Poo Scoopers

Downton Lane pools 1Downton Lane pools 2Drain coverThis morning’s Hordle Cliff top walk was a wet one. The pools on Downton Lane were reminiscent of our eighteen months in Minstead. A collapsed drain cover had been marked for attention.
Isle of WightBy the time I reached the cliff top, there was a temporary lull in our rainfall, but The invisible Needles were catching it.
Dog walkersEach time I watch a dog walker, like the woman in this picture, struggling to scoop up poo I reflect on my Raynes Park childhood in the ’40s and ’50s. When I complimented one young woman on her action she was amazed to learn that in those days no-one did what she was doing, and we had to be very careful where we put our feet in order to avoid treading it into the house. She said she hated people not cleaning up after their pets. ‘It’s disgusting. I always pick it up and bin it. Always’. I am not sure when the law requiring this came in, but it was certainly after 1976 when I had the conversation with the newsagent recorded in my ‘Geoff Austin’s Shoes’ post.
Early this evening we watched, on catch up TV, the two episodes of ‘Lewis: Beyond good and evil’. This was a gripping production in what is one of the best series on the box. It follows the marvellous ‘Morse’, based on the Colin Dexter novels. After John Thaw’s Morse was killed off, his sergeant, Lewis, played by Kevin Whately, took over both his job and the title of the Oxford based tales. His sergeant, James Hathaway was acted by Laurence Fox. In a novel twist, the current series has Lewis brought back from retirement to work under Hathaway. This gives the opportunity for added complexities to the all-important relationship between the two men. The composer Barrington Pheloung rightly gained awards for his music for ‘Morse’. He has provided an equally haunting score for ‘Lewis’.
For dinner this evening Jackie produced succulent roast pork with perfect crackling, which is of course difficult to achieve; roast potatoes; carrots, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and broccoli. The gravy was superb. After this I couldn’t eat a sweet, so will refrain from reporting what the others had. J2O, Peroni, and Marques de Carano gran reserva 2008 were imbibed. Regular readers by now will know who drank what.


  1. Derrick,
    Well, I had to do a little research to learn where Hordle Cliff is located and I read about your town and admired the silvery view of the water and the Isle of Wright. May I ask what the function is of all those small buildings on the beach? Is that where people change their clothes? If so, why are there so many? Now I’m going off to find out what tar macadam. People pick up what their dogs leave behind in the U.S.A. now, also. But, I certainly remember stepping in it with bare feet when I was a kid in the 1950s! All the other kids would laugh at whomever had the misfortune to make the dreadful mistake which was sometimes hidden in the grass.

    1. Thank you for your continued interest Ginene. The huts are called beach huts. They are indeed where people change, eat, and shelter. Some are well equipped and very expensive. They took a heavy toll in the February storms. Some of my posts around that time feature photos of the damage,

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