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Marion Lovell

Icklesham

GREETINGS: Aren’t these grey, nothingness sort of days uninspiring? There must be something going for hibernation. Even the sea can barely find the energy to make a wave at the edge as it falls onto the shingle.

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GREETINGS; Although a little late, may I first of all wish everyone reading this a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year. Couldn’t send good wishes earlier as I was away in northern counties. Oddly, it was warmer up there than it is here, and the fells were wonderful in beautiful sunshine.

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GREETINGS: What we have been preparing for is almost here. So a very Happy Christmas and lots of good things for the New Year. There are just a few days left if you have still a few presents to get, or brussels to buy. The anticipation is really mounting now!!

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GREETINGS: I hope everyone is keeping well and not developing webbed feet. How are card writing and present wrapping getting on? It’s all good fun, isn’t it?

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Icklesham

GREETINGS: Are you enjoying the increased momentum? Card writing seems to be in people’s minds now. There are some really attractive ones around to suit all tastes. And if you need more, don’t forget the Charity Card Shop on Conduit Hill in Rye. We don’t have white Christmasses any more do we – not in Sussex anyway.

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GREETINGS: December tomorrow then November with is grey skies and drizzle is over and done with for another year. And the count- down to Christmas gathers speed. Bought my charity Christmas cards last week. The shop on Conduit Hill in Rye is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4 pm. and 40 charities are selling their cards there. I have a discussion with myself every year about – do I send cards to friends who I will see anyway, or just to those I don’t see from one year to the next. No solution has yet presented itself.

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GREETINGS: Do you have the sense that the pace is hotting up? Why do we do this to ourselves? I wish we could go back to the medieval custom of celebrating Christmas with a twelve day party BEGINNING on 25th December, instead of everything happening before. By the time we get to Christmas Day, many people feel worn out by the whole thing. Whether you celebrate the religious festival or the mid-winter orgy, it would be nice to have a longer time to enjoy it all. And I don’t like humbugs, - the sweets I mean !!

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GREETINGS: There is nothing like a wet Monday morning to raise the spirits!!! The forecasters have promised better weather later in the day. What a fantastic weekend of commemoration we have just witnessed. So many people took part in so many events to remember the fallen of the wars. It pleases me that the children in our schools have had some insight of what happened, before everyone involved has died. There are still tales to be told by those who were there.

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GREETINGS: Congratulations to the Robin Hood Bonfire Society for organising the procession up the main road, and the splendid firework display. The final burst of cream and golden light against the black velvet sky was superb. Yes, I know it is money up in smoke, but to me, fireworks are joyful things, and bring a lot of pleasure to some people. And I LIKE the drums!!

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GREETINGS: Well. Now we have changed the clocks and November has arrived, I feel justified in quoting Thomas Hood. In his poem about November, he has this to say : No sun, no moon, no morn, no noon, No dawn, no dusk, no proper time of day. No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, No comfortable feel in any member, No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruit, no flowers, no leaves, no birds - November.

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Icklesham

GREETINGS: Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday evening. As I’ve said before, I think it is a silly idea!! How have you managed the road closures? I have not found it particularly troublesome.

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GREETINGS: Aren’t the nights drawing in? It’s been lovely getting out for a walk this week, and lots of other people thought the same. But I really don’t want to be reminded that Christmas is just around the corner. Charities and catalogues are all full of “essential” Christmas gifts and cards, and it’s too early. In my opinion, all this advertising should be banned until December appears on the calendar. Hope you’ve had a pleasant week.

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GREETINGS: Hope you have had a good week – mine has been incredibly hectic. And then I stupidly lost my purse with all sorts of information in it. I’m pretty sure it fell off the car roof somewhere near where I live. So if you have found a red purse/wallet. It could be mine. Moral –when rushing out already late for an appointment, do not put anything on the car roof and then drive away.

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Icklesham

GREETINGS: Woah! October already. Where has the year flown off to? Today (Monday) is a lovely sunny morning, but the wind definitely has a chill factor about it. Find a sheltered corner, and coffee out of doors is still an option.

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Icklesham

GREETINGS: Just a quickie this week as very little seems to be happening. Hope you are not being inconvenienced too much by the road closures. The work moves closer to Icklesham this week, so we may find ourselves cut off. Keep smiling.

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Icklesham

GREETINGS: How are you getting on with the road works? It is a real pain to have to come home from Hastings via Winchelsea Beach. Has anyone been let through and guided in? It rather looks as though there is work going on with electricity cables. The road cones with zig-zags on are rather jolly.!!

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Icklesham

GREETINGS: Even the Prom Concerts have finished, so it must be pretty well autumn. Rye Arts Festival starts very soon, and there are many different performances to attend – films, talks, music performances, so probably something for everyone.

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GREETINGS: The season of Fetes, Fairs and Flower festivals seems to be over for the time being. Although there will be a three day Harvest Flower Festival at Winchelsea at the beginning of October. More nearer the time. Back to work week for the children and staff. Hope it has gone well.

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GREETINGS: That’s it then. Summer is over and it is back to the grindstone, and children and students back to work. Not sure that I agree that the summer holiday is too long, and children forget half of what they learned the previous year. When I was working, the month of August flew past, leaving work-related stuff still to do.

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