Anna Lane

Early this morning I watched the recording of last night’s rugby World Cup match between Wales and Australia.

Later, wishing to keep our new car cleaner than our Modus workhorse when transporting garden refuse to Efford recycling centre, we bought a polythene dust sheet from Milford Supplies, then took a forest drive.

Anna is one of those ageless Lanes that, on our wandering, seems to have a characterful identity of its own. So narrow that should any vehicles encounter another head-on, unless they were prepared to

leave tracks on a slightly wider section of verge, one would be required to reverse quite some distance.

As I walked I idly wondered what I would do if I met a moving car. Maybe I would be lucky like the pheasants above and do so on the one spot where I could tuck myself in.

There is just about room for a slender motor to span the central lawn running down the middle, which is why the grass is such that many gardeners would me proud to mow it.

It is hoped that no-one would be suicidal enough to reach the permitted speed limit, albeit obscured by healthy sward, emblazoned on the pock-marked tarmac.

Jackie parked at the Sopley end of the road enabling me to walk along to photograph samples of the contents of the narrow, banked, verges.

Does anyone ever use this public footpath, I wondered?

I refrained from showing any other example of the food and drink containers lobbed from car windows, but MacDonald’s gets everywhere, doesn’t it?

This evening we dined at Lal Quilla, with its usual excellent food, and friendly, efficient, service. My main choice was Lamb Taba Shaslick Jalfrezi; Jackie’s a tasty chicken dish; we shared pilau rice and peshwari naan, and both drank Kingfisher.


  1. I love the quaint essence of this narrow road and your descriptions (verbal and photographic) of it. Here we would call that grass in the middle of the road a middelmannetjie, meaning the little middle man 🙂

  2. Darn MacDonald’s! In Maine, we have a number of roads like Anna Lane. We are, after all, a very rural state. A friend of mine lives on such a road. Always exciting to meet a car. But those roads and lanes sure are pretty.

  3. Why are the roads so narrow? Are there plans by your Council to widen them? I’m just guessing about who is in charge of that. Here, both the state of Nevada and Clark County would be involved. McDonald’s is a curse everywhere they go with their terrible for you food, I call them McDeath! ????

    1. Oh, John, John! No one wants our narrow country lanes widening, it would be sacrilege to ruin the forest and all the other beautiful narrow country lanes in Britain in the name of progress.Enough damage has been done already!

      1. Yes she did. Of course I couldn’t know how people feel about widening the roads. The traffic in Las Vegas is insane! You must always be on the defensive to drive here.

  4. The curse of the takeaway vessel! Any of the franchises are to blame.

    The lane looks “green foliage rich” even the middle strip…

    Lots of narrow roads in NZ especially in rural areas, along with one-way bridges.

    1. Thanks very much, Tootlepedal. When I dodged buses in Barbados I could leap into the hedgerows – not any more 🙂

  5. I remember once parking in a waiting bay at McDonald’s with two of the grandchildren, and while waiting for the food to be delivered we saw a young couple eating their food. When they had finished, they threw the cartons out of the car window! A bin was stationed nearby! I could not believe their laziness.

  6. It’s a good idea to emblazon the speed limit on the tarmac. 40 would be way to fast for that narrow road. I like the contrast of the backlit orange leaves amidst the greenery.

  7. That looks like a lovely but narrow country lane through the forest. I am glad you did not meet any cars on it. I am sorry to see MacDonalds trash over there, too.

  8. Thank you for taking us along on your forest drive AND your forest walk.
    It’s so sad, and disgusting, that people throw their trash on the ground.
    We should all work to keep our earth clean. I am reminded of two quotes…
    “Take only memories. Leave only footprints.” and “Take nothing but photographs. Leave nothing but footprints.”
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  9. It always makes me sad to see trash along the road. Here is a lovely lane in the woods and someone needs to dispose of their french fry container? So rude.

  10. How lovely and I hope they never consider widening, Anna Lane. It’s a beautiful country lane and should stay that way. When we drove through the narrow and winding roads in the Blue Ridge Moutains, encountering a vehicle coming toward us was scary. There are a few widened roads for the truckers but many of the narrow roads remain.

  11. That lane reminds me of the winding narrow roads in the Western Ghats of India. Beautiful beyond description, but dangerous and scary nevertheless. I love reading your posts, but most of all I love reading your last paragraph to know what you ate and drank. Very refreshing.

    1. It mystifies me that people can choose to visit a lovely place and spoil it. Thanks very much, Andy

  12. That is a lovely lane but I do wonder why it is not just for pedestrians if no two vehicles can cross paths! Litterbugs annoy me to no end. No respect for their surroundings.

  13. I’d hate to have to do 40 down that road. My car tends to look like the lane – lots of litter, but all kept inside so I can dispose of it at home (usually just before the MOT as they can get very picky about not passing a mobile litter bin. 🙂

  14. The worst here are discarded used diapers! Your lane reminded meof the one lane roads in Scotland in 1974 and having to learn to pull over. I had no desire to test the nerve of the oncoming cars.

  15. I see the signs of Autumn in you pictures, Derrick. We drove on narrow lanes like this in Scotland. The reversing is a very real thing ????

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