Late Afternoon

The 106 m.p.h. wind that ripped through The Needles overnight howled around our house and garden. Numerous plant pots were blown down; tables and the new pig hit the deck; owls were knocked off their perches; broken branches and scattered trugs tossed around; an arch bent and a rose dislodged. I had the sun inContinue reading “Late Afternoon”

Full PPE

This afternoon we joined Elizabeth and Danni at Woodpeckers for a visit to Mum. Pre-Christmas limited four-fold family visits have been arranged by Colten Care. On arrival we were issued with the usual forms explaining who we are with our temperature recorded. We were also required to sanitise our hands and don face masks, gloves,Continue reading “Full PPE”

Communal Bath

Quite early this morning we drove to Mudeford to look at the sea. The sun briefly outlined the horizon; the waves were very choppy and determined to bubble over the wall onto the promenade. I needed to be unaccustomedly quick on my feet to keep them dry, whereas a reflecting fisherman just paddled patiently. AsContinue reading “Communal Bath”

Waterditch Road

I wasted the best part of a rainy afternoon wrestling with my scanner because I had planned to start a new series of slides and negatives, but it is so long since I worked on any of those that I managed to mess up the settings and couldn’t sort them out. I even downloaded aContinue reading “Waterditch Road”

In Their Element

Although steady rain returned this afternoon, this morning’s weather was bright and sunny, so we, wisely as it turned out, paid attention to the forecast and took a forest drive. Tanners Lane, down which, as so often, we encountered ponies on our way to the beach has been impossible to negotiate during the tourist season.Continue reading “In Their Element”

Windswept

Rain battered our windows and a fierce wind, courtesy of storm Francis, howled and whistled throughout the night. We drove into Milford on Sea for a 9.30 a.m. appointment for the last of my earwax extraction, and afterwards Jackie parked in an empty coastal carpark while I battled with the warm gusts, trying to ignoreContinue reading “Windswept”

I Couldn’t Hold The Camera

The winds coming off The Solent on this hazy morning must have been far stronger than the 58 m.p.h. that had been forecast. I say this because, for the first time, I was unable to stand still on the clifftop , and was constantly being blown backwards. I was forced to sit on a benchContinue reading “I Couldn’t Hold The Camera”

The Manure Factory

This windy, warm, and hazy afternoon Jackie drove me to Milford on Sea where the car parks are now open although the Public Conveniences are not. The sign warning people to keep their distance applies to the empty bench. Similar signs line the sparsely populated promenade. Two gentlemen approached with their dogs. Only one ofContinue reading “The Manure Factory”

Not Upside Down

Although less severe, today’s weather was as changeable as that of yesterday. This morning we drove to Milford on Sea for a repeat prescription. There were more people on the road than there has been of late. The car parks along the coast were still locked and empty but for this cyclist, and a coupleContinue reading “Not Upside Down”

Almost Empty

What is the best way to make a trip to the pharmacy exciting? During pandemic lockdown it is when this is considered an essential journey ¬†and petrol has remained in the tank for weeks. Off we went this morning to Milford on Sea for that heady pleasure. The establishment’s door was open. Just inside stoodContinue reading “Almost Empty”