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After a boring morning’s admin, I helped The Head Gardener plant tulip and allium bulbs and flowering chrysanthemums. We then enjoyed a salad lunch and drove to
where the rippling water reflected the boats and the blue sky with its attendant clouds
that had been depicted on the canvas above by a skilled painter.
Rowing boats were moored beside the jetty on the seaward side of which yachts were being berthed.
Squawking gulls landed hoping for titbits.
Other craft were coming and going all the time.
Emerging from the forest of masts, a small ferry boat chugged into harbour,
its master steered it to its mooring,
and the passengers disembarked.
The mother of one family returning to land told me that, on this afternoon of sunshine and showers, they had sailed through heavy rain, so it was only now that the junior pirate had been able to wear his Puffin hat.
Once she had fixed the trophy in place, he trotted off clutching his mother’s hand, while his Dad carried his sibling and everything else.
Walking into the first shot of the ferry boat is another photographer, who, when I showed him my portrait of him, smiled and said: “That’s what photography is for”.
Soon a working boat came into view and came to rest at the fishermen’s corner.
I wasn’t sure what was going on here, but a small terrier’s nose gave her a pretty good idea.
She needed some restraint to keep her away from
the slowly jerking crabs piled on top of each other in strong boxes.
One of these living creatures climbed over the lip of its container and landed on its back on the quayside. In my childhood I had often righted stag beetles in the same predicament, but I didn’t fancy providing a helping hand on this occasion.
Instead, I alerted the young man who had brought in his boat, mentioning that I wasn’t going to pick it up. Describing the crab as an escapee, he demonstrated that it couldn’t pinch because their claws were nipped when they were caught. This certainly wasn’t a dog’s dinner.
Before leaving, I walked along Quay Street
to the bottom of Quay Hill, feeling quite pleased that the car was parked by the waterside, so I wouldn’t have to follow the others scaling the heights. The little dog somewhat impeding the older woman’s progress was happy to continue once the younger woman carrying an infant had torn herself away from the shop windows.
On we travelled to the east of the forest. These ponies on the land along Thorneywood Road were soon to be spooked by a vehicle that turned round the bend towards us. This sent the animals running around in rather frantic circles.
Many others were grazing among the gorse. As so often, one smaller variety incongruously tagged onto the big boys.
Gwen and Yvonne may prefer to skip what follows.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s excellent liver and bacon casserole, mashed potato, carrots and green beans. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Reserve des Tuguets Madiran 2014.
Quay St looks quite a hard walk, not so much the hill as the uneven brick surface which would be bound to trip me up somewhere along my progress! The cloud pics are my favourite today 🙂
Thanks very much, Pauline. It is quite a daunting hill. I’m pleased I pictured the clouds
It seems like a relaxing day for you and Jackie.
Thanks a lot, Rupali. It was
Maybe it’s my screen but your photos appear even better – awesome! So much detail; so much depth and your text adding to the flavour! Great post from a lovely day.
Very many thanks, Rob. I did buy a better camera about a year ago, although for the wider ranging shots, like the first, the point and shoot is still preferred
Well, you do a great job and it’s much appreciated! Really enjoy your style and variety…?
What a great little harbor and town, love this side trip with you and Jackie.
Very many thanks, Mary
This was a lovely virtual stroll through the magic of photos and text. Thank you, Derrick. I’m glad you finally got to the dog’s dinner, as I wondered from the beginning what you were referring to. 🙂
I particularly liked the photo of the gulls by the water with clouds reflected it in.
Many thanks, Merril. I like to keep people guessing for a while 🙂
What a pretty coastal town~
It certainly is, Cindy. Thanks very much
Great photographs of the harbour at Lymington. Always so much going on there.
There is, Roland. Many thanks
I so enjoyed that harbor and your many “descriptive” sorts of pictures–and those interesting crabs—(though not my choice of meal alive or dead, I’m afraid).
(And so sorry to hear about a London attack again…terrible times…my best with sympathy to all of you across the pond…)
Very many thanks, Cynthia. Paol’s comment on the crabs reflects my view, too. You are far more understanding re the London attack than your twit of a tweeting president.
So terribly, terribly sorry…. the reality feels even worse here
I’m sure it does. You really don’t need to apologise for him – we understand your awful predicament
I know Jackie doesn’t use recipes, so some months back I found one for liver casserole that was very similar to my grandmother’s, except for one ingredient—apple juice. What does the Culinary Queen say—yea or nay?
I have not heard of that, could be good with pigs liver and bacon? Worth a try.
Thank you, Jackie, I’ll give it a shot.
Thanks a lot, Oglach. She has replied.
Your Lymington Harbour reminded me so much of our Port Fairy fishing harbour, down on the Southwest coast of Victoria, one of my Favourite destinations.
Thanks very much, Ivor. Always something going on.
A delightful meander….
Many thanks, Mike
You transported me to the harbour with those well chosen moments captured vividly in images as well as words. The small boats emerging from the forest of masts, the cute little pirate and his family, the photographer, the restless dog having received whiff of the crabs establish the atmosphere firmly.
Very many thanks, Uma, for such perceptive reading and comments
That was a peaceful day I presume.
It was, Vikram. Thank you.
As always viewing your photos is like taking a trip! And liver and bacon casserole!? Heaven.
Many thanks, Elizabeth. We are pleased someone likes it.
I loved the pictures… felt bad for the little critter that got its claws clipped.. ouch
Yes, Dymoon; it wasn’t a pleasant scene – but it’s what happens. Thanks very much
the scene was so beautiful, it just shows us again, that there is usually more going on then what we first perceive.. you are an observer… =^_^=
I am, Dymoon. Thanks
A crab that’s nipped can’t nip because the crab has nothing with which to grab. There’s an Ogden Nash somewhere in that picture!
Never mind, Ogden Nash – for Bruce Goodman it should be a snip
I am a firm believer in leaving crabs in the sea. It seems like there is only a ting bit of food from a relatively large animal. But also I noticed that your seagulls have a black spot behind the eye. Dp they all? Or are they just members of a Treasure Island gang?
Thanks, Paol. I agree about the crabs; I write what I see. Perhaps one of my birder followers can explain the gulls – nice reference
They are black headed gulls in their winter plumage. In summer they have chocolate brown heads. Yes, I know…
Thanks very much for coming up with this, Quercus
No problem. 🙂
Now I’m in the mood for a seafood dinner – and it’s only 7 AM !! Always glad to see the carefree horses and ponies!
Many thanks, GP. I suppose you could have it for breakfast 🙂
Don’t tempt me – I can eat my own weight in seafood!!
I love what the photographer said to you, Derrick. Fantastic post!
Thank you very much, Jill
I’d have a bit of that dinner, please! Great photos.
Many thanks, Leslie
Your gulls have red legs. So snappy. Our gulls have yellow legs. Just another fascinating “we’re the same but different” reminder.
Thanks very much, Susanne
“…where the rippling water reflected the boats and the blue sky with its attendant clouds…”
Your resplendent words accompany your breathtaking photos perfectly. How fun that you easily mingle with the subjects of your photographs and poetry!
Lovely comment. Rose. Many thanks
I love your photos, they’re amazing! Especially the one of the photographer.
Very many thanks, Kathrin
I love the reflections!
Many thanks, Lynn
Lovely atmospheric shots of the harbour. Looks like a great day.
It was, thanks, Quercus.
The terrier had the right idea. Wouldn’t mind fresh crabs for dinner either.
Many thanks LL/PS
A beautiful day over there! Over here the specialty is dungeness crab.
Many thanks, Lavinia. Those crabs take a longer time to mature than I would have thought
Oh no. Back after a short break and you serve me up liver again. Dohh!
🙁 Thanks anyway, Gwen
Wonderful photos Derrick and thank you 🙂 Regards, Lakshmi
Many thanks, Lakshmi
Beautiful from the wharf scene with smaller watercrafts to the populated, pretty cobblestones to the final sky photos with horses in them. . . All were marvelous, Derrick.
Very many thanks, Robin