Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

Wednesday 22nd February - Spring Cleaning, Commercial Unit for Rent and Slow Progression

Saturday 25th February - Basking in the Warmth, Lunch at Northrepps and Rose Water

The weather forecast for Thursday was spot on, with warm sunshine and temperatures peaking at 18°C. ‘Isn’t this wonderful’ villagers commented to one another in passing and indeed it was. Following our first lunch this year eaten in the conservatory (this is north facing, so takes a while to warm up in the earlier months of the year) we headed to the beach to take advantage of the low tide. We joined a number of other dog walkers and Barney enjoyed a paddle in one of the pools at the end of the groins.

Although temperatures were nearer the seasonal average on Friday, it was still very pleasant and late morning we walked up to Northrepps, for lunch at the Foundry Arms. There have been a couple of changes at the pub with a new chef and a modified menu. Rather than an increase in prices, which seems to be the current norm whether buying a packet of tea or a regional newspaper, the Foundry Arm’s menu prices have been reduced. The lunch time main meals were all under £7; we both ordered the Ham, Egg and Chips and at £6 with a good thick slice of ham, this was excellent value. All the new menus are available on the pubs website which can be accessed from the Places to Eat/Takeaways page. Following such a filling lunch (with such a generous portion size, I could not eat all mine) we definitely needed the walk back to Overstrand, followed by a walk on the beach and on account of our ‘fullness’, dinner was put back a little later into the evening.

Still on the food subject, I found what appears to be an excellent website for sourcing Indian foods. I was searching to buy Rose Water for my Greek style Rice Pudding when I ‘stumbled’ on this site and ordered not only the Rose Water but also Poppadoms, a Balti curry paste and spices to make Bombay Potatoes. These all arrived within 48 hours of ordering and although the packaging suffered a bit in transit everything was intact. I will use the Bombay Potato spices tonight to accompany my Lamb Curry recipe and tomorrow I will make Greek Rice Pudding. If everything is satisfactory I will include details of the website in a later diary entry.

Sunday afternoon I took a walk along the beach with a friend and our dogs; a warm sunny afternoon we could have been tempted to continue to Cromer. Instead we retraced our steps almost falling victim to a stone which was thrown by a youth from the top of cliff, down towards the promenade. How did I know it was a youth? Not satisfied with hurling the missile, he looked over the top; revealing his identity!

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