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You've got talent - unleash your long lost skills!

Updated on March 24, 2015

Rediscover your old talents and skills

Don' t just sit there- do something enjoyable and satisfying.

In a constant search for new and exciting experiences, many of us overlook the fact that we have lots of talents, skills and knowledge already that we can brush up and put back into use to give us great fun and pleasure.

You've got talent for lots of things. Rediscover your talents!

In the last few years I've been rediscovering and remembering talents and skills that I used to enjoy, but which have been on the back burner for 30 years .

Running my own business meant working all hours of the day, including evenings and weekends. Add to that bringing up a family, and you'll see that there wasn't much time left for anything non essential.

Now family has grown up and left home, and we have semi retired from our business , so we have much more free time.

Then the question arose, how to fill that free time?

I've never been one to sit around doing nothing, so I started to plan out new projects.

What should I do?

Should I take up a new sport? Learn a new craft? Join a class and learn a new language?

All very tempting- I love learning new skills.

However, looking back over the last few years whilst planning this "About me" lens, I realise that what I have actually done is to pick up all the things that I'd loved in the past, and remembered why I used to enjoy them

I've then gone on to rediscover all sort of skills and talents that I'd forgotten.

This lens tells you of my journey of rediscovering and remembering the things I love, and how I have brought them back into my life.

I hope you enjoy it!

A Garden

"A Garden is a lovesome thing,

God wot!

Rose plot

Fringed pool

Fern'd grot......."

Thomas Edward Brown, published 1893

Gardening mug
Gardening mug

Rediscovering and remembering my love of gardening.

I've rediscovered and remembered that I love Gardening.

As a child I was given a small patch of garden to tend, and it was my pride and joy.

In early married life, whilst a teacher, and before having children, I lived in London, but had a small back garden, in which I grew all manner of flowers and vegetables.

In the intervening 30 years I've been too busy to do more than short bursts of gardening.

In spring 2007, recovering from an operation, and with the long light evenings free at last, I decided to get my spade out and remake my herb garden.

What a joy and pleasure it is! I have got so much satisfaction from watching my herbs flourish and grow.

They look beautiful, they smell beautiful, and they taste beautiful.

I have lots more plans for my garden.That's the great thing about gardens- you never finish, every day is different, there is always something new to see.

I'm so happy that I rediscovered gardening.

Read about gardening! - Some great books to inspire you .

Cold, rainy, dark? Not able to get out there in the garden?

Pick up a book to give you ideas, tips and inspiration.

Gertrude Jekyll: The Making of a Garden--Gertrude Jekyll - An Anthology
Gertrude Jekyll: The Making of a Garden--Gertrude Jekyll - An Anthology

Gertrude Jekyll changed the way we think about gardens. Her classic book is a must for every serious gardener.


Gardening on eBay - Rediscover gardening- take alook at some of the bargains on eBay

Make your garden beautiful - tools, gadgets and lots of ideas from eBay.

Gardens that inspire me. - There are some wonderful gardens close to my home in the Lake District

When I need a little inspiration, I can go and visit one of the wonderful Lake District Gardens close to my home at Grasmere.

Here are some of my favorite Lake District Gradans.

Read good books!

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."

~Mark Twain, attributed

Books from my Reading Club
Books from my Reading Club

Rediscovering and remembering my love of reading.

So many great books, so little time.

I've always read books, even when life was really hectic. What I hadn't done, since my student days, was to read, think about, ponder and discuss books.

Also, I tended to avoid anything I thought might be "difficult", and yes, I confess, I have read a lot of mediocre easy read books ("airport books" I think they call them!).

I'm very lucky to have a book club in my village, but it was with some trepidation that I made my first visit to the group in January 2008. Would they all be very knowledgeable? Would I be out of my depth?

I needn't have worried. They are a great bunch of men and women of all ages. Some I knew, some I didn't.

For the past two years we have read a book a month, and met to discuss , debate, agree and disagree.

The photo shows some of the books we have recently read.

This month we have read North and South -a wonderful 19th Century novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. Its my job this month to write up the meeting for the Parish Magazine, so I'll be posting my review here too!

Next month's book is A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini , author of Kite Runner.

For March, the book is The Angel Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon .We read his " Shadow of the Wind" last year. Usually we disagree and argue over the merits of books, but we all without exception loved Shadow of the Wind, so it will be interesting to see how we get on with this latest novel.

These are some of the books I have read in the last year.

If you are looking for a good read, these are all books I enjoyed reading in the last year. If you have enjoyed them I would love to hear from you.

Alias Grace: A Novel
Alias Grace: A Novel

Margaret Attwood embelishes on a real event- the murder of two people in 19th century Canada, to produce and entralling novel. My book group all loved this book.

The Shadow of the Wind
The Shadow of the Wind

Set in Barcelona, this tale of one man's life in this entrancing city, through its rough years in the 20th century held me gripped. Anyone who knows Barcelona would find it even more gripping, as the places mentions are all real.

North and South (Oxford World's Classics)
North and South (Oxford World's Classics)

The lovely Margaret is rudely taken away from her gentle rural upbringing and finds herself in the very different world of a 19th century factory city. Elizabeth Gaskell writes brilliantly.

Lark Rise to Candleford: A Trilogy
Lark Rise to Candleford: A Trilogy

A semi autobiography, by Flora Thompson, which captures the last of the old rural ways in 19th century England. Now made by the BBC into a charming television series.



"Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again. "~Dorothy Day

My unfinished work
My unfinished work

Rediscovering and remembering my love of knitting

Why did I stop knitting? I'm so happy to have rediscovered knitting!

I learnt knitting as a child, and over the year knitted lots of jumpers for myself, my husband and children. Then about 15 years ago I stopped. I'm not sure why- maybe it was because ready made clothes had become so inexpensive and more attractive. Maybe I just got bored?

Anyway, I was on holiday in November 2009, and someone gave me a novel to read in which everyone was knitting.You probably know ( I didn't) that there are lots of these books- knitting is all the rage!

My memory was jogged, and as soon as I got home , I remembered that I had a bag of knitting in a drawer. It was a complicated aran jumper, in a beautiful soft Bluefaced Leicester natural wool. I re learnt the pattern and rediscovered my love of knitting.

The photo shows the jumper- still waiting to be finished!

Now I've finished the knitting and just need to sew it together .

I have two more lots of yarn and patterns now waiting to be started.

I love knitting! Its relaxing! Its exciting! Its creative! Its fun! I think it might even be art!

I'm so happy I remembered and redicovered knitting!

Knitting patterns to buy

After being out of the knitting loop ( like the pun?) for 15 years, I have a lots of catching up to do on all the new yarns.

My favorite yarns are by Noro. The colors are incredible.Read all about knitting with Noro yarn here.

Knitting Noro: The Magic of Knitting with Hand-Dyed Yarns
Knitting Noro: The Magic of Knitting with Hand-Dyed Yarns

Wonderful patterns with these amazing Japanese yarns.


For the love of the piano.

"Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons.

You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body."

~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sheet music handed down my family
Sheet music handed down my family

Rediscovering and remembering my love of the piano

Remembering how to play the piano- not very well!

I taught myself to read music and play the piano , aged 8. I really wanted to have lessons, but my dad had been forced to learn the piano and was convinced that all piano teachers we evil! By the time he gave in, I was 13 and in love with The Beatles. I no longer wanted to play the piano- it wasn't cool.

Two years ago , following a health scare ( all clear luckily) I decided to draw out some of my savings a buy myself a piano again.I actually decided on a Clavinova, as I'll need to move it around.

What a great decision ! I've dug out all the old family sheet music, some dating back to 1910, and spent many happy hours stumbling through my favorite classics and scores from the musicals.

The photo shows some of my family store of old sheet music.

Its been great fun rediscovering and remembering how to play the piano- but I've got a long way to go..

Treat yourself to great new sheet music from Amazon

Is this a good idea.

Is it a good idea to look back at old hobbies and take them up again?

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Please leave me your thoughts- all comments very welcome!

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    • casquid profile image


      6 years ago

      Now why didn't I think of this subject. I remember all the time, things I haven't done in some time. Nice!!!

    • siobhanryan profile image


      6 years ago

      This is a lovely positive lens and just what I needed

    • Ram Ramakrishnan profile image

      Ram Ramakrishnan 

      6 years ago

      We are what we are; in certain realms

      capable of many a stupendous feat;

      In some others woefully wanting though;

      and keeping such references discrete.

      But we live our lives for ourselves

      primarily, even if we shroud this truth

      in a thousand myths that claim otherwise;

      we alone are the objects of our ruth.

      Old or new is of little consequence

      as long as a pursuit brings us joy;

      That, in my opinion, is the way to live;

      to attain fulfillment, the best ploy.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens!

      Remembering the past is giving a continuation to what we are today making use of our life experiences while rediscovering ourselves challenging (new) limits :)

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      7 years ago

      I think returning to past things you enjoyed is great! Angel blessed.

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      7 years ago

      I pretty much spend all day everyday on my computer and am realizing that I want to return to some of those roots and hope to be making moves in that direction soon. Oh for the time to just be able to create in other ways again.

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      8 years ago

      What you say makes a lot of sense. We know more than we think.

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      8 years ago

      This has sure made me think twice. I like rediscovering things I like and used to do well. I'm making note as I think of things. I like to make things, and haven't found time to enjoy those hobbies. Just might have gotten motivated by this lens. Thanks

    • Grasmere Sue profile imageAUTHOR

      Sue Dixon 

      8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @Parleo: Thank you- I hope you enjoy Shadow of the Wind. You MUST read it!

      I love Barca - what a great place to live!

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      8 years ago

      This has reminded me of two things I have to do - read Shadow of the Wind (as I live in Barcelona and seem to be the only one here who hasn't read it) and grow some herbs on my nearly sunny terrace. It's good when you realise that you have freedom to do the things you want.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      8 years ago from London

      Thanks for including my lens about Sissinghurst.

      I remember why I gave up knitting - aches and pains in my fingers!

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      8 years ago

      Ooooo, that sweater you knitted is beautiful! I think it's a much richer life for one to discover or re-discover pastimes that bring them relaxation, joy, and a sense of accomplishment. Congratulations!....I don't know how to knit or play the piano, but I thing the scouring shops for antique music sheets is very very cool!

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      8 years ago

      There were several years when I was too busy to "really" garden. I still work full time but the kids are out on their own. I am so looking forward to really digging in the dirt again. Thanks for featuring my lens, The Kitchen Garden. I appreciate it.


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      Sue Dixon 

      8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @OhMe: Thank you for your comment and for the duel opinion.

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      Sue Dixon 

      8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      @aka-rms: Thank you Robin- your visit is much appreciated!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      This is a wonderful lens! Like you, with my children grown, I have time to rediscover my old hobbies. It has been a lot of fun! Angel Blessed and add to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, you have inspired me. I think I am in a rut so will sure look at re-visiting some of my old hobbies and maybe even find a new one. Super lens. Thank you.

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      I love gardening and reading too and rarely find the time. I think I need to rediscover those things too! Nice work!


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