Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

June 1st - 15th 2011

Friday 3rd June - A week of Meetings and Walks

It has been a busy week for me, I am not sure where to start but here we go!

The working party for the Overstrand Evening W.I. Guided Walks Day ran through the final arrangements on Tuesday afternoon. A considerable amount of organisation has gone into this event; working out the routes, training guides, printing a walks book etc. as well as gaining permission for walks to enter the private grounds of The Pleasaunce and Templewood. For further information on the walks see the Out & About page, under the Directories tab.

Wednesday afternoon another meeting, this time the Overstrand Gardening Club. The trip to Hoveton Hall in May was a great success and everyone considered recent speakers at the monthly meetings (first Tuesday in the month in the Parish Hall, commencing at 14.30 – visitors welcome) had been excellent. Details for the two day trip to Savill Gardens and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July were finalised and arrangements for the ‘Five-a-Day’ exhibition in September discussed. More about the exhibition here in my Diary, nearer the time. Walking home after the meeting I had to stop for a few minutes to watch a Hummingbird Hawkmoth feeding on a Red Valerian at the roadside. Such a delicate and precise process of feeding, dipping it’s proboscis into the tiny flowers that make up the flower-head; unfortunately I did not have my camera with me.

We attended the Parish Council meeting in the evening where the vacancy for a Parish Councillor was filled by co-opting our local postman and village resident Neil Allsopp. Apart from general matters time was set aside to discuss the telephone box in Harbord Road. This was the first phone box in the village and was purchased by the Parish Council from British Telecom for £1. Various suggestions were put forward as to how it could be utilised, including some from a parishioner. The final decision was to start by renovating the box which is in need of replacement glass, a coat of paint and a good clean on the inside.

Saturday 11th June - Three New Website Links, Drought and Sad News

I have added three new websites to the Links Page. Peter found an air traffic locator, Flight Radar 24; if you have ever wondered where the plane passing overhead has come from and where it is going to, this is the site to visit. Another useful site in the travel planner Travel Line East Anglia, this should prove a most helpful tool to visitors wishing to get around the county without using the car. When we were in Norwich last year we met by chance a former colleague of Peter’s who had travelled by bus from Slough in Berks all the way to where he was staying in Stratton Strawless. I wonder if he had used to Travel Line site to plan his route. The third link is the Treasure Trails site; trails are available covering the UK and there is one specific to Overstrand which could prove an interesting alternative to a day on the beach.

On Friday parts of Norfolk were officially classified as suffering from drought but there are no restrictions on water usage as yet. Shortly following the announcement; it started to rain, just what we need for the garden and I daresay this has helped the farmers too. It certainly was a refreshing change not to have to water the garden in the evening. Further details of the drought areas involved can be found on the DEFRA website http://www.defra.gov.uk/

Well I know I said ‘fame at last’ in my diary for 8th June; this was following the interview on BBC Radio Norfolk, after Becky Betts climbed the church tower at Southrepps but this week I was contacted by the Questmaster from Treasure Quest and asked if I would be interested in going to the BBC studios in Norwich for a short follow-up interview. Watch this space!

We do not have a large garden but we try to incorporate a little of all the things we like, particularly edibles. At this time of year the early summer fruits and vegetables start cropping. We have already had radish and lettuce along with potatoes and spinach and I

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