Monday, 2 August 2010
It's Holiday Time.
There are drawbacks to living in a Tourist hotspot - and they have all come to the fore over the last day or two. Living, as we do, in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (i.e. The Yorkshire Dale of Wensleydale) we know we have to share its beauty with others, but this week it is pretty horrible living up here.
Monday in our little market town of Leyburn is usually a quiet day with one or two people wandering about and a few cars in the car park. Today the town is very full. The car parks are full; the shops are heaving; there is a queue at the Post Office; the bank has a queue both at the cash machine and at the counter; there are queues of cars at every junction and an awful lot of caravans are passing through.
Yesterday I had my lunch with a group of friends at a pub carvery in the town (the farmer was out walking with his walking group). Usually there are just a handful of eaters - yesterday there were more than sixty.
Oh dear - we quiet country folk are not used to this crowd. Yet we have to be pleased that people are here. Several shops in the town have closed down through poor sales and several cafes have only been opening at weekends. Now suddenly everyone is doing well, trade is thriving and there is an air of busy-ness about the place. That has got to be good, so we must grin and bear the inconvenience.
This morning the farmer and I went into Northallerton on business and on the way back we were held up by a Steam train chugging away merrily between Leyburn and Leeming Bar - the only open bit of the Wensleydale Railway. Tourism in full flow again - and I do hope it continues throughout August - it will be lovely to see the business community thriving again.