Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

October 16th-31st 2010

Tuesday 19th October - Cley Marshes, Wild Duck and Spiders

Friday 22nd October - Sleet & Hail, a Magic Evening, plus Bad and Good News

Wednesday’s weather was far from autumnal, more like the depths of winter with spells of horizontal rain, sleet and hail with strong cold winds making it feel far from pleasant to be out and about. Just after midday, when it looked as though the worst was over the rain came down again with vengeance; a respite around three in the afternoon, provided a window for Barney’s walk. When I returned home later, in the evening, after the W.I. meeting, the wind had dropped, still cold but dry and calm. However, up in Northrepps village there was a frost around eleven, which I was told necessitated windscreen scraping, being warmer here on the coast we escaped Jack Frost’s icy fingers.

A busy W.I. meeting with a good turnout despite the weather, we listened to guest speaker, Roy Davenport, who entertained us with a demonstration of his expertly performed magic tricks, as well as delivering an entertaining account of his family; starting back in the late 1800’s when his great grandfather first embarked into the world of magic. A truly enterprising and diverse family business evolved, with their latest venture, a museum, 380 seat theatre, plus restaurant to be developed in North Walsham and due to open in April 2012.

Thursday was a vast improvement, although still on the chilly side for the season. We walked with Barney in the afternoon up to Northrepps, stopping off at the Foundry Arms for refreshments. Landlord, Ian, updated us on the status of planning permission in connection with the retention of the extraction chimney from the kitchen. Ian’s appeal against the North Norfolk District Councils refusal to grant permission has failed; within six months the chimney must be removed. Re-siting the chimney would involve major outlay; without the chimney the kitchen must close and the pub will no longer be financially viable. The Foundry Arms is the hub of the village for residents and holidaymakers, they have active darts and pool teams and have recently raised over £400 at a charity coffee morning for the MacMillan nurses. If a compromise cannot be reached and the Foundry Arms closes this will be a major loss to the surrounding community. Where will the holidaymakers go?

Tuesday 26th October - High Seas, Curry and a Weather Widget

Our eldest son and his girlfriend are planning to visit us later in the week and as well as them enjoying the locality there is also the attraction of the Norwich Beer Festival. On Friday I made one of my curries and put this in the freezer to eat during their stay, to be correct I made two curries, one using mutton and the other vegetarian. I have included my Mutton Curry with vegetable variation under the Recipe tab or it can be accessed via the above link.

Saturday and the two fishing boats were brought up from the promenade to the bend on the zigzag, a sure sign that high seas were forecast. Peter confirmed, first thing Sunday morning when he took Barney for his walk, it was high tide and the waves were hitting the sea wall thrusting up and over the promenade with gusto. Both Sunday and Monday afternoons we walked along the beach at low tide, I expected to see more families on half-term breaks but it was predominately middle aged couples who were enjoying the walk between Overstrand and Cromer or vice versa. Monday afternoon the bright sun was highlighting the white surf riding the top of each wave whilst the sea was a reflective steel blue, striking and quite beautiful, further out tugs where returning the floating crane towards Sheringham. Over the past months, the crane has been a regular feature out at sea, particularly during the hours of darkness when it is clearly visible, lit up like a Christmas tree. The crane is in the process of driving in eighty-eight foundation piles and mounting the transmission pieces for the turbines which will form the new wind farm, Sheringham Shoal. However, when high winds are forecast the floating crane is towed down the coast to safe harbour at Great Yarmouth. Well worth a visit is the Sheringham Shoal website www.scira.co.uk, packed with details, it is most informative.

I have been looking for a weather widget to put on my Welcome page, unfortunately a number include what I consider to be unwelcome advertising. Peter has been on the case and I now have a small insert on my Welcome page, courtesy of Accuweather, this shows the basics - current weather and temperature. If you click on ‘Weather Forecast’ on the insert this takes you into the main Accuweather website (this is where the advertising comes in but it’s on their website and not mine!) and from here full detailed forecasts can be accessed. The insert is not obtrusive and after monitoring for a few days seems to be accurate.

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