|Outside the Pump Rooms, Bath. Nov 2017. Pentax ME Super/HP5/Adox paper.|
Anyway, back to Stew in a Box - prime pitch or what?! But the great unwashed weren't exactly queuing up for their offerings, as you can see from the snap. Still, it was the first night of the Christmas Market and it was cold and wet and horrible - hopefully trade picked up. I heard that pitches cost £3000 for the 4 weeks of the markets and this one perhaps even more, given the location. Hmm. From what I could ascertain, the foodie pitches were doing well (notwithstanding the above)...mulled wine, pulled pork things, sausages (more of that to come). The knick-knack cabins (of which there were plenty) were doing substantially less trade and I reckon profit would be hard fought for in those cases. I did hear from a reliable source, though (that would be the taxi driver back to Bristol Airport. Ah yes, no longer do I do the trek from The Min to Bath Spa railway station, train to Bristol Temple Meads, Coach to Bristol Airport, plane to Belfast and then an hour by car until I reach the sanctuary of The Liberties. No siree. I used to, until quite recently. But hawking a couple of bags on and off public transport for several hours is alas no longer something that Yours Truly can do with any degree of confidence, hence the taxi to Bristol Airport which makes life a lot easier) that they bus folk into the Bath Christmas Markets from all over...hoards of them expected every day from start to finish and he was in no doubt that money would be made and lots of it. I'd like to think so, as from what I could see any ££ made would be well earned...sitting in their little cabins for what, 12+ hours per day in the freezing cold trying to persuade people to part with their hard-earned cash. Fair play to them, eh?