Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

February 1st - 15th 2012

Wednesday 1st February - Overstrand in the Media, Rosey Cheeks & Tingling Ears & Snowdrops

Overstrand has featured in the media this week. To start with there was the BBC’s Inside Out programme on Monday evening; this would appear to have given rise to some mixed views in our village.

Also on Monday, the North Norfolk News published an article on their website titled ‘Plan to launch Tourism Fund to help protect Overstrand sea defences’. This was in part covered by the BBC’s Inside Out programme; both article and reader’s comments make interesting reading.

Wednesday 8th February - Snow Fall and Sub Zero Temperatures

Saturday 11th February - Quiet Times

Since Wednesday life has been pretty well routine, just the usual shopping, walking etc. The snow is gradually melting and our lane is now fairly clear, although Barney still has his own private patch of snow on our lawn. Emerging from under the melting snow, the flowers in the garden are looking pretty bedraggled but I am sure the plants will revive and more buds develop once we are through this cold snap. It has been very cold and generally grey but on Friday afternoon the sun came out making it feel a few degrees warmer. The village is quiet with most activity centring round the village shop; there are of course the usual dog walkers out. Things may liven up next week during half-term; already this morning cars are parked outside holiday homes.

We felt sorry for Anthea who sells fish from her wagon in the car park, adjacent to the butchers in Mundesley. Out in the cold, tucked behind the refrigerated counter cannot be any fun but she was in good spirits on Friday, telling us she had sold a lot of her Thursday morning delivery and would probably have to source more for her Saturday trade. We bought some cod which I cooked in the evening Spetsai style (this is one of my Greek recipes and will feature in my book) and kippers for Saturday lunch.

While things are quiet, plans and arrangements for summer events are well under way in particular for the Open Gardens Day on 17th June and for the Queens Jubilee celebrations in the village; the Overstrand Evening WI are organising a cake competition and the Gardening Club are planning a Scarecrow display. The Land & Strand, delivered free to all villagers in the Poppyland diocese, has always been a good source of information about local events. Following a break since December the next edition was due out in March but I have heard that there is likely to be delay in its production. I have also been told that the Poppyland Partnership have taken over editorship from Rosemary & Jeff Reason, taking both Land & Strand and the Crab Line fortnightly magazine under the partnership’s umbrella.

Wednesday 15th February - Raffle Win and Meadow Cottage

Each month, at the Southrepps Farmers Market, there is a raffle for the village. Tickets are sold on Emm’s Stems stall and the prize is a bouquet of flowers. We always buy a ticket from Emma and much to my delight, I received a phone call late Sunday morning; our ticket had won. I have to admit I did not examine the hand-tied bouquet prize on display; I was too busy chatting to Emma, so the bouquet itself was a total surprise when her husband stopped by later to deliver to our home. Well, it is quite beautiful, on a Valentines theme and I have inserted a photograph which does not really do it justice. As well as flowers and foliage there are feathers, hearts, ladybirds, ‘jewels’ that look like dew drops and more; Emma is a very talented and imaginative florist. A link to Emm’s Stems website is on the Foods, Plants and Flowers page, under the Directories tab. Peter regularly buys me flowers but for the price of a £1 raffle ticket this must have been his biggest Valentine’s Day bargain ever!

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