Highway Maintenance

This morning we received a knock on the front door administered by a highway maintenance man setting up his team to repair the potholes at our entrance, asking if we would like to move our car, which, of course, we did.

For the first time this task seems to have been carried out properly. We were advised not to drive over the patch for two hours after they had left.

Within seconds of their departure later this afternoon, a veritable convoy of vehicles streamed across the surface. Our informant had told be that if it were up to him he would leave the bollards and traffic lights in place overnight. But that was not his instruction.

Readers will have noticed the buildup of soil nurturing a fine raised crop of grass and dandelions on the opposite side of the road. This is the spillage of decades of heavy trucks carrying gravel and sand from a nearby excavation pit.

Before we set off for a Tesco shop I recovered missing pictures from

and changed its category to Books.

Although Jackie’s broken toe is still sore we reverted today to our normal shopping system which involves me waiting in the car with a book, poised to unload the shopping trolley into the car, and into the house on arrival home. The book was Balzac’s Droll Tales.

Later I published: https://derrickjknight.com/2023/04/19/droll-tales-24/

This evening we all dined on Jackie’s wholesome cottage pie; boiled new potatoes; roast sweet ones; tender runner beans; and crunchy carrots, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Séguret Côte du Rhône Villages 2020.


    1. Thank you so much, Pat. Jackie stubbed her toe in the night. It took a while to realise it was broken.

  1. I missed that Jackie has a broken toe, ouch, Jackie! Heal up soon. Over here, people drive on the fresh blacktop as we call it very soon after it is laid down. Maybe 20 minutes or so.

  2. Maybe that’s why our pothole repairs don’t seem to last, but sometimes they just fill it in with gravel. I hope Jackie’s toe is starting to feel better and healing.

    1. Thank you very much, JoAnna. That gravel fill happens here, too. It just gets washed away. Jackie’s toe is still hampering her

  3. Poor Jackie! I hope that toe will settle down and heal soon! I know from personal experience it can take awhile.
    Glad the road-guy let you know before beginning work, so you could get your car out and ready for goings! Here they are good about notifying us a week before and fortunately there are some parking spots within walking distance to put our cars on the day of the work.
    (((HUGS))) and ❤️!
    “Laughter is to life what shock absorbers are to automobiles. It won’t take the potholes out of the road, but it sure makes the ride smoother.” – Barbara Johnson
    Q: What do you call a street full of potholes and ice cream?
    A: Rocky Road
    Okay, I’ll go now! 🙂

  4. A road crew showing up unbidden to repair a pothole? Amazing — but no doubt welcome. I seem to have missed Jackie’s broken toe, but I’m glad to read that she’s out and about and apparently healing up well.

  5. Having had a heavy, farm gate drop onto my foot that resulted in broken toes I can sympathise with Jackie’s soreness. I’m glad it’s healing, albeit slowly.

  6. I hope Jackie’s toe heals quickly and that she’s not in too much pain.
    I hope the road is healed, too–though it’s more likely to be only a temporary fix.

  7. Half of the continuing pothole problem is caused by people driving over the repairs before they are ‘cured’. It is very frustrating. Sorry to hear about the toe.

  8. Can’t blame the drivers if no caution signs. It’s the bureaucracy. Same thing on our street last summer. Surprisingly, the blacktop held up well and is great for skateboarding. I’d like to learn that skill…if I was a hundred years younger????

    1. Thanks very much, Robbie. I don’t think people would pay any attention to it. The road is too narrow for the traffic it now bears.

      1. That is a widespread problem in the UK. We experienced it particularly in Scotland. The roads are only for one vehicle and sometimes you have to reverse quite far to find a spot to pull over if you meet another car.

  9. Sending healing vibes to Jackie and her broken toe. One would think there would be a better way to fill potholes.

  10. I am glad to see that massive pothole fixed, Derrick. I hope the repair holds.

    Dandelions and grass always seem to find a way to colonize any area. 🙂

    Sending best wishes to Jackie on a speedy recovery for that broken toe! I have broken bones in my feet before, and know what that feels like.

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