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I live about 35 min drive from the city of Chichester in West Sussex, and after an early start I had time to head to the beach for a brisk walk. Brisk was certainly the word – despite the fact it’s August we’re having a cool snap here in the UK so it was boots […]

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There are many things we would associate with an English summer in the Home Counties – rolling meadows of wildflowers, waiting for the haymaking. Bright hazy summer sunshine and gardens awash with flowers, butterflies and bees. Long walks through the countryside. We had all of that today and I was so thankful to be away […]

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Goodwood Breakfast Club Thoroughbred Sunday 2014 didn’t fail to disappoint. As the crowds gathered under the post-dawn sunshine we were treated to a dazzling display of rare, unusual, or simply beautifully restored and maintained vehicles of the pre-1966 era. By its nature, the attendance wasn’t going to be quite as heaving and frantic as that […]

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The beautiful West Sussex village of Amberley is only about 4 miles away from where I live, so there’s no excuse for failing to make the most of the excellent events which are scheduled at the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre. In fact if you’re within travelling distance of the Museum I highly recommend a […]

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As was the case with my outing last Saturday to Parham House and Gardens, I have placed another local institution firmly into my diary. The annual Worthing Birdman competition takes place every summer on Worthing Pier. In many ways this exemplifies a combination of eccentricity and daring (and the more technical skills utilised by many […]

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Parham garden weekend is a local institution and one which I had no intention of missing this year. I live within 2 miles of Parham House (just outside of Storrington in West Sussex) and yet I have never got around to visiting its interiors  or gardens. Decades ago I used to ride my horses and […]

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If any of you live in a village or rural area here in the UK then chances are there’ll be a village day or village fete each year. These are national institutions harking back centuries – a time when local Artisans, bakers, farmers and produce suppliers would come together to display and sell their goods. […]

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