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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published March 27th 2020
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Stuck at home with nothing to do, well, it doesn't have to be. Instead of looking to the future, look to the past.

Resurrect old hobbies. Did you have any childhood hobbies? Stamp collecting, coin collecting, or collecting other things. Dig out your old stamp album and relive the excitement of getting an overseas stamp. Just don't get depressed about how little it used to be to post a letter.

Stamp collection.

Writing. Ever fancied being an author? Writing that novel that is said to be in every person. That may be a little optimistic but there are many other avenues to kick-start your writing career. Short stories, from 1000 to 3000 words. Try your hand at poetry. A sonnet only requires fourteen lines.

computer screen
Your writing starter kit.

Family tree. Ever wonder where you came from? I don't mean the birds and bee's version, but the history of your parents, grandparents and further back. The search for and recording your forebears is called genealogy and be warned, it is easy to become obsessed with such a project.

A small section of a genealogist's files.

You can simply start by recording details of your immediate family and work backwards. This can have the advantage of renewing contact with relatives who you only see at weddings and funerals, which are not now available to the masses.

Reading. A pleasant way of passing time. Libraries are closed but almost every house has some form of a library, ranging from a few books to perhaps hundreds. Start re-reading ones from the past. If you are like me, you have forgotten 'whodunit' so the ending will still be a surprise.

full bookshelves
A year's reading here.

Cooking. Have almost a library of just cook books that you have never used. Now is the time to get a return on your investment by some good home cooking.

cookery books
A shelf full of recipes.

cookery book
Just follow the instructions.

Games. Dig out those old board games, such as monopoly, checkers, or even chess and scrabble. Half the fun will be explaining to children what they are. And don't forget the time-consuming jig-saw puzzles with several missing pieces.

Checkers game ready to go.

trivial pursuit
Remember Trivial Pursuit.

Card games. There are a plethora of different card games, from uno, snap, 500, blackjack and poker.

playing cards
Raw material for many games.

Music. We all think that the music of our youth is the only music worth listening to. Well, re-live your youth via U-tube. You will be amazed at what can be found in your favourite era. I can personally confirm that many hours can be spent on such activities.

songs by request.
U Tube choice.

Guitar. Have an old music instrument hidden away in the back of your wardrobe? Well drag it out and give you family a laugh at your musical attempts.

Only two strings left.

Internet. Anything that you are interested in can be accessed on the internet. Be it trains, planes or automobiles and almost every activity known to mankind can be found there. Even everything known to womankind is also available. These activities can give you hours of entertainment.

Your computer can give you many hours or even days to re-connect to things of the past.

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It's You Tube btw.
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