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Posted: 16/11/2015 at 10:14

Hello Charlotte and welcome aboard

We're neighbours as I live close to Norwich - I have a small veg patch in my garden. 

Have you come across this blog written by another Norwich allotmenteer ?  It may well be a chance for networking and mutual support


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 10:09

Morning Pdoc, Hosta and other later risers

KEF was around last week


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 08:47

Oh dear Wonky!  Drink plenty of water today ((hugs)) and take it as easy as you can. 


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 07:54

Morning Topbird and Panda


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 07:49

G'day Pat

Sadly there's a disease which has spread in from the continent which is killing off our native ash trees

We have two large ash trees at the end of our garden.  One hasn't been doing well over the past few years - we think it's partly due to the fact that it is very close to neighbouring garages and doesn't get so much water, and this seems to have weakened it and it's showing some symptoms typical of the disease.  We're getting it taken down quickly as we hope that this will give the other tree, which looks much healthier, the best chance of survival.

We'll miss the tree - it's always full of birds and insects - but at least we'll still have one - and the silver lining is that the roots won't be parching that part of the garden, and I'll have the chance of growing something in an area that used to be dry as dust in the summer.

stormy weather

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 07:36
Steve 309 wrote (see)

The windsurfers love strong winds.  I wouldn't have thought, with a SW wind, there'd be much surf at Cromer for the conventional boards?

You were right Steve - I thought the wind was going to veer a bit but it didn't - and the tide was going out -  in fact the sea was pretty flat and there were a few ships making the most of the lee of the cliffs as they travelled up the coast.


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 07:27

Good morning all

Dry and breezy here today and ridiculously mild - the poorly ash tree is due to come down on Friday ...


Posted: 15/11/2015 at 17:26

No.1 is a proper takeaway chippy with a cafe attached and a slightly posher restaurant upstairs - we ate in the cafe - but Galton Blakiston has a very smart hotel restaurant further up the coast.  The thing is they cook what the local fishermen catch - they've obviously caught lobster this weekend - we could also have had Crab Burger and chips


Posted: 15/11/2015 at 17:08
Lyn wrote (see)
... I have never had lobster,  can t bear the thought of them being dropped into boiling water to kill them.

Don't think they do that now Lyn - think they either use electric stunners or put them in the freezer so they lose consciousness first before cooking.


Posted: 15/11/2015 at 15:21

Hello folks   We're back. Jolly blowy at Cromer but as the wind was off the land and the tide was going out there were no big breakers so no surfing. There were several largish boats making the most of calmer water in the lee of the cliffs as they travelled up and down the coast. We had a bracing walk along the prom and then went to No. 1 Café.

We didn't have cod & chips, nor plaice, haddock or rock eel. I nearly chose skate (or at least a related ray), but in the end we both had lobster and chips!!!

Half a good sized and very tasty hot lobster each, dripping with garlic butter, a proper chunky chips and a really lovely rocket salad with shavings of pickled turnip, pale pink beetroot, cucumber and carrot with a wonderful dressing. A white wine spritzer to wash it all down with - and a table by the window so we could watch the seagulls performing aerial acrobatics in the wind and a family of cormorant travelling southwards, just skimming the surface of the water.

There's a lot to be said for eating at a fish & chip café owned by Galton Blakiston. 

After our lunch we strolled around the town while town councillors and others struggled in the wind with long ladders and coiled lengths of electric cabling as they put up the town's Christmas lights, and we gazed at shop windows full of windmills, sticks of rock and sensible vests - we bought some crumpets and raisin bread to toast for tea - and now we're home and the heating's on.

It's been a lovely day

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