Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

June 1st - 15th 2017

Saturday 3rd June 2017 - Summer, Car Boot and Car Wash

Rain, sun, cloud, humidity and temperatures of 24ºC have all featured over the past few days. Some nights have been warm, others cool. We wake to birdsong and the sound of fishing boat’s engines as they head to retrieve their crab pots. The garden is full of bees and pollinating insects, as well as visiting butterflies. The vegetables are growing well and today Peter has dug the first root of his potatoes to eat with our dinner this evening. It feels like summer, especially as the long range forecast is predicting continuing good weather right through to the end of the month.

There were stalls covering everything from beer to bread to jewellery to artwork…… at the Summer Market at the garden centre on Sunday. Just about every available space was crammed with plants along with pretty well everything you could want for the garden. Live music by the Walker Brothers, provided a relaxed ambience as visitors perused the stalls or sat with refreshments provided by the stalls and the Potting Shed Café. Barney took a particular interest in the food stalls but despite putting on his most appealing expression and wagging his tale, he did not receive any tasters!

Yesterday was a day when you did not go out unless you really had to. It rained and the wind blew; the best place to be was indoors. I was in two minds about going to the Gardening Club in the afternoon but as we needed milk, I decided to combine the club and a trip to our village shop in one. This month’s meeting was about garden birds. For me, this was a bit of a

With so much wind, branches, twigs and leaves have been blown down. Our broad beans have been buffeted and will need supporting when things have calmed down. Tomorrow should be a better day and once the ground has dried out a bit, we should be able to get out in the garden and start the tidying process.

I don’t usually mention national matters but I will just comment on the General Election which takes place tomorrow. There has been a definite move on behalf of the Conservatives to oust our MP Norman Lamb and take control of North Norfolk. Hardly a day has passed when we have not received campaign material from the different parties through our letter box not forgetting emails and postings on Facebook. To my mind the constant bombardment, borders on harassment. Roll on 10 p.m. tomorrow when the polling stations close!

Sunday 11th June 2017 - Parish Council Meeting and Art Trail

Thursday 15th June 2017 - Probus Talk, Grenfell Tower and The Strand Club

A fairly uneventful few days for us; apart from yesterday when I gave a talk to the Kelling Probus group. This was at The Dales Hotel in Upper Sheringham where I was greeted by members who were very welcoming. I sat down with twenty five gentlemen in the hotel’s restaurant which I have to say was a bit unnerving. Prior to lunch being served, there was a minutes silence for those who lost their lives or their homes in the fire which gutted the Grenfell Tower block of flats in west London this week. After lunch, I gave a condensed version of my talk on self-publishing which was well received. One member, who worked for a publishing company was interested to hear, with the introduction of easy self-publishing through Createspace, how the industry has changed over the years. During our conversation we found out, we had both moved to North Norfolk from Bucks where we had lived about a mile and quarter from each other – as they say ‘it’s a small world’.

I said in my entry for 7th June; I don’t usually refer to national matters. However, today I want to briefly comment on the horrendous fire in the Grenfell Tower block. The fire reduced the building to a blackened frame; destroying people’s homes and killing occupants. Media coverage is extensive and we are seeing grief turning to anger, as people question how this devastation could have happened in an age that seems to be obsessed with health and safety. Today this anger has been extended as to what is perceived, to be the playing down of the potential numbers who have perished and following her visit to the site, Prime Minister Theresa May has been accused of failing to show humanity. The Fire Service must not be forgotten; they have first been faced with a fire that proved impossible to bring under control and now have the task of retrieving bodies from the remains of the building. I could go on but I won’t apart from expressing the hope, survivors are soon provided with new homes so they can start to rebuild their lives as well as extending our sympathy to the families who have lost relatives.

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