[quote=“Bodo”]Good topic and question Ironman. I am reading this thread with interest as well. I am relatively new to my own village, and spend most of my time Mon-Fri at work or going/coming to/from it. Anyway . . . I digress . . . still have yet to meet many locals . . . and so weekends are kind of lonely right now . . .
Some things I do:
Library - find a good book or 3
Walk on the trail by the river
Gardening in the yard
CLean the house (yuck)
Retail therapy - bought a weed wacker, and pruning sheers the other day
Long country drive - explore the surrounding area
Phone a friend (of course they don’t live HERE!)
What I’d like to do:
Meet some friends for high tea at Beans in the Belfry (an old church that enterprising entrepeneurs have converted into a restaurant/cafe, they also host live local music
Go to Wolf Trap (US Park/amphitheater that allows food/wine/beer to be brought in) to see a concert with friend(s) this summer
Check out some antique(junktique) stores in the area, more retail therapy
Camping/river rafting trip on the Shenandoah River/Potomac River/New River-like the outdoors, but going alone not such a great idea (can just imagine having to saw off my arm with a dull pocket knife like that guy did a few years back - went out into the wilderness alone to hike)
See a play or go to a music festival in D.C.
Go on a road trip and take all back roads
Just not that much fun doing all that shit alone, ya know?
I’d come and visit if I could. We could do the rafting, road trip and high tea. Sounds cool.
I’m actually getting alone time in England next week. 3 days touring on my own on a motorcycle with backpack and tent then I meet my cousin at Cambridge and then on to a 3 day guided motorcycle tour. I’m a bit daunted with my professor cousin and I’ve told him not to expect too much from me. Long as I get to look around the university it should all work out.
The last 3 days are guaranteed company. The rest is lucky dip or “randoms” as my daughter told me on the phone yesterday. I never knew you could surf the internet and find “randoms” to talk to. I figured you’d avoid the randoms. Serial killer posting above here could be a “random”. Should we invite them for high tea?
Anyway my Taiwan house is lonesome. Knickers emailed from Japan and is having fun. I work in an upstairs office and she’s usually fussing about somewhere and it feels good just to know she’s there somewhere or coming back sometime soon.