Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

October 16th - 31st 2011

Friday 21st October - Out with Warmer Wear, Why the Drab Colours and Trunch Composting Scheme

We were graced with sunny weather over the weekend with temperatures topping 17°C. With our youngest son and his partner staying we could not have asked for better. On Saturday morning we drove to Horsey and walked out to the beach from the windmill to see the seals. This time I counted forty-six, less than late last month but an impressive sight all the same. One had netting round its neck but did not seem distressed in any way; I am not sure how this can be dealt with, if at all. On our return trip we stopped for a late lunch at the Kingfisher Fish Bar in Walcott; it was very pleasant sat outside in the sunshine. The portions were huge; concerned not to eat too much (we were eating at the Sea Marge in the evening) there were plenty of chips bought home for my chickens. On the subject of eating out, we had Sunday lunch at the White Horse. The Roast Beef served with all the trimmings was excellent and I really enjoyed my sweet of Assiette of Pears. As our son’s partner remarked ‘You are lucky to have a pub with such a good restaurant in the village’.

Friday 28th October - Website Changes, Your Local and Land & Strand

Over the past few weeks I have introduced some changes to my website. Starting by updating the Welcome and header pages, I also modified the weather widget on the Welcome page. The widget now shows an enhanced screen report and as before, links through to forecasts for the Cromer area for the following fifteen days. Once you are on AccuWeather, the widget provider’s site, you can easily access reports for anywhere in the world. I particularly like this widget, not just because any adverts are restricted AccuWeather’s site and do not appear on mine but also for the accuracy of its forecasts. With the increase in the number of photograph galleries, I was aware that the page length of the 2011 Gallery was becoming unwieldy. The format provided small thumbnail prints which although they could be individually enlarged; I felt would benefit from modification. The result; a separate page for each of the galleries, plus increased sized thumbnails. Although the photographs within the thumbnails are cropped, they provide an extended on screen view; the individual thumbnails can still be enlarged, providing the full view as before.

I was flattered to be invited by our village pub, the White Horse, to write again for their newsletter; Your Local. I decided on a different format this time, starting with just a few snippets from my web diaries and continuing with the core of my article devoted to events in the village over the past few months. Compiled by reading back through my diary pages it was surprising just how many events there were and as I said in my article, I am bound to have missed some!

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