Steady, light, rain seeped from slate skies throughout the day.
This morning Jackie worked in the greenhouse while I ironed, read, and photographed raindrops on
our unidentified peach rose,
wallflower Sugar Rush Purple,
and a tiny primula.
This afternoon Jackie drove us to Keyhaven.
You may be forgiven for thinking that this is a picture of yachts moored in the harbour. In fact it is a photograph of Hurst Castle in the mist beyond them.
Here are a few more boats and buoys;
a silhouetted walker rounding the sea wall;
and some mizzled (it’s a Cornish word, WP) landscapes.
Saltgrass Lane is normally closed when flooded. Today ducks swam on the waterlogged flats;
a murky gull flew overhead;
another hazy walker could be glimpsed on the spit; and other waterfowl extended their search onto the shallow spate.
Intrepid turnstones contemplated shifting these boundary boulders,
and investigated the possibility of lifting the saturated tarmac.
A solitary swan swam along the cambered verge,
occasionally pausing to slake its thirst.
Note the double yellow lines indicating that parking in this road is forbidden at all times. Swans have diplomatic immunity.
This evening we dined on smoked haddock fillets; cod fishcakes in parsley sauce; piquant cauliflower cheese; Dauphinoise potatoes and a splash of colour from orange carrots and green runner beans. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Breede River Valley Pinotage 2017.