Just After Sunset

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The clear light of the last few days gave way today to a weaker sun seeking refuge behind shifting clouds. Jackie drove us to Ringwood where I bought some inks from Wessex Photo and she enjoyed a successful clothes shop at M & Co. We continued on into the North of the forest.

A splendid maple blended well with the tiles of a house in Ibsley.

From the bottom of Abbots Well Road I wondered how the cattle kept their footing on the Β slopes of their hillside.

To the west over the moors on Roger Penny Way a feeble sun thought about sinking low; indigo clouds scudded across blue skies to the east.

We thought that would be the last of tonight’s sunset, until Jackie had the bright idea of aiming for Sway Tower. We just missed the hoped for phenomenon, but the pastel skies above the red-gold glimmer still had much to offer.

Elizabeth arrived home from her trip to Edinburgh and visiting Mum, just after us.

We dined on Jackie’s splendid steak and mushroom pie; creamy mashed potato; tasty gravy; and crisp carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli. Elizabeth and I drank Casillero del Diablo Malbec 2017. The Culinary Queen didn’t.

 

 

54 thoughts on “Just After Sunset

    • Dear Bridget, I can’t remember the exact way I made this pie, as it came from the freezer before I took Derrick out. I can tell you it is usually a collection of packs of beef from the supermarket that are being sold cheaply and stored in the freezer until there is enough for a pie. I always precook the beef in the pressure cooker with a knorr beef stock cube, and use the resulting liquid stock for the gravy . I fry plenty of onions and small, or sliced, mushrooms, thicken the stock,( I do use good old Bisto for that!). Assemble the pie using shortcrust pastry, brush with an egg to make it look yummy I have been known to put a splash or more of red wine in the mix too!

      • Jackie, thank you so much. I always wanted to try a meat pie, as an alternative to my famous chicken pott pie and now I will try your recipe. I didn’t expect an answer when I “demanded” the recipe, and found a recipe at the NYTimes that sounds devine. (I prefer yours, because I let my food drink as well.)

  1. What a beautiful day captured in your photos! And the sunset is spectacular! The pink and blue are so soft and serene and the fiery red-gold is the sun saying, “Bye for now. I’ll see you tomorrow!” πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! for you and Jackie!!! πŸ™‚

  2. Have you heard about Pecos Bill, who herded cattle on the side of a mountain so steep that the cattle evolved into creatures with longer legs on one side than the other. On one occasion, they stampeded and changed direction and they all fell off the mountain! Reminded of this by your worry about the cattle in your post. Ha.

  3. A lyrical rendering of the crepuscular aura of the point where day had a date with night. I have said it before, I will say it again: your photography is poetic to the core.

  4. So beautiful shots Derrick!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The fire in the sky is dying
    The mountains are tall and dark
    The spirit of the day is flying
    Sunset leaves its mark
    The colors up on high are lovely
    The air is clear and cool
    An ending approaches mildly
    Day and night begin a duel
    But the light must give way sometime
    And who will win, I’ll bet
    Is dark, mysterious nighttime
    As day gives way to sunset

    – Mary O. Fumento

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