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23/05/2010


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it was an ...

itsy, bitsy, teenie, weenie, yellow polka dot bikini ...

Wasn't I so the cutting edge of fashion, wearing blue polka dot bottoms!

I could do with them today, not forgetting the top half!

It's a scorcher!

This is me and my 'big bro' down on the coast, back in the late sixties/early seventies?

Click on the photo above, to hear a crackly old recording of this classic tune on You Tube.

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16/05/2010


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hidden treasures ...

I found this treasure of a purple violet today, hiding in dappled shade underneath a low hedge in the garden.

More treasures recently unearthed, packed away in a box in the loft, is my collection of Devon and Torquay Ware Violets perfume bottles.

Collected back in the early 1990s, for what you would say peanuts!



Some have decorative metal stoppers.



Some don't!

You can find these bottles, at relatively low prices on ebay.

I must say to being just a tincy wincy bit tempted at times, to further my collection!



I love this A Bunch of Violets Dubarry Talcum bottle, bought around the same time.

It's the epitome of the Art Deco period with its Sunburst design and cloudy glass.

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15/05/2010


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today's catch ...

We love Mackerel - full of calcium, selenium, vitamin E, and omega-3 essential fatty acids.

Not only does it maintain cardiovascular health, balances hormones and strengthens the immune system, it tastes good too!

It's a good time for Mackerel right now, so get some when you can.

We bought ours from Fish at Aldrington Basin, Portslade.

Just serve with a wedge of lemon, iceberg lettuce on the side, and crusty doorsteps of buttered bread.

Simples!

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14/05/2010


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sun, sea and sculpture ...

Thank goodness the local council has finally seen sense, and re-opened the stretch of cycle path which runs between the Pavilion Theatre and George V Avenue.

We've both had time off work this week. Today we spent a couple of hours out and about on the bikes.


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The Eco-Garden Beach.
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09/05/2010



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Primula auricula, a real show-stopper of a plant!







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06/05/2010


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The Orchard ...

Holds an Apple Day every year in October.




There's beautiful blossom to be seen on the trees right now.

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Attractive wooden plaques identify the variety, Egremont Russet, a classic apple from the Victorian era.
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The blossom of an old English Cooking Apple.
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This orchard is only small, but if you want to take a quick peek, or have a hearty breakfast in The Orchard restaurant, both are along the A272, parallel to the old West Grinstead Railway Station.
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You may even get to hear, or better still see this dear little fella too!
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03/05/2010


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n'er cast a clout 'til May is out ...

Keep your coat on, until the May blossom's out!

The weather over the last couple of days has been cold and wet, but not a total washout.

Not put off with the forecast of yet more rain, we set off in the search of our native English Bluebell (seen above mixing in quite happily with the beautiful white almost heart-shape petals of Greater Stitchwort), knowing of an area a bit off the beaten track, where it would hopefully be just us and the wildlife.

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It wasn't long before we were cycling past spectacular glades of English Bluebells.
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More Bluebells, and batches of native Primroses here and there too.
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Much of the bridlepath was above ankle-deep in clay mud, and pretty much impassable on a bike.
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We were surprised at how boggy it was, considering the long continuous spell of dry and sunny weather we've been having over the past month.
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On the path above we were now able to hop back on our bikes.
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I was astounded to see the large areas of Euphorbia, never having seen the plant in such an excessive quantity before.
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On the return part of the ride, this time along quiet lanes, we pass the tiny Parish Cemetery at Shermanbury.
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It's curiosity draws us in.
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A pretty mass of Primrose vulgaris, surrounds the headstones.
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Calm and unmoving, with only a male Pheasant for company.
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Cuckoo Pint? Otherwise known as Lords and Ladies!
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At this stage we were both very soggy, muddy and cold!
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This area is alongside the layby where we park up.
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Up until recently you could only see the top of this picnic bench, the area having been left overgrown with long grasses and allsorts of weeds.
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It's a huge improvement for us, but a loss of the veritable wildlife habitat it had once become.
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