19th February Wednesday Challenge ‘Broad‘
“A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person!” “￼
The midweek challenge over on GC and my site Weekly Prompts is ‘Broad’. The challenge word was meant to be Narrow but a last minute change was called for after we realised that someone had beaten us to the post.
My home sits well back from the road, on a country lane that runs between a busy main road and our village. Sections of the lane are not broad, and in places are too narrow for two cars to comfortably pass, but this does not stop people taking a short cut.
The lane has signs that clearly state “Not suitable for Heavy Goods Vehicles” Despite the sign, some drivers ignore the warning, others such as the oil tanker and the dustbin wagon have no choice; even so, I’m sure you can imagine my surprise when a few weeks ago after turning left out of my driveway and just after the first bend, a large double decker bus came hurtling down the lane taking out parts of the hedgerow as it drove toward me.
The view of the lane from the top of my driveway
I had no choice but to reverse back down the lane, all the while praying that another vehicle would not speed around the bend and rear-end me. I backed into the broader area at the top my driveway and as the bus pulled alongside I gave the driver a piece of my mind. The driver who obviously came from abroad shrugged his shoulders and simply said “I am told.”
I recognised the bus as my teenaged grandchildren’s school bus, and as such, we have a copy of the official bus route.
After dropping the kids at the top of the lane on the main road, the impatient driver had chosen to ignore his designated route and instead take a short cut down my lane and through the village, thereby avoiding a roundabout, and a set of traffic lights.
There are two or three drivers that regularly drive the school bus, but this driver is the only one to change the route. I chose not complain to the bus company because I knew only too well that certain residents lower down the lane would waste no time in doing just that!
(C) SueW-nansfarm.net Wednesday Challenge Broad from Weekly Prompts.