Just In Time To Catch It

I spent much of this day of sunshine and showers writing Christmas cards and making prints at my desk which has a direct

view into the kitchen.

It wasn’t far off sunset when we posted the messages, but we just had time to catch it at

Mudeford. Note that the capsized boat I spotted a week or so back has still not been righted. The penultimate picture in this gallery is by Jackie who also photographed

me at work,

and gulls in flight against the golden light.

My gulls were generally basking in their reflected glory until, squawking in a squabble over breadcrumbs,

they auditioned for a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.

I also photographed a cameraman who may have produced an image like

this one of Jackie’s incorporating dusky masts, buildings, and darkening clouds tinged with pink.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy hot pasta arrabbiata with garlic; and stir fried garlic with three coloured peppers and green beans, with which the Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Malbec.


  1. I thought of Hitchcock before I saw your caption, Derrick. I am sure so did many other readers. The sunset set is fabulous, but I still feel sorry about the sad little sailboat. Fortunately, it has never happened to us, but I’ve seen quite a few of those unfortunates.

  2. I hope the capsized boat has been checked over to see if there’s no one injured or sick on board.
    ….um. Maybe a dead body. I murder mystery perhaps.
    mmmm…. The mind ticks over… A story ready for me to write while the grandchildren slumber after a busy Christmas.

  3. There is a special feeling about sunsets: a mixture of joy at the fleeting beauty and a tinge of sadness that darkness is rolling in. This selection is a marvellous one.

  4. A wonderful set of golden sundown photos of the shore, Derrick and Jackie. You two always manage to finish your day with something of beauty, and a good meal. πŸ™‚

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  5. OHMYGOSH! You caught it, indeed, Derrick! Gorgeous, shiny, golden, stunning, breathtaking! πŸ™‚
    OH! And Jackie caught you! πŸ™‚ ALL beautiful photos, you two!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Your Hitchcock comment made me laugh. πŸ™‚ Ever since I first saw that movie as a little girl it became one of my fav movies. And to this day if I see one or two or three birds, I’m “Aw, so sweet!” If I see three or more, I’m like, “YIKES! The Birds! Run for cover!” HA!!! πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚
    PS…I love garlic! πŸ™‚

  6. The day mellowing at the side of the beach has been beautifully tapped in for the treasure of the dusk. Jackie’s image is a remarkable composition.

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