33 Hours From Dawn To Sunset

The gales were back in force today, with 50 m.p.h. winds and driving rain – so much so that it was hard to remember

yesterday’s dawn

when we set off for a forest drive in headlights-gloom at 3 p.m.

Some 30 minutes later brief glimpses of blue sky and white cloud ripped indigo canopies above

the rippling reflections of waterlogged roadside verges along St Leonards Road.

where damp ponies

listlessly trudged

past the ruins of the 13th century granary barn that once served Beaulieu Abbey.

Sunset was visible at East Boldre just after 4 p.m. Later the rains hammered down once more.

This evening we all dined on chicken pieces marinaded in mango piri-piri sauce and Jackie’s savoury vegetable rice, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Côtes du Rhône. Everyone else abstained.


  1. Those are high winds, Derrick and Jackie. The photos of the day reflect the sweater’s mood quite well. I am sure the ponies and other animals of the New Forest area felt it too. Animals do a lot of enduring.

  2. The winds and bad weather certainly made for some dramatic and beautiful photos. I can’t pick a favorite.
    I don’t think my favorite is the 13th century ruins, but just thinking about the history is amazing to me.

  3. The large tree with the bits of bright sky behind it is remarkable. Your area is filled with interesting trees, but that one’s particularly dramatic. Speaking of dramatic, Beaulieu Abbey seemed familiar, so I took a look at its history. It must have been something to see before Henry VIII got his hands on it.

  4. I like the third tree picture and the ruins which look like a portal. Poor ponies. I hope you all have some better weather ahead.

  5. When I see ruins , they make me sit back and imagine those times ?. We are on a vacation in West Bengal. We are having a good time and will return home on the 13th.

  6. You found the beauty in even the dreary-weather day! Beautiful photos!
    OHMYGOSH, those beautiful equine eyes can look right into our souls!

  7. For a moment I was wondering if you were caught in a time loop. What weather you have been having. The upside, I guess, is that there is no immediate worry of drought.

  8. Hi Derrick, your days are very short during the winter time. We only have about a 90 minute difference in sunset and sunrise between winter and summer.

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