Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

October 1st - 15th 2012

Tuesday 2nd October – They’re Back, Walking with Family, Marrams Shelter, FAITH Charity Walk, Sunrise Photographers & Chickens at the Gardening Club

Friday morning I joined fellow W.I. members for a circular walk from Northrepps Church, with a break at the Post Office Coffee Shop in Southrepps. Rain during the previous night and earlier in the morning did not deter us but passing through a sugar beet field and across a ploughed field (both official footpaths), resulted in muddy boots. In consideration for the coffee shop’s carpets, we removed our boots before enjoying modestly priced refreshments - just £2.20 for a pot of tea and toasted tea cake and butter. More mud and puddles on our return but an enjoyable way to spend a morning.

Walking back from Northrepps down Madams Lane; well I am not sure how to describe my feelings. Devastated is too dramatic but definitely upsetting to see the field, which has been fallow since we moved to Overstrand and where during the summer months we saw orchids and later butterflies as well as listening to chirping

Wednesday 10th October - Days of Autumn, Herrings and Thank you from EACH

Following on from my last entry; most of our summer bedding plants have been replaced with winter flowering pansies, polyanthus and cyclamens. Both the garden composters and the brown bin are full, plus there are a couple of sacks that will have to remain on the side until after the next bin collection. Peter saved a couple of our early potatoes from the vegetable plot; these were given a false winter in the bottom of the fridge and have now been planted in a box in the greenhouse, using the compost from the tomatoes grow-bags. Peter did this last year and the result was; new potatoes for the kitchen in January (see diary entry for February 4th 2012).

While other parts of the country have not been so lucky, it has been a pleasure here, working in the garden. With the sun our backs it has been very warm at times, although somewhat cooler in the shade. Sunday morning we drove to the outskirts of Norwich, we soon left the blue skies and sun behind as we progressed further inland into mists and fog. This was quite thick by the time we got to the Airport; I wondered if there were any flight delays.

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