Foggy Necking


We awoke to a garden covered in frost and fog. As the day progressed, some of the precipitation departed, but the mist remained. My photographs largely appeared as if in monochrome, and I undertook no editing at all.

I began with a wander round the garden. Some of these shots, especially the one featuring a dripping cobweb, were taken from an upstairs window. The other cobweb adds a hairpiece to Florence’s statue.

One front and one rear light had failed on the car, so it spent the morning in Downton Service Station.

Christchurch Road in fog

This is what Christchurch Road looked like when we collected it, and drove off, first to

Lymington River where the moored boats were barely discernible,

Ferry crew in fog

and the ferry crews hung about on the upper deck because, like Southampton Airport, the services were fogbound.

Tanner’s Lane was our next target. There the flats at low tide took on the air of Paul Nash’s paintings of the First World War.

Trees and barbed wire in fog

The barbed wire and gnarled trees separating the beach from the field added to the atmosphere.

Ponies in fog 1

As we drove off up the lane two red/brown ponies loomed up ahead.

Considering themselves safe from prying eyes, and ignoring the grey gooseberry further up the road, they embarked upon a passionate necking session.

Once we had circumvented the happy couple, we continued to St Leonard’s Grange.

Trees, both in the fields and along the road took on a spooky image, in keeping with the ruins of the ancient grange.

Pheasant in fog

A pheasant stood proud on the old stone wall of the big house.

Soon after this the journey took an alarming turn. A warning light came on and a message stated that there was a steering fault. In the increasing fog. Several miles from home. Jackie, bravely, tensely, continued, having come to the conclusion that the power steering had failed. She made it back to the service station, and switched off the engine whilst I brought out a mechanic. He sat in the driving seat, switched the ignition back on, and spun the wheel with ease. The problem had righted itself. We decided that, like any computer, when there is a problem one should always try switching it off and switching it back on.

This evening we dined on lamb steaks flavoured with our own dried rosemary, cottage pie topped with cheddar cheese, and sautéed potatoes, leeks, carrots, and green beans; followed by bread and Benecol pudding with evap. I drank Reserve des Tuguets Madiran 2012, while Jackie chose sparkling water.



  1. I love how some of the foggy photos still have bits of color that pop, while others look ghostly, or then there is the WWI painting. (It does look like that.)
    I’m glad you got home safely.

    1. Yes – so scary to have steering trouble. My husband is always wary of the cars after they have been serviced. He says things can go wrong after all of that poking around. The turning off and on is a grand idea. I know to do that will all number of things – but never thought about it with a car.

  2. Gosh I remember those fogs. I found it really scary driving in them and avoided it whenever possible. You’ve taken a shot of your garden quite close to the angle of the one you sent me, which I have on my art room wall. I like to see the effect the change in atmosphere has on it.

  3. Wow, what an amazing day. Some of those shots are very reminiscent of WWI. There really isn’t any maintenance you can do in a garden at this time of the year by the looks of it. I keep thinking of how busy you will be in spring. The power steering went on me once and I couldn’t turn the wheel at all. A big problem. I can imagine how tense Jackie was!

    1. I think ours is mist off the fields and from the sea. However there is certainly pollution about as well. I think it is in the smell of the stuff. The smog of the ’50s was choking

  4. What a photo opportunity, particularly of the necking pair. It was 28ºC (82ºF) at sunrise here so it is hard for me to imagine how it feels. Do take care on the road!

  5. I’ll bet that the car has been driven very slowly for a long time and the steering fluid got over heated. It probably won’t happen again but look at the reservoir where the fluid goes and make sure it is filled up. Or I could be a long way off in both senses.

  6. Cottage pie topped with cheddar. I’ll have to try that, I’m partial to a cottage pie.
    Those ponies are beautiful and I feel kind of sorry for them stuck out in that weather, cold, frosty, foggy, ahhhhhhhhhh not fit for man or beast.

    Yet they do seem completely oblivious to those condition, and happy enough.

    I suppose that’s because they are; but I still can’t help feeling sorry for them

  7. Beautiful photos. I love hearing what you had for dinner–very curious about what you had for breakfast or lunch, snack even… perhaps something chocolatey, maybe 🙂

  8. Fun to have such an opportunity to photograph good scenes!- Fog can evoke fascinating views, and the frost is always a fine decorative touch. The road looks very hard to drive, though–glad you both made it home safely.

  9. Having discovered what Benecol is, and that you could also make a nice Rice pudding using that, my curiosity is satisfied.

    You have to watch for big horses making out, we keep an eye out for ‘roos, echidnae and wombats. We all have to be on the alert for warning lights.

  10. This was an ethereal and atmospheric series which I thoroughly enjoyed, Derrick.
    So glad Jackie seems to have nerves of steel! 🙂
    My favorite of the horses was when just the heads and necks are barely showing brown. Very artistic and lovely!

  11. I always love the ponies, they do seem so sweet and gentle. My favorite photo, though, is of the gnarled trees and fence – so atmospheric – with the trees half blown over and that rough fence. love that.

  12. Beautiful foggy winter pictures!! Looks like out of a beautiful movie. Absolutely gorgeous!! And the horse pictures are splendid enough to be framed!! How amazing☺☺

  13. We decided that, like any computer, when there is a problem one should always try switching it off and switching it back on. 🙂 Glad nothing serious happened in the fog. Kudos to Jackie!

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