Rodmell and Southease

OPEN GARDENS: Southease Open Gardens, held on June 13 and 14, was a great success. It was a lovely day, the car park was full and people were enjoying themselves immensely. It was lovely to have Seaford Silver Band playing for us. Hopefully they will come again. All the gardens looked wonderful and a lot of hard work must have gone into them to get them ready. Well done Southease.

WI: The June meeting of Rodmell and Southease WI was a great success, with speaker Anthony Penrose giving us a talk about his life and his parents Lee Miller and Roland Penrose at Farley Farm House, surrealists and the Bloomsbury set. I think everyone enjoyed this evening.

SCRAPBOOKS: On Friday June 19, by popular request, Christine Isitt put on another display of the village scrapbooks in the village hall. Again it was a successful event and I wished I had more time to peruse through all the books as they are so interesting.

COINCIDENCE: Coincidences are strange aren’t they? They certainly appear in my life frequently. Just recently I had a mother and daughter stay from Emsworth. They were walking the South Downs Way. I mentioned that I had worked for a lady named Mary Whiteley, an art historian, who had worked on the tunnels and foundations of the Louvre in Parish before they were about to build The Pyramid. It was one of my claims to fame, as I’ve actually had my art work (which I did for Mary) on display at the Louvre and have the copy of her papers which she kindly sent to me to prove it. In The times on June 15 there was a piece in the Deaths column about Mary who had died in May at the grand age of 87 years. Coincidently it was the day these people stayed and I was asking about her. She was a lovely lady and I really enjoyed working with her. I have been very lucky in my life to work with many lovely people.

WILD FLOWERS: The areas around Rodmell, Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford look lovely at the moment with the poppies and other wild flowers on the verges and roundabouts, especially the Newhaven one.

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