MEETING: I recently attended a Care for the Carers 25th year celebration event at the View Hotel, Grand Parade, Eastbourne. It was only for a few hours which was just as well because many carers can’t leave people for long. Some did bring the people they care for with them. They certainly put themselves out for us as we had a wonderful cream tea, entertainers, a caricaturist, fun photo-boot and various activities in the Fun room. I was most impressed with the entertainers who were a group of fishermen from Hastings named The RX Shanty Singers. They were in good voice and put a lot of emotion into their sea shanties. Care for the Carers are a wonderful group of people who work so hard for us unpaid carers to make sure that we get support in many helpful ways. I would especially like to thank Kat who runs a monthly meeting for us at Ringmer and has been so supportive to me and many others. There are of course many young carers who look after their parents. There was one on the TV recently who was I think only 7 years old and as I’ve said before there are many in their 80’s and 90’s who are also carers, when they really need looking after themselves.
POVERTY TRAP: I couldn’t help thinking, when a politician was talking on TV recently about how people in this day and age are in a poverty trap, how id our parents, who went through wars, rationing, no child allowance, not much medical help survive to the great ages that many are making it to. You only have to look at the war veterans featured on TV recently to see what I mean.
C7: Many people who stay here in the village notice how busy the C7 is and how fast people drive on it. We have our usual spate of accidents but fortunately not too many fatalities thank goodness. The fatalities at the moment are the squashed pheasants on the road as the shooting season is in full swing.
OLD PROPERTY: At the moment I am having a new bath being put into No 1 cottage and as usual, with the very old properties, the builders discovered problems. I’m afraid if you buy old properties you have to expect to have problems and deep pockets, because nothing is ever simple. So, be warned if you are tempted with idyllic roses around the door syndrome.
THE GARDEN: Talking of roses, aren’t they still doing well, as are other shrubs and flowers because of the mild weather we are having.
NOT SO BUSY: Now Monks House is closed until March, the village is not so busy, but come a fine weekend it will be packed with walkers and visitors going to our pub which is very popular with the walking fraternity, especially as it welcomes dogs and children.
TALKING OF PUBS: I’m pleased to see the Anchor Inn at Ringmer is being refurbished. It’s always sad when these old pubs go. The café at Ringmer is doing very well since it opened. It almost seems like it’s the social centre for everyone to meet. It’s nice to see village centres prospering, bity the ban pulled out as it must affect the businesses and the elderly.
TECHNOLOGY: I was somewhat heartened this week when a young man told me he hates the technological society we are now living in and won’t do banking on-line but gets money out for his use, as he has had problems with scams. So it’s not only us oldies that have problems. I have to say he is a lovely intelligent young man with a very caring personality, good looks, and good manners. We need more like him.
AMUSED: I was quite amused when I heard on TV that the John Lewis advert, which was made for Christmas and filmed at Whitehawk, offered one lady the decorations to keep. She said, ‘No thank you, mine come from Harrods and are much better.’ A case of put that in your pipe and smoke it.
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