On another very hot, yet progressively overcast morning we drove to Otter Nurseries where Jackie bought herself another very long hose – this time on wheels to reduce carrying it about – for the garden.

We travelled on to Barton on Sea where I stationed myself

on a bench in order to attach my longest camera lens, while Jackie stayed nearer

the Beachcomber café. These two of her pictures show the burnt condition

of the grasses and the thrift that I pictured on the cliff edge from where I

beamed down on a number of visitors wishing to scorch themselves. I wonder what Barbara, Book Club Mom would make of the couple reading in deckchairs?

We each photographed sailboats in the haze against the Isle of Wight, Jackie,

who also picked out the beach huts at Mudeford, choosing The Needles and their lighthouse as her backdrop.

This evening we dined on starters of Chicken in Nando’s Lemon and herb sauce on Jackie’s savoury rice; followed by her spicy paprika pork, boiled potatoes and tender runner beans, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Shiraz.


  1. I hope you get some rain there soon, it looks very dry. I would love to be at that beach! Jackie’s dinner sounds so delicious!

  2. I love that last photo too… perhaps because all looks well – unlike the sorely scorched grass; let’s hope for some rain (but only overnight, of course!). Grass is amazing, though, in it’s ability to spring back after very sorry looking dry spells!

  3. Beautiful photos, Jackie and Derrick! Love Jackie’s beach huts and sailboat photos! 🙂
    Yikes it does look warm…and the beach is the place to be…but scorching can still occur! Gotta’ be careful! 🙂 Seems the grass is warning…”We stand here all day long and look at us, Peoples!” 😮
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  4. The scorched grass is very reminiscent of that at the clifftops in Southern California — all it would take is one spark ~ ~ ~ We have a nasty fire threatening the old sequoia trees in Yosemite National Park, about halfway up the state — and we are in the middle of a serious heat wave. I’m always glad forthe ocean vistas that are so cooling!

  5. Between you, you have conveyed the feel of a very hot day well. I am glad that I am only looking at the pictures and not actually feeling the heat.

  6. That hose will make Jackie’s life a lot easier, but I sure hope you get some rain soon. It’s been dry in Maine, too, but not terribly hot. We’re hoping for rain, but none is in the forecast.

  7. That water looks very inviting, Derrick and Jackie. It does look hot, and burnt, over there. We have had very hot weather here the last two days.

  8. Thanks so much for the shout-out, Derrick. As for beach-chair reading, this looks like a good spot, even if distracted. Certainly being by the water on a hot day is the way to go. Keep cool!

  9. Another scorcher! I am in Scotland visiting family. It’s unusually warm and dry here as well. So glad there is also a sea breeze to cool thing off a bit.

  10. Hot days are a plague in Canada. My apartment has hotel air-conditioning but I also have a tiny air-conditioner resembling a refrigerator. It is inexpensive and it is my best source of comfort on dog days. One plugs it into a computer. Europeans should have one of these for security.

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