Storm Dudley In A Gentler Mood

With storm Dudley raging outside I posted after lunch.

Later, the rain ceased and the wind lessened somewhat, so we drove to Mudeford to have a look at the sea which was in a remarkably gentler mood.

A gentleman safely watched his dogs frolicking in the water;

two sailboarders surfed happily (the last two photographs by Jackie).

Despite the gloom, a kitesurfer enjoyed a long stint on the more sheltered side. Again the last two images in this gallery are Jackie’s.

Perhaps to display her recent hairdressing, The Assistant Photographer produced these images of me, gaining support where I could, including those where she claims I blocked her view.

She also focussed on crab baskets and beach huts.

Gulls and oystercatchers caught my eye.

This evening we dined on baked gammon; piri-piri chicken; piquant cauliflower and broccoli cheese; crunchy carrots; boiled new potatoes; and tender runner beans, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Merlot


  1. So brave to be out, but understand your need to get outdoors, as is the daily case for both of you. And you were well wrapped up againt the elements

  2. We had a serious snowstorm and rain on the east coast a few days ago, I’ll be that you’re getting the same storm, Derrick!

  3. Lovely photos, Derrick, by you and the AP! Warm hellos to you both. We had major snowfalls and the snow has stayed, becoming ice in places. Tomorrow we have been promised rain to wash it away.

  4. Looks like a Winnie The Pooh Blustery Day! 😀 Hey, Jackie! Great job of haircutting The Great Photographers hair! 🙂 And your photos are so wonderful you deserve a promotion to at least The Good Photographer! 😉 ❤️All grand photos today, You 2!!! The crab baskets are artistic, the dog frolics are joyful, the kite-surfers are billowy-beautiful, and the birds are busily living life! Guess What?! The bench photo is my fave! I could sit there for hours and not get any of my work done! 😮 🙂 (((HUGS))) 🙂

  5. We’ve had fairly strong winds for the past couple of weeks, though we are fairly high and unsheltered in this patch. Just like in your neck of the woods it calmed down this afternoon, I think we’ve had Dud’s little brother doing the warm up act in preparation for the real thing! Our local weatherman says to expect Dudley himself to make his real presence known by tomorrow afternoon!

  6. So many good photos I won’t even start naming them. I can’t imagine being in that ocean this time of year, even in a wetsuit. On the other hand, having a year round sport would be great! Given the size of your camera lens, I can see why you need to brace somewhere. Goodness. But that’s what makes those nice pic’s.

  7. Somehow it’s hard to take a storm called Dudley seriously. I think I preferred it before we had storms with names – I just want it to go, I don’t want to strike up a conversation! Nice trousers, by th way. 🙂

      1. They are excellent trousers – I have to use Jacamo because I am somewhat out of the average range – trousers for fat people delivered to my door so I don’t need to take exercise by shopping. 🙂

  8. Glad you could enjoy the calm after the storm. I had a chuckle at Jackie’s photos of your back. The one of your profile looks good.

  9. Both you and Jackie gave great images for this post, Derrick. Those sailboarders, am I seeing right? Is there an underwater keel at the bottom of what looks like a post from the bottom of the board? That equipment is new to me.

  10. The Kite Surfer has been doubly captured. You look formidable yet extremely well groomed —hair-dressed— with your long zoom lens deployed for prompt action. The bench on the grass looks so inviting. Gulls and catchers of oysters have been caught in their sporadic spree.

  11. You two are more adventuresome than I! It looked very much like a good day to stay warm inside! But then I’d have missed those frolicking dogs, the wonderful crab pot display and the assortment of busy birds. All those were photographed with such creative artistry. I’m glad you ventured out! Thanks for sharing. I hope you get some reprieve from all that dampness.

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