Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

August 1st-15th 2010

Tuesday 3rd August - Fetes and Shows

I woke in the early hours of Saturday morning to hear rain falling, would this affect the success of the fete at Northrepps Hall? No, the rain quickly cleared during the course of the morning and we walked up from Overstrand with Barney in good temperatures with our rainproof jackets tied round our waists – just in case. A traditional village fete with all the stalls you would expect to see, tombola, books, cakes, raffle etc., not forgetting a live band to provide a convivial atmosphere and for Dr Who fans, both old and young, the Daleks emitting threats of ‘extermination’.

Sunday morning we headed to Sheringham Park for the annual Smallholders Show. An extremely popular event with numerous stalls and displays, as well as events throughout the day, these ranged from ferret racing, to sheep shearing, to dog classes. Children delighted in being able to gain close proximity to sheep, chickens, ducks, cow and calf, pigs, goats and alpacas, the latter of which showed

Saturday 7th August - Showers and an Evening Out

 A mix of weather since Tuesday, showers on and off on Wednesday, good timing was essential if you planned any outdoor activities. All pretty quiet here and I guess, visitors staying in the village headed inland to take advantage of indoor attractions.

Unable to dry washing outside, our tumble drier was back in action today after a period of inactivity. I spent time in the kitchen baking and cooking Papousakia (stuffed aubergines) and a pan of french beans in olive oil. We find very few vegetables freeze well, losing their flavour and texture, we prefer to eat them fresh, or give them away. There are a couple of exceptions and green beans are one, provided they are first cooked with onions, olive oil and tomatoes. Green Beans in Olive Oil is another Greek dish which we so enjoyed on our visits, either to accompany meat or just on their own for lunch or a snack with some crusty bread to soak up the juices, delicious. Click on the above link to access my recipe or via the Recipe tab.

Thursday and cooks night off! A good dry evening, we walked with Barney up the footpaths, to eat at the Foundry Arms in Northrepps. A thoroughly enjoyable evening, the food here is consistently good as is the friendly atmosphere. It was dark before we started our return walk, a week or so ago it would have still been light. No torch but not a problem, we frequently walk the footpaths and tracks in this area.

A good day for gardening on Friday, the soil is drying out again but the rain in the early hours of Saturday did the trick and with temperatures this morning in the high teens, good growing weather – more beans etc. methinks!

Socialising at Scruffs

Lining up for judging

Monday, a true English summer’s day, sunny with breezes and temperatures touching 24°C, it was a delight to see visitors on our superb sandy beach. So many activities to enjoy, some more energetic than others, whether it was sunbathing, paddling on the water’s edge, swimming, kite flying, paddling a dinghy, making sandcastles, short boarding, shrimp catching, walking along the sands or just sitting enjoying an ice-cream there are simple traditional pleasures to be enjoyed here in Overstrand.

Gatekeeper Butterfly

Our oregano herb plant is in full bloom and soon I will be picking sprigs to dry, using the seed heads crushed, to add authentic flavour to my Greek recipes. For now the plant is an attraction for Gatekeeper Butterflies as well as the occasional Mint Moth, which in addition to mint nectar has a penchant for Oregano too.

Mint Moth

We are not the only ones who have been busy, as we drove through the lanes from Mundesley to Roughton and back via Northrepps this morning, we note the farmers have been hard at work and there is hardly a field of cereal crops that has not been harvested, with straw baled ready for collection. Huge lorries brimming with corn negotiate single track roads spilling samples of their load as they pass through the villages, soon it will be time for the late potato harvest.

Straw bales, await collection

Combining at Northrepps

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