These bright, light, early mornings are not conducive to 'sleeping in' - it is light, it is sunny, it is barely 6am but no longer can I snuggle down and have another hour. So here I am at the computer and reading others who have the same feelings. The Bike Shed set me off with thinking about our National Parks - and The Yorkshire Dales in particular - living only two miles outside it it is the one I know best. So I shall now put on my dressing gown,(this weather means that sleep of any kind is only possible wearing nothing but what I was born in and that is no longer a pretty sight in which to greet my carer (I like to think it was once upon a time when I spent hours sitting for my first husband to paint)) draw back the blinds and listen for her cheery 'Good Morning!' - she is always on time. I will be back later having thought about what The Bike Shed has to say.
Living in a National Park. Well living a couple of miles outside does make life easier when it comes to things like Building Regulations but that really would not concern me at my age anyway. So I will dispense with that. But there are things which affect me and everyone else up here - things which have a plus and a minus side. Most villages within National Parks are full of picturesque cottages lining the narrow roads. Some are second homes so that in Summer they are occupied - either by the owners or by holiday makers. But the word that matters is 'occupied'. Because they are car owners the question arises where do they park their car/cars? The answer of course is the same as it is for all the residents of the village - on the side of the road (both sides of course) outside their property or as near as possible. Because of course most 'picturesque' cottages were built long before cars came along. Driving through these villages, especially once everyone is home in the evening, is a nightmare. The gap for moving cars is very narrow.
In our little town we have a more than adequate Car Park and out of the holiday/rambling season we can all park easily, especially on Market Day - also Cattle Market Day. We have a lovely Market - as have many of the small towns within the National Parks - ours has an especially good Fish vehicle with fish fresh that day from Whitby. But in order to find anywhere to put the car you have to be there before the Ramblers have parked up for the day and gone off on their walk. And tourist coaches drop off loads of visitors on holiday - we are a good stop for coffee before travelling on to Hawes and lunch and a tour at the Wensleydale Creamery - and this of course is very good for our local coffee shops and tourist shops. But it is not all plain sailing.
I n many ways we are so very lucky. We live in the most wonderful scenery, the spirit of community is second to none, many families have been here for generations, farming is the local 'industry' and dominates many aspects of life - everyone knows when it is 'shearing time' or 'silaging time' or 'milking time' - all these aspects of life up here are enviable and reasons why so many people move up here. But I am sure if I drove a tractor and huge silage truck through any of the villages up here I would try hard at silage time to get as many journeys done before everyone came home and parked up for the night.
The scenery in all the National Parks is wonderful - that is why they have been designated as such. And we have the benefit of that all day and every day. Do drop in if you are anywhere near - but be aware you might find parking a bit of a problem.