Tuesday, 17 April 2007

People are strange

It always amuses (and yet horrifies) me the way the British (not all of us you understand) drive to beautiful places in the countryside, then sit right beside their car, in the carpark, usually facing the road. They eat their lunch, read the paper, maybe even sleep a little. And all a stones throw from a beauty spot!



The photo above is particularly amusing to me, as I always imagined that my old neighbour (when I lived in Edinburgh) was probably doing this whenever she went driving for the day. I wondered if I was being mean, but I based it on the fact that our flats were beside a park but she always put her deck chair out beside the road near our houses.

Turns out I was not being mean, that's HER in the photo! Sitting in the carpark 30 seconds walk from the path onto the Pentland Hills on a warm sunny day. Worst of all, if she faced the other way she would be looking at a view over the whole of Edinburgh and across the water to Fife, but no, she sat facing the row of cars on the other side of the carpark (not shown in photo). C_R_A_Z_Y. Luckily she was so unaware of her sourroundings she didn't spot me, the fact that I almost crawled on the ground behind a car helped - naughty.


And speaking of crazy, it's crazy busy here, I may need a bloggy break but thanks to all for your comments on dog (L has renamed her Lucy) and all other things. You people brighten my days immensely! Oh, and today, I took Lucy to met the folks at the farm shop, and she was so chilled out she sat (attached to rail) and waited quite happily while I nipped in for brocolli and nuts. We went to the dog place today and she is now officially ours!



Oh, and some cat sitting coming up too, so more of this to be had. That's Mo, he's growing up fast now, but still skinny with long legs. I had to put a bell on Mr P's cat today after he nearly caught the 1st blackbird chick of the season in my garden. Mr P hates him having a bell on, but it's just for a short while to give the chicks a fighting chance.

15 comments:

Vanessa V said...

A pup? A Lovely pup! And your old neighbor???? hee hee hee...Maybe she is looking for love, not a view????? That is so darn funny, I can't stand it....I thought of you while delving into my green beans and garlic this weekend.. YUMMY!!!!

julie said...

Heehee this made me laugh...but each country and its people...
Was your old neighbour wearing a hankie on her head? :)

Katherine said...

We once stopped for a picnic at Loch Linnhe, we enjoyed the view and my sisters ran about before we had to continue our long journey.

At the same time a family came and parked their camper van near us, jumped out to put the satellite on the roof then got back in to watch TV. Why?!!

Heather Moore said...

Made me laff! i see people doing the same here - they drive to the glorious beach, then sit in the scrawny shade of a palm tree on the grass verge next to the car. Funny old people...

cally said...

Vanessa-
It's true she IS looking for love, but I think she won't find it with her eyes down.

Julie-
Ha ha, no hankie on head but... she does have the most bizarre hair. For 8 years I thought it was a wig, but it was real!

Katherine-
OMG that is the worst yet... then again. I bet it was a Hollyoaks omnibus!

Heather-
So it's the same the world over, how strange.

Daphne said...

One crazy lady!
I hope you enjoy your time off blog for some deep relaxation with sweet creatures. Let them teach you how to wind down, they are the true masters...
Oh, and I posted a pic I think you may like...well, it's blue so...

susan said...

agreed with the above - there are those people everywhere! but your post made me giggle with delight that they are not all living in the usa...
xo
susan

cruststation said...

Your neighbour sitting outside the car is hilarious! I wonder how I managed to miss that? I guess as I've been in the city, we don't see that kind of funny phenomenon :) Glad Lucy is now yours! Hope you have lots of fun.

Camilla said...

Oh that's just so true- I think I've lost count of the number of picnic's in carparks i've been on. Sometimes we don't even manage to get out the car...maybe I should stop hanging out with my parents for fun?

ps- congratulations on the dog!

Anna Peach said...

This one brightened my day too. Yup, they are even in Tahiti too. Some put the chairs in the back of their trucks so they dont really have to get out at all!
About the bell...maybe you all could wear bells in solidarity.

camilla engman said...

It's the same in Sweden :)
Good luck for, and with, the new dog!

Ulla said...

Cally - too funny! what a site - look at those shoes...! why do people get so attached to their vehicles? Perhaps it's a 'womb' thing??? Happy animals to you! love the kitty picture... so sweet!!!

AnastasiaC said...

haha that is funny and such a coincidence as yesterday I saw an old man sitting under a tiny tree on the pavement eating his apple cutting it with a little knife
it made me smile....he was probably imagining he was back in Italy in the fields on a morning tea break.

gracia said...

Yes, it's quite the odd phenomenon, isn't it? Makes you almost want to yell out, "Hey lady, there's a view behind you! There's the whole world awaiting your gaze... much better than parked automobiles!"... see you, g

sharon said...

that is hilarious cally! how fantastic that you were there to spot her in the act of vehicle enabled beauty spot avoidance :)

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