This post is for Week 5 of the Gallery set up by Tara at Sticky Fingers. The title this week is ‘Outside My Front Door’ & Tara did mention that it didn’t have to be taken literally. Well, I have & I apologise for the following rant but I’M CROSS!
I’ve lived here for over 20 years (my OH for 29yrs). We love the area because it is so convenient for shops, cafes, pubs. There’s a reasonable, if expensive, bus service & we can get to key motorways reasonably quickly.
Our house has been transformed over the years & I love it! Only problem is THE ROAD! I want to pick the house up & move it! I’d be quite happy to move to a replica of our road when I first moved here. It was quiet, with friendly neighbours & the odd car passing through.
Now, it can be like the finishing straight at Brands Hatch with the road being used like a rat run. Parking as you can see can be a nightmare & not just with cars but vans. It doesn’t help being near a county cricket ground & a football league ground but even on non-match days, parking can be a tortuous exercise. My neighbour has been having a kitchen extension put on since November!!Even with the delay for the snow, it has gone on for TOO long!
Many of the houses have been taken for student lets (that will be those students with no money!). Not only have they all got cars – what do they do with curtains?! I may well have a further ‘curtain rant’ in another post! But to continue-why don’t those with garages use them? I used to get cross about not being able to park outside my house. Now I’d like to be able to SEE my house as I’m coming down the road! Maybe the solution is to push for residents permits but that can be so restrictive if you only get one. What am I saying! I can’t get one car parked let alone visitors’ vehicles! I feel embarrassed when people visit or drop me off!
So this is my entry for this week’s gallery. Maybe in the not too distant future I can post another picture of a quiet suburban street! Is parking a problem for you?