The Half Term Hols

The school hols are here again – it only seems a few weeks since it was new year. So lots of regular customers are off to go skiing or even better, to find some lovely hot weather. It’s awfully quiet and everyone else looks to have a bad case of holiday-envy! Also congratulations to Sheila who marries her lovely wife Hannah on Saturday – and then honeymoons in Thailand – and also best wishes to Steve (and lots of holiday-envy on my behalf!) as he goes to South Africa for three weeks with his girlfriend. The week seems to be going very slowly, as it always does when sales are low, and I will be glad to reach the end. Anyway, if you are off on hols please keep the good news to yourself or I may get a fatal case of terminal holiday-envy!! See you on the bridge – Sharon

About Me Exploded!

I recently added to my “About Me” section but I realised that it didn’t really go into enough detail and that it wasn’t divided into very good sections so I have worked hard on it tonight to give better detail so that you can really get to know where I have come from and hopefully the separate sections are clearer too – let me know what you think of it – Sharon

Cannon Street this Morning…

I did go to Cannon Street this morning from about 6.50am until about 7.35am but unfortunately in that short time I realised that it would never be busy enough for me to make a reasonable amount of money, even if I managed to catch a dozen of my regular customers. Due to there being two exits, so far apart, it means that you can only cover one of them properly and once I saw how far apart the trains came in and how few people came out of that exit, I decided to cut my losses and go back to London Bridge. At least there, on my regular pitch I know that I will make some money, even if the amount is vastly reduced from what it was before the festive period. So sorry to all my regulars that now go to Cannon Street; I would love to see my “missing” customers but it’s not a worthwhile use of my time. Sharon

Bored!!! (but time to give thanks too)

I am sitting here on a Sunday afternoon and amazingly I find that I have enough spare time to be bored! I very rarely have spare time to start with, so being bored too is a VERY rare occurrence! I am starting a new phase tomorrow in that I will be standing at Cannon Street station in order to try to see some of my missing customers. They are not missing or lost themselves but I have missed them very much at my pitch at London Bridge – I seem to be 40% down on regular customers this month due to changes in where the trains stop. So tomorrow will be a big risk; I know I will make SOMETHING on my usual spot but am not guaranteed to make ANYTHING anywhere else. So we shall see what happens and I will let you all know within a day or two how it went (fingers crossed etc).

Also I would like to take the opportunity – as I seem to have this very rare spare time to fill – to thank a few people who have really touched me recently with their help and kindness. Firstly – massive thanks to Phil and Clare (&kids) for giving weekly help with my rent, promised until the end of February, when normally sales/profits pick up a little as people clear some of their Christmas credit card bills. Just the thought that they discussed my problem and then decided to help (despite family obligations) is so lovely (I actually got rather tearful when Phil explained what they were going to do). It is also far too cold to consider returning to live in the summerhouse at the moment, so the help is very gratefully accepted. Thanks also to Kelly (I hope that is right!) for the bag of lovely food etc last week: thanks also to Nick for the fabulous hand warmers – so essential at the moment and as always, many thanks to Mr Rob Clarkson (Big Drumroll here) of Horley for the coffees, hand warmers, jokes and his excellent talent at keeping my spirits up (I believe we should have been siblings in an alternate universe – I would have loved to be your older sister!). Thanks too for things too numerous to mention, to Jackie West, Nick who sails, Mr John Merrett, little Julie who comes from Waterloo East, for testing the journey to get to my pitch, and many others who I will attempt to name over the next few weeks, but never forgetting Mr Adam Nottage and his lovely wife Coral, for their never-ending help, concern and love. When the going gets tough, you really know who your friends are!! Back in a day or so – Sharon