Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

Monday 12th November - Village Information Point, DVD, WI Walks Programme and Farmers Market

I don’t quite know why but I have not had the time to put fingers to keyboard since last Wednesday. I suppose in part, it is down to being entertained and entertaining but most certainly not down to gardening, unless you can count clearing up leaves. Anyway, it’s now catch up time.

At the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday evening, Parish Councillor Bruce Stratton provided a progress update on the village information point. It is hoped the site next to the village stores will be ready for next Easter/Spring and the beginning of the new tourist season. Cllr. Stratton plans to call a meeting of local businesses before Christmas to bring them up to date on the information point and to sell advertising space. Parish Councillor Derek Paul informed the Council that the second village DVD (title yet to be announced) is nearing completion and hopefully will be released for sale in the near future.

On Friday morning five W.I. members (myself included) put their heads together to discuss and draw up a programme of walks for 2013. We have to finalise the exact routes etc. but there will be five different walks for members, including the cliff tops and beach, marshes and wildlife, country tracks and paths with historical information, grounds of a National Trust property and one around Overstrand incorporating places of interest. As they say – something for everybody. I forgot to mention in an earlier diary entry; Overstrand Evening WI won the local inter WI’s quiz. Runners up for the past few years, this year’s team pulled out all the stops and won the Brass Tray award. Well done Ladies.

Saturday, it rained pretty well all day; we were lucky to get down to the beach with Barney in the morning while it was just drizzling. Sunday was a total contrast and the sun bought everyone out; in particular to Southrepps Farmers Market. There was a full complement of stalls and as we sat with a neighbour over a cup of coffee (resisting the temptation to have bacon or sausage bap) we watched a constant stream of people coming into the hall. In the build-up to Christmas there was Mr Kews Pies award winning pies (he is now selling soup as well); cheesecakes and other sweet delights (the brownies were soft and full of dark chocolate); Emms Stems with an impressive display of Christmas themed table decorations and gifts; Jubberwacky’s award winning jams, pickles & chutneys; pork, gammons, sausages, lamb, rabbits, pheasant and partridges; seasonal vegetables; cards & artwork; beers; Christmas puddings and hampers; bakery products; outdoor plants and fish products e.g. pies, patès etc. As Mole said to Ratty in Wind in the Willows – ‘too much too much’ – well actually no; you can never have too much of a good thing!

As we drove home, with our bags of local produce in the boot, the sun beamed across the fields and shone through the autumnal trees. With so much natural unspoilt beauty, Peter remarked ‘I cannot imagine wanting to live anywhere else’; I am in total agreement.

Monday and following housework and walks with Barney it’s raining again. I have prepared the dried fruit for our Christmas cake and this is now soaking in brandy. I now have time to catch-up with my diaries before cooking dinner.

To round off; after a short break in Lowestoft, the Kesteven boat is back off the coast again in ‘Guard Location’. But why?

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