Rodmell & Southease

SUMMER: What a lovely Indian Summer we’ve been having and everyone seems to be making the best of it. Walkers doing the South Downs Way are in abundance, and many doing it as a last minute idea are finding it difficult to find accommodation as all the local B&Bs are full. I had someone ringing our bell at 9.45pm one night, a charming foreign lady desperate to find accommodation. I gave her another B&B to go to, but I don’t know if she was lucky.

SPORT: As someone who can’t get their head around the subject of sport and the fervour with which people ego at it in their support, I find it fascinating to watch these people. Their expressions, their dressing up and their pleasure in supporting and taking part intrigues me. The expressions of sadness when England lost the rugby were so intense. A friend of mine who goes to the Health Club and Spa at the Grand Hotel Eastbourne, made me smile when she told me that she went to sue the Jacuzzi but it was full of large hairy men (the South African team). She declined an offer to join them. I think perhaps ladies of younger years would not have turned down the opportunity.

SOUTHEASE: I love reading Adrian Orchard’s write up on Southease in our local parish magazine. This little passage amused me: You can tell it’s a Sunday by the sound of motorbikes roaming along the A26. The bikers must find weekdays a bit dull, but then we still have the pilot doing his aerobatics over-head. Boys will be boys Adrian, no matter what their age, they still need to perform and show off. If they were stags they would be clashing their antlers and stamping their feet at this time of the year.

FRUIT: We have had people coming to our orchard for weeks now, for fruit picking and we still have loads left on the trees. The pears are especially prolific this year. I picked the last of the blackberries for a friend this week.

THANK YOU: When you are a full time carer as I am, you clock watch constantly so that you can get through all the jobs to be done in a day and still get a little time for yourself. I would like to thank all my friends and neighbours and people involved in Care for the Carers for making life more bearable for me, enabling me to care for Mike from home. We are very lucky to live in a lovely house in a lovely village full of caring people and we appreciate it. We could be stuck in some high rise grey monolith in an awful area where people are frightened to go out or get involved with their neighbours and the crime rate is high. We all need to see the other side of the coin at some time.

FREE FRUIT: I have been putting fruit outside our drive for people to take for free as I hate waste. Some sweet people leave a few coins, others take a bite from an apple and put it back and others scatter it everywhere looking for the best. None so strange as folk. For those that left coins they go to a charity. Thank you.

JUMBLE SALE: Saturday, October 17, a jumble sale in the village hall in aid of village hall funds depleted somewhat to pay for the new kitchen, which at last has a fridge. When I was on the Village Hall Committee years ago I always stated (to no avail) that a fridge was needed.

WI: Rodmell and Southese WI hold their AGM on Tuesday October 20 in the village hall. New members needed.

CHURCHYARD: Saturday, October 24, Churchyard Gardening. Come along any time between 9.30am and noon.

TALK: An Evening of Farming Nostalgia, in aid of Southease Church, Saturday November 7. Speaker, Ian Everest. Tickets in advance only £7.50 each to include a glass of wine available from Martin and Susan Brickell 01273 858628. It will be held in Rodmell Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm start. These evenings always get full up as Ian is a remarkable speaker. I will give more details nearer the time.

PLASTIC BAGS: So, from today we have to pay 5p for our plastic bags in stores. I do use them for various things, bin liners, to put fruit from the orchard in etc. But I can see what damage they do to our seas and wildlife and I try to use my bags for life as much as possible. I suspect those that manufacture them will not be too pleased as their profits go down but we have to think of the future of our planet. Let’s hope all the 5p’s will help many worthy causes and make us all think a little more about our world.

CARERS: We are carers who come to help us and they are very nice people. Bluebird is the company we use as we’ve found them to be very good, but I do wonder how companies like these will survive if the wages go up. People need a living wage but if hours get cut because companies can’t afford to pay the rates or get support from local authorities, it will mean the very vulnerable people they are meant to support will suffer. Let’s hope such problems will not arise and solutions will be found if they do.

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