From my house I look out on a green meadow that curves down to the waters edge. This morning I see the boats have started to arrive. A large working boat has been in place for two days and this morning is joined by smaller boats.
A few years ago I was startled to find that a man I had been playing backgammon with on Fibs( first internet backgammon site) told me on line that he was in my area.
I had given no details during the game play so I was sceptical about this.
He told me that he thought he could see my house.
I worried a little but didn't really believe it.
At dusk he asked me to turn my lights on and off to check and yes he could see me!
At that time I wasn't worried by this . In fact I was amused at the idea that a man I played regularly could so easily track me down...I even toyed with the idea of meeting him at the pub as he suggested...accompanied by my husband of course.
It is a mark of how much the world has changed that what was then an amusing coincidence would now horrify me!
I have a busy few days coming up but I won't be rushing off to meet anyone I don't know...
I hope all our visitors will have a happy long weekend here but I will mostly be keeping my head down...apart from waving at the boats down below.
I will still have a few games during the weekend but I no longer chat as I play, in fact I've become mono syllabic , keeping my responses to "hello" and "thanks"
I regret the change evident around me. I will welcome our visitors in church on Sunday and greet old friends with great pleasure. But I will not be turning my lights on and off or talking to people I've met on line during a backgammon game...
I am now a much more cautious old woman!