Jeez Louise it’s still cold here. These photos were taken a few weeks ago while on a walk in nearby Guildford. I think the trees might be a little further along in their budding by now.
If you’ve ever read Notes From a Small Island, you may remember that Bill Bryson comments on how directions are given in England. I was reminded of this while doing a bit more canvassing for the NHA party this weekend. All of the volunteers met in my neighbourhood and then they asked me where we should start.
“Well… back behind the Old People’s there’s a group of houses that we could canvass and just after that there’s another group near the Wibbly Wobbly Way…” Everyone looked confused. Of course they were. There’s no such thing as “Old People’s” or “Wibbly Wobbly Way”. Those are descriptions that my neighbours and I have made up to describe dog walks. There’s also “Poop Alley” but I didn’t mention that one.
In my experience, street names are not necessarily used and many buildings in the town centre do not have numbers on them so knowing the exact address isn’t helpful. You have to know which round-a-bout it’s near or which pub it’s near or — the curve in the road or the hedge that it boarders. Another little bit about life in England and I find it rather sweet, unless I’m lost.