Thursday 21st February 2019 – Half-Term and Cromer LIfeboat Talk

There can’t have been any complaints this week about the weather for the half-term holidays. Yesterday and today we have seen numbers of parents exercising their children and dogs on the beach. Today, devoid of coats and shoes, children were paddling in the sea and making sandcastles. After all that fresh air and freedom, no doubt they will sleep well tonight. It seems a bit early to be planting seeds but on Monday I put in fifteen broad bean seeds in individual pots in the greenhouse and then pricked out the tomato plants. I am tempted to plant more seeds but then, we could still have some cold weather, so probably best to hold off for another week.

Our WI mainly sources local speakers, so we get to know a lot more about what goes on in the area. On Wednesday, Richard Leeds, a former merchant seaman, gave us a talk titled Cromer Lifeboats. Richard is the Lifeboat Operations Manager and has been involved with the RNLI’s Cromer Lifeboats for many a year. He started his talk with the original lifeboat back in 1804, long before the RNLI came into being. He showed us the changes not only to the

Monday 25th February 2019 – Crabs, Planting, Squills and Not Complaining

We buy our first crabs of the season from Andy’s shop, opposite the Fishermen’s Green. This year, as initial hauls are low in numbers, he has yet to open the shop. On the other hand, Rob who also fishes out of Overstrand, had nineteen for sale on Friday from his wife’s fish trailer, The Lobster Pot, in Mundesley. We couldn’t resist buying a couple which we ate for lunch and were deliciously sweet and tasty.

Despite saying I would leave planting seeds for another week, on Friday I filled some pots and put in geranium, nicotiana, nemesia, peppers and more tomato seeds. The pots are now indoors in a heated propagator. Peter has planted five Colleen early potatoes on the vegetable plot and after filling three potato bags put in the pink fur seed potatoes. This is probably the earliest in the year, he has planted seed potatoes. The mahonia at the end of our garden is in flower and I have been enjoying the fragrance each time I pass. I am not the only one who has appreciated this plant, the bees have been visiting and you can just see from my photo, there is pollen attached to a foraging bumble bee. While the bumble bee favoured the mahonia a ladybird was inspecting the leaves of the helleborus for aphids. Our garden now has plenty of spring colours with daffodils, pansies, crocus, snowdrops, primroses, violets, iris, helleborus as well the mahonia in flower.

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