Falmer

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Red Crocosmia, Rosa Parkdirektor Riggers, red carnations, white Cistus, pink hebe, tomatoes, runner beans and sweet peas. These are just a few of the labels I have been writing out for the plant stall at the Falmer Flower festival this weekend (Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm). There will also be a tombola, home-made cakes, hand-made cards, paintings, bric-a-brac, quality preloved clothes, delicious teas and light lunches and most important of all the beautiful flowers in the church. Another lure is the live flute playing from Helen Fairbank in the church tomorrow, Saturday, from around noon for about an hour. We are just keeping our fingers crossed for good weather.

CONCERT: Also tomorrow, Saturday, we’ll be having a concert in the church given by Nicola Grunberg and Judith Maddison who will present a programme of Piano Duets including dance pieces by Warlock, Brahms, Seiber, Copland and Khachaturian. These are seriously excellent musicians and the concert promises to be wonderful. The concert starts at 5.30pm and entrance is free with a retiring collection. There is easy parking and easy access by bus and train.

BIRDS: We have a sparrowhawk that has taken up residence in our pine tree lately. No doubt he is watching out for unsuspecting visitors to our bird feeders. He has been chased away at least twice by the jackdaws that eat most of the food we put out and the blackbirds set up a terrible racket whenever they see him.

FILM: Talking of things that fly, if you live near the University of Sussex Campus and you have been hearing an annoying whizzing noise, look up in the sky. You will probably see the drone that has been filming the campus recently. The drone has been flying over the sports grounds next to Ridge Road and filming. You can see a film on Youtube that was made a few months ago called University of Sussex bird view. I am sure the latest filming will appear before long.

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