Wednesday 22nd November 2006 at 8.33 am. How blessed am I to have this as my route to school in the morning? It never fails to delight me and when the children came (sob) in the car with me, I would tell them what lucky children they were to be surrounded by such beauty and that then would start me off, much to their annoyance, trying to test their knowledge on the wild flowers that were growing in the hedgerow etc. Well, I do think that's important!
But... they say that the camera never lies - and yes, they would be right in some ways. But this camera can be misleading and that is something I have not wanted my blog to be. Yes, I could choose to drive 'the lanes way' every morning but although it is extremely beautiful - just over the left side of the hedge in the above picture there is a housing estate and the narrow lane is often littered with glass, discarded appliances and goodness knows what. This has meant that sometimes we have had to pay £50 for a new tyre. Not so good. I also drive the 5 minutes or so through the lanes praying loudly that I wont meet another car because there are no passing places and reversing for half a mile is not something I can do very well, to say the least!
So most mornings I choose to sit bumper to bumper...taking 15 minutes to drive 2 miles, in the not-so-scenic route. We live as you probably remember, in a ugly seaside town..and have this beautiful countryside so close, though, it often goes unnoticed. The photos were taken in 'rush' hour and less than half a mile away the queues of traffic were built up for miles.
So no, unfortunately I do not live in a beautiful cottage surrounded by country lanes...but I am believing for it and I'll let you know when it happens!