The girl is getting ready for her second attempt at her driving test and as a responsible parent I feel it is very important that she experiences many different routes and roads - from our short duel carriage way max 40mph to our green lanes with high hedges and unforgiving granite walls max 15mph. I feel that she needs to encounter bike riders, horse riders and dog walkers and that she learns to stop safely when she encounters the unexpected. I also try to make sure there is also a camera and bins in the car. Todays lesson involved :-
So the law according to mother - approach slowly and hoot then wait because nothing happens so photograph the bar head
creep forward some more- photograph the heron
Creep some more and hoot - was there something
Now he is taking the micky
Finally they eventually go to the side
A bit further along the lane we spotted these
At first I thought goose but now I am not sure. I think they might be cattle egret?!! Cropped version
and then as we headed home - other side of the Island one of our friends came out to play
I quite like having a chauffeur :)
Caroline in Jersey
Quite an interesting driving lesson,where does it fit into the practical test?reckon you're right about Cattle Egrets.Hope the test goes to plan.
Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can
Absolutely no where, Seaman, as far as I can tell they drive around town for 20 to 40 mins and that is it. They get very little country side driving and I need to take her to try a multi-story car park.
Lovely driving lesson by the looks of it!....although a very long time ago I don't remember mine being quite as 'scenic' as that!! LOL
Oh Mrs. C a great set of photos but an awful choice for the thread title. Good luck to the daughter, lets hope she doesnt read this thread ;-)
Arghh, I hadn't thought of it that way....I was going along the lines of the swan refusing to move, it stood there preening for a good 5 or so minutes.
She will pass should have been the title Germain .
My youngest took 10 times to pass
He was told by the driving instrutor that my way of driving wasn't the way they drive now,things like using gears when slowing,now they just brake.
another thing I hadn't thought of was night driving. He passed his test and hadn't done any night driving.
One thing I'd reccommend is the motorway lessons after passing, it also brings the insurance down, but have you got a motorway in Jersey.
I've always said you learn to drive after passing and going out alone.
Wish her luck
a good laugh is better than a tonic
Sounds, and looks like a great lesson to me :0)
An optimist sees the beauty of the complete rose.A pessimist sees only the thorn .
No motorways here so it's a bit scary when they get off the ferry in the uk at Portsmouth for the first time and are virtually straight onto one and with a max. speed of 40 going up to 70 is a bit of a shock. I now get her to drive to the shops and we are getting night practice in - we have a bit of an issue with bright white headlights - the blue white ones, we both find them a bit dazzling. I am a bit surprised by certain skills that are not taught and am beginning to wonder if they have a baring on why some of our youngsters get into difficulties. Just hope my car is repaired before she passes otherwise I will have to ask to borrow hers!
I'm sure she will pass Caroline, I found the roads in Jersey very pleasant and senic and no one seems to speed. Indeed everyone was very polite, after you etc a pleasant change from the English roadhogs.
Enjoy the world around you and keep taking photographsSee all my photos here Cheers Judi
Too true Judi
There may not be motorways on Jersey, Caroline, but at least your daughter will be able to cope with country lanes, and those very unforgiving hedges which we also have in Cornwall, and undoubtably many other places. When I passed my test, I was more apprehensive of these than motorways. I hope she does well.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Was "duel carriage way" a deliberate mistake? They certainly seem like a fight sometimes.
What's the bird in the last picture Caroline? Can't make it out.
Seriously thinking about trying harder!
Hello Jackdaw, where have you been hiding? ahem..I'll claim it as deliberate because it's quite good :) The last bird should be one of the 22 or more Marsh Harriers that are having their autumn holidays over here but there is every chance it's a buzzard :)
I know what you are going through! Driving instructors never seem to teach kids to think how wide or long their vehicle is and how to relate that to road width etc. Most visitors to N W Wales keep so far from the walls at the sides of our roads, they obviously feel their cars are as wide as tanks!!
I used to get my daughter to look carefully at the vehicles in front of her and observe how much room there was between the car and the wall or the white line. She can squeeze through tiny gaps now and park on a sixpence! When she first passed, I gave her the old Series 3 Landrover to drive! Taught her a lot and her 'street cred' went up no end!!!!!
As for motorways, my horror story was going to Dallas with an American friend and hiring a car at the airport. It was an automatic which I don't often drive but when she suggested I drive to the hotel while she navigated I agreed. Wish I hadn't! Straightout of the airport onto an Interstate Highway that was, I think, 6 lanes in each direction! Eeeeek!
God gave us two ears and one mouth for a very good reason!