At work I generally mix OK with people and get along with them, but can't progress on to a real friendship with anyone! I suppose some of it is we all live in different areas and many have families at home and so don't have the need to socialise too much. I have lived here 10 years and have quite a few acquaintances, but the friends I have made have moved away and I just don't seem to be able to make new ones in the area. What sort of places should I hang out by myself? I don't generally do pubs or clubs and certainly wouldn't dream of going by myself. I have tried libraries and cafes, but it didn't work. Wandering the streets I don't bump into anyone. Maybe if I had a dog to walk in the park that might work! I was part of a club and made a friend there but she has family and doesn't want to come out very much. can be a lonely old life in the 40s, once kids have their own lives!