Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

We had an enjoyable weekend with our youngest son and his partner. Saturday morning we drove to Aylsham for the Farmers Market and then on to Mundesley. In the afternoon we all walked with Barney along the beach and in the evening we ate at The White Horse. Sunday morning was spent inside and Peter showed them one of his DVD’s covering our last visit to Crete. Why? They are going on holiday to the island this year, to a part we visited in 2009. We hope the DVD gave them an insight to this and other parts of Crete (we spent a few days on the north coast for friends’ celebration, before hiring a car and driving to places we wanted to experience, stopping one or two nights at each place). We ate lunch at the Foundry Arms before they headed back to their home in London along with meat purchased at the farmers market and Mundesley and Mr. Kew’s pies, kindly delivered by himself to the pub.

Monday 11th March 2013 - Barney Rolls, New BBQ, Cold Winds and Tank & Slipways

Firstly a couple of things I missed from my last entry. Regular readers will remember I asked the Animal Magic dog trainer at the February WI meeting as to whether she had any recall tips that may help when Barney heads off across the beach and rolls in ‘something smelly’. Unfortunately she was not able to help. ‘It’s what dogs do’ was her response. Well it is certainly what Barney does! Last Tuesday morning while we were walking along the beach towards Cromer, a seal must have come up onto the beach and returned to the sea before we got back. Barney ran down the beach, following the seal’s tracks but what we did not know and could not see was, it had diarrhoea at the water’s edge. I don’t think I need say more, except a ‘dripping and stinking’ Barney was marched home and after a slosh down outside was bathed and remained in the ‘dog house’ for the rest of the morning!

Secondly, we took delivery of a new BBQ on Wednesday. We have always (I should say Peter, as he is the BBQ ace) used charcoal which needs a bit of time and patience to get just right for cooking. Last summer (as if we need reminding) did not provide the best weather for BBQ’ing and with cool outdoor temperatures it was often difficult to get enough heat to cook successfully, especially fish. The new BBQ is fuelled by gas and we hope it will prove a success – all we need now is the weather to try it out.

As we returned from the Cromer direction, heading towards the ramp up from the beach; we could see two men working with a pressure hose and a broom. They were cleaning the algae off the slope; both kindly stopped so we could exit the beach, up towards the zigzag. They had already completed the cleaning of the east facing ramp so both accesses are now free from the slippery algae that has caused problems. Many thanks to NNDC for actioning this work and Peter has sent an email of thanks to Brian Farrow. We should all now be able to walk down onto the beaches without fear of slipping over.

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