"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

It's a hard life!

Yesterday I had to go for my counselling supervision in Chester. It was another beautiful day, crisp, but not really cold, sun shining, blue sky - a day that we will doubtless pay for in weeks to come, but to be appreciated nonetheless.

I have come to like Chester, but only since I discovered the convenience of 'Park and Ride'. Driving around Chester is not to be recommended for those of a nervous disposition. The least hesitation, wrong turning, incorrect lane chosen and you face a barrage of hostility from the 'locals'. I have even had a driver squeezing past me where there was no space to squeeze and folding my wing mirror in as he passed.

So now, I use the 'Park and Ride' bus, get off at Pepper Street, walk smartly down Watergate Street, City Walls Street, over the railway and there I am on the canal bank.

And this is what it looked like yesterday. Unfortunately, the powers that be in Chester seem determined to allow every last possible space to be built on so this area will not be quite so peaceful in the future.


Steve said...

Every City centre seems to be suffering from the same problem. Precious and few and far between central green spaces disappearing as the current trend for City living continues.

I don't mind it when an old building is renovated and turned into apartments but when green spaces go it makes my blood boil.

Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens were sold to a developer who was allowed to build an office block on THE central green space to fund the redesign of the remaining land. So now we've got a "designer" concrete wall and a fountain. And 50% less public space.


Jennyta said...

It's happening everywhere, Steve, and it's such a shame. Every town and city has lost or is losing any individuality it might once have had.

Silverback said...

You've definitely developed Fred, I say Fred Elliot syndrome this week, Jenny.

Jennyta said...

You spotted the deliberate mistake, then, Ian? Blame Blogger, I say, blame Blogger!
PS Nice to know a fellow Corrie fan. :)

Dale said...

And no snow. How can it be possible? In February!

Jennyta said...

Balmy, spring-like temperatures, Dale. The world's gone mad.


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