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Tue 22-Mar-11
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Danny
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Interesting, Val. By contrast, I was/am a country boy.

In my 20s I adored the bright lights but also could not wait to get home at weekends.

Nowadays, while I can greatly enjoy a long weekend in the city (any city) I love sitting here in a tiny village with my widow open onto the garden and generally silence. Apart from the occasional car or motorcycle, or a USAF bomber flying overhead.

On balance, I probaly would not enjoy living in a remote farmhouse on a distant hillside but I like being on the edge of this village. That's a good compromise I think..

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Tue 22-Mar-11
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Yes, not isolated, just peace and quiet.

I think all of us can benefit from a bit of time to stop and just look around us.

It is so easy to miss what is right in front of our eyes.

We once had an 11-yr-old stay with us, and she didn't want to go for a walk on this particular day. She made all sorts of excuses, like she couldn't go because her socks were in her suitcase (!!), and easily remedied ....  but in the end she came with us. I took along a mini handheld microscope, and we made that walk last a very long time because we picked up leaves that had leafminers working on them, and other such mini creatures. She was 'enraptured' - if that's not too strong a word. She went on to take biology, too. (She is now 28!)

 

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Tue 22-Mar-11
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wave  Still say you should have been a teacher Val - such patience. big_hug

I have never been happy in towns or cities.  There is something in my nature that craves the peace and quiet of the countryside.  I love the fact that no traffic passes my house and that the birds and wildlife are all around me.  That doesn't necessarily mean that life is slow and solitary though, but the best thing is, it can be if I want.  As you all know I am quite involved in the community and love it, well  most of the time.
I find when I go into a busy place, I panic and often have to leave sharpish.  I have always been like that.  Lots and lots of people all together actually frighten me.  If I am in a restaurant, I have to sit where I can see I have a clear exit and even going to the cinema, I like to sit at the end of a row and not be hemmed in .  My friends are all used to me by now.  big_laugh   I guess I am just claustrophobic with people. eeek

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Tue 22-Mar-11
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Thanks, Danuta! big_hug 

Your ideal place is very similar to mine.

I try to avoid confrontation - and I don't just mean aggravation - shopping in huge stores, or getting on to packed transport (bus or train, say). It's also interesting that you say you like to see the exit/way out.

That's true for me, too. smile

 

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Tue 22-Mar-11
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wave  Thanks for that Val. big_hug  I was beginning to regret writing all that and thought you might all think I was a bit silly.  It is nice to know there is at least one other person like me.    big_laugh   big_laugh

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Tue 22-Mar-11
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I am constantly amazed by the coincidences here, I panic in crowds and I always have to be able to see the door in a restaurant.  We'd be rubbish ar eating out together wouldn't we?  When we went to London, I was very uncomfortable the whole time I was on the Tube.

I'll try that again!

Tue 22-Mar-11
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That's interesting, too, TA - I wonder if it's how we have adjusted to life now!

More communications nowadays means that we know a lot more about the world around us. The reason I wonder is because I don't remember having these thoughts when I was younger.

Curious! smile

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Tue 22-Mar-11
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I seem to have become worse as I have aged BS, I used to think nothing of any of the things that now make me uncomfortable.  Heavens, woman, I used to climb trees too! roll_eyes

I'll try that again!

Tue 22-Mar-11
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...... and ride motorbikes !!!  big_laugh

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Yes, that too...and I have abseiled off Sennen Cove, not bad for a small person scared of heights!

I'll try that again!

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wave  Ah. now I know why we are friends.  whistle   It is a strange coincidence though isn't it.    surprised

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Toffeeapple said:

Yes, that too...and I have abseiled off Sennen Cove, not bad for a small person scared of heights!


wave  I had to go abseiling with the kids at school and I absolutely adored it, but then I am not afraid of heights.  Well done Toni.

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It was a long, long way down.  Well done you for doing it too.  Funnily enough, I was there with the SAS division of the Territorial Army (as was my wont).

I'll try that again!

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No, sorry, that's not one of my things .... I even walk away from the edge of a bridge ...

Bring back memories, TA ?

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Ah well that's one thing we don't have in common then, I love high places and often Mike tries to drag me away from the edge of things. I would love to go to pulpit rock in Norway and I used to skydive for 15 or so years.

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