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Paris flea markets


I will tell you a story about my time in Paris at one of the flea markets, the  Marché aux puces de la Porte de Vanves in fact. You can reach this by train very easily. We also went to the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen which is the huge one.  I spotted a tablecloth and serviette set that I liked. It was 20 euros, pretty reasonable, all hand done. The store owner spoken little English. I picked up the tablecloth and was inspecting it.

‘Ah’, she exclaimed, ‘You like the tablesheet?’

‘Tablecloth’, I replied.

‘Yes, tablecloth, but I do not know what this is called in English’, she said, holding up the serviettes.

‘Serviettes’, I said.

‘Oh, same as here’. We both had a good laugh at that.

I did end up purchasing the set for 19 euros . So pretty.


Do I have too many hobbies?

Hi and welcome back to my blog.  It has been a while since I have blogged. Today is my birthday so I thought this is as good a time as any to start again.  I retired (in September) this year and decided to keep my hand in so I have taken up working as a freelancer. Turns out I am pretty good at it and able to get plenty of work, so that is nice. All those years of experience are paying off, the problem is that I have limited time now.

I have a lot of hobbies and I think a lot of you may be in the same boat but the question is, do I have too many?

Coloring sheep is not one of them but I love this picture.sheep2


I love scrapbooking, stamping, sewing, quilting, water color painting, jewellery making, making things for the home, photography, genealogy, blog writing, novel writing, swimming, Red Hat Queen, learning Spanish, studying, trivia and travel. Whew!

I am just not sure how to fit it all in. So let’s look at why and what to do about that.  One thing I can do is to make a plan so that I have time for everything. I have decided to make one day a week all to myself. I will not done any work in this day, just whatever hobby takes my fancy.  I swim twice a day, usually when I get up and then again late afternoon. I need to work around 30 hours per week and study about 20 hours per month.  The other thing I need to do is get my supplies in some sort of order and cull those that I no longer have a need for. I shall be doing a post on that next. Meanwhile, if you have any thoughts on how to plan my and day fit in all my hobbies, feel free to leave me a comment.