FOWC with Fandango — Traffic

One of the reasons of moving away was to get way from the rat race.
We lived just two miles from my work and when my hours were 9 to 5, I got caught in traffic BIG TIME. I walked some mornings in the Summer and Hubby would pick me up, but if I had to drive, I’d set off just after 8 and end up arriving half an hour early.
Following my promotion, my hours changed to 8 to 4, which was much better, but the job was such that at the beginning of the month I would still be working after 6 to meet a deadline. I didn’t mind though as again going home, traffic was lighter.

Cue redundancy and a change of job, this time two miles in the opposite direction, all uphill with no footpath on a busy A road, and not on a direct bus route.
I negotiated my hours and worked 8.30 to 5 four days and 8.30 to 2.30 for the fifth, which broke up the week and gave me an afternoon off.
Getting to work took less than 10 minutes as traffic was flowing and most was going in the opposite direction to me anyway at that time. Getting home 4 days a week could take as long as an hour and a half though, especially when the last roundabout was designed around a major supermarket, and sometimes it could take me half an hour to travel four car lengths! No matter which way I went, I had to go through this roundabout as our road was the first right off one of the exits.And although it wasn’t on a GPS, we did hear a bulletin on the radio about the traffic jam we’d just joined.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to FOWC with Fandango — Traffic

  1. I hate those roundabouts. We have two, one right after the other – and the first one is a Figure 8 (two connected roundabouts)! Like you, I have no way to avoid them as they’re smack dab in the middle of all routes to work. On non-work days, I can manage to avoid them to do my errands, thank heavens.

    • It was one of the thing about working I did NOT miss when I took early retirement!
      Town here is all traffic lights, though we do have a little doughnut roundabout that quite frankly, no-one seems to acknowledge anyway!

  2. Michael says:

    My work was a good 35 minutes away on a good day, 50+ on a bad day and usually, that was in the afternoons. Retirement does have its advantages doesn’t it?

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