“One For The Ladies”

On this wet and windy morning James Peacock visited and completed the setting up of my new SureColor P600 printer. The process took an hour, and there is no way I could have done it myself. One reason should suffice for explanation. The reason the printer could not be found by the computer was that it had been blocked by the iMac’s security system. This was easy to fix, but you had to know that would be the case. James was his usual friendly, efficient, self. We made a test print of the canoodlers on the tower from yesterday. The colours were perfect.

After lunch I watched a recording of the World Cup rugby match between Australia and Georgia.

Later, we drove to Avon Beach in search of surfers. We were not disappointed.

Here is Jackie’s view of the choppy waves approaching the beach.

The car park was full of these water sports enthusiasts preparing to enter the fray or

packing up to leave.


This little stretch of the Solent rivalled the congestion of the final approach to summit of Everest as sailboarders, kite surfers, and fishing boats took to the waves.

Some found themselves in the water;

others engaged in gymnastics, either soaring into the air,

or skimming over the surface.

Sailboards, kites, and other equipment were deposited on the sand,

and carried to and fro along the beach

Sometimes I watched sailboarders in action


ย then carrying their steeds inland.

I watched a pair of sailboarders preparing to take to the sea. So did Jackie, but she only

focussed on one “for the ladies”.

She also photographed me.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s classic cottage pie; piquant cauliflower cheese; tender runner beans; and crunchy carrots, with which I finished the Malbec.


  1. And the ladies do appreciate it, Derrick ๐Ÿ˜‰ Looks like a lot of fun on those waves. Glad to hear you figured out your printer. Now I need to figure out mine!

  2. There is an art to everything these days โ€” even installing a printer!
    Unless there is a really good breeze blowing on the Solent I found a lot of walking is involved to get back to the starting point when sailboarding, with those quite ridiculous currents!

  3. For really spectacular wind-surfing, we head down to the coast a bit to Corpus Christi. The wind is constant there, and the waves are good; surfers of every sort gather there, even for international competitions. I must say, many of those surfers are as eyecatching as the best flower!

    As for that printer — I’ve always found that it’s difficult to find an answer when you don’t know the question to ask! We all go through that, especially with tech.

  4. Wonderful photos of the wind surfers Derrick…. and now I’m allowed to drive again I’ll probably be heading to the beach tomorrow for a relaxing day…..

  5. HAHA, not for this lady, it all boils down to taste and this one wasnโ€™t to mine. Loved the photos, windbreaks definitely needed on the beach today.?

      1. Haha, I think itโ€™s the hippyish look, it used to put me off back on the day, plus of course, his youth! Now, if you could manage a more mature, distinguished looking gentleman on the next photo shoot I would be delighted. No, not Derrick! ?

  6. I am happy your printer has been introduced to your Mac after all and acknowledged too. Those kite surfers seem to be the inhabitants of some exotic water-world. Lovely photography by both of you.

  7. Great action photos, Derrick and Jackie! What a wild, windy day on the Solent! It looks cold out there, with everyone in protective wet suits except for Jackie’s last photo subject. To be young and have nuclear powers… ๐Ÿ™‚

    The airborne surfer looks scary, but also looks like fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. They say that youth is wasted on the young, but not that lot. They are certainly filling their unforgiving minutes with sixty secondsโ€™ worth of distance run, Or in their case, surfed, sailboarded and kite surfed.

  9. He’s not as good looking as Nugget!!! ?

    But, then again, I’m not a Lay-dee! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So glad your printer connection was finally established to your satisfaction.. and it only took an expert one hour to install (plus your time with plugs and inks, etc.)

    Isn’t modern tech science so wonderfully time efficient?? Wherever would us plebs be without it?

    Excellent action shots, both of you; I particularly liked the ‘sky-high’ kite surfer shots. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m not sure i like my sea water grey though??? Or my sky for that matter!

  10. Great shots, Derrick! The ‘one for the ladies’ guy had to be a bit cold being bare chested – the weather appeared too brisk for that. Not that I minded looking ?

  11. I was expecting the final picture to be titled “and another for the more mature ladies”, though I would actually have gone for “Derrick J Knight, the thinking woman’s crumpet…”

    Go on Jackie, I dare you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Getting a new printer to work is impossible for me. But my MD (magic daughter) found it quite simple.
    I guess the water is still a little warm but wet suits help. Magic lot of photos Derrick.

  13. Oh, Jackie! Thank you!
    I loved all the shots of the rough sea and all those crazy people in the middle of it! I am so pleased you have your printer up and running now. At last!

  14. I admire the gymnastics of the surf board riders, definitely requires fitness that is out of my reach these days. Good your new printer is up and running, just replaced mine recently, they do require help in setting up and connecting to the computer, cheers.

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