Rodmell and Southease

Rodmell & Southease news
Rodmell & Southease news

POTHOLES: There are certainly a lot of potholes in the roads around here. The Street, Rodmell, is in an awful state and very dangerous for those with sight difficulties, especially if walking at night, as we don’t have street lights. It’s also bad for cyclists as is the C7, where cyclists not only have to cope with speeding cars and coaches but holes in the road too. There is an especially deep pothole I’m told, near the new barn building at Piddinghoe, where a friend of mine hit it and damaged two tyres.

LOST DOG: Thank goodness the little black spaniel dog, who was running around Rodmell and to and fro on the C7, for many hours on Friday February 3, found its way home to Southease by 5.00pm on a very wet and horrid evening. Many of us tried hard to catch it, but it just wasn’t going to be caught. It is a wonder it didn’t get hit by a vehicle as it gave many drivers a shock.

THE GARDEN: We have had snowdrops out in the garden for several weeks now and the odd daffodil is now nodding its head in the breeze. I love this time of year, when all the glimpses of spring are tantalising us, even though it’s freezing cold.

GOATS: As we kept goats for over forty years and love them very much, I’m always sad when the kids appear in spring and are so sweet, that people who know nothing about keeping goats feel they must have one. You only have to go up to Raystede Animal Centre to see the pygmy goats and others that have outgrown being divine babies and are now naughty boisterous goats, who to those that purchased them have become a problem. Goats are lovely pets and my family has kept them for years. My father as a young boy had his own nanny goat, of which he was very fond. They need good warm housing and a place to run around and exercise, where there are no shrubs or plants that are poisonous to them. They love company, so do not like to be left alone all day. The routine is to feed, water, clean and keep up with injections, worming and hoof trimming. Our last goat who reached a great age, used to amuse our B&B visitors because he loved to be brushed with a bass broom. If you can give a goat all this attention you will have a very happy goat. Don’t forget nannies have to be milked and goats that have not been castrated stink. I once, as a child, stroked a rampant intact billy goat at a farm, and was banished to the back of the school bus as I stank of goat.

FROZEN PIPE: Having recently had water troubles when a pipe froze along the north end of the house, I was very lucky to find a charming and helpful young man, named Chris Baker, who came as soon as he could and sorted the matter out quickly and efficiently. He charged a very reasonable price and checked my wood burner out for me as well. I will be using him again when needed.

WOOD BURNER: I would advise anyone who is contemplating buying a wood burner to run their heating system, to thoroughly check it all out. Mine has not been successful. I think had I thought a little more about it, and perhaps had a smaller house, it may have been a good investment, but as it stands, it wasn’t a good investment as I would have to stay up all night putting wood in it to sustain heat and it eats wood.

GOLDFISH: For about 14 years, I’ve had two goldfish in what I would call a garden pool on one of my patios. Recently one disappeared, probably in the beak of a seagull that flies over, so I now have to buy another one, as the one left looks rather lonely.

COLD CALLERS: Have been busy in the last week and are a damn nuisance. They always ring either early morning or when I’m getting our evening meal. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve told people with almost incoherent foreign accents that I don’ t have a computer. When my mother was at death’s door and I was waiting for that inevitable phone call about her, I had to tell the staff at the home, who were wonderful people from various countries, please say Bramber Nursing Home or you may get a very angry person having a go at you. They were very understanding about it which I really appreciated in times of such stress.

THE RADIO: One of my pleasures in life is waking up early and listing to the morning radio for an hour before I get up. I also love listening late at night, especially to Bob Roberts on a Sunday evening because not only does he play lovely music but also he has the most wonderful speaking voice. On the morning programmes you hear about road works, accidents etc and this makes me think thank goodness I no longer have to drive to work but can cuddle up in my lovely warm bed. I feel so sorry for those who do have to do early morning travel, as there always seem to be accidents on the roads around Sussex at these times, when they are held up for hours.

KITCHEN ITEMS: If anyone is renovating an old property, they may be interested to know that I will have, in the next few weeks, two big butler type sinks and an old oak (?) kitchen door with a window space in it. They must be well over 70 years old as they are coming out of my old kitchen. Donation to a local hospice if interested. Buyer takes away.

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