Hedge Holes

In 2011 a minibus lost control and smashed into our front garden.Β  Nobody was badly hurt but my garden was a mess (see below).

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The walls were rebuilt by the owner of the minibus company but we replaced the hedge at our own expense (because his cheque bounced). The hedge was finally beginning to look undamaged this year. Then somebody else lost control of their car on Sunday night and landed in our front garden. Again, miracle of miracles, nobody was seriously hurt but the garden has taken a battering. I couldn’t get a good photo of the impact point because it was pretty much obliterated. Heavy chunks of masonry flew hundreds of yards and a huge evergreen tree at the end of our boundary hedge was separated from its roots. Here is a picture of the secondary damage from where the car landed and was pulled out by the emergency services.
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Thank heavens for the emergency services, airbags and car insurance!

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Posted on November 3, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Oh My! So glad no one was seriously hurt.

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  2. My goodness Sarah, you’ll soon have to stack rubber tyres in front of that wall for them to bounce off!

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  3. Oh dear! Your poor garden!

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  4. Seriously, how fast do they normally travel on that road or is there a pub near by? I’ll think I should dedicate my next “I am…” blog post to you and your garden — I am resilient…. Glad no one was hurt. πŸ˜€ Love your house. ❀

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    • Thanks Colleen. πŸ™‚ Everybody drives too fast on this road but at least the locals know to slow down for our bit. It’s one of those bends that’s tighter than it first appears. We hear cars losing traction on it nearly every day. Needless to say we don’t spend very much time in the front garden any more. The house is old. It was built over 100 years ago when people traveled a bit more slowly. I’ve rung the council about improving the road surface and signage but I haven’t heard anything back yet.

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      • I hope the signage helps — my road has lots of signs but the people heading up to the elementary school seem to be going to fast to read them. Maybe you’ll get a large check to pay for a beautiful new garden.

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      • πŸ™‚ There is a school up the road here too but it doesn’t seem to make people slow down, especially out of school hours. The insurance assessor came today and he was very understanding. We should get all of our costs covered. Yay!

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      • Every once in a while they put up a big electronic sign that measures the speed and posts it as a car approaches. This seems to slow people down a bit — until they take the sign down and then they speed again. Cha-ching — glad the insurance is taking care of everything.

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  5. That wall is a good barrier between the vehicles and your house. Fortunate that no one has been hurt. Unfortunate that you need to repair the wall, again!

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  6. I’m so very sorry to see this. Happy no one was hurt but perhaps you should put boulders in place so if cars go out of control they will not hit your garden, where people could be sitting or working. Anything to stop the cars before they get to you. I hope things are back in shape soon. ❀

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    • Thanks Gigi. Yes, we’ve thought of things like that. The trick is to figure out a barrier that won’t launch the vehicle into the air (except maybe back the way it came πŸ˜‰ ). The police think that the latest car went airborne after the first impact. There was only a narrow hole in the second wall until the car was pulled back out.

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  7. OMGoodness Sarah…so fortunate no-one was badly hurt! But what a shock and mess for you again.
    The tyre idea sounds very tempting I must say….also you could even paint them and stack them in such a way as to make them into planters. I’m sure they’d make a very attractive safety barrier πŸ˜‰

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    • Even more impressive if you’d seen the car in position. πŸ™‚ The original hole in the wall wasn’t big enough for the car to fit through. The policeman reckoned he must have flown through sideways. He landed at right-angles to the house with his headlights facing the road, i.e. he was reversed in, ready for the morning. πŸ™‚

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  8. Glad nobody was hurt. Sorry about Your Garden, though! Wish You All the Best, and Love. πŸ™‚

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