I explain why for three months I’ve been walking nearly a km between my house and my car each day. The driveway did it.
November was an exciting month.
An electrical storm knocked out our power for two days, broke our internet for a month, and washed out our driveway.
But I was talking about November.
The driveway from hell
The lower section of our driveway, which winds along the side of a hill, is unsealed. There’s a very good reason for this: sealing is ridiculously expensive.
Like, why am I paying this for a driveway when the cost would build me a castle expensive. And I really want a castle.
The problem with an unsealed driveway is that in a fight between an unsealed driveway and rain that’s late for work, the rain always wins.
Even before November, the tyre tracks along the driveway looked like this.
It made for an exciting trip to work.
Then in November crazy amounts of water fell out of the sky, and for a while the tyre tracks looked like this.
The rain took a breath.
The water receded.
Hubby and I became alarmed that the rain would start again and wash out the driveway so badly we wouldn’t be able to drive out to the road. This would make getting to work harder.
So we drove down the driveway at 2 km an hour while trying to avoid slipping into either of the Grand Canyons and abandoned the car on the roadside.
(It did rain more and we felt clever.)
Walking back up to the house, we noticed someone large and hungry had chomped the hill below the driveway.
Did I mention below the slip is a very long tumble into a creek?
I’m no engineer, but I was concerned the driveway itself might be the next victim of the giant.
While I’m not a fan of a lot of humanity (hence living in the middle of nowhere), we thought it might be embarrassing if too much of humanity used our driveway and ended up in the creek.
So we “borrowed” some traffic cones from our neighbour and coned off our driveway.
If anyone decides to move the cones and use the driveway, any adverse consequences (such as taking up residence in the creek or being eaten by giants) will be entirely their fault.
Which brings us to today
The more observant among you might have noticed that November was three months ago.
No, we haven’t fixed the driveway yet.
We have a guy, we have a quote, and we finally have a date. Next week.
In the meantime, three months of walking up and down from the car have made me remarkably fit. I also have two new least favourite days: shopping day and rubbish day.
If all goes well, the week after next I will be able to drive the shopping right up to the front door. Wish me luck!
After three months not getting this fixed, I’m confident something else will go wrong. Any bets on what it’s going to be?
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