Today is Friday, 9th April

They are on their way……….. or will be on Monday if the local social media feed is right.
It would appear that caravan sites are opening as from Monday and interest in our town and the surrounding areas has been immense. This explains why the shelves were being depleted of basic stuffs as the site shops stock up in readiness. Great……..not. There will be fraying tempers and frustrated motorists as the main High Street is being dug up and there are three ways traffic lights in operation. As for us, we will be keeping a low profile.
My home town of Poole is a holiday resort. You have Sunseeker yachts on the quay and the harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe (though technically in the world since Sydney added a man made bit).

Sunseeker yachts on Poole Quayside June 2015.

There are added attractions in the islands in the harbour, Compton Acres, parks and beaches, plus a large shopping centre. Bournemouth is about 6 miles away, and the beaches there hit the news big time last year as crowds gathered despite Covid restrictions and social distancing. I believe it has been voted one of the best beaches in the country for tourism.
However, we lived on the outskirts of the town so knew the pitfalls of the Summer season and holiday traffic. Working for the bank meant I had no problem with parking at the weekend because I could use the company car park using my ID card for access (it was allowed), but we avoided Bournemouth at all costs because it just drained our energy and took weeks to recover. A popular place for retirement, I saw it as the pensioners draining youth like vampires.
It’s different here as we are in the thick of it, our estate being just a mile from the centre. There are only two ways in, and both can be congested when ‘visitors’ park irresponsibly on both sides of the road, and our own road is used as an overflow car park for the beach.
The irony is there is nothing actually here apart from a decent beach and boating lake, though there are amusement and entertainment arcades, novelty golf and a smattering of cafes.

It’s a double edged sword though for business. The town relies on tourism and we appreciate that. I just wish that there was an amount of respect for residents to go with it.

Keep well and safe everyone.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Today is Friday, 9th April

  1. murisopsis says:

    We lived in Michigan City, IN that was just a hop and a skip from Chicago and on Lake Michigan. We would have droves of people descend on town in the summer – especially on weekends. They would take over restaurants making it impossible to go out and have any peace. They behaved badly and we would avoid any place where they frequented… I feel your pain.

    • At least we aren’t bombarded with music from the amusement arcades as we’re too far away.
      However, when the circus and fair are in town (and we had both last year regardless) and the wind is in the wrong direction, we get the lot.

  2. Carol anne says:

    This is not good! I am hoping there is going to be some respect shown for the residents! Fingers crossed! ❀

  3. Good afternoon, it is a spring day, the sun is out but it is on the cool side. My doctor’s appointment went okay. I thought of you when I notice I had gain 10 pounds. In my case, it was needed and I can another 20 pounds. Sorry to read about the death of Prince Philip. Stay safe!

  4. willowdot21 says:

    You too Di, have a good weekend πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  5. TanGental says:

    Ah Poole. Had a lot of fun there and in Bournemouth as a teen. Saw my first rock concert at the wintergardens though dad died in Poole hospital so the memories are rather tinged…

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