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Driving Around Aimlessly [Apr. 19th, 2014|09:45 am]
Tony Grist
The picture framer is a refugee from Sheffield. He escaped from a steel mill in 1992 and has no wish to go back again- not that there are any steel mills to go back to now.

I picked up a pocket edition of The Canterbury Tales in a charity shop in Faversham.  I read a page of the Pardoner's Prologue yesterday evening to see if I could still deal with Middle English and apparently I still can. I wonder now whether I have whatever it takes to read the whole book from beginning to end.

Our satnav found us some wonderfully narrow roads to follow. She usually does. We kept having to pull into the ditch. At one point not one but two enormous container lorries came swinging out of an orchard from behind a 15ft hedge and bore down on us; that was a really tight squeeze.

Ailz likes to end our weekly jaunts with a cream tea. Yesterday we sourced her one at Lenham- in a grade II listed, 15th century tea shop. Lenham has a  huge village square with lime trees. Narrow your eyes so you're not seeing architectural detail and you might almost be in Normandy. Ailz tells me (I don't know how she knows) that the authorities are planning to raise the tone by adding 1,500 new houses.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-04-19 09:49 am (UTC)
I read that title as if Aimlessly was the name of the area you were driving around - and a delightful area it is to explore!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-04-19 02:14 pm (UTC)
Ha!
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2014-04-20 11:37 am (UTC)
From what I recall of a school trip to a steel mill, I can't say I blame the guy. Hot, sweaty work, very loud, and with the constant risk of something going wrong and a ton of molten metal saying GIVE US A HUG abruptly.

Yay for tiny roads! I admit, I used to love going for the most slender roads on the map when we'd sometimes take a package in Spain. Some of them got to the point where, on seeing actual road surface again, we'd heave sighs of relief. =:)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-04-20 01:50 pm (UTC)
One of the things I love best about very minor roads is never knowing what might lie round the next corner.
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