There are lots of changes to make to your lifestyle when you retire – these can be things like moving to a home that is more suited for retirement living like these Gloucestershire park homes or it can be that you want to plan some holidays that you have always dreamed of.

Retirement is also a great time to take up  a hobby – having all that extra time on your hands means that you can start to do the things that you enjoy, and a hobby can give you focus and a purpose, as well as helping you to find new friends and a like-minded community of people who have the same interests as you.

Here are some great ideas for hobbies that you can take up during retirement…

Photography – This is a great skill to have and it allows you to document all of those beautiful sights that you see. Whether you want to go on trips and holidays and take photographs of all the things that you see, or you want to capture the beauty of your local area, there are lots of things that you can learn and once you have all the equipment, you can get started!

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Gardening – This is a great way to enjoy spending time outdoors in the fresh air and spending time around plants is known to be relaxing and therapeutic. If you have never done much gardening before, there are lots of courses that can introduce you to the basics of gardening. Growing your own plants and getting them to create a beautiful garden is rewarding, and you can even plant your own fruit and vegetables!

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Astronomy – Watching the night sky is fascinating, and if you know what you are looking for it is a wonderful hobby. There are lots of local clubs as well as magazines and online tutorials that can help you to find your way around the night sky. You can also download apps that tell you what you are looking at.

You will need a telescope, but make sure you research and choose the right one for you and what you want it for – there are lots of helpful guides online that you can use to do this.

By Roger Walker

The writer of this article, currently manages his own blog moment for life and spreads happiness, and is managing to do well by mixing online marketing and traditional marketing practices into one.

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