Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

There has been some improvement in the weather today and we drove to the Nursery at Hungry Hill in the morning. They grow the most impressive primroses, with vibrant and pastel colours to select from; it is difficult to make a choice. Most of the plants we purchased over the past couple of years are flowering now in our garden, I just needed a few more to fill in some gaps. In the afternoon, with a low tide at 1 p.m. we took a walk along the beach with Barney in the Trimingham direction. We have not been along this part of the beach for some weeks now; there have been a couple of cliff slumps below Sidestrand, which explains the ‘whoomphs’ I heard recently.

Slump below Sidestrand

Friday 11th March - Village Events, Watch Repair and a Couple of Pieces of Sad News

Tuesday 15th March - Stray Cat, Green Paws and the Last Lunch

There is a medium sized black cat roaming lost in the coastal area of the village. It has sought sustenance from a neighbouring home and has also been seen in our garden, as well as peering in through the cat flap. If your cat has gone astray or know someone who is looking to be re-united with their black cat, please contact me by email through my contact page.

With good weather we were able to spend time in the garden over the weekend. On Saturday the grass was dry enough for its first mow of the season; fairly long and thick at the front, less so in the back garden where the chickens keep it more or less under control. I said dry but the cut lush blades at the front produced sufficient moisture to turn Barney’s paws and underside green – ‘green fingers’ yes but ‘green paws’? Peter has planted the potatoes and the broad bean seeds are in pots in the greenhouse. Tomato, pepper, lettuce and aubergine seeds have been sown in pots but will stay in the conservatory, where it is warmer at night, until they germinate.

The Offshore Structure, Ensco 80, has been static off the North Norfolk coast for quite a few weeks now; with little or no mists during the past couple of days it has been clearly visible with the naked eye, along with support vessel, Voss Commander. The structure is a rig which according to reports on the internet has been involved, in the past, in exploration for future sources of natural gas reserves.

Monday and sun, a walk along the beach first thing followed by later in the morning a wander up to Northrepps to the Foundry Arms. After hearing that chef Wayne was leaving, we just had to take the opportunity for a final lunch before he departs Tuesday. An excellent lunch, this small family country pub has been so lucky to have a chef of his quality, he will be a ‘tough act’ to follow.

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