It wouldn’t have happened in James Stewart’s day!

So, let me set the scene.  Me and hubby were still discovering “going out” as mentioned before and so I’d bought concert tickets for a concert in Bath.  We set out with smiles on our faces and cheer in our hearts! I was driving and I know the way to Bath but not how to drive around it but figured it would all be ok when we got there.

The long and the short of it is that it wasn’t! Well it was to begin with but a few days later it turned out I had been caught and had to pay the price for my criminality! I received a Penalty Charge Notice from a certain council (it’s not hard to work out if you refer to where the concert was being held!) Anyway I’d been caught redhanded at something I had no idea I’d done at the time!

Anyway I paid the fee because I’m a law abiding citizen and being a cheerful soul I thought I’d email the council to point out a few things. I’ve attached my email below as it is easier than explaining it all to you! Read on….

Subject: BUS LANE CONTRAVENTION

Evening

I’ve received this notice as I apparently drove in your bus lane. I have paid it but can honestly say I have no recollection whatsoever of doing so. I can see my lovely car on the picture and my headlights (one that looks a bit dodgy but I’ll get that looked at I promise!) so I know I was there. I’m also pretty impressed that you picked up my car registration as it is water damaged and I have trouble every day getting into work as Security insist it looks like KD09!  

I hate anyone else driving my car so hands up…it was me but I need to have a moan…

I have never driven through Bath (only round the edges on the way to Bournemouth – lovely place) and never planned on doing so either but I was going to a concert that night in the Pavilion. I love the Overtones and they were playing that night. I usually go to Cardiff or Bristol but this year, for some reason, they weren’t gigging there so Bath was the nearest. I had seats in row E so was deliciously close to the front so it was perfect.  Just to add to the story a bit more, me and hubby stopped in the Morrison’s on the way for food as we were early, and had a lush tea  dead cheap. I had scampi and hubby had fish. Very nice indeed and a complete bargain!

Anyway I left there and drove to the Pavilion following my carefully printed out map (in colour) which took me to Pulteney Road. I have to say this road is very dark indeed and I couldn’t see a thing. Couldn’t you put some brighter bulbs in? So I turned into North Parade Road I think it was called but was so intent on looking for the Pavilion I missed the turning for the Cricket Club where my map had said to park. So thinking quickly as I was panicking, hubby turned on his phone’s sat nav to show us how to get back to the car park. Anyway I don’t normally like to pass the buck but I am going to as his stupid Samsung sat nav sent us down what turned out to be Pulteney Bridge which is, as I know now, only for buses.

All I can say is it was very very dark, I had no idea where I was and was studying the sat nav screen trying to find the right turn to take, while she talked to me in her stupid computerised English voice, so I wasn’t looking for road signs and obviously missed them. Just for the record I’m not being racist. I am English but get fed up with her nagging voice. Personally I’d have James Stewart talking on my sat nav but he’s not with us anymore.

So I’m sorry and I have paid but I do think it’s a bit unfair. I did also google bus lanes in Bath and this does seem to happen an awful lot doesn’t it according to Trip Advisor so could you possibly make your signs bigger, your street lights brighter and maybe tell the sat nav’s that this is a no entry road.   

Anyway, not one to hold grudges I wish you all a Merry Christmas. Feel free to send me a Christmas card, especially if you wanted to enclose a £30 cheque inside. After all it is the season of good will and all that……

Yours, sorry and £30 poorer but we still had a cracking night at the concert!

Vanessa  

As you can see I was the epitomy of politeness with hopefully an element of humour that I thought would surely make someone break in to smile. How wrong could I be!

A few days later I got a reply from the council, from the Team Manager – Parking to be precise.   The letter was 4 pages long and they had included some lovely library pictures, taken in daylight I might add, of the bus lane in question. The upshot of the letter was to tell me that my appeal had been rejected and that I should not rely on directional guidance and that as I had paid the fee, the matter was now closed!

So my message to you is don’t rely on your satellite navigation device, it will get you into trouble.

I’m still waiting for the Christmas card….

Got to start somewhere!

So, this is it. I’m trying my hand at blogging. It might be a complete disaster in which case I’ll just close this all down and keep my thoughts to myself. It might, on the other hand, be a good laugh and I might make a few people smile along the way. That’s my only aim.

So a bit about myself. Not too much because that would be boring! I’m fifty-something, married with a pink one and a blue one and live somewhere over the Severn  Bridge, or Prince of Wales bridge or whatever it is called now. I work full time for my sins, in a job that tests me to my limits! My children are pretty much self-sufficient now so me and hubby are rediscovering “Going out”.

Life is busy, but life is good. I just plod on being mum, wife, sister, auntie, daughter, colleague and friend to those who know me. I’m 2 kids stronger than I was 20 years ago and will happily speak my mind now saying things I wouldn’t have dreamt off years ago! I hold no airs and graces, I’m a very low maintenance wife whose only treat is getting my eyebrows threaded occasionally and trying to disguise my ever-expanding grey hairs which are beautifully disguised by your recent T-section one day and glaringly obvious the next! I don’t ask for much in life but would love a little lottery win to make life easier!

My hubby works hard and moans hard but I still love him, even after 30 years together! My children are growing up and busy working/being educated and socialising and I can’t remember the last time that we were all together for Sunday dinner but I guess that is what happens as we all get older. Sad times. I miss the times when they were small, cute and adorable…..I’ll just wait for the grandkids.

I have 2 cats. I adore the feline variety. I’m not a dog person, I’m too lazy! We’ve had the usual menagerie of pets as the kids have grown up. Cats – numerous, rabbits – two, goldfish – many, stick insects – don’t know h0w many as I could never tell the difference between them and their surroundings and hamsters – two but one ate the other one! I think that’s it but then my memory is atrocious so may have missed one! I think I like animals more than humans as animals are no where near as cruel as humans can be!

Anyway, that’s enough for now. Hopefully I’ll remember some more about myself to share with you but in the meantime, Happy Sunday x

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