The Sock visited Lewes today which despite its proximity to Brighton is an entirely different universe. Lewes is an attractive, historic county town populated by academics of the wealthier kind, alternative therapists, folk singers and old people amongst others. Some of the old people are quite vicious but not as bad as those that live in Hove. Unlike in-your-face Brighton which wears its crassness proudly on its sleeve, Lewes hides it it under a thin veneer of ever-so-slightly-smug civilization. It is known for being home to Thomas Paine and having a somewhat weird obsession with the Pope and bonfires. The inhabitants lend themselves to the description 'the good burghers of Lewes'.
It is against this background that a new currency has emerged - the Lewes Pound! This is apparently an attempt to boost the local spending on the local economy and is in the Sock's opinion a marvellous idea.
The Sock has created her own bank note for the Sea of Immeasurable Gravy but it occurs to her that the scheme could be more widely spread by creating our own currency within the gardening world. Matthew Wilson on a fiver would bring even more joy to spending money on the garden. Chris Beardshaw on the small change.. the possibilities are endless.