The question is whether to start with the good news or the three pieces of sad news? I think I will sandwich the good news between the sad news, starting with the dead Harbour Porpoise on the beach on Monday morning. It was on the sands and rolling on the incoming tide showing little sign of damage apart from some grazing and a gash across the top of its head. We were with friends and as usual we were litter picking the beach; Peter used his litter picker to measure its approximate length, which was six feet. I took some photographs and later informed Carl Chapman who runs the Norfolk Cetaceans website. The decomposing and bloating corpse is now lying at the top of the beach awaiting removal. To this end, our friends are experiencing a great deal of frustration as North Norfolk District Council have not responded to either their emails of telephone message.

The open meeting for the village group Overstrand Together on Tuesday evening bought together a group of enthusiastic residents who are keen to raise money for the village. The main topic was the Summer Fayre where there are plans for a number of stalls, a craft marquee and area events. Other events discussed were the Car Wash, Yard Sale, Jumble Sale and possibility of a Dog Show. The fixed events are on the Calendar Page and I will continue to update as more information becomes available. The next open meeting (all welcome) will be on 5th June at 7.30 p.m. in The Barn at the White Horse.

Monday 28th April 2014 - Fog, Garden & Plant Lovers, Cathedral Hatching and Skip

Friday we were locked in fog all day. We watched wafts of misty dampness rolling past the windows, interspersed with showers. Barney went out for his usual walk in the morning but his afternoon stroll was postponed until just before six, when the showers had passed. It was a day for indoor pursuits which for me meant catching up on some paperwork and writing a few more pages of my next piece of fictional writing.

Saturday morning got off to a good start but soon turned chilly but this did not stop us driving to Felbrigg Hall for the Garden and Plant Lovers event. There were plenty of plant stalls set up by local nurseries offering a range of climbers, shrubs, perennials etc. for sale. In one corner there was a marquee ready to broadcast BBC Radio Norfolk’s Garden Party programme and in one of the buildings there was an opportunity for gardeners to consult a Plant Doctor. We had not been there long when it started to rain so instead of taking my time, looking to see what was on offer, I bought a few plants that caught my eye and then we headed back to the car.

After sitting on their four eggs for some weeks now, the Peregrine Falcons on Norwich Cathedral have hatched a chick and hopefully over the next day or so we will get a glimpse of the youngster and when they have hatched, its siblings too The webcam has been running for the entire incubation period and now we will be rewarded with footage of the family.

A large skip appeared on the Pauls Lane car park on Saturday morning. A fence was erected round it, presumably to stop opportunists using it to dump their rubbish. On Sunday afternoon a vehicle came up the zigzag with a pile of fishing net on its roof and after driving round to the skip, rubbish was off loaded from inside the vehicle. The skip was far from full but this afternoon it was collected. We thought that maybe they had been clearing the storm debris from behind and at the end of the revetments in the Cromer direction but walking down this afternoon; it is still there. All a bit of a mystery; as to who organised the skip and clearance.

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