Now You See It, Now You Don’t


Today was warmer and just one uniform shade of grey. This morning we travelled by car to New Milton where I visited the dry cleaners, the post office, and the bank. I collected cleaning, mailed a parcel and some letters, and paid a bill. All rather mundane really.

Jackie drove us on to Mudeford Quay where I went for a wander.

Bench and gulls

On the sheltered side of the quay, not even the gulls occupied the benches.

Crow in flight

A crow took off on my approach.

Boats and Haven House Inn

I imagine most people were patronising the Haven House Inn, beyond the Sailing Club masts


on the top of one of which perched a gull,

the solitary audience of the jingle jangling rigging orchestral performance.

Most such scavengers harassed those drivers and their passengers taking a break in the car park.

I wonder if anyone has any ideas about what the woman on the spit was seeking. Stones? Shells?

Waves and beach huts

She, of course ventured on the rougher, seaward, side of the harbour, where the waves roared, and no-one emerged from the beach huts.

Waves and buoy 1

A bright orange buoy bobbed on the surface.

Now you see it, now you don’t.

This evening we dined on lemon chicken with perfect carrots, cauliflower, greens, and boiled potatoes, followed by profiteroles. I drank ChΓ’teau Plessis grand vin de Bordeaux 2014.

43 responses to “Now You See It, Now You Don’t”

  1. I have to say Derrick, the uniform shade of grey is not as dazzling to the eyes and heart as is the previous days misty shots – but that may be personal preference only. Judging by her determined squat, I think the woman was searching for her reflection, which she lost in the previous posts glassine pools. She’s obviously not the brightest of your subjects…… πŸ™‚

  2. I particularly liked the shots of the groups of “scavengers” in flight.
    Sorry that Jackie is still not feeling well. She gets extra points if she prepared that full dinner while feeling sick.

  3. I loved your photos. Reminds me of when I lived on the east coast. I miss the sea. Seems like a perfect day to me. And you ended it perfectly with a luscious neal!

  4. My family were always near a Great Lake. One of the five, Erie.
    My parents always had individual buckets to gather smooth rocks, colored glass pieces in ruby, cobalt and amber. We often liked ceramic bits of crockery, so would throw these in the buckets, too.
    Derrick, I like that you often give us visual treats but this one of the first ones I have noticed which featured written sound effects. πŸ™‚ Thanks for more than gray skies!

  5. Great photos showing the greyness of the day, a day well spent I would say Derrick, sounds as if you enjoyed it all. If I was that woman I would be looking for stones or plants all right πŸ™‚
    Have a peaceful day tomorrow.

  6. You never cease to amaze with your pictures, and make me hungry when I hear of your dinner and drink too I must add. Not good for my diet, now when hubs asks me what I’m hungry for, I know a few new answers, not that I can get all that here….but he is a creative cook πŸ™‚

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