Saturday, 17 September 2011

The Curse of the White Van Man


Saltaire Festival is here again - and although I think many of Saltaire's residents, me included, genuinely enjoy the buzz around the village, there is another side to the coin.  Over the final weekend, several of the main streets are closed to traffic.  One street is given over entirely to a three-day Continental Market, where you can buy all manner of food and gifts, from Greek olives to French crêpes to genuine Spanish paella.  All rather pricey, but good quality and very vibrant and colourful.  The downside is that all those traders' vans have to be parked somewhere and they end up in the streets around my home.  This is a bus route too, though I wonder if the bus would be able to squeeze through!  I'm glad I had to deliver my mum's car back to her a couple of weekends ago - glad because she is fit to drive again and glad because I don't now have to worry about it getting damaged in the congestion.

12 comments:

  1. With so many vehicles on the roads, it's a bit of a lottery these days, as to whether our cars get through the day unscathed.

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  2. A real problem! and a funny way to speak about the fair:we never hear about what's behind!

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  3. I see you are blessed with he same ambivalence we feel here in Rugby. We like having the visitors come for the festivals, and especially like the money they leave behind, but we do miss our quiet and convenience during the activity. Jim

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  4. I am glad to hear that your mother is doing better. What a relief to her that she is able to drive again, regaining her independence.

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  5. I just saw an avenue of white vans leading straight up to the glorious landscape above them!
    Jane Gray

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  6. That would get irritating, but the market sounds so yummy!

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  7. You sneaked in here the news that your mother is better. Good to read. Most similar markets in my area are held at places with plenty of space, so this is not an issue I can remember facing.

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  8. The market sounds like fun. I guess I would live with this congestion for some good food.

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  9. There s a price to pay for everything, isn't there. At least it's only a once a year event, but I am certainly able to empathize.

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  10. So good to hear your Mum is doing better! That market sounds wonderful. ~Lili

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  11. I'm drooling at the thought of that market.

    Shame about the vans, but good that your mum is so much better.

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