Tree on the line…

Oh, great!

Lunchtime check-in in with Twitter and I find this:

“Due to an obstruction on the line at Whiteabbey the line is blocked. Train services through this station may be subject to disruption (delays / cancellations) on all routes. Disruption is expected until further notice….Rail tickets will be accepted on Metro & Ulsterbus services along the Shore Road.

“A bus substitution will operate between Belfast Lanyon Place to Carrickfergus both ways (calling at all stops) and trains will still operate between Carrickfergus / Larne”


The very thought of a packed bus journey among other grumbling commuters filled me with instant horror.

It didn’t take me long to realise that the tree removal was out of my control. How I dealt with this blip would be down to me.

At least I had a bit of pre-warning and was able to consider a few options:

Leave work a bit early to get a bus before the rush.
Phone Ryan to see if he could come and collect me (he was off work today).
Pray that the tree got shifted in time for the trains to be running by my normal home time.
Start walking.

As it turned out, by home time the tree was firewood, and I got home as usual.

A useful reminder that your life is full of potential tree-blockages. Not everything you want to achieve, experience or attain will be a smooth journey. Sometimes you need to plan for a workaround, occasionally the blockage doesn’t manifest. Still, handy to have something ready just in case. Definitely helps to get past those pesky trees.

It’s not necessarily the journey that matters, it’s getting safely to the destination that counts.

“The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.” Woodrow Wilson.

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