For ages I’ve been meaning to get these two things off my chest.
They are not so important but niggle at me most days.
1. Little dogs on extending leads
Most people here have little dogs. They also have them on extending leads. They also like to gather in groups in the middle of the pavement, chatting.
When walking along the main street Bonnie and I have to pass a lot of small pooches with big attitudes. They wait till we are parallel and then go berserk, barking and running towards us with their leashes unwinding like fishing lines. Because their owners hardly ever have them under control.
Bonnie is pretty good, I tell her, ‘Deja’ ‘Leave it’ and her ears go back but she doesn’t retaliate. But since I read that one of the tasks of Pack Leader is to protect her pack, I now have to be alert for little dogs in the street and I expect I am now known for my unfriendly attitude as I shoe them away.
2. Pedestrian rights on crossing the road
Basically the rule is that even when there is a green man giving people the right to cross over the road, cars turning right can still come round the corner so long as they go slowly and give any pedestrians priority.
What often happens is that cars try to get past before the humans have started crossing over. Or they nose up to you when you are in the middle of the road. Everyone here seems to feel cars are more important than people so it is far from unusual to see cars speed up as they approach traffic lights which are changing. At least it keeps you awake!