To the north of us we have the M4 with important people travelling east (towards London) and people travelling west, getting away from it all (into Wales, albeit at a cost - the Severn bridges cost going west).
And then to the left of us (well, if you look at a map it is on the left) we have the M5. There are those (misguidedly) going north, ready to encounter the motorway system around Birmingham, Spaghetti Junction and all - this is a really shitty bit of road system. And then there are those going south. Apart from usual motorway traffic, these are all holidaymakers.
It's usually pretty obvious when something has blocked the M5 as the alternative route (the A38) is at the bottom of our road.
But today, the excuse was a little out of the ordinary ...
"M5 at standstill due to 1,000 chickens on road"http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/M5-standstill-1-000-chickens-road/story-17089930-detail/story.html
(I'm sorry, the link should have been under the headline, as it were, but Blogger's playing up and won't display anything other than the actual link - technology, d'oh!)