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  At the hottest height of summer Castle Hill, the centre of Brighton’s Biosphere reserve,  is crowded with colour. Bees too busy to be bothered by passing walkers provide the soundtrack for a saunter. Grassland is bright with butterflies flitting from flower to frond, finding food and flirting. Shielded by the Downs from the sounds […]

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Slugs salivating. An orgy of gastropods Gobble up my garden Leaving their silvery slick. Can nothing neutralize their appetite for everything? Yes – they like Lambrini And are now dead drunk.

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Stepping out at Southease onto the South Downs Way the backdrop is deep steely grey. Flowers flourish refreshed by rains contrast with green green grass as the train slides on to the sea. No turning back now as  watchful men track down Itford Hill clutching their Bank Holiday play planes against the gathering  threat. Committed […]

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No day on the Downs is complete without encountering sheep. They stubbornly stand and sit in  the middle of paths, ignoring an oncoming bike or walker, inexplicably amble in line across valleys, or range themselves on ridges like a woolly army ready to charge like the Black Sheep of nightmares. Why are they there? To […]

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The beginning of Spring is when boats of Brighton Marina leave their moorings to be hauled from the water by the Thunderbird contraption. Behind the battered marina wall  –  rapidly repaired following the thrashing of storms –  the boatyard is bulging with tacky bottoms awaiting their annual wipe by owners who dream of  rippling bluish […]

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On an amble round the shiny shops of W1 in London today  a Morris Minor parked in the window of one of Britain’s premier lifestyle stores was a nostalgic surprise. As one raised on the back seat of a green Morris 1000, held safely in place not by state of the art child seats but […]

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An allotment expedition, dodging deluges, finds daffodils daring to stick their heads above ground. There is no need to dig for roots as they weren’t the only things standing out. The pounding  of rain has removed the lightly chalky soil and parsnips destined for dinner are poking up and  pecked. Alongside erosion of our soil, […]

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