The day was still grimly dark by the time we left to deliver Elizabeth a tub of Jackie’s chicken and vegetable stewp. (Interested readers will note that I have changed my spelling from stoup, because stewp is what google recognises and who am I to argue?)
Whenever the vehicle in front of us seems especially slow for no apparent reason, it is quite probable that a cyclist will be pedalling along ahead.
So it was today on School Lane. Even when the towed trailer on the road reached a wide enough section of the narrow winding route to be able to pass safely, the rider pulled more into the centre.
A pleasant young lady riding her pony crossed Pilley Street to open the gate for equine access, closed it again while waving to a van driver, then, with a friendly greeting, entered Burnt House Lane ahead of us.
We found Elizabeth happily working in her garden, enjoyed a short conversation, and set off to track the now almost visible sun towards the setting hour.
Glimmers were seen from Burnt House Lane;
a little lower from Warborne Lane;
Walhampton was blessed with Jesus Beams;
sunset wasn’t far off beyond the silent coastal preservation machinery;
and all but retreated behind the clouds at Barton on Sea.
We had begun our trip following a bicyclist along School Road – on Grove Road, Barton, we tailed a unicyclist who kept well out of our way.
This evening we dined on oven fish and chips and baked beans with which we both drank Marlborough Cabernet Sauvignon 2019.
You always upload such beautiful photos, Derrick! I like your term Jesus Beams. I call them the Hand of God touching Earth. ??❤️
Thanks very much, John. That is a good one, too
Terrific photos of sunset, Derrick.
Thanks very much, Dolly
My pleasure, Derrick.
I don’t think Google’s spelling would always be marked 10/10. The issue of spelling soupe / stewp, surely depends on the thickness of the finished dish… the more hearty warmer being the Stewp.
I’d rely on personal judgement, and a bit of variety, rather than Google 🙂
These are such beautiful skies. Soft grey is fast becoming one of my favourite colours, particularly when warmed with ‘Jesus beams’.
Thanks very much, Emma. I wouldn’t trust Google on everything – stewp, however, seems to be more commonly used than my stoup 🙂
We Aussie’s just say stew. A thin stew is just plain old soup.
A lovely drive on a rather damp looking day!
Thank you very much, Janet
Thanks for introducing me to ‘stewp’, Derrick. I hadn’t come across that before.
🙂 Thanks very much, Roland
Thanks very much, Sylvie
That was a nice, simple repast you slupped on, Derrick and Jackie, accompanied by a fine choice of wine.
Thanks a lot, Yvonne.
I enjoy stew and soup and stewp! 🙂
Good to see people out and about in and on all sorts of modes of transportation.
Hey! to Elizabeth! Great gardening work, Elizabeth! 🙂
Looks like the clouds tried to steal the show from the sun, but the sun gave the grand finale!!! 🙂
My mom used to call such spectacular “shows” “Jesus is coming again” skies. 🙂
Thanks very much, Carolyn 🙂 X
A blogging friend (Colleen Brown) used the word ‘Dimmet’, to describe, twighlight, and dusk on her site yesterday.. I didn’t know the word Derrick…. a new day, and a new word..
Thanks a lot, Ivor. New for me, too 🙂
I hadn’t heard the term ‘Jesus beams’ before. It will be in my mind now.
🙂 Thanks a lot, Tootlepedal
I think we’ll just have a roasted chicken and garden vegetables this evening. If temperature gets up to 30C again, we’ll just have the chicken with salad. 🙂
🙂 Thanks very much, Chrissy
Gorgeous shots of dusk and sunset Derrick.
Elizabeth looks so happy in her garden. Just lovely. And what a score! A sweet pony rider and a unicyclist in one outing! I do have to ask, (not knowing a thing about such things) why did the pony rider bother to open the gate when the road was right there? Couldn’t she have gone down the road and then hopped over to the horse path? And why bother with gates when the road is wide open?
Thanks very much, Jodie. These are metal grids across the roads to prevent animals from entering or leaving. The gates at the sides are for pedestrians or animals. You might like the story in this post: https://derrickjknight.com/2012/11/13/nobby-bates/
Oh, that’s a wonderful post, Derrick – It sounds like you had just moved into your home, am I right? I think I came along soon afterward, because I remember photos of your garden when parts of it were just dirt!
thank you for the fencing explanation. So lovely that your grandchildren know the same book that you read to Louisa. That’s wonderful.
Thank you so much, Jodie. You remember well. In fact we were still renting at Minstead on that occasion, and moved to Downton four months later.
Oh, wow. I should go back and read some of those posts. LOL – But I can hardly keep up with the current ones!
Those cyclist can be a nuisance from time to time. Great shots…even on a dark day!
Thanks very much, Dwight
Your are welcome!
Beautiful set of photos, Derrick. The unicyclist must be a very accomplished rider, and I’m both impressed and cringing at his lack of helmet, knee or leg pads.
Quite, Maj. Thanks very much.
Beautiful shots today, Derrick.
Thanks very much, Jill. It is amazing how often I think there won’t be anything to photograph and suddenly something crops up.
That’s kind of how I feel when I sit down to write. 🙂
Stewp was a new one for me, too. 🙂 I am sure it was good!
I love those sundowns over the water, a hint of molten sun amid the clouds.
Nicely described, Lavinia. Thank you very much
Gorgeous photos! But those Jesus Beams, simply wow ?
Thank you very much, Ribana
Now have to go look up stewp. I have an inkling it is a stew-like soup.. or a runny stew..
More the first option, Judy. Thanks very much
I didn’t know those were called Jesus beams! Beautiful sunsets! The equestrienne reminds me of my youth when I often went to horse shows, usually as a spectator. One of the most interesting classes to watch was the trail class of obstacles one of which was the opening of a gate from horseback. This young lady and her lovely pony have clearly mastered this.
That is a good addition to the post, JoAnna. Thanks very much
delightful set of photos, Derrick. Elizabeth’s smile is contagious! beautiful sunset photos. first time to read Jesus Beams 🙂 🙂
Thanks very much, Lola 🙂
Jesus Beams!! I remember reading what this particular sun and cloud phenomenon is called, but darned if I can remember. Jesus Beams works much better. The first Jesus Beams photo with the signpost looks very cinematic, as does the one with the machinery. My favorite is the last Trees Against Sky.
Crepuscular rays, I think, Liz. Thanks very much
Yes, that’s it, crepuscular rays!! (I’ll still never remember it.)
I had to look it up again 🙂
Ah, the truth comes out . . . 😉
I add my admiration for the capturing of the dramatic skyscapes – as well as learning about both stewp and dimmet, neither of which I have come across before. Elizabeth must have been delighted with her stewp after her bout of gardening.
She was – although she said she was even more delighted with our visit during her isolation. Thanks very much, Anne
Love the sunset pictures.
Thanks very much, Mrs W. On a par with yours, perhaps
I don’t mind cyclists, it is drivers of horse boxes that really irritate me!
🙂 They do block the lanes sometimes. Thanks a lot, Andrew
Now if the cyclist had pulled to the side and let the trailer past, the trailer driver would have told all his mates how considerate he had been, rather than tell the truth which shows an extremely inconsiderate person.
Quite, John. Thanks very much
Such a pleasant ride. Horses, bicycle riders and Elizabeth working in her garden. We have her ‘before’ picture, later in summer we’ll her ‘after’ flowers blooming picture!
I will remember to post some summer pics, GP. Thanks very much
I always love your photos, Derrick. They’re such a vivid representation of a day in the life of Jackie and Derrick. It makes it easy to follow along on your adventures. Stewp, stoup. Either sounds delicious! I’m left wondering two things: what was Elizabeth doing in her garden? As a winter gardener, I appreciate that others garden year-round, too. I’ve been cutting old leaves off my hellebores. And what was the temperature this day? The unicyclist has short-sleeves, so I’m guessing it’s quite mild right now?
About 8C, Cheryl. Generally catching up with neglected autumn clearance – Elizabeth has borne the brunt of the sale of Mum’s house and its various complications. Thanks very much
Thanks. About the same temps as here in NC.
Crepuscular rays indeed – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunbeam
You introduced me to them, and to Jesus Beams. And to stewp.
You are a man of many talents.
🙂 Many thanks, Quercus, my friend
I think of you as my spiritual leader…
Your blog is amazing 🙂
Thank you very much Brooke and Danielle
Goodness – am surprised that the uni cyclist was in T-shirt sleeves. Mind you, you have captured the fact that lockdown can bring out the novel. Lovely uplifting post, Derrick.
Thank you very much, Helen.
That is one sentient bicyclist. Elizabeth is surely utilising the isolation to the hilt, and is in dire need of Jackie’s culinary delights. And all those atheists who scoff at the idea of a Superpower, there is the conundrum of the unicyclists to chew on.
Thanks very much, Uma, for your fulsome comments
I’m going to fan of your photography❤️. You’ve nicely tracked the sunset with your great photography.
Thank you very much, Olivia
Beautiful pictures. We’ve always called sunbeams ‘Jacobs Ladders’ .
Ah. Thanks very much, Louise
This is so lovely.
Thanks very much, Kally