Friday 20th February 2015 - First BBQ, WI meeting and We're off to the Panto (oh yes we are!)

We enjoyed another sunny day on Wednesday and not only did Peter get out with the mower but he also cleaned the windows and washed the car. So that probably accounts for why it started raining midday on Thursday! So impressed with the feeling of spring warmth, Peter brought out the BBQ from its winter store, cleaned it up and then used it late afternoon to cook some of the Steak we bought from the Mundesley Butcher last week. It felt good to be stood out in the garden again while the sliced Onion (our last Onion grown on the vegetable plot in 2014) sweated down in oil and the two Steaks sizzled over the coals – a taste of things to come in the following months.

We had a change of venue this month for our WI meeting. We usually meet in the Parish Hall but so the dress rehearsal for the Village Pantomime could take place, we moved to the Methodist Church. Vera Woolven gave us an interesting talk, the essence of which was how a former pupil of Sidestrand School, through his sheer hard work, worked his way up through the Royal household until he attained the position of personal Butler to Queen Elizabeth II. He was knighted ‘Sir David’ and now serves the Dutch Royal Family in their UK residence. This was followed by refreshments, WI news and information about the planned trip to Walsingham in May.

It’s an early dinner for us this evening. We are going to the Village Pantomime; Jack & Alice in Overstrandland. This is the third year the White Horse Players have performed alternative Pantomimes for the villagers and if the previous two years are anything to go by – we are in for a treat.

Tuesday 24th February 2015 - Village Pantomime, Bottle Dumping, CT Scan and Developments in our Home

Once again bottles have been dumped at the back of the Public Conveniences on Pauls Lane Car Park. This is the fourth time since the Bottle Banks were removed in December. I am not talking about one or two bottles; there must be getting on for a hundred if not more each time. It is always the same mix; Optic Spirits bottles, mixer bottles, both small and large wine bottles, beer bottles etc. and on a couple of occasions, coffee jars. The presence of Optic Bottles, tends to point to somewhere with a bar. On two occasions we have alerted the Kier men who empty the bins and they have immediately bagged the bottles and put them on the truck. On one of these occasions, they photographed the pile and each time we have offered to help but they have insisted on clearing the area themselves. The last couple of times the bottles have been there on a Sunday morning, so I can only conclude that Saturday evenings is the favoured time, for whoever is incapable of disposing of their waste in a considerate manner, to do their illicit dumping. There are still bottle banks on the shopper’s car park in Mundesley where I know they welcome bottles; these generate cash for the community youth and this is where we take ours.

Saturday 28th February 2015 - Another Hospital Appointment, Cliff Slump & Shaun the Sheep

Well here we are; the last day of February. The sun during the week opened the Crocus flowers and a clump of dwarf Daffodils in a corner of our garden are in bloom. Our garden is gradually filling with colour and it never fails to amaze me how Primroses, which in the autumn look as though they should be pulled out and replaced, revive over winter and produce an abundance of flowers.

I had a second hospital appointment on Wednesday, this time a routine Mammogram at Cromer Hospital. With this and the CT Scan, on Monday, the only part of my anatomy that has not been scanned or x--rayed this week is my head! Thursday our new flooring was laid in the conservatory and very nice it looks too. I cleaned the base wall panels before we moved everything back into the conservatory and now it is a case of waiting for the weather to improve a bit more before we can start using this room again. In the evening we went out with a village friend for a Birthday celebration at the White Horse. The company and food were excellent although there was one disappointment – no Sticky Toffee Pudding!

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