Lately I’ve been having really …


I’ve been wanting to change the theme of my blog for some time now, but a bit worried that I might mess up my lay-out and lose some important stuff.  I’m not a technical person and don’t really know anything about html, but I really, really want to see some changes here soon.

Perhaps when little T is back in school.  At the moment, its Easter break here in the UK.  That means two whole weeks of wracking your brains to come up with different ways to entertain the little bosses. We were supposed to go away and visit a close friend in Brighton, sadly, the husband is just way too busy to get away even for a few days, so that lives me and little T house-bound.

Every year I promise my husband that this will be the year I’m going to learn how to drive.  But the truth is, the small country lanes down here in Cornwall petrify me.  They are small, winding and very long.  And during the tourist season, these small lanes are filled with huge-enormous tourist buses that look like the kind of buses which famous bands use when on-tour in the States.  That kind. Not to mention, the caravans, and drivers whom my husband would call (weekend-drivers).  He claims these drivers are usually city-dwellers who commute to work via the tube or cab and only drive during the weekends.  You’ll see them down here, usually driving in the middle of the road or seemingly forgetting to click on their signals, so yes, you have to double guess where exactly they are heading or have to be very quick to hit your brakes.


Here’s a sample of a typical country-lane in our side of England.  Okay fine, it’s just a side-road, but most B  roads are similar to this one and can barely hold two cars driving in opposite directions, let alone a huge tourist bus.  The A roads are bigger of course, but it’s the B roads that keeps me up at night.  And you need to go through the B roads to get in and out of our little village by the sea.  Did I mention the death-defying winding-roads?

So each year I promise him “This is it.  When we come back from our summer holiday abroad.  I will definitely book-in my sessions”.  Our lovely hairdresser down in the village advised me that the best time to learn how to drive here in Cornwall is during the winter season.  There are no scary tourist buses around and caravans.  Now whether I go through with it or not, is a different story. Thank goodness my husband is very patient with me.

How do you find driving in small country-lanes?

What’s your main pet-peeve as a driver?

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  1. I’ve been driving since I was 17, so a fair while now! But, like you, I hate driving down country lanes like that. We’ve just come back from out holidays and the husband had to navigate a few of these – didn’t bother him at all but I didn’t like them! I can see why it’d put you off, but I would’t be without the freedom that being able to drive brings. Best of luck if you decide to go for it x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • I still have a few months to think about it 😉 But yes, the idea of having the freedom to go anywhere when I want to is certainly tempting. Then again, I think about those horrible huge tourist buses, caravans and small Cornish lanes and I imagine myself literally unable to move!

  2. I have been driving since I was 18 and I would be lost without my car! But I can see why those narrow lanes would put you off. Good luck if you do decide to go for it 🙂

  3. I’d be worried about being on the wrong side of the road. My pet driving peeve? Four way stops! People around where I live don’t understand how to use them. Right of way? Apparently not a term that is familiar to drivers.

    • I’m afraid I’m one of those who aren’t familiar with that term. Then again, I don’t drive so I guess I have an excuse 😉

    • Yep, two weeks Easter break 😉 And yes Kate, I don’t drive. Hahaha. Wish I could say I’m one of those who care about the environment so much I’d rather use public transportation. While I do care about it of course, that just isn’t my excuse.

  4. I’ve been thinking about driving a lot lately, largely due to a blog post I wrote about our mechanic. It led me to consider how much I rely on my car and how much a lot of us probably take for granted the amazing freedom that our driving licences give us.

    I use my car almost daily and go everywhere with the kids in tow. Getting my driving licence was one of the best and freeing achievements I made, and I try to not take it for granted. I cannot imagine not having a car.

    I wish you luck with your decision, even if it chops and changes. Sounds like you’re managing pretty well without a driving licence, but I imagine it would be instantly freeing being able to take a drive somewhere! x

    • I know I’ll probably love the feeling of having the freedom to go anywhere. But the roads here really freak me out. Who knows, I might just get around to really learning to drive this year? 😉

  5. To be honest I’m used to the tiny lanes and crazy driving but then again I grew up in Devon where the lanes look remarkably similar and no matter how often you tell the delivery drivers they will need a small van you still end up getting phone calls from large lorries stuck at the top of the drive! Ah the joys of the West Country!!

    • Oh yes, Devon also has small country lanes. My husband is a very good driver, but I still inwardly cringe every time the lane is too small and the opposite car driving towards us hardly even slows down! Yes, the joys of the West Country!

    • I’ve sort of learned in the past too and even managed to drive a car. But never learned to park and in my past-life. I lived in the city and my office was just a 30-minute cab ride away. You know how bad it is the city, the traffic and looking for parking space, that’s why I never bothered to really learn. But now that I’ve moved to the country … let’s see 😉 x

  6. Gosh, I can’t imagine not driving! I was brought up in a small village so learning to drive and having my independence was something I wanted early on. Then I met my husband who comes from your part of the world and I agree with you – the country lanes can be a little hairy especially when it gets dark, which can be as early as 5pm in winter!
    But I would say do it – once it’s done you’ll enjoy the extra freedom!

    • I even forgot to mention the thick fog or mist, which as you know is common down here and happens year round too! It makes the thought of driving even more terrifying! But I know I must get over it soon 😉 x

  7. The longer you put it off, the worse it will get. Avoidance only fuels the fear too. I am quite a nervous driver and have trouble parking, mostly due to medical stuff. The way to overcome any problem is by taking really small steps. I don’t know if there’s a local carpark you can use out of hours but find something like that so before you even hit the road, you feel competent and confident. Try not to reinforce your fears by looking at lane ways and you need a champion who is going to take you by the horns and hook or by crook get you to tackle this hurdle. You never know when there might be some emergency and you could really regret that you chose not to drive. I’ve had huge issues with driving myself and once I started getting out and about and driving more, it really helped. Here’s a post about of my drives:
    I know how hard it is to overcome a fear of driving and it can be paralyzing but I encourage you to get started and it couldn’t anywhere near as bad as you imagine xx Rowena

  8. I have lived in the UK nearly 20 years and have never learned to drive on this side of the road, mostly for the reasons you mention. It’s also had the effect of making me scared to drive in the United States, where I first learned because I practice so rarely. So now I feel rather dependent on others or public transport.

    • If I lived in the city, I wouldn’t bother to learn. Just as I didn’t really bother when I lived in Manila where traffic was bad and finding a parking space was as good as gold. Never really bothered as I’ve mentioned in another comment, my apartment was just a 30-minute cab drive away from where I worked. But it’s a different story here of course. Let’s see…

  9. ourlittleescapades

    I have had my license since I was 18, so 17 years!!! I have just scared myself working that out!!! But I’m sad to say I don’t drive, I let my husband do all the driving and I hate that. I hate that I have lost my freedom, it’s something I’m working on. I wish you luck in your goal but I must admit those lanes would put me off. When we visited Devon there were some moments!!! x

    • I do hope you do over-come whatever it is you need to do so you could have your freedom back. Don’t worry, I don’t think it’s ever too late for any of us 😉 x

  10. Small country lanes panic me as a driver – I’m always very relieved when hubby is doing the driving and we have to go down them. I think it’s because my spatial awareness is not great and I’m never very sure exactly where the corners of my car are. Loving the new blog design by the way!

    • I have a feeling my spatial awareness is the same! But we’re just going to have to find out about that one 😉 As for the new blog design, haven’t really decided yet whether I’m staying with this one, but thanks! 🙂 x

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