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VISITORS: As the weather is getting cooler and the evenings darker, I didn’t expect to be so busy. I had a very nice gentleman stay on Thursday and Friday, who could not get any accommodation at all in Lewes, as everyone was full. It just goes to show that more accommodation is badly needed in the area. It seems that it is now more trendy to stay in our own country for holidays and explore all our own beauty and hidden treasures.

FLYING: I was listening to my car radio recently, as I drove along, and I heard a gentleman who was high up in aviation (not meant to be a pun). He was saying that anyone who does long haul flights flies over at least two war zones and many people have no idea of how many war zones there are, because they are not informed by their travel agents. Accidents will happen when air space is used by military as well as general aircraft, as recent events prove.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: I hear that Rodmell’s Harvest Festival Service had standing room only and that the children did a wonderful job of singing and reciting about items to do with the harvest. The harvest Supper was also great and I and my friend Juliet, really enjoyed the delicious food. Thanks go to all those who worked so hard to give pleasure to the rest of us.

GIG: Unfortunately I could not get to the Leaky Buckets gig in Iford on October 10. It’s the first one I’ve missed for ages and I’m always grateful to be asked. I hope they did well for their charity.

DISAPPOINTED: I was very disappointed not to be able to get a ticket for Ian Everest’s Evening of Farming Nostalgia on Saturday November 7. All the tickets went so quickly. I know many others were disappointed too, so let’s hope it can happen again soon.

DEBT: When I was young, debt of any sort was a sin and very much frowned on. Many people had little boxes split into sections and marked, rent, electricity, gas, rates etc which they put money into every week and whatever was left was for treats. It was called living within your means and people were proud to do it. Once credit came on the scene it seemed pride and responsibility flew out of the window. Everyone wanted to live like a rich person on money that wasn’t theirs and had to be paid back. I was always taught, as were most of my generation, if you can’t afford it don’t have it, save up for it. We had to wait, but it was much appreciated in the end, as we had worked for it.

CHEMICALS: With so many people having allergies and intolerance to certain foods, I’m wondering if all the chemicals we put into our systems form so many sources such as cleaning products, hair products, skin and make-up products, has anything to do with it. When I see an advert for a leading brand, which I do use, I wonder if the baby whose mother wipes the food surface with the product then let’s the baby eat off the surface is putting chemicals into the body which will do more harm than the actual germs would have done. I use this product to kill ants as a quick spray along the windowsills kills them outright, which shows how strong it is. Spiders don’t like it either. People brought up on farms etc can’t keep washing their hands every five minutes when they are miles from anywhere. It was always said to me ‘oh a bit of dirt is good for you’. No wonder people ear living to 112 an having hip replacements, such as the oldest woman in England features on TV this week. The have lived through poverty, wars and worked hard, they have not been mamby pambied.

FRIENDS: Marie-Monique and roger Huss, who for years ran an excellent B&B at barn House and were good friends and neighbours of ours, came to see us last weekend with their dog Dalaway, a much loved pooch. It was lovely to see them and they were thrilled to meet other friends from the village when we went over to the pub. They are in the same age bracket as me and undertook to convert an old Chateaux and outbuildings into a magnificent home where they still do B&B and it’s also a wedding location. I admire their spirit so much as they also have a large acreage of land which they now have as a nature reserve and they have footpaths for others to enjoy it. If you are interested in their project or B&B their contact is lamouchere@gmail.com www.lamourchere.com

JUMBLE SALE: the jumble sale in the village hall on Saturday was a great success but as usual there was a lot left over which I understand goes to Age Concern who collect it for their shops. Many thanks to all who organised and helped.

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