‘There is something stuck in the lane again’ said Mr Uhdd, ‘I can hear them’
The familiar sound of spinning wheels and raised voices could be heard from the lane. Our immediate thought was that it would be someone in a 4×4 trying to prove their manhood or ‘having a laugh’ (which is fine by us so long as they don’t take out our drystone walls.) But we were wrong, it was the men from the county highways department, with the scarcest of commodities, salt and grit. But we were right about them being stuck (well just a little.)
Now from this position there was no safe way back, only up, the photo doesn’t do justice to the steepness of this little stretch of lane, but many have been stuck here before. But with a bit of shovelling (Mr Uhdd went to assist) and with ‘sprinkling’ * of salt-grit, they got to the top of the hill and replenished the grit bin.
Hooray and thank you, Derbyshire County Council Highways Dept.
* the guys were a bit concerned there might not be any salt-grit left in the truck by the time they got to the top of the hill!