Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

October 1st - 15th 2016

Sunday 2nd October 2016 - WI Walk, Preparing the Garden, Farmer's Market and Convolvulus Hawk Moth

The weather was unsettled on Thursday morning and I wondered if our WI walk would be cancelled. Fortunately the rain ceased just before ten and a group of ladies met up in Trimingham at 10.30 a.m. before enjoying a walk across the clifftops and then inland, finishing at Woodlands Park for refreshments. Friday was a beautiful day and after shopping in Mundesley and stopping at Overstrand Garden Centre for some potting compost and plants, we spent most of the day in the garden, preparing it for the winter months. There is still more to do over the coming weeks and there will be plenty of leaves to clear over the next couple of months. The temperature fluctuates during the day, and the evenings and nights have definitely been cooler this past week. Peter’s late sowing of French Beans are looking good and some of the beans are now 2.5inches/6cms long, so its fingers crossed the temperatures don’t drop too low, otherwise the beans won’t grow to a size suitable for cooking.

Wednesday 5th October 2016 - North & Easterly Winds and Publicity

I wasn’t sure how much interest there would be in my talk about self-publishing however, earlier this week I received an email from COAST to let me know there are just three places left. With two weeks to go before the event, COAST are very pleased with the take-up.

All around there are signs of Christmas with boxes of sweets in the supermarkets, cards in the shops along with other seasonal items and gifts. This does nothing for me; to my mind it’s far too early to start shopping. There are two Christmas events selling gifts etc. in November in the village; I think is plenty early enough. Firstly the Christmas Market at the Garden Centre on 6th November between 10a.m. and 4 p.m. and on the 19th November both the White Horse and the Methodist Church will be hosting Overstrand Together’s Christmas Bazaar, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Both will be worth a visit, with crafts, artwork etc. and at the Garden Centre an opportunity to order your Christmas tree.

I have been hearing about the Greek island of Corfu, from two different aspects. Firstly, an email from an old friend (by old, I mean we have been friends for many years and not that she is doddery old!) who has been on holiday on the island. I was heartened to hear that despite Greece’s economic troubles the resort they have been staying in over a period of nine years; is faring well. They heard; the village had a busy season, an old hotel was under renovation and as is the case, at this time of the year, those involved with tourism were looking forward to a rest. The other aspect was from someone who spent ten years living on the island and who now lives in North Norfolk. We met for coffee and I enjoyed hearing about how life was for her and her family on the island. When we visited Greece, we loved to hear about life there and I have drawn on these stories for my novel, On the Verge. Hearing about her experiences was of great interest and I now have an idea for another short story to add to those I have been writing for my next book. I am looking forward to hearing more about island life.

Apart from this, life has been quiet which is hardly surprising considering the heavy showers over the past two days. The forecast is better for the coming weekend when I hope to be able to clear the greenhouse, empty the grow bags on the borders and start putting tender plants inside to overwinter. Peter has just picked some more French beans for our dinner tonight; these will go well with mince beef and onion pie I am making as well as potatoes from the garden and broad beans picked a couple months ago and frozen.

The Strand Club held their meeting this week and found out how boredom in retirement for one couple, was alleviated. To read more click here.

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