It’s very nice when the scenery comes looking for you.
When I drew my curtains to face the day yesterday, a river mist was creating interesting effects in the valley towards Avalon. The angle of those rays may give away the fact that I was late rising yesterday, but I feel no need to apologise for that. The weather turned surly for the rest of the day, and the wind got up and there was intermittent rain. I felt very sorry for the two young men who were working out in the elements on my neighbour’s major landscape reconstruction.
Later in the day, I took myself out to Eastbourne. The wind was still biting, but there were patches of sunlight. I parked near Burdan’s Gate which is the entrance to the road out to Pencarrow. It was too late in the day and the conditions too unpleasant for any great walk, but I set out along that track. In the first part of the road I liked the way the incoming waves were framed by the trees on the edge of the beach.
I didn’t go far, and chose to drive home via the Petone Esplanade. The towers of the city gleamed in the distance, and I thought I could see a ferry approaching the terminal through the haze. Not till I got home did I discover that the navy was in town. The ship in the distance above that spiteful chop on the water turns out to be the offshore patrol vessel, HMNZS Wellington. She is a very lightly armed vessel that seems frankly to be more about enforcement of fishing regulations than about naval combat. Perhaps the world would be a safer place if more of our navies were so focused.
Just before I turned off the Esplanade, I saw and liked the layers in the Western hills, delineated by the setting sun.
That will do for today.