Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

June 16th - 30th 2011

Friday 17th June - Visitor from former Colleague, Rain in the Afternoons and BBC Interview

On Wednesday we spent a most pleasant lunch and afternoon in the company of one of Peter’s former work colleagues. Retired now for some years, it was good to see him in excellent spirits and living a full life. We lunched at the White Horse and this was followed at home with a long chat through until late afternoon.

In the evening I went to our WI meeting, the speaker was unable to attend so there was a change of programme, bringing forward the Open Meeting planned for July. I have been asked to speak about my website at the July meeting this will be followed with strawberries and cream and an auction of plants, flowers and garden produce.

The past few mornings have been warm with blue skies, giving way to rain in the afternoon. No complaints, we so need rain and with the warm temperatures this is going to do our garden a power of good and hopefully swell the broad bean pods. I am really looking forward to our first picking, so sweet you can eat them raw. They need a minimal amount of cooking in boiling water and are delicious cooked with olive oil, yoghurt and dill, see Broad Beans in Olive Oil, under the Recipe tab.

We are not frequent visitors to Norwich, but Friday warranted a special trip; I had been invited to be interviewed at BBC Radio Norfolk’s studios in the Forum. My diary entry for Wednesday 8th June, explains how Becky Betts with navigator Ian of BBC Treasure Quest fame, came to seek the treasure at the top of Southrepps church tower, during our W.I. Guided Walks Day. Following this; the Questmaster contacted me to enquire as to whether I would like to come to the studios to talk more about the Guided Walks Day, Overstrand and my website, on the ‘David & Becky’ weekly programme.

Peter came with me, of course and we were welcomed at the BBC reception by Luke, the producer of the David & Becky programme; he then took us up to the studios. Both Becky and David were on holiday this week, so David Webster and Kirsteen Thorne were standing in and covering their programmes. To say I was nervous was an understatement; I had never done anything like this before, I had no idea what format the interview would take let alone what questions I would be asked. As it was, once inside the relaxed atmosphere of the studio and as the interview progressed at a leisurely pace, Kirsteen and David put me at my ease. Questions came from both Kirsteen and David and I had to ‘think on my feet’, so there were a few ‘ums’ along the way but listening to the programme later at home on BBC i-player, I think all in all I sound fine, for a first-timer. I need not have been nervous, an enjoyable experience, with the added bonus of an insight as to how a radio programme is produced, extremely professional and efficient, we were most impressed. The programme can be heard on BBC i-player and will be available for a week via this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00h7ghx  BBC, if you read this, a special thank you for providing me with this opportunity. Oh yes, I must not forget; ladies of our WI group - see you on the Beach for a photo shoot!

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