Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

December 16th - 31st 2011

Here in Overstrand, days when the rain continues without abate are fortunately few and far between but Friday was one of those rarities and downright miserable. The rain started in earnest just after we returned from Barneys morning walk and eventually ceased when we returned home from friends in the early evening. Overnight the temperatures dropped and puddle surfaces froze with patches of black ice on the roads.

Preparations for Christmas continue, the trees are now decorated and Peter has filtered the blackberries we picked late summer from the vodka they have been soaking in for the past few months. I can personally vouch that the resulting blackberry vodka is delicious and Sunday evening we ate some of the vodka laced blackberries on top of homemade ice-cream – a wicked combination!

Thursday 22nd December - Shortest Day, Beauty Within, Defibrillator Update and Taking a Break

During the first part of the week it was nippy down on the beach first thing. (This was just before sunrise which is currently around 8.00 a.m.) Fellow dog walkers greeted us with rosy cheeks; reddened by the north-westerly wind, so I guess ours were just as ruddy too! It was just heads faces that protruded; we were all layered with clothing, scarves, gloves and hats, although I was hatless, these are something I will only wear if I absolutely have to!

Wednesday was the shortest day of the year but it will take some weeks before we start to see any noticeable change in the increase in the number of day-light hours. It was a pretty grey day, one when dampness hangs in the air but the wind subsided and temperatures rose, so despite the damp it was altogether more pleasurable to be walking about. If it is like this on Boxing Day it should not be too chilly for those taking to the seas for the annual swim. Peter’s short film of last year’s swim is still available on YouTube and this can be accessed here via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itru5tlL0dQ .

Beauty Within in The Londs appears to have closed; apart from the beautician’s chair, the salon is empty. There are no notices to this effect in the window but I have been told that Stephanie Davies will now be operating her business from home. I wish her success and hope that her beauty business flourishes.

Another piece of news; the Defibrillator for the village, mentioned in previous diary entries, has been ordered by The Strand Club and will be available by the end of January 2012. It will be located in a secure case on an external wall on the Cliff Road side of the White Horse Public House. I would like to extend a big personal ‘Thank You to The Strand Club’ for taking the lead for the village as well as a ‘A Big Thank You’ to Darren Walsgrove, licensee of The White Horse, for his generous offer to locate the equipment and to the Parish Council for their financial contribution. And wait for it, there is one more ‘Thank You’ which I extend to The Community Heartbeat Trust’s Peter Wright who has given his time; explaining in detail to village residents the value of the equipment in the community and the simplicity of its operation.

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