The one where I'm like a dog w/ a bone.

As you know this, this and this has been happening.  What I haven’t mentioned is that it happened again yesterday, Sunday and Saturday.  It happen TWICE yesterday.  I’m completely disgusted with the entire situation and am too depressed to take photos (don’t worry that will pass).  As you also know we’ve have received planning permission to extend and we will be paving the drive at the same time.  Now to the bone part.  On Saturday I babysat for Joy and on Sunday we had lunch at her place.  We chatted about houses and what we can get for our money around this area.  It’s been a while since I spent all my days looking at properties.  Our conversations w/ Joy got me thinking and I started looking at properties again (insert groan from Wal here).  So now I’m obsessed.  I want to move!  I REALLY want to move.  To just illustrate how bad it is, as I sit here typing someone has just blocked my driveway (yes I did go out there and have a word with them).  It is literally driving me a bit nutty.  I don’t want to go out and shout at people  I love the area I live in.  It has everything you need and I don’t need a car to live here.  It’s one of the reasons we decided to to extend.  We drove all over South Manchester and Cheshire looking for properties.  We decided that we were loooking for something we already have.  It takes Wal about 15 minutes to get to work and I can be at the airport in 1o minutes.  The fact that we can be at the airport in 10 minutes AND we’re not in the flight path is very important when you think of the amount of travel Wal does. 

My dilemma is that Wal is totally happy extending.  We’ve spent a bit of money getting plans drawn up and planning approval.  He knows the area and it just makes complete financial sense to stay and extend.  I KNOW all these things but the parking situation is really really really driving me CRAZY.  Whenever Wal and I talk (and we talk all.the.time) I manage to insert new house/moving/new house/crappy parking/more house for our money/new house/moving into every single conversation we have.  It’s driving Wal batty and it’s not going to change a damn thing.  We’re here, we’re extending and I’ll just have to get over it.


  1. December 5, 2007 /

    There has got to be something you can do. It blows my mind that there is no legal recourse for this insane situation. I’d want to move too, but you do have the perfect place! And the extension! You were so excited to get it all approved!

    I’m still thinking about your letter too. I’d be getting friendly with the local cops (bobbies?) and feed them cookies so they watch out for your driveway a little more.

    Doesn’t it happen to other neighbors? Maybe you need to get a gang together to kick the stupid peoples asses.

  2. RachelCJ
    December 5, 2007 /

    I know how you feel about the moving…I went to visit a friend in Cuddington (junction 9 on the M56) and you can get a HUGE 4 bed, 2 car garage, utility room, American style closets etc for £250K…

    But again, being close to the airport and the M60 are important for me.

    You need to call a clamping service and find out if you can clamp people.

  3. December 5, 2007 /

    have you considered 2 things

    1) it is possible that once it is nicely paved people will be less inclined to park in front of it

    2) you could just park in front of it yourself.


    I’ll be drafting that letter soon… sorry

  4. Jo Beaufoix
    December 9, 2007 /

    I’m with Cami. When it is paved t might be more obvious??? Not that it doesn’t look obvious, but, you know, it might look more unmissable??

    Or you could park there yourself.

    I really feel for you. Our problem isn’t half as bad as yours. We get it every couple of months and that feels bad enough. Ave you spoken to police, traffic wardens etc?? I’m sure you have, I’m just so frustrated for you.

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