Tony Leech gave a very interesting talk about Fungi at the Overstrand Gardening Club on Tuesday afternoon. I did wonder whether this topic would have limited appeal but I need not have been concerned as thirty seven members and four guests came along. I find Fungi fascinating and Tony provided information about the different types, ranging from familiar Mushrooms to the less common Earth Stars. Anyone who is interested in going on a Fungus Foray can find dates and locations on the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists Society website.

In the past, members of the public attending the Parish Council Meetings have been provided with details of the proposed financial data when setting the budget for the following year. Not so this year. The approved budget provides the basis for next year’s precept (included in our annual bill for Council Tax). It was reported that the Parish Council needs to provide for certain anticipated costs and to cover these, there will be an increase in the precept next year. The Police report was read out and it was heartening to hear that further speed checks had been carried out, the results of which go further towards proving; there is a speeding problem in the village. On the subject of speeding, it was interesting to read in Land & Strand that Northrepps Parish Council have received funding under the Parish Partnership Funding Scheme for their village for the provision of a VAS (Vehicle Activated Signs) as well as street lights with LED lanterns. A number of Parish Councils in North Norfolk have considered the safety of their residents and now have VAS’s but when the subject was discussed at the September meeting (see Diary for 6th September) Overstrand Parish Council voted, at this point in time, not to pursue or investigate the subject.

The MacMillan Nurses Coffee Morning at the Foundry Arms in Northrepps raised just over £300 for this worthy cause. In Overstrand, next Saturday evening, The White Horse will be raising money for the charity Nelsons Journey. They are holding a Charity Auction and the list of individual lots can be seen on their Facebook page as well as on the noticeboard at the Tourist Information Point and in the pub.

It is always a pleasure to have family here to stay, especially when the weather is good and they can get out and about and make the most of this part of North Norfolk. During this week our youngest son and his partner came to stay and despite an ‘iffy’ forecast for Thursday and Friday the weather behaved itself. Overcast at times, it was still warm and they fitted in, a walk towards Aylsham followed by lunch at the Saracens Head in Wolterton, a visit to Blickling Hall, a walk along the cliffs into Cromer with a visit to the Museum, lunch at the Cliff Top Café, dinner at the White Horse, a drive down the coast and a walk along the beach. They fitted a lot in, considering they were here for just three and a half days.

Wednesday 9th October 2013 - End of Runners?, The Pink Footed Signal Autumn is Here, Hercules Fly Pasts and Warm Walk

Amazing; this Sunday yet another picking of Runner Beans. This time last year Peter had dug out most of the Runner plants plus one of the Courgettes and I had composted some of the greenhouse Tomato plants; this year they are all still producing. Dinner in the evening provided tastes of autumn - the Runners accompanied our Mutton joint along with home-grown Potatoes and shop bought carrots. This was followed by Blackberry and Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice-Cream, both produced in my kitchen.

On the subject of autumn, we watched a sure sign of the changing seasons on Monday morning; a skein of Pink Footed Geese flying north-west across the sea. I presume they were heading for the marshes further along the coast, where they tend to congregate before flying inland during the hours of daylight in search of food. When I am shutting my hens in for the night, I quite often see skeins of geese at sunset flying back to the marshes. I always stop and stand, head tilted skywards to watch this autumnal spectacle.

Continuing on the flying theme; there have been at least one Hercules aircraft regularly flying low along the coast over the past few days. We did not see any on Tuesday and so far none today but previous days, on hearing their engines we have rushed outside to watch it flying along the coast towards Trimingham. A flight of a different type to the Pink Footed Geese but these large propeller planes are too a spectacle to be seen. I can only speculate on the reason for their presence. Was it in connection with the radar station at Trimingham?

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