The driving lesson went as well as could be expected last night. For some reason the roads seem to be filled with impatient idiots after five thirty though and I had a few rather frustrating moments caused by people who really should know better seeing as they have passed their test.
The first was on a bend on Spring Road. A van was parked rather inconsiderately on the corner with a car parked on the other side of the road a little further on. As someone was already coming through the rather narrow gap I pulled up behind the van to let them go, as you do. Unfortunately I wasn’t quick enough moving off for the idiot in the black car behind me, mostly because my vision was impaired by the van driver who had kindly opened his door. Mr impatient in the black car decided he didn’t need to know what was coming the other way and actually overtook me as I was edging out for a better view. Fortunately for him nothing was coming the other way but that was sheer luck.
Later on, having just negotiated Bunney Hill, leaving my stomach somewhere at the top, the woman in front suddenly veered across to the right hand side of the road with no indication. It didn’t cause me any problems but I wondered what on earth was going on. Turns out she had decided to park, right on the bend on double yellow lines facing the wrong way. She joined a long line of cars also parked on the same double yellow lines. Perhaps, once you’ve passed your test you don’t need to bother about indicating or things like double yellow lines.
Then there was the traffic light incident. The lights in question have two sets of lines, one for cars to stop and one, a little further ahead, for bikes. Being a law abiding citizen, I pulled up at the red light at the line meant for cars. The van behind me didn’t like this very much and overtook me (lucky nothing was coming round the corner really) and parked up in front with his nose edging out into the main road. Obviously the rules don’t apply to white van drivers, or maybe he thought he was riding a bike!
The final scary moment was the van parked on the corner when I was on my way home. He decided to throw his door wide just as I went round him, almost hitting the car. Luckily I’d given him as much room as the narrow road allowed. Seems to me I’m much safer on the roads than most of the people who have full driving licences as I’d never dream of doing any of those things!
When I got home Mini Commando was weeding the lawn. He stopped long enough to make me a coffee and then went back to his work. Later, while the chilli for tonight was bubbling away on the hob, I went out to water the tubs and he was still out there digging up dandelions. We seem to have a bumper crop this year, perhaps we should get a rabbit to eat them all.
So much for watering the tubs, I may as well not have bothered. Heavy rain woke me overnight and it looked like more was on the way as I left the house this morning, so, to be safe I caught the bus. In the enchanted park I thought I’d have a look at the brave and tenacious rhododendron just in case it had decided to flower again. With all the exotic lilies and hydrangeas about I’ve been neglecting it lately. The poor thing is in a sorry state and looks close to death to me. Maybe all that winter flowering was a last gasp at life. They say the candle burns brightest just before it dies after all. Even so it made me quite sad to see it.