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WILDLIFE: Take a walk over to Falmer South from the north side of the A27 and you realise just how many house martins there are nesting over by the pond. The air is thick with them at the moment. At least one brood has already fledged and the parents are still feeding some of them, as well as rearing the next lot of chicks. Some nests are built all in a line like a block of flats, and the activity over the pond on a warm day is amazing with house martins and swallows swooping and diving to catch insects. House sparrows also like to have company and we are very pleased to have them nesting under our eaves for the first time in years. Numbers have declined in recent years but it seems they are picking up again.

TEA: Rosemarie told you last week that teas are continuing to be served all summer until early September. Apart from the excellent tea and delicious home-made cake we can now boast some brand-spanking new café style tables. Very smart and slightly larger than the old ones, so you can fit more plates of cake on them.

FLOWERS: We have a number of Buddleia bushes in our garden, the standard purple, a deeper purple one, an orange one, a cream one and a white one. Very surprisingly, it is the white one that seems to attract the most bees and butterflies. Today it was covered in peacocks, red admirals, commas, whites (!) and numerous honey and bumble bees. A close second in the nectar popularity stakes is the Echium which is now about 12 foot tall and still producing flowers which the bees adore.

THEATRE: A group of us ladies from Falmer took ourselves off to Chichester Festival Theatre last week to see Mack and Mabel. Angela Stannard kindly drove us there and back. We arrived in Chichester in time for coffee, then a wander round looking at the shops followed by lunch, then on to the theatre. The production was great fun and I for one, came home humming the tunes. We avoided the worst of the traffic by going on the inland road through Storrington and past Amberley. Quite apart from missing the tailbacks at Worthing and Arundel, the advantage of the journey is the fabulous views to be seen.

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