Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

June 1st - 15th 2012

Saturday 2nd June - More Dog Signs, In the Garden and June events in Overstrand

A different style of dog sign (see diary for 26th May covering first signs of this type) has been stencilled, at the top of the zigzag, on the ramp leading up at west end of the beach and the east end of the promenade. The sign depicts a person with their dog on a lead, a reminder that in this area dogs are not permitted to run free off the lead. There are a couple of other places that would benefit from this signage and unless all areas are marked it will be difficult to enforce this rule. The sign banning dogs from the beach on the east facing ramp, at the bottom of the zigzag, has already started to wear away; fortunately such simple signage should be inexpensive to renew.

The good weather on Saturday was just what we needed to mow the lawns, pull out the winter bedding plants and replace with the summer ones. Pepper and aubergines were potted on into their final ‘fruiting’ pots and the cucumbers planted in a grow bag. I am impressed with the tomato plants growth; I am trialing two different varieties this year, a F1 cherry tomato and a larger fleshy variety which is related to the slightly pointed end types often seen in Greece. Sitting in the conservatory in the evening we looked out at the garden and remarked how much the vegetables have grown; everything is later this year but good progress has been made over the past week.

Monday dawned grey and dismal and we feared for the village celebrations later in the day but by mid-morning we could see clearer skies heading our way, the sun made its debut and despite the chilly wind and a sharp shower in the afternoon the weather ‘behaved itself’. The photographs I have put together under the Photo Galleries give a taster of our village celebrations. These started with the parade from Ivy Farm Caravan Park filtering along the High Street finishing on the Sports Field. I was busy with the Jubilee Tea Party so I was not able to see the parade but thanks here to Peter who took some photographs which show the floats and the onlookers. On the Sports Field there were stalls, competitions, music, refreshments etc. around the Pavilion area, a typical village fete, again thanks to Peter for the photographs.

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