Double Yellow Lines

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;Β 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.




  1. So many beautiful photos. The raindrops on the flowers, those misty/mizzled scenes, and the birds. I particularly like the ducks on the flooded flats.
    “Swans have diplomatic immunity.” πŸ™‚

      1. I thank you for “one of my favorite things,” the inimitable Julie Andrews singing. I do agree with her list, mostly, and refer to it perhaps more often than necessary.

  2. I laughed aloud at ‘mizzle.’ That was part of the fun we always had with the phrase ‘drizzle and mist,’ transforming it into ‘mizzle and drist.’ The peach rose is beautiful. My mother favored peach, yellow, or peach-and-yellow roses, and I never see one without thinking of her.

  3. Some very wet weather there, and beautiful photos in spite of it! The swan swimming over the road by the yellow lines speaks for the day. “Mizzled” is great word. πŸ™‚

  4. It has been a delight to swan about in your mizzled part of the world – such a change from our hot, bright, relentless blue skies and dry grass. I particularly enjoy the photograph of the swan you selected for your header.

  5. The raindrops on flowers, especially roses, are so lovely! Love all the birds, but the swans are so regal they just make me all excited! πŸ™‚
    I think your all of your mizzled photos are wonderful, for shizzle! (“for sure”! πŸ˜€ ) They have made the misty drizzly day bealightful! (beautiful + delightful! πŸ˜€ )
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  6. Those lovely flowers deserve better weather than you are getting. The silhouetted walker is not anybody I’d care to meet. He looks like Magwitch on steroids. And finally, I do hope that the castle turns up eventually!

  7. I love raindrops on flowers. The name Keyhaven brought to mind Lord of the Rings πŸ™‚ Beautiful photos Derrick. The cheese and cauliflower and potatoes sound delicious. I read about Swiss Rosti in another blog. I want to try it. There is always something to learn.

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