Wednesday, September 26, 2007

You know you're moving to the country when ...

... the houses you're looking at have Mains Drainage listed as a feature.

Fortunately Badger and I have survived a winter in the treehouse with only the minimum statutory level of whinging about the cold. (We have no central heating and just one wood stove. A bit like almost the entire population did up until really quite recently.)

And goodness me, I've just had a realisation that I'm really quite judgmental and prejudiced about how other people might be judgmental and prejudiced. I shall try to be open minded about whether other people are open minded. *sigh*.

One of the best things about Badger is that she's good at talking to new people. Breaking all aspergers stereotypes, Badger is actually much less shy than I am in a typical social situation. I suspect that it is almost impossible not to like Badger. Where as I know that there are aspects of me that are deeply unlikable ... though usually I manage to keep most of them well hidden on a first meeting.

So, the prospect of moving with Badger is rather less daunting than moving on my own would be. I shall wave Badger off as she goes out to make new Friends down the pub or the WI or whatever the local social hub may be ... and then hope that she'll introduce me or bring people back for tea.

I'm actually a tiny bit serious about joining the WI. The older I get, the more I appreciate people older than me. I have excellent rudimentary jam making skills, and Badger makes a wonderfully crumbly cheese scone ... though I've heard they're more inclined towards topless modeling these days :)



Anonymous Daisy-Winifred said...

oh so you'll both be joining the shaved head brigade then:0) Ah the joys of ye olde septicy tanky - or more really the emptying of said tank. Reed beds just seem so much more sensible just the small matter of land which is somewhat at a premium anywhere that's in country near civilization as in school, bank, bus stop within ten miles:0)
Good hunting, I have friends who are having a rather fine Yurt being made as I write ready to be positioned on its platform in February, commune Badger-Stray in a Yurt now there's a thought:0)

26 September, 2007 22:35  
Blogger JJ said...

Friend making is one of life's difficulties I feel. The expat wifeland part of my life here is slightly WI-ish, but then if someone like me goes and I'm not there, I won't meet them, eh?

I have several 'older' friends and they are most enormously wonderful and important to me.

Happy house and friend hunting.


27 September, 2007 03:28  
Blogger That's so pants said...

Hi Stray

Won't you miss your treehouse though? Happy housewarming.



27 September, 2007 12:31  
Blogger Stray said...

DW - lol, I think my head was shaved some time ago :) I am strangely unmoved by the idea of a sceptic tank, but was rather worried about the lack of other positive features, though the house advert also does list the local schools, and as for shops ... I think we'll have to rely on Badger's magic beans :)

JJ - oh! I am enjoying the thought of you at a WI meeting :) I agree completely though - what if someone else is waiting to meet us and we never turn up because we assume we already know who is there?

Lovely Pants - yes! I will miss the treehouse terribly! And I think Ruby will possibly miss having 3 acres of woodland to run around in - we're going on a sheep / cow socialisation course as soon as the foot and mouth zone is lifted from surrey, so she can learn just how boring they are. Warming though sounds lovely! And I'm sure we'll find a lovely new nest, surrounded by hills and green and at about a third of the price of the same house in the south east ...


27 September, 2007 13:04  
Blogger Caroline said...

You and Badger in the WI ... now that I have GOT to see! :)

I look forward to being invited around for a slice of cake and a cup of tea.

28 September, 2007 16:21  
Blogger Jon M said...

Jam, scones and topless modelling? Sounds like a club to join! You were both friendly to me at the 'Adam' launch and I'm awful at saying hello!

29 September, 2007 17:56  
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02 November, 2007 08:30  

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