Around The Harbour

This morning Jackie drove us to Lymington Quay where, after a short wait watching the harbour, we boarded Puffin Billy for a thirty minute tour.


Approaching midday in sultry weather, most visitors were taking a rest on the many available seats.

Mother and son

One of these watchers was prevailed upon to walk her little boy around the quay to see the ducks.

Lymington Quay, boy, and train

He became very excited when the Isle of Wight Ferry terminal train crossed the bridge over the untroubled water.

Conversation on board

A colourful conversation took place on a moored boat.

Family on boat

Lymington Harbour 2

Yachts 1

Yachts 2Once started out on our trip in hazy midday sun, apart from one exception, shapes became more important than colour. A young family in the prow seats watched as we neared the yachts, moored at a cost of £10,000 per annum.

Our friendly guide pointed out the tallest ship, built in 1913, that is on the market for a cool £3,500,000.

Man up mast

We were rather too close for me to photograph the whole thing, so I had to be satisfied with a man up the mast.

Yachts 5

On our return we skirted the opposite side of the harbour, so I took the shot then.


An interesting array of footwear was sported by our fellow passengers.

Lymington Marshes

The exception to monochrome was the view of Lymington Marshes.

Mallards in dinghy

The Mallards hitching a lift on a dinghy insisted on being shown in all their glory.

Back home the sun continued burning, but, now no longer directly overhead, was more conducive to photography.

rose scarlet climber

A scarlet climbing rose has now taken over the wisteria’s arbour.

Poppy 1

Our more flamboyant poppies are now coming into bloom;


this one is reflected by a pink hydrangea in Elizabeth’s Bed.

Rose Pink Abundance

This rose in The Oval Bed is labelled Pink Abundance. We are not sure about the colour description.

Sprinkling Rose Garden

The Rose Garden received a good sprinkling.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s excellent chicken jalfrezi, vegetable rice and samosas; followed by her sponge cake. She drank Hoegaarden, I finished the Fleurie, and Sheila drank water.


  1. It looks like another fun adventure. I like the contrasting black and white and then the bright color shots–it’s like the Wizard of Oz movie before and after Dorothy goes over the rainbow. 🙂
    That poppy is stunning.

  2. Your tour was pleasant this afternoon. I have a thing for ferries, my favorite being from northern Washington state to Vancouver Island, specifically coming into Victoria, BC. Time to back! More black and white would always be appreciated.

  3. I adore the little boy’s pudgy legs in the rolled up trousers,one up one down; not so much the ones in sandals.

    That last shot is perfect.

  4. I liked the black and white photos, including first, just the mast and then, the entire expensive antique boat of 1913. I enjoyed the little bit with his jeans rolled up. Jackie’s delicious chicken jalfrezi sounds each time you feature it, so delicious. A tip of my hat, to Jackie, for her stunning gardens! The rose garden while being watered by sprinkler is especially beautiful. 🙂
    I do believe though, I may never prepare it but will show recipe to my oldest daughter who has most of my casserole dishes, pots and pans, Derrick.

      1. She will certainly prepare it since my two grandsons like new foods and enjoy spicy and savory flavors! Hope you have a special and adventurous weekend, Derrick!!

  5. Excellent photographs Derrick, well captured subjects with all the details, love the Black and White also, that last picture is truly beautiful, I would live in that shed just for it’s sheer beauty.

  6. Wonderful photos, as always. I do have a question about Jackie, though. Did she cook professionally, or is she simply an incredible home-cook? My oh my! The meals she makes.

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