Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

At the end of October the Belfry Arts Centre once again opened its doors, this time for the exhibition ‘Forging Ahead’ which included practical demonstrations on Nigel Barnett’s mobile forge.

Moving on to November and the annual bonfire and fireworks display; organised for the village by the parish council and funded by bucket collection. A clear dry evening and another excellent firework display, although it was a little sad to see The White Horse’s Jubilee float ‘Lizzie 60’ succumb to the bonfire flames (see You Tube Burning of LIzzie ).

Thursday 3rd January - Mud Slips, Cetaceans, Barney's Glum, Cromer Fireworks and Dog Mess Signage

Wally Webb of BBC North Norfolk Radio fame was in the car park around 7.30 a.m. Monday morning. He was walking around, mobile phone to his ear, with the radio car parked, doors open and lit inside. What was he doing in Overstrand? Deep in conversation, it would have been rude to interrupt and ask him. All was revealed later. As we completed our circuit with Barney and were walking back home, a Coastguard vehicle was just pulling off the car park, shortly followed by the BBC radio car. Around 8.15 a.m. the interview which had taken place between Wally Webb and Jim Lilley, Cromer Coastguard on the car park was broadcast. Briefly, Jim Lilley was warning people of potential mud slips. He informed; the cliffs are moving all the time and although the surface may appear dry and firm, the underlying ground is wet and will possibly remain so until spring. He advised anyone who had problems (two dogs had slipped twelve feet down the Trimingham cliffs on Christmas Day) not to attempt a rescue but to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. A recorded interview with a representative of the British Geological Survey was also broadcast and the general advice is to:

Keep a safe distance from the cliff edge (12-15 feet)
Be vigilant on the beach
Do not climb the cliffs and
Keep dogs on leads

Early in December a Sunfish was washed up on Overstrand beach. The incoming tide took its huge body mass away and presumably deposited it further along the coast. A photograph of the fish and short report has been published on Norfolk Cetaceans . The photo of Paul Lee bent over the Sunfish gives an idea as to its hug proportions. I have followed up on the link on the page to the blog, ‘Letter from Norfolk’ and wow, the photographs are absolutely stunning. To see what I mean take a look at the Mandarin Duck on the posting for 20th December and the Shoveller on 12th December. Both these sites provide useful wildlife information and I will be adding them to my Out and About page.

Sunday 6th January 2013 - Norfolk Village Games, New Parish Councillor, 'The Last Hunters' and Dejavu

Vapour Trails

Sunday 13th January 2013 - It's Chilly, Silly Move and Revamp

Thursday saw the end of the mild conditions. We were greeted first thing by frost and as happens so often, being in close proximity to the sea, our back garden was relatively frost free, whereas as at the front there was a good covering on both the grass and car. Since then it has been chilly, with cold winds making it feel decidedly nippy. Snow was forecast for late afternoon Saturday but apart from a small flurry as we walked home, just after nine, following eating at the White Horse, we have yet to see layers of the ‘white-stuff’. We have plenty of stocks of food in the freezer and cupboards, plus additional pies and meat purchased from the Southrepps Farmers Market this morning, so we are well prepared!

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