 23, 2018, 08:39:40 PM
roundabouts? I thought we called them rotaries or traffic circles over here ;) (:)
We have Magic Roundabouts here in England.
The one in Swindon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Roundabout_%28Swindon%29) is brilliant  (:)

Aerial view:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kafx_GGHqVg

I like it!! although I'm not sure who's got the right of way, though I do see a couple of lines across the road where people are stopping. In the video a couple of cars get into the area that says keep clear and stop (only for a moment), I'd like to see it during your rush hour, I can't imagine that was during rush hour in the video. One feature that's nice is you don't have to go 3/4 of the way around as it appears there's a cut off lane to get there, although you have to stop and cut across traffic again.
I not sure how well it would work here for people coming in to a rotary/ roundabout Do not have the right of way , but they act like they do. And also some people that do have the right of way that are in the rotary stop and jam everything up. Common sense goes along way to getting traffic to move smoothly.
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Post by: Mike Carney on January 23, 2018, 09:51:11 PM
roundabouts? I thought we called them rotaries or traffic circles over here ;) (:)
We have Magic Roundabouts here in England.
The one in Swindon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Roundabout_%28Swindon%29) is brilliant  (:)

Aerial view:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kafx_GGHqVg
A thing of beauty.
M
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Post by: Anahata on January 23, 2018, 11:57:57 PM
I like it!! although I'm not sure who's got the right of way

It's simply a small circular two-way road with lots of mini-roundabouts on it, so usual rules apply at each mini-roundabout in turn as you progress round. The Swindon one is more confusing than the Moor End one I mentioned earlier, because the circular island in the middle of the Moor End roundabout is much bigger, so you can't see the traffic on the other side side of it.

The safety improvement from forcing everybody to negotiate is a bit like the Dutch idea of removing lane markings and traffic lights from busy junctions (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2002/jun/30/uk.transport)
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Post by: boxcall on April 06, 2018, 08:30:40 PM
Reviving this thread or should I say, bringing it back in a roundabout way ;)

I just ordered 6 / day old chicks, dipping my feet into to homesteading/ animal husbandry.
I'll let you know six months or so from now if its something I like to do other than playing the melodeon 8)

I know my 31 yr old daughter can't wait to live vicariously though my new venture, really she just wants to hold the baby chicks.
6 birds x 4 eggs per week= two dozen eggs, probably more than My wife and I can eat so she will get some eggs also.

Excited  (:)
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Post by: gettabettabox on April 06, 2018, 09:16:05 PM
Think you mean ... eggcited?!
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Post by: gettabettabox on April 06, 2018, 09:17:06 PM
Just had to say it...still full of Easter!
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Post by: boxcall on April 06, 2018, 09:39:53 PM
Think you mean ... eggcited?!
(:)
I think your right!

Eggxit stage nest! (:)
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Post by: melodeon on April 09, 2018, 04:57:36 AM
Update on what I do with my "spare" time:

jjhildrethstudios.com

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Post by: playandteach on August 25, 2018, 08:52:29 AM
And my update is that I've been cycling again after many years of thinking that knees and hips and carpal tunnel issues had stopped me. Found a good fit with a road bike and have lost 45lbs in 6 months. Loads of health benefits but same issue with N+1 as MAD.
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Post by: Lester on August 25, 2018, 10:27:53 AM
And my update is that I've been cycling again after many years of thinking that knees and hips and carpal tunnel issues had stopped me. Found a good fit with a road bike and have lost 45lbs in 6 months. Loads of health benefits but same issue with N+1 as MAD.


Me too, 500 miles in the first 4 weeks since dusting off my road bike. Stopped buying bikes but there is so much stuff available I can always find something to buy (:)
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Post by: Gary Chapin on August 25, 2018, 09:07:22 PM
Update on what I do with my "spare" time:

jjhildrethstudios.com

That is some beautiful work. You would do very well here in central Maine (my home). We love this sort of thing.
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Post by: Jesse Smith on August 26, 2018, 03:13:02 AM
And my update is that I've been cycling again after many years of thinking that knees and hips and carpal tunnel issues had stopped me. Found a good fit with a road bike and have lost 45lbs in 6 months. Loads of health benefits but same issue with N+1 as MAD.

So many cycling melodeonists! I am actually in the N+1 phase right now, waiting for a frame to ship so I can put it together. I enjoy long-distance countryside riding - metric centuries, etc., usually just informally but sometimes in organized events. Last autumn I did a 200km brevet. We call it randonneuring in the States, I think in the UK it's called audax. So my new bike is meant to be optimized for this kind of all day riding.
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Post by: Gary Chapin on August 27, 2018, 02:50:50 AM
So many cycling melodeonists!

I just got a bike, being delivered tomorrow. I realized that my lower extremities will never be pain free enough to do the impact stuff I did when younger. Hoping this can fill that void and get me feeling better.
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Post by: malcolmbebb on August 27, 2018, 09:58:29 AM
After several years of limited mobility due to arthritis, I can once again get on (and more importantly off) my bike and plan to combine the activities by cycling to Morris practice  ;D
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Post by: Julian S on August 27, 2018, 10:23:55 AM
I have found both cycling and morris dancing to be pretty punishing on knees. That combined with downhill skiing means mine are pretty creaky these days. Maybe it's time for me to get back in shape - I occasionally play my Giordy and do border morris step hop at the same time and afterwards I regret it.
French and Breton dance involves so much less stress on the joints, but perhaps not enough cardio (though we'll see in a while at this afternoons dance with Snaarmaarwaar... - off topic but what a great band in spite of being only strings... )

J