Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

July 1st - 15th 2011

Friday 1st July - A Summers Day Walk & an Anniversary

Friday 8th July - Febrigg Hall Gardener, Wind Turbines and W.I. Coffee Morning

Tuesday 12th July - Village Wedding, Southrepps Farmers Market - again, Raft Race and Beach Clean

Catherine and Mark; they both work at the White Horse in the village, ‘tied the knot’ on Saturday at St Martins Church. We popped along to see the arrival of the bride and her bridesmaids. Keeping to custom, Catherine arrived late at the church (I am sure Mark would agree; she was well worth waiting for). Plenty of time for photographs, before the bridal party walked down the aisle to the traditional Wedding March; Wagner’s Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin. Congratulations and Best Wishes to them both.

How quickly the months go by, second Sunday in the month and once again it is the Farmers Market at Southrepps. Starting at Mr Kew’s Pie stall, this month I was in luck; plenty of Rabbit Pies, plus we bought a Steak and Woodfordes Ale pie. I could not resist another of Sam Kew’s Lemon Cheesecakes, I really cannot rate these highly enough. We gave the vegetable stall a miss this time (we have plenty of produce from Peter’s vegetable plot) and headed to Jubberwacky stall where I bought a jar of Tapenade, the Beef stall was next for a joint of Topside and an Ox Heart (I will cook this for Barney), followed by some eggs (Beckie’s current laying rate will not provide sufficient excesses to make cakes for ‘Made in Overstrand’ at the White Horse later this month, see Calendar 2011 page for further details) and last but not least a loaf of tasty wholemeal bread. We ate some of the bread with the Tapenade and a Greek Salad for lunch, the Lemon Cheesecake was saved for the evening and we ate half the Rabbit Pie (excellent) on Monday evening.

After an early lunch we walked along the beach into Cromer to watch the Annual Raft Race. Warm, with the sun on our backs, we stood and watched the spectacle from the promenade. Teams were provided with standard equipment to make the rafts; barrels, poles and ropes, plus helmets and lifejackets to wear when afloat. Some of the sturdiest looking rafts fell apart into their components on launching from the beach but some excellent attempts were made and a number completed the course round the markers and back on to the beach. An all-male team dressed up as air stewardesses and calling themselves ‘Virgin Adrift’ produced a sea worthy craft, tight skirts did not hamper either the construction process or climbing aboard once afloat. Just before the final heats the beach was cleared temporarily to allow the Davies’s fishing boat room to land; this provided additional entertainment as the boat was winched up onto the trailer and then towed up the beach. Peter took enough photographs during the afternoon to make a selection for an album for the Photo Gallery.

Tuesday morning saw the final part in the process of cleaning the beach from Overstrand, in the Cromer direction. I say ‘final’ but of course it will be an on-going process to keep it clean. A group of volunteers have been collecting the accumulated rubbish; from the beach area at the end of the promenade to the sixth groin down. With a central collection point at the back of the beach, everything from empty crisp packets to a bicycle was amassed. With support from NNDC, who co-ordinated it’s collection with Kier Street Services (refuse contractors) the rubbish has now been consigned to the tip. The final haul was over the past few days when volunteer group carried or dragged the rubbish to the end of the promenade, (a distance of about 1.5 kms), here two Kier employees along with the volunteers loaded it onto a truck and away it went. What a satisfying feeling, a clean beach to walk along this summer. We congratulated ourselves with coffee and bacon sandwiches, sat in the garden at the Cliff Top Café.

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