We live in a holiday area. The Yorkshire Dales is popular with walkers, cyclists, dog owners, folk with small children who don't fancy the seaside, folk who have been coming here for years and see no need to change (and will probably retire up here). Almost all of them spend their holiday in a holiday cottage - of which there are hundreds.
As August begins, so the holidaymakers swell. On wet days like yesterday they tend to gravitate towards the little market towns. Not that our little town has a lot to commend it to the holidaymaker. There are the usual shops, various tea shops, a garden centre - the whole would take up about half an hour to explore I would have thought. Then there is the Wensleydale Railway - from here they can go through the Dales countryside and enjoy the ride. And many of them do.
Once the weather improves then very few come into the towns at all. Those who do (recognisable by their footwear, shorts, rucksacks etc) are usually stocking up on supplies for the day's picnic.
I am always pleased when the weather is good for them. These cottages are by no means cheap, children tend to get fractious if they are shut up day after day - they need to be out in our beautiful countryside -running free.
Today is a perfect day for them, with puffy white clouds, blue sky and a cooling wind blowing. I have just been into town and there were plenty of holiday-makers around. What I like about them is the selection of dogs they bring to the area. I find it is a good way of starting a conversation - "Can I stroke your dog? What breed is it?" is as good a way into meeting people as any.
And then, of course, you get the added satisfaction of driving home luxuriating in the fact that you don't have to come up here on holiday - you actually live here.