Six word Saturday


The devil is in the detail


Mistress of the beach

Drifting, swirling on the tide.

Fronds that tease tiny fish

Then lie stranded on the shore-

A frothy, green petticoat.


Jen’s photo in the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is a real beauty.  I can’t hope to compete, but I did want to share with you a few of the details of my recent trip to the Algarve.  As half expected, it was unbelievably hot, and much of the time was spent with my toes in the water.

A weekend at home in the UK will be an entirely different prospect.  Perhaps I shall relish the cool.  Whatever your weekend brings, I hope it’s a good one.  Join me on Monday and we’ll find somewhere to walk.  But first, pop in on Cate with six words?



  1. Such lovely prose Jo! And The Algarve looks like it is experiencing the same temps that we are having here in Darwin. At least you had a beautiful, croc free beach. We don’t dare go in the water here 😱🐊

    1. I seem to have brought the heat back with me from the Algarve, Draco. 30C is most unusual in the UK! The trains stop running and everyone gets grumpy 🙂 🙂

    1. Morning lovely lady! 🙂 🙂 No escaping is there? It was 37 in Tavira 😦 What usually happens, Ad, is that when we get a heatwave the north east coast is swathed in coastal fog! I’ll let you know 🙂 🙂

    1. The beaches were very busy by their normal standards, Susan, but as you can see I found a bit of space. 🙂 🙂 I’m missing them already- just, not the heat! Thanks a lot 🙂

  2. The beach looks marvelous Jo. I can almost feel the water on my feet. Hoping the transition back home is not too harsh weather wise. Have a great week ahead!

  3. Welcome back, Jo and I wonder if you didn’t bring some of the warmth with you as yesterday the hottest it has been so far! Lovely photos and poem, love the ‘frothy green petticoats’.

    1. Not long now, Carol 🙂 :I’m trying to persuade our English one to stay around a while. Yesterday was the perfect day- mid 20’s with a warm wind. I thought I was still in the Algarve but the scenery somehow looked wrong. 🙂 Back to normal today 😦

  4. It is so nice to see the beach, blue sky and pretty sands again through your photos, Jo! I hope you had a wonderful (and “shady”) time in the Algarve. Looking forward to your walks!

  5. I’m glad you got your toes wet and met your muse in very good form, both photographically and verbally. And thank you for an ocean fix. I’m still smarting from not seeing the Baltic. Did you talk Polish at lunch????

    1. My friend Ann has very little contact with her Polish family so has even less need to speak the language than me. 😦 As I remember it, she was very much better at Polish lessons when we both went, all those years ago. 🙂 Thanks, sweetheart!

  6. I love all your details, Jo. I can picture you with your toes in the water and your camera in hand, taking pretty photos in the heat. 🙂 I love the “frothy green petticoat.” Hope you’re enjoying your time in the Algarve.

    1. Back in the UK, just, Cathy 🙂 🙂 It was a short break for Mick’s birthday and to give James a bit of a treat. Would you believe I got heatstroke? That water was so nice though. 🙂

      1. Welcome back to the UK, Jo. Just in time for Brexit (or a little after it)! 🙂 Happy belated birthday to Mick, and I’m glad you had a special time with James. I can’t believe you got heatstroke! What happened? You didn’t faint or feel too ill, I hope. I bet the water did cool you down a bit. How long before you go back to Portugal? 🙂 Have a happy weekend settling back in. xxx

      2. I’m not good at eating when it’s hot, Cathy. We were doing the moonlit terrace on the eve of Mick’s birthday. When my sea bass arrived, sizzling in garlic and bacon, I felt queasy and then the good old world started to swim. Highly embarrassing, but the waiters were great. Plied me with sugared water (ugh!) and ice, and the boys obliged by eating my food and polishing off my wine. 😦

      3. I can understand that perfectly, Jo. In summer here, it’s just too hot to eat greasy or heavy things. I’m so sorry you got dizzy and sick. At least the waiters and Mick and James took care of you; both by plying you with sugar water and ice and by eating your food and downing your wine! Take good care of yourself. Mike just came back from a bikeride in 91 degree heat (F) (32C) and his heart was pounding at a dangerous rate according to his heart rate monitor. I think you have to be really careful what you do in the heat. Sending hugs your way! xxx

  7. There is a lovely softness about your beach photos. Wonderful details and poem. And I see you found a jelly-fish! I think I need to feel the sand beneath my feet again…

    1. Best I can offer is a dip on a Durham coast beach. Might be a bit bracing, Jude. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words. He was a little wee fellow so I didn’t run a mile as I usually do.

  8. Lovely photos all round, Jo. The image of the green seaweed and shell is marvellous, great close up. The seaweed looks unbelievable bright, though. Maybe it’s one of a kind to that beach 🙂 Hope you had a great time in Algarve aside from the head. I am sure you put up with it very well 🙂

  9. There you are my lovely, I bet you had a nice time and I envy you that heat! Where is that stunning beach, the Ihla? Your tanka is excellent, isn’t nature inspiring? Have a lovely day, I’m off to a cocktail workshop later on 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. The heat was too much for me, Gilly. I’ve become a wimp 🙂 The photos are a combination of Ilha and Armona. I had a bit of a seaweed fetish going on 🙂 🙂 Thanks, darlin!

  10. Awesome post Jo, I miss the beach. Love it in summer or winter and I’m feeling withdrawal symptoms, your photos make me want to visit soon. 🙂

  11. Hi Jo – we have. Not been to the beach yet- so this post was a treat – your photos were like a beach pause – to breathe and observe – have a nice Saturday

    1. It was the only place I was cool, Yvette! 🙂 🙂 Thanks darlin’. Zumba in a little while then meeting a friend with Polish ancestry for lunch. A good weekend to you!

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