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This morning, the temperature having dropped ten degrees, we lit the fire.
Barry the sweep has said he will expect to see smoke from the chimney when he drives by. Set against a misty, overcast, sky, he will perhaps have difficulty seeing this today. Our mix of coal and logs produced a really powerful heat.
I bought the cast iron coal scuttle in a Newark antiques centre almost thirty years ago. I used it in my study to keep coal. I have been unable to verify the dealer’s implausible and certainly impractical claim that it was an antique Belgian commode. Jackie will now have to find something else in which to store her potatoes.
By mid-afternoon when we drove out to Mudeford, the mist had persisted.
We diverted to Highcliffe Castle en route, for some atmospheric shots.
Although visibility was greater in Mudeford harbour, boats and houses looked rather gloomy,
as did beach huts
and associated buildings.
Buoys rested on slate.
Highcliffe Sailing Club and the masts of its yachts were somewhat obscured.
Dripping gulls looked somewhat under the weather.
Fishing paraphernalia displayed muted colour,
as did a group of hardy visitors. The mist did not desist.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s excellent chicken jalfrezi and mushroom rice with onion bahjis. I drank Château Plessis grand vin de Bordeaux 2014.
We are now about to watch the Six Nations rugby match at Cardiff between Wales and Ireland to be televised by BBC.
I am all agog at this fog in your blog.
🙂 Thanks very much, Ann
My kind of day Derrick – gives the place mood and great atmosphere, nice shots. Love the fire – looks so pretty in the refurbished fireplace.
Thanks very much, Mary
I think the commode claim may be correct as that is my first thought when I saw it in the photo. Maybe it’s missing the seat 🙂
The fireplace photo looks so cosy. It got cold here, too–and we had snow today!
I love your misty photos. I imagine a ghost stepping out of the castle.
Many thanks, Merril
A misty day indeed! A perfect day for a cozy fire. The picture of the buoys (?) is especially nice.
Thanks, Laurie. I think that’s what they are 🙂
I liked that one, too, Laurie!
I’d rather keep coal than potatoes in your very commodern container! The fireplace enflamed is perfect.
Many thanks, Bruce
Thanks for the shot of your gorgeous fire. I too think the antique dealer may not have been feeding you a line. He might also have thought it just looked like a commode. I’ve no clue as a coal scuttle here has a particular shape and is basically a bucket. It seems as though it’s getting colder everywhere. We may have snow on Monday! March seems to be the new February.
Thanks very much, Lisa. It would be nice to think the (female) dealer was right. She was pretty sound – dealt mainly in fabrics, though.
It looks a bit clunky to use as a commode–so she may very well have simply been going on shape, but the lid would have been nice!
Yes. It’s very heavy
Love that fire and fireplace!
Many thanks, Brian. I hope it brings back memories
Yes it did thank you Derrick;and all pleasant 🙂
The fireplace is beautiful.
Thanks very much, Kim
Derrick, will you post a photograph some time before summer of your fireplace at night?
Will do. Thanks, Ginene
Done this evening X
Always enjoy your rambles. The misty fog is, by all appearances, “thick as pea soup” as someone, somewhere once said…
Mudeford and Highcliffe–a spooky enchantment courtesy of murky weather. Would love to gaze at them even more, with some sunlight exposing more.
(It’s enough to make me nearly wish to drink: your wines always sounds so interesting. Are you a connoisseur?)
Thanks a lot, Cynthia. I’m not a connoisseur, but I know what I like 🙂 See my reply to your ‘The Fireplace’ comment re London smog.
What a beautiful fire. 🙂
Many thanks, Widders
Variety is the spice of life. I do love your atmospheric shots of Highcliffe Castle.
It is, Nicki. I’m glad you like these. Thank you very much
Lovely photography with the mist Derrick and so nice to think of a great fire during a cold day 🙂
Thanks very much, Geetha
Welcome Derrick 🙂
The mist is a nice phenomenon for photos in my opinion.
I love the first photo, with the fire in the fireplace. It looks so warm and romantic 🙂
Many thanks, Mo. X
I think I’d rather stay inside by the cozy fireplace than be out wandering in the mist, Derrick. Great shots!
Thanks, Jill. I have my followers to consider 🙂
that fireplace looks so inviting on the grey gloomy days, stay warm, nice coal bin, perhaps a chamber pot but all clean now 🙂 peace and love, sending sunshine, K
Thanks very much, Kim
Your fireplace is lovely. What kind of wood do you burn? Commode or not, love the coal hod.
Many thanks, Brenda. So far just trees we have lopped or taken out in the last 3 years.
It looks cool there, Derrick. Your fireplace is beautiful.
Many thanks, Amy.
I used to have a unit in the Newark Antique Centre – I wouldn’t believe a word any of them said!
The fire[lace looks fantastic npw and your photos are, as usual, excellent.
Many thanks, Quercus. I wonder if we bought anything from you.
The potato comment made me laugh – I am always looking for a better way to store my potatoes and onions – and recently heard that I shouldn’t store them near each other – so now more of a dilemma than ever.
Thanks a lot, Jodie. Have you tried a coal scuttle or two?
Actually, I was looking into an antique Belgian commode.
Thanks you, Dea
What a lovely and cosy place in the first photo, and the best place to be when the world is in mist, although mist and fog can be so magical. Love your photo, you give a great impression.
Thanks very much, Agnes
The romantic title suitably unrolls many a mystic image and a piece antique mystery.
Thanks very much, Uma
I would much prefer your weather to ours right now. Although I love the sun, the bitter cold is starting to get to me and now the forecast is predicting 10 to 15 cm of snow in the next two days. I love the shots of the gulls and the fishing paraphernalia.
Thanks very much, Mama. I hope it warms up for you soon