Having grown up in Salisbury it is no surprise I know exactly what day the annual Charter Fair arrives but we excelled ourselves in guessing which ride would set up outside the shop ...... the Ghost Train (10 points to us!). Shouts of "one more rider" and "get your tokens at the pay box" over Vincent Price's laughter from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" takes me back to my childhood and the nauseous inducing Waltzers!
In my book, once the 788 year old Charter Fair arrives and I've tucked into a toffee apple, the temperature always drops; the wood burner will have been on for at least a week and thermal underwear recovered from the bottom drawer! Don't get me wrong, all three things I adore (toffee apples, wood burners and thermals) but the knowing they will be with me until at least April is a little disconcerting.
I must say one of the best things about travelling fairs is the "carnival" bulb lighting (we prefer them to their over-used halogen cousins) there is a vintage, nostalgic and somehow romantic glow about them, so despite losing the Market Square view for 3 days there are "carnival" lights a plenty to romanticise over and keep our own in-shop version company!