Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

November 16th - 30th 2013

Sunday 17th November 2013 - Time of the Year and Public Access Defibrillator

Not much going on since Wednesday, I guess it is the time of the year. There have been the usual weekly trips to Cromer and Mundesley where apart from the day to day shopping we have purchased a few Christmas related items. It is rather damp underfoot so we have taken Barney on the beach or areas where mud and puddles do not feature in great quantities. The garden has had a bit of a tidy; mainly clearing more leaves and deadheading pansies and cyclamens and I was delighted to find three flowers on a clump of blue violets (these usually flower in spring). We have been out to celebrate a friend’s birthday, for a late breakfast at the Cliff Top Cafe but apart from this, we have had a fairly ordinary week.

At the last Parish Council meeting, Councillor Mary Haynes raised the topic of Defibrillators and Community First Responders with fellow Councillor, James Begley. It seems there is some confusion as to who can access Defibrillators in the community (Overstrand’s is on the wall of the White Horse) and what role Community First Responders play. As well as being a Parish Councillor, James Begley is a Community First Responder and he has sent me a document which should dispel any confusion and provides definitive information for both Defibrillators and Community First Responders.

Thursday 21st November 2013 - Snow Bunting and Mobile Police Surgery

Monday 25th November 2013 - Whale Watch, Minke Whale and a Seal

I have to say I was not particularly looking forward to Saturday morning. Earlier in the week, Peter had volunteered us to take part in the Whale Watch along this part of the Norfolk Coast. This was organised by Carl Chapman who is Regional Seawatch Co-ordinator and who also runs the Norfolk Cetaceans website. With the cold winds during the week giving a ‘real feel’ of near freezing point and me being less than comfortable standing around in low temperatures, I imagined I would probably last about ten minutes of our one hour slot. As it was ‘someone up there’ was looking after me! The winds dropped making the air temperature warmer and wearing lined trousers and well layered, plus a hat – something for me but yes I wore a hat! – I thoroughly enjoyed our shift. We used binoculars to scan the sea and Peter’s telescope was at the ready, in case we spotted anything that could be a Whale or any other Cetacean come to that. Did we spot anything? Short answer is ‘no’ (neither did any of the other seventeen volunteers) but we did see a number of sea birds*, looked at some of the passing shipping and also chatted to passers-by who enquired as to what we were looking for. When our shift finished, it was just my finger tips that were cold and the best way to bring them back up to temperature was to walk across to the Cliff Top Café and wrap them round and mug of hot chocolate.

*Carl Chapman reported on the Norfolk Cetaceans website that during the morning ‘A good number of seabirds were observed from all quarters including Long tailed Ducks, Common Scoter, a single Great Northern Diver, Red breasted Merganser and Manx Shearwater, lots of Eider, Auk sp’s, Red throated Divers and Gannet with lesser numbers of Wigeon, Brent, Teal and Tufted Duck moving.’

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