Embarking On Schooldays


First thing this morning, Jackie drove me to New Milton for me to do some banking. After this she continued with planting and repairing storm damage in the garden where I carried out minimal tidying and dead-heading.

This afternoon I worked on the next section of ‘A Knight’s Tale’.

This involved editing and re-ordering much of my post ‘Maureen Potter And Plasticine’,

and inserting these two photographs.

I also used extracts from ‘Yesterday’s Bread’, with this illustration;

and from ‘Miss Downs’, adding these two, not included in the post,

and this photograph from ‘Auntie Gwen’

The Smugglers Inn

This evening we dined at The Smugglers Inn in Milford on Sea.

Having made the mistake of ordering two belly-busting courses last time we were here, we Β each just had one tonight. Jackie enjoyed ginormous lemon chicken, chips, and salad.

Sirloin steak meal

My choice was superb sizzling sirloin steak served on a bed of onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes set on a steaming dish alongside the plentiful chips, onion rings, and salad on another enormous plate. I drank Doom Bar and Jackie drank Amstel. This time we consumed everything except a few of Jackie’s chips. The lady behind the steam thought this an artistic portrait.




      1. Isn’t there something very majestic about those large cathedrals, I love walking around them hearing the echo’s and grandeur feel of the soaring ceilings and murals. Wonderful experience for you, I am sure as you served Mass in this magnificent place. Very special place Derrick.

  1. Plenty of tucker on the plates but I think they could present/plate up better, does not look that appealing to me; then again perhaps that’s because I lost my stomach a couple of years back and damned if I can find it! :'(

  2. Writing and editing and working on books is hard and intensive work that requires many calories to buoy it up!

  3. My mouth is watering, and it’s only 7:30 a.m. Of course, because I am such a good eater, it doesn’t take much πŸ˜‰ The cathedral is magnificent!

  4. The chef must have been thrilled with your critique and for finishing that feast!! Thank goodness I’m having steak tonight, because here it is 7:38 a.m. and that picture has me drooling!!

  5. My favorites are the two from Miss Downs. But they’re all so good! The lady behind the steam probably believes she’s now part of some mysterious portrait gallery.

  6. Your photos and memoir seems to be falling into place. You have written a lot of history interspersed with your own history. πŸ™‚ Each picture stands alone as a story, especially like the cathedral!
    The food looks and I almost may be able smell that sizzling steak, Derrick! It was a hazy, dreamy photograph and very cool!

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