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Marion Lovell

Icklesham

GREETINGS: I sincerely hope that your property did not sustain any damage caused by our March lion blowing busily. It was very noisy, wasn’t it? And the poor daffodils were lying almost horizontally..

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GREETINGS: Are you blown about, or drowned by the showers.? The sea was in a turmoil with the wind behind the tide, very exhilarating.

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GREETINGS: Welcome to the March winds, currently howling round my house, scattering rubbish collection boxes as they go. The rain is extremely noisy too.

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GREETINGS: It is lovely to be back among friends at home, but the sunshine in Tenerife was wonderful – wall to wall stuff. I’m a bit out of touch, but here is a quickie with what I have gleaned.

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GREETINGS: Hope you weren’t too discombobulated by the snow. By all accounts, we escaped very lightly. There are still patches of snow lying under hedges where the sun does not shine, and there is an old saying that it will need some more to fetch it away.

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GREETINGS: Are you surviving the wintry blasts? As I write, the weather outside simply encourages me to stay inside!

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GREETINGS: I usually write the column the weekend previous to when you read it. I want to take you back to last Sunday, which was a most glorious winter day – bright and sunny, crisp and invigorating, and a pleasure to be out by the sea-side. While I was watching the murmuration aerobatics of the starlings, the sky gradually turned to the most spectacular golden-amber- orange colour, as far as the eye could see.. Then, as the light faded, the trees became silhouettes against it. Truly beautiful. Then up came the full moon, which had a total eclipse in the early hours of Monday morning. Did you see it? What a weekend for weather watchers.

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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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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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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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