Friday, 22 January 2010

Collision



My school run has changed from being a stressful and disagreeable event for myself and the small herd to a delightful pleasure. We now leave at a most civilised hour as the journey is traffic and congestion free, besides the odd tractor or milk lorry, we drive past fields, farms and cows, down country lanes. On arrival, there are plenty of parking spaces to choose from, no fumbling around for credit cards or loose change for pay and display as there is none, and, most gratifyingly, no traffic wardens.

We glide into our chosen space vacate the car without panic, older chaps wave goodbye (no kissing just the occasional hug) and smallest chap and I meander into his class chatting to other parents and small people along the way, and all done with calmness.

After the drop off and obligatory chat with teachers, mothers and some fathers about the news and views of the world we all drift off to our next destinations. Today, my first appointment was with a seamstress I had found to make some alterations to an evening dress that is now (hooray) too big. My drive took me along some unfamiliar country lanes and I drove carefully as one never knows what may be lurking around the next corner.

It all happened so quickly that I didn't have time to brake until it was too late. A large rabbit dashed out of hedge at lightening speed, I screeched to a halt unsure of whether we had collided or not. Initially I was too scared to get out to look, but I knew I had to be brave for the sake of the poor rabbit. I swung open the door, hazards on, and slowly inched round to the front of the car, eyes squinted and ready to look away quickly in case of a very nasty mess. Nothing on the drivers side, I moved further round, nothing in the middle or on the passenger side, so I knew I had to look under the car where the poor dead, or even worse injured animal would be, so I crouched down (not actually kneeling for fear of dirtying my new Balenciaga cords) and holding my breath took a look, and there it was crouched under the car trembling, but as far as I could tell uninjured. I was unsure of what to do, and was concerned that if I just drove off and left it another vehicle might come along and crush it, at least under my car it was safe. Whilst this was all going on a car had driven up and was waiting behind me, I hadn't noticed as I was too busy worrying about the rabbit, and in a city I would by now have caused a tailback about a mile long and have horns blowing, people shouting and waving angry fists around, but that sort of behaviour just doesn't happen here, so I was unaware of anyone else being around until I heard the opening of a car door. I tall man approached and asked if I needed assistance, I explained and he said I just need to reverse and the rabbit would hop off, brilliant idea. I did reverse and the rabbit did hop off but not back to the hedge just back under my car. Further discussions took place and we decided we would have to give the rabbit and incentive to move. I pulled a long stick from the ground and pushed it under the car to give the rabbit a little prod to get it to move, and it did but just further back under the car. A couple of more cars arrived and the drivers got out to see what was going on, and we all discussed the best way to deal with the rabbit. A darling old lady came up trumps, I get back in my car and blow my horn, so I did, and how right she was, the gorgeous bunny jumped for its life and made a quick dash back into the hedges and hopefully back down into its warm hole in the ground.

We all drove of waving to each other and as I pulled my Bamford coat around me for warmth it was then I realised that I was probably wearing one, or several, of the rabbit's relations around my neck. No wonder it didn't want to move away from the safety of the underside of my Mini, it didn't want to be added as decoration on my cuffs.

23 comments:

The villager: said...

Glad to hear the rabbit was OK.

We have hares round here the size of small teenagers !

Style Mews said...

haha love the comment above, great blog, will be avid reader from now on x

COME OVER TO THE DARK SIDE... WE HAVE CANDY said...

Suc a cute photo!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

I love it how so many people were willing to help you out with the poor rabbit! Glad teh rabbit is okay, hopefully it teaches him to be more careful on the roads next time!

Lady MacB said...

This story made me laugh, and you told it extremely well. Glad no one was harmed.

Author in the making: said...

love the photo. how funny that everyone got out to help the rabbit :)

Nina said...

Thank goodness the rabbit is alright! What a great blogsite you have!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

That is a great photo!.
Glad the rabbit is okay.
Beautifully written story!
Have a lovely weekend!
hugs

Jade "Purple" Brown said...

im glad the rabbit is safe!


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sarah-jane down the lane said...

Phew, so glad the bunny lived!he is sitting in his burrow right now re-telling the story to all his rellies! and over exagerating the size of your mini!

Hello to you too! Hope you had a great weekend?

Sarah x

FashionJazz said...

Wow im so glad the bunny is ok, thanks for your comment on my blog and for introducing me to yours : ) Hope u have a lovely day xx

Wildernesschic said...

Great post I am so glad you haven't left your fashionista persona in the city a la Balenciaga cords. I wouldn't have known what to do either. I ran over a kitten once in the dark and hated myself for ages it was black and I was speeding .. Oh dear there I go again the guilt ! But country life is grand, in it ! x

English Rose ♥ said...

aww so glad the bunny is okay!

thanks so much for your wonderful comment - apologies for the ridiculously late reply!

Stay safe and chic darling,
English Rose x
http://iamanenglishrose.blogspot.com

LENORENEVERMORE said...

adorable bunny moment captured in a photograph!
Well, parking fee where I live is getting so ridiculous...it seems it's getting more expensive each year.
xo*

Glamour Bbey. said...

Nice!



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[Unspeakable Thoughts Unspoken]* said...

Thanks for you comment! your blog is very sweet. I'm moving to London in April hopefully!

xxx

Metropolitan Mum said...

This post got me smiling from ear to ear. You might remember that we think about moving out of London - stories like this make it so much easier to let go.
xx MM

Expat mum said...

Thanks for popping by. I hope the rabbit didn't bump its head when it got a shock though! They are a bit stupid aren't they?

Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE said...

Oh that is one cute Bunny!! I would love to see a picture of those B. cords!! I bet you were so chic in the country. I just found your blog and it is fantastic!!
xoxo

Elise said...

loving the photo and soooo glad the rabbit is ok.

sexylegsandbody said...

You are a star, 10 out of 10 for you for saving the rabbit!

Thanks for the very nice thought you left on my last post, always value and appreciate readers comments.
Hope to see you around soon, and hope to see you posting some pics of your legs soon. :-)
Have a stunning day.
Colin

Gill - That British Woman said...

Oh the joys of living in the country, it makes you appreciate what you have when you read a story like that. People are so much kinder and willing to help in the countryside. Are you glad you made the move?

Gill in Canada

Duchess of Tea said...

My darling I popped in to wish you a love filled February full of blessings.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

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