Today was a lovely day in Staffordshire – the sun wasn’t hidden behind ominous clouds and people are out and about more. When the weather is good, it’s easier to get excited about things, isn’t it?
Traffic was actually pretty bad this morning, but instead of getting all worked up about something beyond my control, I chose to chill out and take a look at what was around me. My commute is about 26 miles each way, which takes between 40 minutes (really pushing it) to an hour, depending on whether you’re stuck behind a large vehicle or a painfully slow driver who brakes at every bend.
Anyway, I noticed a couple of things I hadn’t before – daffodils have sprung up all over along the country roads!
There are lavender and all sorts of bulbs growing in front of people’s houses, too. After the dreary winter months, splashes of colour make a nice, well, change of scenery.
I’ve discovered more beautiful houses along the way, tucked away behind tall hedges at the end of long gravel driveways, safe from peeping eyes like mine. There are some fabulous contemporary homes in Hilderstone and Cannock Chase.
One of my favourite things to do when I’m stuck in traffic is people-and-dog-watch! Before 9am is prime time for dog walkers, joggers, and little kids getting dropped off at school. Saw the cutest little daschund today trotting along beside an old lady; couldn’t decide who was more adorable!
At the moment, I’m enjoying the view but can’t ‘smell the roses’, mostly manure. This just reminds me that I’m not alone when I’m driving at night. It’s comforting to see the animals once cloaked in darkness gradually being revealed as the evenings grow lighter. I didn’t realise there were that many sheep on the hillsides of some areas I pass.
I really am blessed with a stunning commute going through places like Cannock Chase – or The Chase – one of England’s ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Can’t wait to see spring in full bloom!
I’m thankful for…
The lovely commute to work. It’s not the shortest journey, but I do enjoy driving and the time to myself, singing at the top of my lungs. Can you believe I actually drive by this every week day!? It’s not visible from the road, but still… !!!
The girls at work. Since I moved to England, they’re the first real friends I’ve made who aren’t friends of my husband, and they couldn’t be a more kind, caring and genuine bunch.
This blog and the new fonts I learned to, erm, what’s the word… install? Anyway, I had a little help from a friend; if you’re reading this, you know who you are and thank you!