I have a desire for something a bit unusual. I want to grow kumquats.
What exactly are kumquats, you ask? They’re a small citrus fruit native to Asia, and they’re quite different from other citrus fruits. You can eat them whole. You don’t peel them at all. The peel is sweet, while the inside is sour. It tastes pretty good.
But I want to grow them. They’re able to grow in colder climates, but they can only tolerate down to -10 degrees Celsius. That means I couldn’t grow them outside in Canada. I’d have to grow them inside. But that’s okay, I’ve attempted growing oranges when I was a kid. I didn’t get any fruit, but the tree lived. I’m curious to see if I can get any fruit. If so, we can eat them.
Do you have any unusual goals? Let me know in the comments.
When I was younger, there were a lot of things I saw my parents doing that I never thought I’d be interested in. But I’m wrong. I know that now. But not just about what they do, but other things, as well.
That’s right, I’d like to have a garden. In fact, I’d love to try making both a vegetable garden and a Japanese garden. I love the look of a Japanese garden. I’ve grown to really enjoy aesthetics of buildings and landscapes, and I wish everything could look amazing or beautiful. But it’s not just an aesthetics thing, I also enjoy biology, and want to know more about botany.
There was an article written about this guy that I saw on Facebook that led to a Facebook page called Daddy Daughter Hair Factory. Never in a million years did I ever think I would actually want to learn how to do a girl’s hair. Now that I have a daughter, I’ve noticed that it’s not that uncommon for fathers to do this. It’s got me interested. They even have a blog.
There are still things I can’t see myself doing, including doing any kind of musical activity or dancing. But if my daughter wants to do them, and she seems to really love singing and dancing, I will have no problems at all taking her to lessons.
What interests or hobbies did you develop later in life that you never thought you’d do?
Over the years, I’ve gained new hobbies while old ones faded away. Some have stuck with me for a very long time. I still love playing computer games, watching cartoons, and although I haven’t done it in a long time, I’m still interested in model airplanes and cars. But there are some hobbies I never thought I’d get into.
About six years ago, when I started getting serious about photography, I also developed a liking for long distance walking. The longest I’ve walked is thirty-five kilometres in one day, and I usually walk around fifteen these days. I was never interested in that kind of exercise before, but I find I can relax mentally when I do it.
The next two I haven’t started, but I can see myself doing in the near future. Ten years ago, I’d have thought is never do them. The first is wine tasting. I’ve developed an interest in tasting wine, but I don’t think it’ll be serious. When I was younger, I didn’t like wine for some reason. Probably just drank the wrong wine.
The other is gardening. This kind of runs in my family, so maybe it was inevitable. I’d like to grow some vegetables and flowers, but is like to make and take care of a Japanese style garden. They would be quite the task, but I think I’d start small just to make sure I enjoy it.
Are there any hobbies you started that you would never have thought you’d do when you were younger?
The most recent part of the A to Z Challenge has had me thinking about vegetable, fruit, and grain crops. If you were setting up a colony on another planet, what crops would you want to have so you had fresh food as quickly as possible? I’m not a gardener, and I could rely on internet sources, but is like advice from people who actual like gardening or farming. What food crops are ready quickly?