Sunday, February 16, 2014

A not so Silent Sunday

This stopped me in my tracks when I saw it, and I whipped out the mobile.  I was quite excited!  Finally I had an interesting photo for Silent Sunday.  I think it looks like a shot from the polluted landscape of Mordor.  But it's not pretty, is it?  Or funny.  Nor does it include cute children or animals.  So perhaps it's better if I just quietly write about it here.


Have you guessed what it is yet?

It was taken yesterday.  I was feeling meh, and not at all like socialising.  So I took Smiley into town as a treat, and skipped the Rainbow Junior Arch Club where we normally go on a Saturday afternoon. There was shopping that needed to be done, the sort that you can only find in the odd little shops in the city centre, like feather dusters.  It was a success, and my gaffe will soon be cobweb-free.  Especially if I can persuade the children to get involved!

I'd parked in a residential street, just yards from where the shops begin.  It was dusk as we returned to the car by a different route.   But as we rounded the last corner, this is what lay between us and getting home:



I felt like Frodo and Sam, tired and hungry and trying to navigate around the potholes, but with a wheelchair too.

Another traffic calming scheme that has succumbed to terminal extreme weatheritis I think!


18 comments:

  1. We have loads of those round here -- the worst are the "whole width" speed bumps (as opposed to the square ones designed to accommodate ambulances) where there is erosion just outside them, so your front will actually hit the ground as you come off them. Those have been around for years, but potholes in normal roads (including main roads) have increased hugely the last couple of years, even where there has been no snow. I think it was even before the massive rains of this winter.

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    1. I saw some photos of UK potholes on twitter today - we've always had them in Ireland, but I don't remember them when I was living in the UK

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  2. Oh it's awful. At first I thought you were going to ask for guesses and I was thinking it might be a section of a jigsaw...kind of ironic.

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  3. I am so sorry, I can't make it out.... perhaps because I haven't seen anything like it before?

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    1. It's a traffic calming scheme - a road hump of recent design that is disintegrating very fast indeed. It's full of potholes and lumps and bumps and now sports a lurid pink and purple colour scheme!

      It's only 5 minutes walk from the centre of the city!

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  4. I also didn't know what it was. I thought the first photo was something red and sticky spilt on the carpet. Now I see that road hump thing - the very wide ones right? This weather is going to take a lot of fixing up afterwards.

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  5. Doesn't look like a speed bump at all to me, just awful weather erosion. Which only goes to show how bad the erosion is!

    xx Jazzy

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  6. I thought maybe it was a close up of broken glass. That's absolutely bizarre! XXX

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  7. OMG that is VERY lord of the rings. At the very least - a moat filled with burning lava
    and quite beautiful and interesting

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    1. Yes, that is exactly the kind of image that I saw too!

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  8. Looked like a battle had been fought and lost!

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