Overwintering At Lepe



Late this morning Jackie drove us to Lepe where we enjoyed a brunch in the cafe by the beach.

Gulls scavenged among the pebbles and the seaweed that proved there is a stronger wet smell than that of damp dog.

You see, the seaweed aroma pervaded the air so much that it swamped any scent of the dog that, dashing into the sea on the end of a telescopic leash; in a vain attempt to capsize the honking avian flotillas commandeering the surface of the water; became very wet indeed.

Upon enquiry at the Information centre, I learned that these noisy birds were Brent geese who regularly fly from Canada and Siberia to enjoy what they must experience as a summer holiday in Lepe.


There was a fair amount of shipping seen on the horizon,

and approaching the Isle of Wight, which formed the backdrop of a number of these photographs.

Container vessel, yacht, group on spit

A container vessel passed a spit

Group on spit

along which. at low tide a group walked out to sea. I assume they were not aiming to walk all the way to the island.


A helicopter chugged overhead,

Brent geese in flight

where, later, the next flock of geese arrived for their overwintering.

Cottages on hill

Work was being undertaken on a terrace of cottages on the slopes above the beach. These listed dwellings were built in 1828 to house coastguards employed to combat the centuries-old customs of smuggling and piracy. The building nearer the shore was the Watch House.

Driving past them led us to the corner of Inchmery Lane where, perched on the side of the cliff, stood a lighthouse,

overlooking a stretch of beach belonging to a wildlife preservation society.

Taking the left bend visible in the above photograph of the lane, we continued along it, catching glimpses of the sea through the trees on our left.

At Moonhill, on our way to Beaulieu, a pony feeding in the forest caught my eye. I made my way through the trees and caught his. As I set out to cross the road back to the car, an equine companion did the same on its way into the woods. This had the usual effect on the traffic.


A neat stack of felled tree trunks occupied a cleared area.

For our dinner this evening, Jackie supplemented our second sitting of the Chinese takeaway with her superb egg fried rice. I finished the cabernet sauvignon.



  1. Beautiful photos–I like the contrast between photos that could have come from some past era and then the present day ones. Thank you for the tour and the description of the smell of the seaweed. 🙂

  2. I suppose you needed a big fortifying meal to take all of these wonderful photos, Derrick. That’s a lot of beans! LOL! One of my favorites is the last in the Isle of Wight grouping. I love the reflections!

  3. It looks like a perfect day and with beautiful pictures. Many a time as a child we would aim to get to Bournemouth but with so much holiday traffic, often we would only get to Lepe. Now I prefer it.

  4. I’m just struggling to figure out which is my fav picture if I need to choose one. Loved the ducks and birds sillouttea the best. The helicopter in the blue sky! The first set looks more like a painting ..

  5. The cottages or housing for the coastguards and the Watch House were fascinating. I liked all observing, squinting as if facing a shiny water myself, the horizon chock full of ships. The large container vessel reminded me of the huge barges we could see looking out at Lake Erie from my parent’s cottage.
    The tunnel of trees with lake’s blue light shining through was lovely, Derrick.

  6. Such amazingly beautiful, clear photos – it looks a very special place. But that may be your photography, Derrick – wonderfully inspiring photographs.
    I found this post by following your link in today’s post – on both occasions, I believe that supper was second sittings of your trusty Chinese takeaway! 🙂

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