Friday 29th June 2018 – Funeral and Drought

The Cromer Crematorium which opened early 2017, has been described as nice or lovely or some other similar adjective, leaving me to question, how can a Crematorium be nice? On Tuesday we were to find out whether these were suitable descriptors. Along with a large number of village residents, we attended the funeral at Cromer Crematorium of village character Albert Neave, who passed away on the 1st June. A number of people who, like us were also seeing the Crematorium for the first time, questioned why there had been so much fuss and objections to its location. Behind the town’s cemetery it is set with a backdrop of mature trees and fronted with well planted flower beds and a memorial garden. It is in a beautiful tranquil location, the chapel is light and airy inside with an outdoor shelter for people to congregate after the service. It is indeed nice and lovely and a fitting place for residents of the village and family members to remember and say farewell to Albert.

It wasn’t so long ago when I was complaining about the rain which resulted in slips on the cliffs and muddy conditions under foot. Now it’s a complete reverse. Wherever you look the grass is turning brown, farmers are irrigating their fields and Peter is watering the vegetables every day. Given the volumes of rain we had earlier in the year, it seems crazy to be saying this but - we really do need some steady rainfall. The farming programme on the radio this morning reported severe almost drought situations on farms which are heading towards what is termed the wilt factor. This is when due to the lack of water, crops don’t produce. If this happens, the price of vegetables, fruit and products using cereal crops will rocket and there will be an increase in imported produce from abroad.

Today’s photos were taken on one of our field edge walks.

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