A tip for those visiting rural areas or recently relocated, especially if you're there from an urban (or more urbanish) centre. Not everyone living in 'the country' wants to stop and chat while you feed our horses roadside weeds. Sound cranky? Did you notice the title of this post?
Many of us are here precisely because we want to be far from the madding crowd. Truly. And sometimes we do have a minute to chat. Many of us however have busy lives, especially at this time of year. For myself, I'm able to get a quick walk in while my sprinkler is on one part of the garden. I can't leave it too long or it over waters which is a needless waste. I may have goats out grazing, weeding to do, a kid to pick up, or something in the oven that needs checking. Those of us in the country for the lifestyle may actually be incredibly busy. As much as the Reluctant Goatherd wishes it wasn't so, it's not all long hours whiling away in the hammock, not AND feeding yourself out of your garden.
So, when you run into your neighbour, or your host's neighbour, remember that a friendly hello is a great thing and a quick 'how are you' is ok, and maybe they'll chat longer, maybe not.