Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

To take advantage of this glorious morning we drove to Pretty Corner, just off the Holt Road, and took a walk with Barney. The woodland is impressive, with a number of different varieties of trees. Even though the deciduous trees are still bare, last year’s fallen leaves and the different trunks and bark provide proof of the number of types. In addition, there are distinctive coniferous and spruce trees, whilst at ground level we could see flower buds forming on the rhododendrons. Initially there was road noise from both Holt and Sheringham roads; this should be masked once the leaves break out on the trees. When we approached the springs, towards the Anglian Water area, all was peaceful; we watched a heron sat at the water’s edge and listened to the birds singing with the woodpeckers tapping further into the woods.

News was passing around the early morning dog walkers this week; a fisherman had caught a codling and a sea bass from the promenade. Now this may not be the greatest catch in the world but it was good news that codling are about. I could have suggested to Peter that he tried out his new fishing rod, purchased at the village summer car boot sales but with the damp weather over the past couple of days, fishing would not be the most pleasurable of pastimes. Instead we went into Cromer and in the in the window of Davies’s fish shop, a tray of fresh local caught codling. Delicious, simply seasoned, floured and shallow fried - maybe Peter should head for the beach with his fishing rod and reel?

Still on the subject of food, since my chickens went off the lay we have tried a number of local sources for eggs, with varying success. For the past couple of weeks we have been buying from the Farm and Health Shop in Tucker Street where they stock eggs from three farmers/smallholders in the area. This week, in addition to eggs, we purchased some excellent bacon, a selection of cheeses, you can buy as little (just a sliver) or as much as you want; some very tasty cox apples and a sweet potato; quite a mix. Cate has come back into lay this week so we may not need to buy more eggs but we will continue to shop here for the excellent local produce and specialities.

I see that Poppyland Publishing have launched a new website, www.cromerdictionary.co.uk/home.html. This supports the book ‘A Dictionary of Cromer and Overstrand History’; published in December 2010. For anyone who has not had an opportunity to read the book; it is available to buy through Jarrolds in Cromer or can be borrowed from Cromer Library - due to its popularity you may have to reserve a copy at the Library or on-line. The website is a very useful and interesting addition to the book.

We are fast approaching schools half-term, a time to consider how to occupy children whether they be direct offspring or grandchildren, etc. A couple of months ago we picked up a brochure titled ‘Norwich Dragon Festival 2011’ which is packed full of events in the city between 12th to 27th February. The event covers exhibitions, puppet shows, story-telling, arts & crafts, talks, films and a trail of which forty-nine of the sixty activities are free.

The work on the footpaths, along the Mundesley Road, were completed on Friday. There seemed to be little disruption to the through traffic while the work was in progress and on Monday phase two, the road resurfacing, commenced. This has necessitated the closure of the road, except for providing vehicular access to properties and the Garden Centre. When we walked across from Carr Lane and up Madams Lane, on Monday morning, work was well underway; the old tarmac was being removed exposing a concrete base.

During our walk we passed large clumps of snowdrops and watched Blackbirds jousting in the hedges, cock Pheasants duelling and Skylarks singing above the fields, spring is definitely just ‘round the corner’. At Northrepps we stopped for a ‘Valentine’s Day Lunch’ at the Foundry Arms; here we shared bread, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and marinated olives before both enjoying excellent griddled chicken and bacon salads.

Resurfacing in Progress on
Mundesley Road

Snowdrop Clump

Our return walk took us over the fields where Barney found, for the second time that day, something extremely pungent to roll in. Back home Peter had the unenviable job of washing him off once again. No surprise - Barney was ‘in the dog house’ – but not for long.

Snowdrops at side of footpath

In the evening we attended a special Parish Council Meeting to discuss the planning application to remove part of the wall in The Londs to facilitate vehicular access. Following the opportunity for the public to express their views, the Parish Councillors exchanged succinct dialogues.

It was decided that this application is not appropriate for the village. We were informed that a further planning application has been received, with regard to the construction of the vehicular access and this will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting in March. Details of the dates of future Parish Council meetings can be found under the Directories tab, on the Calendar page by searching under 'Overstrand Parish Council Meeting'.

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