Friday, 20 April 2018

The Hinterland of The South Hams


There are some things that I am good at.  It is affirming to acknowledge your own strengths.  I mostly communicate well, in writing and verbally, I can easily knock up a decent meal, I'm a competent clinician and a fair to middling parent......But my sense of direction is shocking.  I reckon I could get lost in my own home if I tried.

A case in point is a journey I make pretty frequently during my working life.  There's a shortcut through narrow country lanes to the villages that lie east of Kingsbridge.  There's  a fork from the A-road that runs from Totnes about  a mile after the turn off to Dartmouth.   Even though there's road signs and some distinctive features like farm buildings and a wonderful tree that's been bowed by the wind it's a bit of a lottery as to whether I'll end up in my intended destination.  Well actually the odds of winning Euromillions seem greater for I don't think I've ever got it right.   I head for the gorgeously named Frogmore and whoops!  I end up in Stokenham two settlements down the road.  I've only been working this patch for fourteen years.  Maybe I'll get my bearings sometime soon!

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  1. I am the same, no sense of direction at all. I can go into a big store and come out not remembering which way I was heading went I went in. My husband says that I can't find my way out of a paper bag! I have to do a journey many times for it to stick and I use landmarks such as pubs etc to remember if I am on the right track. My husband is the opposite and can drive somewhere once and it sticks. Sigh.

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    1. It may be a male brain trait. Louis is much better at it than me. xx

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  2. I have a theory [yet to be proved or disproved granted] that there are mysterious powers at night which move the roads around. Makes perfect sense!
    Arilx

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    1. Love it! That must be what happens! xx

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  3. I van go one way but never return the same way. I am a right handed left hander (being forced to be right handed when I started school in 1955) and I’m sure the mixed laterality confuses my brain about direction. I frquently become locationally challenged in large shopping centres even if I have visited dozens of times before.

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    1. Now I'm left handed. I wonder if that's it. xx

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  4. I have no sense of direction either and I am ambidexterous. I can't sing either and I am Welsh... xx

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    1. Do Welsh people have a poor sense of direction en masse???xx

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