Battling To Bring Them Down

Fierce winds, having raged overnight, continued for a good part of the day, sending us to Milford on Sea’s coastline,

to photograph the ocean with its spraying, creamy, waves pounding the breakwaters and the sea wall.

Jackie watched the play of my writhing jacket.

A formation of distant kite surfers took us off to Keyhaven for a closer look. Hurst Castle appears in this last image.

Like speedboats the surfers sent up their own spray; wrestled on the shingle with the kites flung into life by the blustery winds; and performed silhouetted aerobatics. Meanwhile sea defence trucks travelled along the spit.

Once the kites were in the air and the time had come for departure the surfers set about battling to bring them down, sometimes one aeronaut anchoring another.

We also enjoyed a closer look at Hurst Castle.

This evening we dined on Mr Chan’s Hordle Chinese Take Away excellent fare with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Mendoza Malbec 2019.

Now I am going to settle down to watch the last Six Nations rugby match, between France and Scotland.


  1. I have always thought that some of Aivazovsky’s famous marine painings looked rather gaudy and the same scenes would appear much more dramatic if expressed graphically. Your fabulous balck and white photos, Derrick, have proven my point.

  2. Amazing shots of the restless sea, and the surfers taking full advantage of the wind. Jackie did a fine job capturing the ‘writhing jacket,’ too!

    I did not know you all had a Hurst Castle over there. We have a Hearst Castle here (in California, USA). It is quite a spectacular compound.

      1. Wow! “Grand” is relative. Something built over 500 years ago is, in my book, grand by definition when it is still around to be seen and explored and photographed and enjoyed today.

    1. I did, indeed. I hope you weren’t too disappointed. When I watched France v England in the local bar at Sigoules I would say I could not lose ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. We support the French since weโ€™ve chosen to live in their country. However, they were never going to win by 21 margin and it was a good match.

  3. Goodness Derrick, Fierce Winds indeed – and you’ve captured them so vividly –
    but you were so close to becoming a kite surfer yourself, with your jacket being transformed into a smart blue sail taking you ‘up, up and away’!
    Enjoy the rugby; sounds like a fitting way to spend the evening after such a blustery day ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Despite the dramatic images it provides, Your continued inclement weather is destroying my nostalgia for living in England! Here we are drying out from days of torrential downpour, but that is a one in fifty year event ( except that it happened last year too, just not quite so severe).

  5. I love those sea shots, Derrick! Jackie got good shots of your “writhing” jacket. ๐Ÿ˜€
    It’s windy here today, too, but also very warm (in the 80sF). Strange March weather.

  6. The first photos were slow opening so I kind of felt wet and chilled by the time Jackie’s photos came up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We woke this morning with a grey sky yet forecasters say no rain for at least another week. We don’t need it. ๐Ÿ™ However, we decided to go head to the coast line and take some photos of what the locals are saying “looks like a war zone” after the storms and floods of the past few weeks. Surfers are banned for now but experience says they ignore that rule.

    Jackie, you did a fine job capturing Derrick’s jacket. I love watching wind surfers and there kites.

  7. Wonderful photos, Derrick and Jackie. You captured the day so well! That kite surfing is a dangerous sport – and I’m sure especially so on such a day. Those guys had to be top notch!

  8. Beautiful photos of the wild surf, Derrick and Jackie! I can tell by Jackie’s photos of Derrick as well as the waves that it was still pretty windy. Kite surfing looks like fun, but I am not likely to try it any time soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Wow! So much action at the beach today. I still think you’re getting to close to the sea wall. Jackie needs to put you on a leash! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing your great pictures.

    1. One of the very best. I do think the crowds add atmosphere, but we can hear more of what is going on without them. Who is a a happy little Tootlepedal, then?

  10. You have chased down the kite surfers and captured them in interesting formations. Jackieโ€™s portfolio of the intrepid shooter is swelling by the day.

  11. Beautiful action shots all round today! Jackie brings the notion of the strong wind to the fore by focusing on you ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Gorgeous photos AND poetic descriptions of the wind, waves, and active peoples!
    Great captures by Jackie of your dancing jacket! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Glad the strong winds didn’t take you flying, Derrick! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ™‚
    A windy day always makes me think of Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope the rugby match was fun! ๐Ÿ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. A quick glance at your first photograph of the kite surfers, and I thought you had a flock of pterodactyls flying in from Jurassic Park on the Isle of Wight.

  14. It was windy here too, but perhaps not as fierce as yours. I’m surprised you managed to stay upright. The sea spray images are spectacular.

  15. The winds were blowing across the pond here as well yesterday, but I didn’t have your scenery at the supermarket!!

  16. Derrick, did you have to adjust your photos for a little out of focus because of the wind. It looked challenging trying to keep steady. I love the sea when itโ€™s rough.

  17. Great photos, Derrick. I could feel the wind whipping your jacket and keeping the dancing kites afloat! I wish we had a Mr Chanโ€™s Hordle Chinese Take Away in our part of the world. We love good Chinese food! Used to have a great place right here in Ennis, but alas, it’s been gone for a decade and no such cuisine has taken its place! I just had to learn to prepare Chinese food myself! Bet it’s not as good as Mr Chanโ€™s Hordle Chinese Take Away, however!

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