PIGLET SOAP CONTINUES: The latest sow to produce piglets realised it was far better to give birth in a house rather than in the field as her sister had done. All piglets doing well. The former sets now follow their mothers in single file one behind the other. They are fascinating to watch and can be great time wasters if you do not discipline yourself to get back to the tasks in hand.

RAIN: Where was the Ark when you needed it? Thursday I had a meeting down in Newhaven. It was raining slightly as I left Piddinghoe but by the time I reached Newhaven, a monsoon had set in. Parking in a West Quay car park, I waited for the deluge to stop. It didn’t. By now I was going to be late. I stepped out of the car into a foot of water. Squelching with wet soggy feet, I reached my destination to be told no-one had turned up so the event was off. I then tried to make my way to Quayside Medical Practice. Rivers made it impossible at underpass level, so I tried going by the main road. There, one became drenched by extra deep puddles which, when hit by the cars, sent showers over everyone’s head. Obviously a month’s rain had fallen in less than an hour. Where were you Noah?

SMILE FOR THE DAY: Two chefs talking to one another at a cheese festival. First chef ‘Wow, that cheese has a bite. How will you use that?’ Second chef ‘Caerphilly’.

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