We all have one or more hobbies from reading to gaming to keep ourselves and our minds busy. January is Hobby Month, so if possible, delve with us into the pages of Sandton Central book on hobbies.
Hobby Month History
Since the existence of humankind, hobbies have started from swimming, hunting and drawing on cave walls. We’ve been keeping ourselves occupied with different activities for years, but where did the word ‘hobby’ originated from?
Initially, it was a word used when people thought of something as childish or trivial. However, in 1976, Sir Matthew Hale, in Contemplations Moral and Divine, wrote: “Almost every person hath some hobby horse or other wherein he prides himself.” He indicated that ‘hobby horse’ produced a legitimate sense of pride. Later on in the mid-80s flourished as working people had more time to enjoy leisure time. They found pleasure in things that interested them. Of course, there was a concern that working people might not use this time in worthwhile pursuits and in the 1830s, bad habits were weaned away from people. Bad habits were perceived to be of a sensual and physical nature and the counter attractions, or perhaps more accurately alternatives, deliberately cultivated rationality and intellect.
Hobbies in Sandton Central
Let’s celebrate the hobbies Sandton Central has to offers. There are hundreds of hobbies, so we’ll focus on a few examples.
Foodies: Yes, food is mainly for health and survival, but there are individuals with a more profound interest in food and who shows their passion for food by experiencing new and exciting meal options. If you’re one of them, we guarantee that Sandton Central has everything to offer for your every hunger mood. Dig into Sandton’s restaurants from KOI, Rockets Express, to Saints. If you haven’t been to any of these restaurants yet, you’re definitely missing out!
Collecting: Collecting is seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloguing, displaying and storing antiques, and other valuable items that people want to keep in their possession. This could actually be anything from costume jewellery, accessories, homeware, ceramics and decorative items. If it’s South African art, it counts as collecting too. We’re all collecting something… Discover more at Made in SA and Out of Africa at Nelson Mandela Square, or the hobbies stores in Sandton City including Lego and Heroes of Games and Comics.
Cooking: Let’s face it, last year we all experimented with new and different food recipes during the hard lockdown. Some have discovered their love for preparing food, whether cooking or baking. Try out different food combinations or dig into different cultural dishes this year and learn more. Experience options with fresh bagels from Bagel Zone, or enhance flavours with a variety of nuts from The Nut Lady. Options are endless, choose a specific ingredient this month, and challenge yourself to 31 days of amazing meals.
Gardening: A widespread hobby is gardening as most people have gardens and find pleasure in caring and maintaining flowers, plants, and trees. Linked to gardening could be pools too – The Pool Team Sandton at Athol Square is a good source of pool products and advice. Donna’s Flowers in Benmore Centre could be your source into knowledge about flowers.
What will you focus more on this year? Come find your passion in the heart of Joburg, Sandton!