The Phoenix Time #37


He asked about her day, but she spent more time telling him about the planned Saturday trip to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

‘I do wish I was going with you,’ he said, ‘I’m really jealous.’

‘Well, if you hadn’t buggered off we could have gone together,’ she said, ‘though you probably wouldn’t have thought about it, would you? Anyway, don’t expect me to have any sympathy. You only want to go to fulfil your photography dream – not because you want to be with me. If you’re not nice to me I won’t show you my photos.’

He realised that there would be nothing to be gained by arguing.


 Dorset Day Five- A visit to Weymouth, Chesil Beach and Portland Bill

They set off after breakfast in Charlotte’s little Fiat car having decided to drive straight to Portland Bill. They’d agreed not to take packed lunches, sure that there would be lots of nice places to eat in a town like Weymouth. They’d be passing though several towns and villages as they travelled – places such as Charmouth and Weymouth – and the entire length of Chesil Beach. They agreed that they’d be able to weigh up the relative merits of these tourist spots on the way out so as to decide which of them to spend some time in on the way back. Carrie wanted, in particular, to photograph the famous lighthouse at Portland Bill and the marina at Weymouth while they were out.

The journey would not be long – only thirty-five miles or so – and taken in an unbroken stretch should take them less than an hour and a quarter. As Charlotte drove, passing many pleasant and interesting places, they had plenty opportunity to continue learning about each other.

‘Do you get the chance to see much of your children and grandchildren Carrie?’

‘I’ve been back to Boston a couple of times since Carl died and my son and his family visited me in London last year while they were touring Europe. We all keep in touch by Skype most weeks too.’

‘Do you think that you’ll ever return to the States to see more of your family?’

‘Not while the current President’s in the White House, but maybe one day. I like my life here though. The kids are doing fine.’

‘Do you think that you and Frank will ever get back together, Charlie?

‘Who knows? I’ve been enjoying this holiday so much that I’m coming to like my independence. I’m not even sure that I want him back.’

‘Wow’ Carrie said, ‘That seems like a major attitude shift since Monday night.’

‘I’ve learned that I can manage on my own – and I’ll never regret that it’s enabled me to meet you. I’ve so enjoyed the time we’ve spent together.’

Carrie touched Charlotte’s hand on the steering wheel.

‘Listen, before today’s out we must exchange addresses and so on. I’d like to keep in touch with you to. Maybe you could do some slumming and visit me in my tiny flat in London.’

‘And you must come up to the North and spend some time with me. I’d love to take you to some of the places that I love in the Lake District and Snowdonia.’

Featured Photo

I took this photo a week ago (21/02/2021) while I was out for a walk. I’d gone to take my daily exercise a couple of miles further from home than usual. I began near the Ship Inn at Blackbrook, St Helens, Merseyside. I parked near the Ranger’s Hut and walked, initially along the Canal and then beside the stream along the woodland path to its junction with Garswood Old Road at Happy Valley, Carr Mill. I’d taken my camera and took lots of photos to show you over the next several episodes of this story. Most of them will show the path and the water beside it.

This next photograph shows the stream leaving a tunnel. A later photograph in this series will show the point at which the stream enters the tunnel at the Carr Mill dam end of the path.

I used my Pentax KP 24 MP cropped sensor camera with a 35 mm f/2 full-frame prime lens attached. The shutter speed was 1/125 at f/11 and the ISO was 3200 The shot was handheld and I post-processed my shot in Lightroom Classic.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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