Wasted journey

Sometimes you can tell things are going to go wrong. A ten minute journey turns into an hour long trek, at a snails pace. Sitting in a line of traffic to the main duel carriageway I took a left turn to take ous down a side road. That was OK so we proceeded to some traffic lights and turned there. Mistake, at the end of that road is act junction. Everyone was turning right, back down to the duel carriageway. I was turning left. I finally managed to edge out of the junction. Then stuck at more traffic lights, stuck coming down the road to a major roundabout. Queue on the roundabout, queue on the main road into the town we were going to. It became apparent that everyone was trying to get to the local football match.

So, I missed the person I was going to meet. I could not communicate with them as my messenger app is not working. I don’t have their phone number. So all we could do was trek back home. It was slightly better going the other way, but I’m irritated and frustrated. And I hate traffic.

Your face is a map

Ink bleeds through paper. Draw around those patches, lines and dots, and you get a patchwork ‘map’ that looks like roads and boulevards, streets and squares. A change of colour for city blocks. Villages line up on roads between fields. Some streets are tree lined, others are concrete. Does it show your age? Are you industrial or agrarian? Modern or ancient? Fortified? Or do you see veins, arteries and capillaries?

Easy rider!

Hubby wearing his sunglasses, off for a ride. Then he took them off because they made it too dark for him to see! Then as he went to the bike he noticed the back light is loose. He thinks he knocked it getting it out the gate, so now he’s gone out with a roll of sellotape. He says all it needs is a bit of glue. He’s going to have a ride out on his motorbike to keep the battery charged. I told him to be careful. He is just going to ride round the block a few times, up a steep hill then down a less steep road and onto the main road. It only costs £3 for a tank of petrol!

Walking in the snow

Went for a walk locally with my hubby on the flat because I’m a bit nervous of falling over on the ice. I fell and pulled a hamstring a few years ago and it was very painful so I’m cautious on hills….

We walked 4.43 km in the wet snow and ice, equivalent to 2.75 miles. In my case that’s over 7000 steps. We did walk on the road for part of it because it was to slippy. I might try and find my snow chains for my shoes…. Photos of hubby and sunsets taken near the local allotments in Stoke.

Flower power

Took a few photos of wild flowers (or weeds) this morning. Things for bees to feed on. But I didn’t see any bees.

The city seems to be full of plants pushing themselves up through cracks in the pavement and along the kerbs of roads. I also saw that green areas which were once lawns now covered in wild grasses and flowers with just a meter round the edge cut back. I did notice that the local main road that was covered in wild flowers a couple of weeks ago have now been weedkiller. The worry is that any bees that sipped from them when they were sprayed will have been poisoned. Madness. I’d rather have weeds than dead bees.

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Worst day to travel?

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This is the worst day to travel according to the news today. Fifteen Million people were due to visit relatives or jet away. Then it rained, and it has flooded in several places. Traffic in and out of Gatwick Airport has been seriously delayed. There are flood warnings on rivers in the south of the country. I hope people are going to get where they want to, safely. In the past it would have been snow, or ice, now its pouring with rain.

Llandudno Tram

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We decided to go up the Great Orme on the tram. There is a tram station at the bottom of the mountain (reached by a steepish road) one half way up and a final one near the top of the Great Orme. You transfer from one tram to another at the halfway point or you can walk up if you feel fit. There is also a chair lift which runs from near the toll road at the base of the mountain to the top. The carriages for this are quite high up in the air. I was a bit to nervous to ride on it!

 

These photos are from the bottom half of the ride. As you can see the track is a single line hauled up and down on a cable embedded in the road, but there are passing places with two lines where the trams pass. They run about every twenty minutes, although when you are in a large queue you may have to wait a while longer.

The halfway station is quite large, you can see some of the workings and tools of the trade. There are also display boards with information about the teams. If you walk down slightly from halfway there are Roman copper mines that you can explore.

 

Whan you reach the top tram Station you are greeted by a statue of a magnificent mountain goat. There is also a visitor centre with a piece of land with wild flowers growing there. The top of the Orme has a trig point which has a stone to line up with other prominent points on the map. There is also a restaurant, cafe and bar with other attractions at the top. There are paths all over the mountain, and as well as the access road that you can use following the team line there is also a steep and winding road up from the toll road side of the Orme.

If you go to Llandudno for a visit and you fancy a gentle adventure try going up the Orme.

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