One of the best means of understanding the people of any nation is watching what they do with their non-working time.
Most English men, women and children love growing things, especially flowers. Visitors to England in spring, summer, or autumn are likely to see gardens all the way along the railway lines. There are flowers at the airports and flowers in factory grounds, as well as in gardens along the roads. Each English town has at least one park with beautifully kept flower beds. Public buildings of every kind have brilliant window boxes and sometimes baskets of flowers are hanging on them.
But what the English enjoy most is growing things themselves, If it is impossible to have a garden, then a window box or something growing in a pot will do.
Looking at each other's gardens is a popular pastime with the English. (144 words)
Useful Words and Expressions: means n．（用作sing．）方法；方式；手段
a means to an end达到目的的方法
by all means务必；无论如何；千方百计地
by any means ［口］用一切可能的方法或手段
by fair means or foul不择手段地
by means of 通过；用；借助于
by no means决不，一点也不
by some means or (other）想个办法；以某种方法
leave no means untried想尽一切办法
not by any means一点也不，绝对不
The end justifies the means．［谚］只要目的正当，可以不择手段。
Swimming Is my favorite pastime．游泳是我最喜欢的一种娱乐。