Durdle Door

Today continuous rain fell from a leaden sky.

ERRATUM ERRATUM ERRATUM ERRATUM ERRATUM ERRATUM ERRATUM ERRATUM

MRS KNIGHT INFORMS ME THAT MY DURDLE DOOR IS IN FACT PULPIT ROCK AT PORTLAND. DURDLE DOOR IS AT LULWORTH COVE.

DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH! DOH!

As I focussed on the spray-spattered cliffs beneath Portland Bill lighthouse, a small yacht crossed the ocean near the horizon.

Lovers had carved their names in the weathered rocks. How long ago, I wondered, and are they still together?

Boat sheds perched above these geological specimens.

Having begun at dawn our group returned to take advantage of the evening light.

Elizabeth is third from our right of those focussing on the iconic

Durdle Door and its intrepid climbers.

Packs of frozen peas are regularly applied to ease the swelling on my operated knee. One of the bags has split. This meant that a plentiful helping of said peas appeared on our dinner plates this evening. These were alongside cheese centred smoked haddock fishcakes, tangy ratatouille, and piquant cauliflower and broccoli cheese. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I didn’t.

62 thoughts on “Durdle Door

  1. I’m guessing that ‘Durdle Door’ is pretty tricky to climb, and I wonder how many of it’s intrepid climbers end up in that choppy and rather cold looking looking sea….. Edible health aids are an excellent addition to the usual round of pharmaceutical prescriptions!

  2. The lighthouse exposure under the rays of dawn and dusk represent ideal lighting conditions. Your wry observation on the names of the lovers inscribed on the rocks is astute β€”it is a classic human foible. Perhaps they have the premonition deep in their guts already. It must be fun clambering over the Durdle Door provided you are a child without a care on the earth.

  3. Those are beautiful photos from 2008, Derrick! Sorry to hear your knee is still swollen, but I guess you are getting some delicious peas out of it. Jackie’s cooking always sounds so wonderful! πŸ™‚

  4. What beautiful, fascinating photos, Derrick!
    I always get excited to see or visit lighthouses! I’ve visited a few and would love to visit more of them.
    I like the names and ❀ 's carved in the stone. While looking at the photos, I, too, ponder those exact questions.
    So sorry to hear about your swollen painful knee. 😦 So glad the peas did two jobs…gave ease to your knee and then were pleasing to your tummy! πŸ™‚
    Your dinner sounds delicious! We fixed chicken, cabbage, onions, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, snow peas, squash, etc, in a wok! πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  5. With rain or with snow or with sun .. i always enjoy your posts Derrick!!

    Today i keep from your post …… the names that had been carved on stones and i wonder your question … are these lovers together today ??? I hope so…

    Kisses!!!!

  6. Ah–so I see we’re both human. πŸ™‚
    Great photos, whatever the name. That rock is fantastic, and I like the timelessness of the lovers’ names.
    I also like the usefulness of the peas. πŸ™‚

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