A cold but sunny end to the month

Tuesday 20th to Wednesday 28th February 2018

Tuesday 20th saw us on Canford Heath, in the sun, where we met our friends Brian and Poppy. Brian is a Staffie/Shar Pei cross.

Brian and Poppy

Come Saturday we were back on Upton Heath. Here is a slightly windswept Teddy…

A windswept Teddy

… and a more posed version.


They were taken on the Friday, and on Saturday we were back on a lovely, sunny heath.

We had sunshine for our walk

Teddy in the sunshine

On Sunday we went to Canford Heath, where I snapped this shot of Teddy, the moon, and the police helicopter.

Teddy, the moon and the NPAS helicopter

This next photo is of Teddy by a felled tree that he always likes to go and stand by. I’ve since found out that Chris has a habit of sitting on it when he’s walking him.

Teddy loves to go and stand by this tree

On Monday we met Teddy’s friend, Marley, on Upton Heath. Marley may only have 3 legs but that doesn’t slow him down and he and Teddy had great fun racing around together.

Teddy's friend Marley (only 3 legs doesn't stop him from racing around)

Tuesday 27th was my Dad’s 91st birthday, so I drove over to see him and took him to the Cliff Top café in Highcliffe for a cup of hot chocolate.

Hot chocolate time Dad on his 91st birthday

In the afternoon I took Teddy to Canford Heath and we ended up getting caught in flurries on snow.

We had a small flurry of snow on our walk

Which gave me the opportunity to get a photo of a Teddy paw print.

Teddy's pawprint

This next photo was taken when we got home, and is another is the series ‘Teddy likes to lie in some funny places’.

Teddy lies in some funny places

And lastly for February are some photos taken from a cold walk on Canford Heath on the last day of the month. There was ice on the pond near the entrance.

Frozen pond

Along the old pit road the council are clearing a lot of trees and shrubs.

Cutting down trees along the pit road

This photo of a branch on a frozen puddle was taken on the old Coach Road.

Frozen branch

Here’s Teddy posing

Teddy posing

And ice on the stream.

Frozen stream

And that’s it for February.


Teddy has been in the wars

Thursday 1st – Friday 16th February 2018

Well February started out ok. Here is Teddy with his friend Louis and Louis’ Mum, Tina, on a nice sunny morning on Canford Heath.

With our friends Tina and Louis

Then on the 2nd Teddy and I went over to Upton Heath for our walk, where Teddy posed to show off his nice collar.

Teddy shows off his new collar

En route home Teddy had a very brief run in with a white, aggressive German Shepherd that lives around here, but at the time I thought nothing of it. We got home and had snuggles on the sofa in the sun.

Snuggling in the sunshine Kisses for his Mum

And then Chris walked in and said, “What’s that on his side?” And, as you can see, that was a large hole.

Oh no! How did I miss that?

So it was off to the vet pretty sharpish. I had to leave Teddy who needed sedation and stitching. He was bright enough when I bought him home, though, and hadn’t lost his appetite.

All stitched up

The vet who stitched him up said he thought it was a dog bite, hence my comment about the German Shepherd. And if Teddy was scared of them before, he’s even worse now.

Other than that, Teddy was fine. Her he is posing on the bed in one of Chris’ old t-shirts (to stop him licking his wound).

Chillaxing on the bed in Dad's T-shirt

And on the sofa

Sun puddle

On 5th February I had to take him back to the vet for a check-up, so for our walk we went out to Kingston Lacy. The house was looking nice, as ever, in the sun.

Kingston Lacy house

And in the gardens the snowdrops were out.



My birthday fell on a Wednesday, so I went to see my Dad as usual in the morning. In the afternoon I took Teddy over to Canford Heath for a walk. That’s Jezebel’s old coat he’s wearing, which is why it’s a bit small. It protects his wound while he’s out, however. As you can see, he’s starting to look a bit shaggy.

Teddy is starting to look a bit shaggy

At the weekend we had a bit of a cold snap, and the pool by the boardwalk on Upton Heath was slightly frozen.

Frozen pond

The following week-end (beginning on 16th Feb) my cousin and her husband were supposed to come to stay, but on the Thursday our boiler packed up and needed major repair which couldn’t be done until the following week. So we were left without central heating and had to cancel our visitors. We did go down to Poole on the Friday evening, however, to see their Festival of Lights. I have to say we were really disappointed. To say we were underwhelmed would be and overstatement. I took the camera, though, and so here’s a photo of Chris and Teddy under one of the installations on Poole High Street.

Teddy and Chris under one of the installations

The only decent installation was a squirrel on Poole Quay.

Squirrel Squirrel


And for good measure I took a photo of Poole Quay itself.

Poole Quay

Not much to talk about

1st – 31st January 2018

I’m really sorry everyone, but it’s been one of those months when I’ve hardly taken any photos as all. Life also followed it’s usual, predictable pattern during the month so there ha been nothing really to post about. As we start February, though, I’ve edited the few photos I did take and can share them with you now.

So 2018 dawned cold, wet and miserable here. Just to prove it, here are the Exmoor ponies on Upton Heath on 2nd January.

Exmoor Ponies

I got very excited at the beginning of January as a pair of bullfinches decided that they would visit my feeders.


On Sunday 7th January Teddy and I went to Canford Heath for our afternoon walk, and once again we were treated to some beautiful skies. This was the view over Poole.

Cloudbank over Poole

And a couple more of the skies over the heath that day.

Canford Heath skies

Canford Heath skies

As the weather improved a bit so the first crocuses came out. I took this photo on 19th January in Creekmoor.

Early crocuses

And here is a photo of Teddy from that same walk, as he surveys the old pits on Upton Heath.

Teddy surveys the old pits

On 30th January we had a beautiful sunny morning and for a change I took Teddy down to Lake Pier, which is in Poole Harbour. I used to go there a lot with Max who loved the sea, but Teddy is not so fussed and as it’s not a very long walk I’ve only taken him once. Here he is on the beach.

On the beach

We walked up onto Ham Common and met a beautiful boy: Wellington the English Mastiff.


I’m told he’s what’s known as an apricot brindle.

After we walked around part of Ham Common we headed back to the beach and I threw stones into the water for Teddy. Here he is hunting for one of them.

Looking for his stone

And a lovely one of him reflected in the mill-pond like sea.

Two Teddies

I quite liked this silhouette of the pier.

Lake Pier

And I will leave you today with a clip of Teddy sniffing around in the sea.


Cold and wet for the end of December

26th to 30th December 2017

The Christmas period was miserable and wet, although not particularly cold. By Thursday, though, the skies and cleared and the temperature dropped. So when Teddy and I went for our walk on Canford Heath on Thursday mornings there were large, frozen puddles everywhere.

Teddy on a cold Canford Heath

Frozen puddles on Canford Heath

At least all the muddy bits were frozen for me to walk on though, so neither me nor Teddy got too dirty.

The same could not be said of Teddy on Saturday, however. We had had more wet weather and so it was muddy for our walk on Upton Heath. I was really surprised at how clean he stayed as we walked round. Until we got to the silver birch grove on the lower heath, that is, at which point we met Lexi, a 6 month old Rotweiller/Mastiff cross. They had a good play. Unfortunately they played in the muddiest, wettest part of the heath! I dread to think how long it took Lexi’s owner to get her clean: she was rolling and sliding in the mud as Teddy chased her. Teddy stayed upright, but just look at the state of him at the end of it.

Someone's been playing in the mud

He did not appreciate being hosed off when we got home.

And so another year ends. Happy New Year to everyone.


24th & 25th December 2017

On Christmas Eve we had my Dad to dinner and I cooked our Christmas lunch: a very large roast chicken with all the usual trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding. Rather than making an iced Christmas cake this year I thought I would try Mary Berry’s recipe for Tunis Cake: a lemon and almond sponge topped with a chocolate ganache and decorated. I was very pleased with the result, although I dread to think how many calories Chris and I consumed eating it over the following few days.

Tunis Cake

Anyway, we had a very nice dinner and I took Dad home again in the late afternoon. And so onto Christmas day. We think it was most probably Teddy’s first proper Christmas as we suspect that he was a travellers dog (not house trained, frightened of people (especially men), frightened of big sticks and people shouting, but very dog friendly). I had explained about Santa Paws before the big day (I know, I know!) and he seemed to enjoy himself.

Here he is with Chris.

Teddy and Chris

Kissy, kissy time…

Kissy kissy time

Wearing Max’s old reindeer antlers


And with me.

Teddy is enjoying his first proper Christmas

I Hope you all had a nice time over the festive period.

A grey, miserable week

Sunday 17th to Saturday 23rd December 2017

On Sunday Chris caught the coach to London to visit his family. Normally we would have both gone and taken the car, but Teddy whines most of the time in the car so would never manage the journey to London. He’s not keen on people either, so wouldn’t have coped with lots of people gathered for a pre-Christmas get together. That meant I walked Teddy twice, but it was gloomy and I didn’t take the camera.

Monday was sunny, though, and I took these photos on Upton Heath.

Teddy in the sunshine

Teddy in the sunshine

En route home I took this photo of the cormorant on Creekmoor Ponds.


And after that the weather was so miserable I took no photos at all!

It Turns cold

Sunday 10th to Saturday 16th December 2017

On Sunday Teddy and I walked on Canford Heath. It was dull and miserable, so I didn’t take the camera. I did take this photo of Teddy resting after his walk when we got home though.

Teddy resting after his walk

He’s a funny dog. Amongst other things he has a strange idea about what makes a good pillow.

Well that's a strange pillow

Tuesday was cold and icy, and I took the better camera when we walked on Canford Heath. As we walked past the scuzzy pond near the Gravel Hill entrance I was taken by the sunlight on the trees and ice.

Sunlight and ice

Here’s Teddy backlit by the sun.

Teddy in the sunshine

And a colour photo of the trees that I shared last week in black and white.

Alongside the pit lane

And a different black and white one of them.

Trees in black and white

Out on the heath the puddles were frozen solid in pretty patterns.

Ice 1

Ice 2

We walked across the heath in front of the old pit, and then into the woods on the other side, where I loved the effect of the sunlight through the trees.

Winter sunlight through the trees

In the trees there was a huge birch bracket fungus. Although I took a photo of it last week, this one is better.

Birch bracket fungus

We turned back across the heath where I took this photo of Teddy by one of the frozen puddles.

Teddy on a cold heath

He was having a lot of trouble with that ice. He’s race off and then hit a frozen puddle and legs would go in all directions. And either playing on the ice or playing with dogs earlier he managed to cut his back leg. It has taken ages to heal as he kept opening it up, but is just about better now.

On Saturday we went over to Upton Heath as normal. It was still very cold but the skies were good again.

Sundown over Upton Heath

And so we head towards the Winter Solstice and Christmas.