A drive in the country

August 24, 2013

I made a visit to my favourate place today, but met with a major disappointment. Someone had decided that the hedgerows alongside some of the single-track roads were overgrown, and took the modern tractor mounted gear to it.

Not the worst section, but where I could stop without blocking traffic to take this picture...

Not the worst section, but where I could stop without blocking traffic to take this picture…

It was difficult to stop, without blocking the road to traffic either behind or oncoming. I’m more used to the game in London, where couriers and delivery vans hold sway, otherwise it’s a game of ‘chicken’, who will give in first and reverse back, or pull over to allow the other to pass. Here in the country, the rules are different. In one case I had to reverse a quarter of a mile…

This was not the worst part – the road was relatively clear of debris here, elsewhere there were still branches, leaves, and loads of hay for some reason strewen across the road. This hadn’t been done today, either, so it’s not a case that someone hadn’t yet got to clear up – they’ve just left it like this. I hoped there wasn’t broken metal mixed in with all the debris to give me a flat tyre.

Now I know the hedgerows have to be kept in order, else they’d block the road, but it seems to me the wrong time of year and very viscous cutters were applied here.

One reason for the drive out was to see if the blackberries in the hedgerows were starting to ripen – I didn’t even stop to search.

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