"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Motorway madness


Having got up at 5.20 this morning in order to be on the road bright and early for my trip to Bristol, I was less than impressed to discover in due course, that the M5 was closed between junctions 7 and 8.

By the time I reached junction 6 it was clear that to actually reach junction 7 in order to come off the motorway would take a considerable time - in fact, I could probably have walked it quicker. That being the case, I followed the example of many other drivers and exited at junction 6. I don't know whether I actually benefitted from doing that, but doing the detour and getting back onto the M5 at Junction 9 seemed to take forever. I gradually felt the will to live ebbing away...

Nevertheless, all good (and horrendous) things come to an end ...eventually and I did actually manage to finish my journey before becoming eligible for my pension, but a three and a quarter hour journey had taken me no less than six hours.


But later, in Dad's garden, in the pouring rain, I found this lovely rose, which I pass on for you to share.

4 comments:

  1. I'm glad that I don't have to do journeys like that any more.
    That is a lovely looking rose.
    Enjoy your stay and here's hoping that your return journey is a better one.

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  2. If only a sweet and lovely pink rose lay at the end of every troublesome journey... Of course I am speaking metaphorically.

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  3. A rose! How loverly! It takes one to know one, dear Jenny. And Happy (belated) Birthday!

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  4. Flighty, if I had known what was ahead, I would have stayed in bed!
    A very poetic sentiment, YP. You're just a big softy really, aren't you? ;)
    Thanks for the birthday wishes, Dale.

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