Doing business on Bog Island

Always nice to welcome a new trader into town and setting up a tented pitch on Bog Island – at Bath’s Terrace Walk – certainly gets you noticed.

Setting up shop near Bath’s coach drop.

This, of course, is a  drop-off point for many visiting coach loads of tourists and Monya Hamdia’s Morrocan-styled range of products may well be of interest.

Will it be pitch perfect for Monya?

I told her renting a couple of porta-loos might also earn her more than a fair penny.

All the way from Trowbridge. Monya Hamdia who has just started trading on the Bog Island site.

The irony is not lost on those who – remembering that the spot gets its name from the now long-defunct underground loos – have to fend off requests from newly-arrived coach visitors asking where the nearest toilet is!

Good to hear B&NES are looking for more commercial ways of exploiting the showpiece riverside park that is Parade Gardens.

The notice boards have been erected. Good spot too – as they hide the wheelie bins behind them!

Elsewhere on this site, you will see a story about holding the first-ever Spring Fayre at this location but – this morning – l saw notice boards being erected which will give information about regular sales of bedding plants.

You too can have a garden like B&NES!

While admiring the handiwork, l noticed the frame for book and quill pen are still in place in a central flower bed.

The framework is still there. Will we be celebrating another writer with Bath connections this year?

After celebrating Jane Austen last year l wonder if they are considering Charles Dickens for the 2018 floral season.

There is one notice that has already gone up. Seems the Ermine Street Guard will be in the city staging a Roman military re-enactment as part of this year’s World Heritage Day.

The Romans are coming!

Make a date in your diary for Sunday, April 22nd from 11 am until 3pm. The event takes place on the lower lawn in front of the Royal Crescent.

Was expecting to find Bathonians lining the streets of the city. Wasn’t today the day Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were due to visit Bath? Indeed, one city centre clothing store had staff blowing up balloons and hanging red, white and blue trimmings in the shop window.

A red, white and blue welcome for Prince Harry and his bride to be. Shame they won’t see it.

Nice touch but it seems the couple were only dropping into the see the Invictus Games UK team trials at Bath University’s Sports Training Village.

When are the Royals due?

Ah well, nice thought.




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