Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Passable With Care



Snow and mist greeted us this morning, It was one of those days where the thirsty Landrover can pull rank over the aged but thrifty estate car; the boys were as disappointed as ever, that we could ‘get out of the lane’ and pick our way to school and I must admit, I would have been very happy to turn on my heels and go indoors again, this was the school run (taken by Tom)

School run 

Some roads are notorious for been difficult in bad weather being ‘only passable with care’ as they tell us on the radio  traffic reports, of course the same roads numbers crop up time and time again, it’s the high exposed routes, here’s a popular selection, that I had to tackle today,

 Stop at junction

(the A54 is more likely to be referred to as the ‘Cat and Fiddle’  The Cat and Fiddle is the name of a pub, it’s the second highest pub in England and something of a landmark on that road.)

I sat and looked at this sign for some considerable time, in a queue of standing traffic. At this junction, when the traffic started to move off  was an example of  British queuing at it’s finest, as the two roads combined, drivers  politely took it in turn, one car emerging from the left, one from the right, one from the left, one from the right; our mothers would have been proud of us  for ‘sharing nicely.’  A bit further along the route, the mist was thicker and I changed that view for this sheep, you might have to squint to find it.


Only in my dreams was this achievable

In my dreams 

I got where I was going in the end, but it was just as well I had my trusty tea mug with me and as they said on the radio it was ‘passable with care.’


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Passable With Care

  1. Looks like you are definitely having some weather over there. It has been grey 🙂 for a week at least, and we are supposed to get some snow this weekend. I can’t decide if I’m happy about that or not.

  2. Coo, you have snow! It’s cold here down south, but the sun was shining this afternoon. Pretty windy though.

  3. brrr! we are near the sea so it rarely gets like that here

  4. Wow, thats a great shot of the sheep. Spot the white in the white. I’m glad you guys made it safe, I dislike driving in those kinds of conditions, and only do if I really HAVE to be somewhere.

  5. Tis when the 4 x 4 comes into its own isnt it.One of the benefits of my job. And its surprising how often i use four wheel drive.
    You be careful on those roads uphill although i know your use to them.

    Although you use the Landrover to do the school run you are def a mum that requires one and has one for practical reasons unlike these chelsea tractor driving mums that just use them as a fashion item.

    Safe driving

  6. I remember some years ago driving over the ‘Cat and Fiddle’ In a horrendous snow storm. There were cars stuck and abandoned. The higher I got, the worse it was. I also realised I had a couple of problems….The wipers could not clear the snow off the screen, so I was driving with my window open, the head lights were almost useless, and worse, the radiator wasn’t getting much air, and the engine was starting to overheat! I got to Macclesfield, the roads were bare. However, as I neared Chester, the depth of snow increased until, again I seemed to be only thing moving.

    And the car? Not a huge 4×4. A MK2 Capri! Apparently I was the last vehicle to get from Buxton to Macclesfield that night.

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