NAME THIS PIE: This week I made a blackberry and apple pie, and I put my husband's name on top in pastry as a reward for painting the kitchen and a bedroom. The house was looking a bit shoddy, and there is nothing more uplifting than fresh paint is there? I'm hoping he'll paint the boiler room [I'm sure he will if I keep him tanked up on blackberry and apple] We do get a lot of cobwebs in this little neck of the woods don't we? It's no wonder, the spiders that run across the living room floor are like something from '˜Jurassic Park'. I never see them making these webs. They really are secretive little spinners. Anyway, I borrowed some of my husband's energy. I got up at four am to get a glass of water and cleaned some upholstery. I find I work well in the middle of the night. Just choosing paint colours is a conundrum isn't it? Names like '˜Frosted Dawn' and '˜Daisy Dreams' sound so appealing on those paint cards, and once on the wall there is no going back, paint is expensive. We are going to have to live with that colour for the next five years. It's almost as important as choosing a puppy!

Wednesday, 26th September 2018, 8:13 am
Updated Wednesday, 26th September 2018, 8:14 am

FISH AND CHIPS AND A QUIZ NIGHT: Iden village hall is holding a quiz night on Saturday 13th October [6pm, for 6.30pm start] Tickets are available at Iden Stores priced at £11, which includes a drink and a fish and chip supper [vegetarian options available]. Teams of six or less to a table. Minimum prize £50. Last date to get tickets is 10th October. Any queries call 01797 280315.

A MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING: The Ferry Road Health Centre are having a Macmillan coffee morning at the surgery on Friday 28th September from 10am-midday. All are welcome.

BINGO TONIGHT AT IDEN BOWLS CLUB: Tonight at 6.30pm for 7pm, there is bingo at Iden Bowls Club opposite ‘The Bell Inn’. All are welcome. There are refreshments and a raffle. It’s a fun evening, and a nice get-together.

AFTERNOON TEA AT IDEN BOWLS CLUB THIS SUNDAY: Do come along to Iden Bowls Club [opposite ‘The Bell Inn’] this Sunday from 2pm-5pm, for tea and a get-together in aid of breast cancer. There will be tea/coffee and cake, and a raffle and tombola. Everyone from the Rye area is welcome.

IDEN BOWLS CLUB TOURNAMENT: Last week Iden Bowls Club held their annual tournament, where other clubs were invited to a day of fun and bowls. Members baked cakes and pastries, and there was a tombola and a raffle, and a few stalls. Thankfully the end of the Iden Bowls season heralds monthly lunches, and various celebrations so that club members maintain their link of friendship. The day was sponsored by ‘Country Carers’, representatives of which presented prizes to the winners.

A SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION: There is a service of Holy Communion this Sunday at Iden Parish Church at 9.30am, which will be conducted by the Revd. Stella Halmshaw.

A SPECIAL HARVEST FESTIVAL: At 3pm in Iden Church, on Sunday 30th September, there will be a special ‘Harvest Praise’ for all the family. The church will be decorated with flowers and seasonal fruits and food which will be donated to local causes. It would be appreciated if you would bring donations of non-perishable items to the service. There will be hymns to celebrate harvest and appropriate readings. Tea will be served in the Old Hall afterwards, and if you wish to contribute some sharing food it will add to the joy and pleasure of this special harvest celebration.

MAGICAL SKIES: We do have incredible sunsets in Iden don’t we? I always feel that the things happening in the sky are ethereal, as though our part of the world is experiencing something otherworldly. The colour pink can be delicate and beautiful, but too much of it becomes brash and gaudy . Not so in the sky, a pink sunset is just heavenly. It really stops us in our tracks doesn’t it, just to gaze at it. The other day we drove by looking at a rainbow. Now there’s another ethereal phenomenon, perfectly explained by scientific blurb, but I prefer to think of a rainbow too as ethereal, as do most people. What about a ‘mackerel sky’ [clumps and rolls of clouds resembling fish scales], beautiful and somewhat eerie, almost as though it’s a prelude to something wild and wonderful about to happen. Scientists would say it was high atmospheric waves, but I’d say “listen fellas put down your geeky glasses and get your heads out of those books, the sky is telling us something. There’s some magic happening here! “

CONTACT ME: If anyone has anything to add to the Village Voice, please ring Gill Griffin [telephone 01797 280311]