M1 closed for twelve nights.

As I mentioned previously I am attempting to keep this site more related to matters of concern to people living in the country which is not as easy as you might think, especially for an ex townie like myself.

However, that was yesterday and what should fall into my lap today but the perfect story for me to write concerning beautiful fluffy dormice who just happen to be sleeping at the moment and their well being is in danger if they are woken up too soon during the freezing winter weather.

I know how they feel as I myself hate to be woken too early, especially during the colder winter months, although unlike the mice I am not in danger of dying, I just get a little bad tempered.

Dormice have disappeared from 17 counties and only 45,000 are left in Britain

Apparently they are turning a portion of the M1 in Northamptonshire into a smart motorway which means turning the hard shoulder into a fourth lane.

It seems that to do this they have to fell trees which are in the way and which are close to where the dormice are hibernating, the story continues that the trees will have to be felled quietly and lowered gently on to flat bed trucks.

I have to admit there is a certain amount of ambiguity about this story as I am wondering where they are going to acquire a silent chainsaw and silent lorries and workmen.

Whatever the truth of this story, if there are any fluffy dormice in danger whilst the roadworks are taking place, as someone who much appreciates his car and the use of the motorway system I am also concerned for the well being of the fluffy mice and I would be quite prepared to wait until they have woken up.

 

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About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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One Response to M1 closed for twelve nights.

  1. A silent chainsaw is only silent if no one is around to hear it, like a tree falling in the woods!!

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