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

Off Limits


When in Devon Mrs Ogg and I were much amused by a sign at Salcombe harbour, now we don’t wish to make light of such a serious topic as rabies prevention; it is a  very serious matter indeed

Rabies Restrictions -1

But it was the kangaroo that caught our  attention and imagination

Rabies Restrictions 1-1

The thought of a kangaroo bounding around below deck seemed more than a little surreal.

Another sign this evening, also told me what was prohibited, this time at the local petrol station, back here in Derbyshire. I was not permitted until further notice  to buy petrol in a can ( fuel for the lawn mower), ‘what not even a proper* petrol can?’ I asked. ‘No’ was the answer. ‘Have you been having trouble?’ I enquired, ‘No not here, it’s because of the riots’. This also seemed a little surreal.

Mr Uhdd is considering cutting a path down to the petrol station with the mower to fill up. The downside with this plan is that he’d have run out of petrol before he got home again.

* I’ve seen some odd things being filled up


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.

6 thoughts on “Off Limits

  1. I wonder if anybody ever actually tried to bring in a kangaroo? I’d be a bit more worried about that animal above it and to the left — is that a tiger?! 🙂

  2. I can’t say a kangaroo would be the easiest thing to smuggle in, either (the phrase ‘budgie smuggler’ just doesn’t get close!).

    Ironically, the only death from rabies I can recall involved a wild animal (a bat if memory serves) but I suppose someone thought they were being thorough.

  3. I now have fuel for the mower, having just bought it at a filling station a few miles from the one UHDD tried yesterday. It seems the Government will allow those in one town to cut their grass, but not in another. The logic beats me!

  4. Not allowed to buy mower/trimmer/whipper snipper/chainsaw fuel?
    Any service station trying that here would be subject to *jihad*

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