Sunday 5th March 2017 - Last Minute Treasure Quest, Snow White and First Crab Lunch

Thursday 9th March 2017 - Gardening Club and Out in the Garden

The speaker at the Overstrand Gardening Club this month was Francis Farrow who talked about ‘The History and Wild Flowers of Beeston Common’. It was interesting to hear the two theories as to how the common was created and its uses through the ages, as well as seeing slides showing the various flowers and insects that grow and live in this area. Over the years the common land has been used for various purposes, including pony grazing and the site for a fair. Part of the common has now been built on but hopefully there will no further encroachment on land which is providing a valuable home for wildlife.

Monday 13th March 2017 - Spoken Too Soon and Talent in Overstrand

These past few days have been filled with bird song, bursting buds. We have seen glimpses of spring but it now feels as though we can sit back and look forward to more consistent warmer days…. and nights too. I hope I have not spoken too soon! Spring brings not only new growth in the garden and countryside but for me, motivation to start some spring cleaning. I have started with our conservatory, wiping down the ceiling and framework, cleaning the windows and washing the floor. We like to spend as much time as we can in our conservatory and now that it is free of the grime that builds up over the winter, we have started eating lunch in there, where we can look out over our garden. Next on the list is the laundry room which I have started, by cleaning out the cupboards. Outside, Peter has cleaned the conservatory roof and taken a bit of a gamble by planting some French beans under a cloche.

It has not been all about cleaning. We have enjoyed walks on the beach; watching the fishing boats, some hauling pots while others were dropping new shannocks. I forgot to mention, last week we completed clearing plastics from an area of beach which was strewn with debris from the storm surge in January. The last few picks were very labour intensive, extracting small pieces from weed and grasses. In total we brought up 79.33kgs of plastics, which equates to 174.89lbs or 12.49stones or 1.56cwts. Now the ground is drying up, we have ventured along the field edges and the back of the allotments where gardeners have been digging over their plots.

© 2017 Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

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