Late this bright, sunny, and chilly, morning, Becky and Ian, Jackie and I, motored to Steamer Point for brunch in The Friars Cliff Cafe.

Blue sky and cotton clouds reflected their hues in ocean stripes against the backcloth of the Isle of Wight and The Needles, as walkers strode out along the steps of Friars Cliff beach.

Woman on bench

People basked in the sunshine, which was surprisingly warm;

enough for the cafe tables on the promenade to be well patronised.

Smaller beings slalomed their way among feet and shadows.

Becky led Scooby down to look at the water, but his attention became diverted by an elegant, waving, tail.

Even when seated at the outside tables many people discarded their coats, like a couple of boys who hung theirs on their scooters, equally superfluous to requirements on the shingle.

Group on beach

The group in the background of the picture containing the mobile phone user was just one of many at the water’s edge.

This evening the four of us dined on Jackie’s luscious sausage casserole, mashed potato and swede; crunchy carrots and Brussels sprouts; followed by the most appetising pumpkin pie I have ever tasted. The Culinary Queen attributes the success to an extra egg, evaporated milk, nutmeg, and cinnamon. She and Becky finished the sauvignon blanc, Ian chose Peroni, and I drank El Pinsapo gran seleccion rioja, 2011.


  1. What a glorious day at the beach! And finished off with Pumpkin pie, a glory of its own kind. My husband is home from his 780 km walk in Spain and we are celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving again tomorrow because he missed it the first time round. There will be pie but probably not quite as good as Jackie’s.

  2. It looks like a pleasant autumn outing. I loved the “ocean stripes” and the “smaller beings (who) slalomed their way among feet and shadows.”

    1. Yes I do agree re the swap, also had butter in it, another nice addition to a good rice pud!

      1. YES! Oh dear Jackie your meals as shared by Derrick have become so legendary that I think you have quite the reputation and if given half a chance you’d have a lot of people sitting expectantly around your table, jealous of Derrick’s good fortune! It definitely would be the most expensive parcel, I shall have to imagine as best I can! Meanwhile I wish you a lovely Autumn and keep making wonderments that we can dream of xoxo

  3. It looks like such a lovely day, Derrick!
    And topped off with that scrumptious pumpkin pie!
    (I shall have to make one soon, now that it’s in my mind.) πŸ™‚

  4. The Bean (my four legged companion) has asked me to thank you for the lovely shots of canines enjoying themselves. This makes her happy ?

  5. I do believe I saw some sand amongst all those peddly things on the “beach” perhaps I was mistaken I had quite a late night, last night; well for me it was! O_o
    Curious as to what you drank with dinner I Googled it, (I’m always Googling something) and a Mr Morrison rated it : Sublime even after two bottles. Top notch. I assume a) it’s not a bad drop and b) you’re rather partial to it too πŸ˜€

      1. Thanks Jackie; your beaches do seem to have a lot of pebbles, on them you must agree; I recall going to Southend, back in the 1940’s, just after the war; there was no sand, just mud and pebbles; Australia has spoilt me when it comes to sandy beaches.

      2. Yes Southend is a bit muddy, it is in the mouth of the Thames of course so understandable. We don’t have the beaches that Australia has, but Bournmouth is famous for the sandy beaches and that is just along the coast. Milford on sea has a lot of sand but (and I think that the Isle of Wight has something to do with it), the tide never goes out far enough to expose it!

  6. For some reason, I was under the impression that “swede” was a British word for a type of potato. So, your “mashed potato and swede” was puzzling. Turnip! Now I know.

  7. All these places that will be within reach β€” we simply won’t have a tenth of the time we need next month!
    Love the mobile sausage snack, with too much tomato sauce.

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