Do you remember getting advice that radically changed your approach to doing things? For me it was a tip from Carole who was an inveterate list maker. She was so organized; she made lists for everything she had to do. She even made lists with little check boxes so that she could tick them off when complete. It was an organizational technique that I adopted and it’s served me well in work, home and travel.

For this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge I ask you to share  ESSENTIAL TIPS & TOOLS for Hobbies, Fun and Living.

If you’re a regular of Friendly Friday then I’m guessing your hobbies include a camera or two. If  you’re a traveler, you probably have a kit that you automatically pack for every expedition. 

When I travel to hot and sunny places, along with camera and water bottle, I always carry a hat, scarf and sun glasses. The hat is to avoid heat stroke, the glasses to protect from dust  and the scarf … is for everything else.  It protects my neck from sun burn.  It is a handy towel for washing up. Dipped in water it is refreshingly cool. It’s a head covering for temples where uncovered head and shoulders are strictly forbidden. In a pinch, it’s a simple ground cover for sitting or laying down gear. 

My other must-have essential is a good pair of walking shoes.  This I need for travel and every day living. Except for beaches, I can’t imagine going anywhere without my walking shoes.  Comfortable and breathable they have traction for walking over rough terrain. They have thick soles for hours of tramping around and they are easily slipped on and off for going in and out of religious sites.  I’m so devoted to my walking shoes that I have one brand that I keep buying over and over again.

For obvious reasons, I haven’t been traveling much recently. Instead I’ve been indulging in my other favorite activity – baking bread. It’s been good to see the interest in making bread again. When asked, I’ve offered advice based on my experience and failures. Failures like putting fresh herbs on focaccia just before baking in a 500°F (260°C ) oven and buying fancy tools that even my professional bread baking teacher doesn’t know how to use. Experience like trying again and again, as making more bread will only result in better bread and even failed bread is good to eat.

I look forward to reading your ESSENTIAL TIPS & TOOLS for Hobbies and Fun. Feel free to use your photo archives or take snapshots of your favorite pastime. Tell me more about your activity, why you like it and how you make it the best that you can do.

Remember to include a link to this post and a comment below,  so that I and others can find your response.

If you’re new to Friendly Friday, full instructions on how to participate can be found here.

As well, a reminder that every month, we feature one guest post on the Friendly Friday Challenge. If you’re interested in writing an article for a future spot, please contact Amanda or me a directly.

This week’s challenge for ESSENTIAL TIPS & TOOLS goes up to Thursday, after which Amanda at StPA will post a new Friendly Friday challenge.

Toronto, Canada.  July 2020


  1. What a fun challenge, Sandy and excellent tips!!! Thanks a bunch:) I can never use the sunglass as I wear glasses and I hate wearing contact understand the conundrum:( I have never used a scarf the way you suggested but I am going to make sure that I have one handy the next time I am on at least a beach! Here’s my link-

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    1. No sun glasses? No problem. One less item to lose 🙂 Actually my problem with dust is because I wear contacts. Dusty roads & tuk tuks made havoc with my eyes. I’d be missing all the sights because they were so tightly closed!

      Thanks for joining the challenge & sharing some great tips!

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  2. Who eats all this beautiful fresh bread? One of the reasons I stopped making it was because I’d eat the whole loaf myself. Waste not, want not. 🍞

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    1. It’s surprising how quickly my friends snatch up offers of fresh bread 😉 Lately I have been making smaller batches with home isolation but even then, I have two other hearty appetites to feed.

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      1. Its not surprising at all. I made a loaf of Rye bread once for the last day of my Photoshop class and it may have helped me get an A!


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