Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

Saturday 7th April - Parish Council Meeting, More Eggs, Bluebells, Hosepipe Ban and Bank Holiday Weather

At the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday evening a secret ballot was held to fill the vacancy for a Parish Councillor. Two parishioners had put their names forward for co-option and Mr Bruce Stratton, who was unable to attend the meeting, was voted the preferred candidate. There was considerable debate regarding the provision of porta-loos on the promenade during the main tourist months of July & August. Concerns were expressed about the ‘state’ they are quickly reduced to and as to whether a second weekly clean warranted paying for. It was decided to provide the toilets and to pay for the second clean during the busiest part of the season. Their usage, cleanliness and suitability will be monitored, for consideration when making a decision in 2013. The final item on the agenda covered the recent planning application for development of a property in Beach Close. This was sympathetically considered at length. Although Parish Councils are not part of the planning applications decision making process, they are consulted by the District Council to make relevant planning related comments. In this case it was voted; the proposed development would have a negative visual impact and as such the application was not suited to this part of the village.

A big bravo for my chicken Cate, who after spending some hours sat on her nest in the coop produced her first egg since last May! Both hens are in their third laying season, so I cannot expect too many eggs but Beckie has got off to a cracking start (excuse the pun!) and is averaging five eggs a week, which is just as good as her first season. She is certainly in my good books, enough eggs to eat plus some for ice-cream making too – see my Recipe pages.

I was so surprised to see this clump of Bluebells at the end of our garden just starting to flower. Quite unexpected as the area is shaded by a tree – this has to be early.

It will be interesting to see how gardeners fare now the hosepipe ban has come into effect. Earlier this week our wilting primroses needed another watering; I used a can as this was more practical than trailing a hose around the garden. From now on this is the method I will continue to use; back and forth to the water butts, whilst they can continue to collect and provide. Looking at it from a positive angle the exercise in walking and lifting can only do me good.

On the subject of water butts, these are being kept topped up by the ‘Bank Holiday Weather’. A distinct deterioration this week, high seas preventing the crab boats from launching, with grey skies and rain over the past couple of days. A sharp contrast to last year; quoting from my Diary entry ‘with temperatures up to 24°C, radiant sunshine and blue skies; it was time to get the shorts and t-shirts out of winter storage and apply sun-cream.’ Still must not be negative, we have had excellent weather over the past weeks and there are still two days left of the Easter break.

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