Watching The World Go By

Cyclist and biker


This afternoon Jackie delivered me to a bench at the crossroads beside the Burley war memorial in order for me to focus on who came by.

There were, of course, many pedestrians,

some of whom enjoyed ice creams;

many were drawn to Spencer’s estate agent’s window, from an upper floor of which Bugs Bunny waved a greeting.

Cyclists and bikers mingled

with the rest of the traffic, including private cars, one huge lorry, and an ambulance. Seeing the larger vehicles careering down the hill and lurching round the bend, heading for my bench, was at times a little disconcerting.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s sublime savoury rice with pork rack of ribs in barbecue sauce with which I drank Patrick Chodot Fleurie 2016

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

52 thoughts on “Watching The World Go By

  1. I enjoyed joining you on your loitering-without-intent. I found myself wondering if I were seated again on a bicycle at that signpost which road I would choose this time. Probably Brockenhurst.

    1. That signpost catapulted me back 50 years to the days when I was a volunteer with a charity helping the homeless in London. The group spent an amazing weekend at Avon Tyrrell.

  2. That was an interesting spot to pick Derrick – I confess I would have found those larger vehicles coming at any speed down the hill and round the corner on the narrow road rather disconcerting! Despite them, the architecture is nice, the day obviously warm and Bugs adds a touch of whimsy to the activity and you have certainly captured the action from a particular spot on the roadside.

  3. What a fun post of people watching! You may not have seen the world going by, but you had a nice variety. I can tell it’s warm–no jackets and people wearing shorts.

      1. It would have been great people watching and chuckling about things we were seeing! Have a blessed day Derrick! You’re probably just getting up and it’s time for me to call it a day.😊❀️

  4. Beautiful images of Life going by.. And its certainly been icecream weather this week.. πŸ™‚ Enjoy the remaining days of the Sun Derrick.. and have a peaceful weekend xx

  5. I like how you chose a great vantage point to capture the local population and traffic, Derrick! It would be cool to give you a portable tape recorder and microphone, “Reporter on the Streets.” It could be a fascinating “podcast!” πŸ˜€

      1. Did you ever take the Meyers Briggs personality test, Derrick? I am an INTJ and I wonder if you are similar. You seem more like an E (extrovert) from where I sit, but this comment made me wonder.

      2. I really am a mix, Jodie. I hate personality tests and how they label people. What has happened over the years is that I have become less self-conscious than I was when younger. The inconspicuous bit was a joke – it’s a bit difficult to be that when you have phallic symbol hanging round your neck.

      3. Oh, that’s funny, Derrick – thank you for explaining. I guess I only get the teenager type jokes. lol You’ll have to explain the more sophisticated ones to me. Re: getting less self-conscious with age – OMG me too! I am going to be a handful one day.

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