When you see the giant hogweed flower heads bearing seeds, wild hops on the vines, ripening berries in the hedgerows and experience cooler mornings and evenings, you know autumn is just round the corner. After a warm dry summer, autumn is going to be difficult getting used to. Peter barbequed yesterday evening but he did so, no longer wearing shorts and t-shirt but in long trousers with a thick fleece over his sweatshirt. But not everything is shutting down. Taking a bit of a gamble with the weather, Peter has planted French beans, long after the recommended sowing dates. This is a gamble which has paid off because over the past five days the plants have yielded just over two kilos of beans, with still more to come. We have eaten some, with portions in the freezer and the rest cooked with onions, tomatoes and olive oil also for the freezer.

On Saturday morning we went to Green Build, an annual event held in the grounds of Felbrigg Hall. We have not been for a couple of years and we both felt there were fewer exhibitors this year. Still very interesting and we were able to talk to some of NNDC’s staff about Community Led Housing and environmental matters. I met one of the Environment Department’s staff members who I email if we have a problem with overflowing litter bins or similar in the village. He said they like to hear from me as it helps them, which I felt was a very positive response. Whenever I send an email, it is actioned quickly and efficiently and if it does not come under the Environment Department’s remit, it’s forwarded to the appropriate department.

Today, we had a call from SASW. This time it was for a pup on the east beach. The actual location was further than reported but to cut a ‘long story short’, the pup had died just before we got to it. Three of us observed the pup for a few minutes to make sure but there was no sign of life from its body. A very sad end for a pup who was probably only twelve weeks old.

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