F is for Ferris Wheel
Ah, the romance of being trapped in a small, swinging compartment with the love of your life, your lips all sticky from fairy floss as you gaze out at the view. This could either be very romantic, or in the case of people like Den – absolutely terrifying. Try and win your date a Fluffy toy (do you see what I did there?) while you’re at the Fair.
F is for Festivals
If your city is anything like our city, there’s a freakin’ festival going on every time you turn around! Food Festivals, Film Festivals, Theatre Festivals, Jazz Festivals… make the most of the free events and the great talent that converges surrounding the next great festival in your town.
F is for Ferry Trip
In my opinion, taking a Ferry is one of the nicest forms of public transport possible. Leave the car behind and jump on one, wind in your hair, to visit a nearby stop. Jump off, explore, shout your date a coffee or an ice cream!
F is for F is for Fondue
Stay home (nab a fondue set from someone) or go out and delve into a fondue dinner together. You know the rules for the home one – if a piece of bread falls in, you gotta remove an item of clothing. (Is that how it goes?). If cheese isn’t your thing, go for dessert fondue – cut fruit, marshmallows and donuts dipped into a chocolate fondue! Who wouldn’t love that! Get – ahem – creative with the melted chocolate if you are so inclined. (Wouldn’t recommend that with the cheese though. Unless you’re into that kind of thing. Which is, frankly… gross.)
F is for Firefly Hunting
Believe it or not, we don’t have fireflies here in Australia. I did however, have a stuffed toy called a ‘Gloworm’ when I was a little girl that was supposed to be based on a firefly. His little face glowed orange when you hugged him hard enough. He stopped me being scared of the dark.
Anyway, I digress. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere there are fireflies, go catch some together! Just be sure to let the little poppets go once you’re finished marvelling at them. I’m pretty sure the dead ones don’t glow.
F is for Fish and Chip Picnic
One of the most fun dates you can do for under $30! In summertime, find a beach or a park and go get a big batch of greasy fish and chips and beverages takeaway (you can fit alcohol in your budget on this one!). Sit under a tree and eat from the paper with your hands, getting yourself all messy in the process. Divine.
F is for Farmer’s Market
A great weekend date! Get the calendar online for your upcoming local farmer’s markets and go along for breakfast together. Think free range egg and bacon rolls, organic free trade coffee and the freshest of fresh hand-reared produce from local suppliers to take home. Too delicious for words!
F is for Fireworks
Take a blanket and a picnic to your community’s next free fireworks show!
F is for Fishing
Surely someone you know has some fishing rods you can borrow to head out for a quiet day on the water. I’ve never been fishing myself, but I imagine it to be serene and relaxing. Especially if I can convince Den to hook the bait, kill and scale the fish and cook the fry up for dinner.
Just remember: Fish don’t eat cooked fish! Best use worms.