As The Sun Sank Slowly Into The Sea

Before lunch I posted

Later this afternoon, after I had read more of ‘Dombey and Son’, my Chauffeuse drove me to

Highcliffe Castle where she parked the car while lights were being switched on in the exhibition room, and, clutching ice-cold metal rails, I walked down

steep, slippery, steps to the sands below. Despite notices urging us to keep left a couple of families who didn’t seem to know made my descent rather more precarious.

Through trees rising upright from the slope I glimpsed walkers I aimed to join.

As the sleepy sun sank slowly into the sea, walkers walked; a jogger jogged; a couple kissed with enthusiasm; smooth waves lapped the shoreline; the Isle of Wight and The Needles lighthouse eyed the scene; and I climbed back up to the Modus.

This evening we dined on succulent roast chicken thighs; roast potatoes; sage and onion stuffing; crunchy carrots and cauliflower; firm Brussels sprouts; and meaty gravy with which Jackie drank more of the Sauvignon Blanc and I drank Tulga Joven 2019


  1. I am equally slow on stairs. I’m always acutely aware of that. I hate being rushed by people that feel inconvenienced by the realities of age. Nobody ever suspects it might happen to them. Gorgeous pictures.

  2. Beautiful photos, Derrick! And so glad your knees did well by you on your climb, walking, and you were safe!
    Nature is showing a mood so spectacularly!
    OH! on the lights turned on photo!
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    PS…I wonder how many steps/stairs there are there?! Wowza!

  3. Delicious alliteration is a fitting close to the series of exposures in muted evening light. The kissers have been immortalised in this instalment.

  4. You have captured the fading light of the day so well. It is heartening to see so many people still out at that time of the day too.

    1. In the U.S. it is polite to keep right, and when I worked for a few months in Japan I frustrated many of them until I learned to keep left. (Then I had to re-learn when I came back to the States)

  5. What gorgeous moody skies! I fell downstairs a few times even when I was younger so I am extra careful now. I have inner ear issues which affect my balance.

  6. Looks like a cold walk to the sea side! I love your statement that that couple “kissed with enthusiasm!” That made me smile! Great photo as well!

  7. Oooh, the lights in the castle are so pretty. I enjoyed all the folks on the beach, and was worried for you all the way down the stairs and then back up. I like that jogger, and the couple kissing of course. <3

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