The farmer says that there is one good thing to come out of all the rain we have been having, and that is that it has really highlighted the wet spots on our land. Today after several days of gales and little or no rain, the land has dried up a tiny bit so he has been out with his machinery tackling the worst spot. This morning dug the hole and this afternoon laid the drainage pipe. By tea time it was all done and dusted, digger away and hopefully the spot a little drier.
The new gas main creeps down our lane - now only a matter of yards from our entrance. This afternoon, when I drove slowly up and past the workmen and equipment I noticed that on one side of the road there is a trench about six feet deep, where the new main is being laid. It was not fenced off. When I returned an hour later it was still open to the world (and with a good foot of water in the bottom) and the digger on the other side of the lane pulled over to let me through. I found it quite scary as the width was only just enough and I kept expecting to end up with one side of wheels in the trench!
Reading the Times on my return I was interested to read yet another letter about the proposed trials to remove the white lines from the roads. I find the whole idea a bit scary really and a letter writer today did make a good point in that the white line is a useful thing to follow on a foggy night. But I am old enough to remember when winkers were first introduced and those fancy little markers which used to pop out the side of the car to indicate one was turning (or alternatively use a hand signal - hand straight out for turning right and hand and arm circled anti-clockwise to indicate turning left) were superseded by winkers. There was a public outcry and people said there would be countless accidents and no good would come of it. We do hate change, don't we? Is the same true to white lines?