Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

October 1st - 15th 2011

Friday 7th October - Roses at the Overstrand Gardening Club, Fireworks, Ram and Defibrillator at the Overstrand Parish Council Meeting, Minus 14°C and Facebook

At the October meeting of The Overstrand Gardening Club, renowned rose grower and landscape gardener, Bill LeGrice gave a very interesting and informative talk about – roses, of course! Supplying roses since the 1920’s, the nursery continues to introduce new varieties. This year at the Hampton Court Flower Show two were launched; Katie’s Rose, named for Katie Thompson an up and coming Norfolk singer and Norfolk Glory, chosen by the Norfolk’s Federation of W.I’s to celebrate their 90th Anniversary. Currently the nursery is located at Wroxham Barns, not too far away and a full list of roses stocked, plus tips on growing, pruning and how to treat and identify diseases can be found on his website 'Rosebuddies'.

The venue for this year’s village Firework display was under discussion at the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday evening. The field opposite St Martin’s Church has been ploughed and sewn and is therefore not available for this years display. The Clerk put forward other possible locations and it was decided the most logical would be the car park on Pauls Lane. However, it was questioned as to whether it would be practical to have a bonfire on the car park and whether an alternative arrangement e.g. a beacon was possible. Amongst other topics the ‘Aggressive Ram’ raised its head, following the reports of signage on the field where it grazed with a ewe; a field in Northrepps at the top of the path leading up from Overstrand passing the old railway station (see diary entries for 21st and 27th September). The ram and ewe have subsequently been moved to a field on the Northrepps Road where they are contained by hedging and fences. A representative of The Strand Club attended the meeting and was able to explain during the open section of the meeting how the Club has raised a third of the sum needed for a defibrillator for the village; she also mentioned that a number were being installed in other parts of the country in disused telephone boxes, now owned by Parish Councils. Is there a possibility of a defibrillator being installed in one of the telephone boxes now owned by Overstrand Parish Council? After discussions it was decided that the Parish Council would make a donation; in part from the Ronnie Cork Legacy. Hopefully we will see the installation of a defibrillator in the village in the not too distant future.

We have been under no delusions that the Indian summer could not continue indefinitely but a drop in fourteen degrees, from 28°C to 14°C since Sunday has come as a bit of a shock and coupled with a strong north-westerly wind, it has felt even colder - brrrrrrrr. It’s time for the shorts and t-shirts worn last weekend together with other summer garb to be washed in preparation for storing away until next year. With darker and cooler evenings we have abandoned eating dinner out in the conservatory but hopefully will be able to continue with breakfasts and lunches for a little longer.

As mentioned before; I have further plans for my website, one of which is setting up Overstrand Life on Facebook. Looking at FAITH Animal Rescue, Mr Kew’s Pies and The White Horse pages they certainly enjoy a healthy amount of activity and it could well prove to be another method of promoting our village for what it is; a natural and unspoilt coastal village. Once we have put the ‘garden to bed’ AND I have cleaned out the kitchen cupboards, this will be one of the top items on my ‘to do’ list.

Tuesday 11th October - Puddles, Long Range 'Rumour', Chalk Reef and Threat to Salt Marshes.

The winds have still been prevalent but now from the South West moving to the West; they have bought warm gusts rather than last week’s chill. The temperatures have increased to a respectable 17°C to 20°C, around the average for the season.

Sunday morning had been set aside for cutting back in the garden but that was curtailed – it rained. No complaints, we really needed some steady precipitation. There were numerous puddles down the lanes, when we drove to the Southrepps Farmers Market in the morning; we have not seen puddles some weeks. Whilst buying pies, sausage rolls, piccalilli, a gammon joint, rump steak and our usual lemon cheesecake plus chocolate slices, I noted a few notices; reminding shoppers to order for Christmas. A little too early for me, I don’t like doing things at the last minute; but mid-October is far in advance of any consideration of organisation for the event. I spent the rest of the morning cleaning out the kitchen cupboards – amazing what you find tucked away at the back!

Back to the weather, the recent warmth has encouraged growth and after a lapse of a couple of weeks, Peter picked Runner Beans to eat with Sunday’s dinner. Now for a bit of hearsay – snow by mid-November! I have already mentioned the plethora of berries in the hedgerows; considered to be a sign of a bad winter. Maybe we should take heed and stock up the cupboards and freezers - just in case.

Overcast, breezy and warm we spent Tuesday morning out in the garden. Peter replaced a broken fence post whilst I took out most of the summer bedding plants. It always seems sad to take out plants, which for the most part, are still in flower but they will not survive the frosts and I need to make space to plant pansies, primroses and bulbs. I bought a couple of small shrubs from the Overstrand Garden Centre on Monday and could not resist taking a photograph of their display of cyclamens; situated just inside the entrance – what a welcome, a stunning mix of colours.

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