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Today the temperature was unseasonably warm, and the skies overcast. Although we have a great number of flowers still blooming beyond their normal time, I chose this morning figuratively to pick
a bunch of dahlias from the garden.
On my way round my attention was drawn to a fallen leaf, twisting frantically in an attempt to free itself from the spider’s web from which it was suspended. This brought the arachnid scampering down its central line, only to be disappointed in what it had trapped.
I have recently featured developments in the West Bed, cleared of shrubs and an old rose by Aaron, and having two new roses set to climb the arch by Jackie. There is now a new bench ready for positioning on reconstituted stone paving.
Elizabeth came for lunch and dinner. This afternoon we all travelled to Friar’s Cliff Beach and visited the Beach Hut Café for refreshments.
A heavy haze restricted rendered the Isle of Wight invisible beyond a passing yacht.
From Steamer Point nature reserve I watched the couple seen in the above picture continuing along the beach in the direction of Mudeford.
Other dogs were frolicking on the beach;
one retriever in particular swimming like a seal,
its antics being filmed from the breakwater.
Even as far away as the clifftop car park we could smell the red seaweed that coated the sand
where a solitary gull wandered.
This bird was joined by another and quickly took off,
flying out to sea,
leaving the visitor all forlorn.
Bubbling eddies swirled around
the rocks swathed in green and red weed.
As the waves rolled in they were tinged with red.
The gull bobbing on the wave above leapt to avoid the next one,
and a wader flew off as I approached in an attempt to identify it.
I photographed my sister focussing on the water,
and she got her own back.
This served a dual purpose in that we could satisfy the request of LordBeariofBow to feature my new haircut so that he could pass judgement on it.
This evening’s dinner consisted of Jackie’s superb sausages in red wine, creamy mashed potatoes, and crunchy carrots and cabbage. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and Elizabeth and I drank Parra Alta malbec 2016.