on sunday me & my b/f went for tea at a local pub a mile or so from our house, we go there quite often as its such a lovely place, its a converted farm on the river & canal side. its right in the country & you have to go down a few country lanes to get to it after we finished our meal my b/f (dave) wanted to go for a walk up the lane so we started walking and after about 5 minutes walking up i started to hear music. i asked if there were any houses up there (i'd never been up the lane but dave has many times) which he said there wasnt. then he started telling me about the hippy camp which he's never told me about, (apparently he was scared to tell me cus he though i might go & live with them). it is so cool, i knew people still live like that but i didnt think there would be any places so close. anyway, we walked past the camp & i was ever so curious, i could see caravans & large buses some of them spray painted, i could see a veg patch with various veg growing. there were children playing & they had some dogs. there must have been about 7 or 8 different familys there all living together fending for themselves everything been provided by the surounding land. yeah, so we decided to walk up this small path up through a woodland area, it was quite steap & went right to the top of this hill where we sat looking over the hippy camp. we sat there for ages with me babling about how i would love to live in a comume or camp like that, not having to work for money but having to work the land for food & all work together as a family. well, one of the hippies from the camp must have been listning to us because two people came from the bushes behind us and asked us if we wanted to join them for a cup of tea and a smoke. i said yes straight away (all my life i've been waiting to meet people that are so intune with who i am & what i believe. i dont think dave was as enthusiastic. i've never met anyone that is so similar to myself ever. they were all ever so welcoming & we sat & chatted for ages on new age hippies, the war in iraq, the protests they've been involved in and lodes more. they told me how they cant believe how someone like me who is so down to earth & free spirited survives in the 'material world', i had to tell them that there are many 1000's of people in the world that consider themselves hippies & most of us chat through the internet. they we all very kind & when we had to go they all blessed us and asked us to come back anytime we feel as they enjoyed our company & our views. i cant wait to go back & chat again, i think i've found a group of people who truley understand me (not that many of you dont on here but i only see a computer screen not real physical interaction) and we are both going to join them on the peace marchs in the summer.