Indigo, Sepia, Lightning


Isle of Wight and The Needles

The four of us brunched today at Beachcomber cafe on the cliff top at Barton on Sea, within sight of The Isle of Wight and The Needles.

The day’s ever-changing light laid a haze over the ponies on Barton Common. Although these animals roam freely like any other New Forest pony, for their own protection, they are fenced along the road through to the coast.

Various walkers cast their shadows across the beach.

I am not sure of the purpose of the stationary working boat that rested on the sun-slashed ocean surface beneath the indigo skies.

The Beachcomber was as well patronised as usual; the food was good, and the service efficient and friendly.


Shortly before sunset  I walked down Downton Lane and along the path through Roger’s fields. The sky bore a strangely sepia hue,

until the lowering sun set the cottages and fields alight,

and sent lightning flashes overhead.

This evening we dined on perfectly roasted lamb and potatoes; stuffing; crunchy cauliflower, carrots, and runner beans; gravy with lots of goodies, and mint sauce; followed by spicy pumpkin pie and cheesecake. Ian drank Peroni; the ladies, Australian white wine; and I finished the rioja.


  1. Those iron skies that allow just the perfect amount of light through at sundown! And then the lightshow let rip – stunning …. just the tonic for the first Sunday of Daylight Savings so dark already here in New England.

  2. I would also say those houses with thatched roofs and scenery had an amber tone! Gorgeous scenes throughout this post. I liked the grays with other layers of colors and that one with the light coming through the clouds.
    The ponies are so sweet and look calm while being taken pictures of. Hope your week starts extra special, Derrick and Jackie.

  3. Pleased to see that the ladies are drinking one of our whites; I much prefer our reds, the Merlot and Shiraz in particular.
    There seems to be so many ponies running wild, and they’re not the same ones over and over again and so it’s marvellous that there are so many running free.
    Love the pictures, I must admit I’m envious of your talent.

    1. Very many thanks, Brian. I have two antipodean daughters in law. Holly is from Perth, and Tess from New Zealand. One Christmas they each presented me with an indigenous bottle and asked me which one I wanted to open……….:)

  4. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. My grandparents on my father’s side were born in Kent. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous and captivating! And your roast lamb dinner is right up my alley, lamb is my all time favourite! 🙂

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