Sunshine means playtime

Friday 17th November 2017

Friday morning meant Teddy and I walked over to Upton Heath, and this morning it was lovely and sunny. And it looked very autumnal in the silver birch grove.

Autumn in the Silver Birch grove Silver Birch trees

Just after I’d taken that first photo we met our friend Tig, the staffie, with his Mum, Amanda. Here’s Tig posing for me.

Tig

And Tig, after a treat, in his ‘bear’ pose.

'Give me a treat' - Tig does his bear pose

He and Teddy had a great time playing.

Teddy and Tig at play

We walked on and then met Ollie, who is around a year old. Again, he and Teddy had a great time playing, despite the size difference. They were particularly interested in an old stick.

Teddy and Ollie were having such a good time with that stick

First one would get it and run off with it and the other would chase, and then the other one would get it and run off. Here they are playing tug with it.

Teddy and Ollie play tug

And lastly for today, a wonder autumnal scene along the Roman Road.

Autumn on the Roman Road

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Not much sun this week

Monday 13th to Thursday 16th November 2017

It’s been another dull week, and although I have taken the camera out with me, there are not a lot of photos from the beginning of the week. And my week was a bit turned around as I had to go to my Dad on Thursday rather than Wednesday this week.

Anyway, on Monday morning we walked over to Upton Heath as normal. And there we met Larner, a beautiful Rottie girl who I was told was around 14 weeks old.

Meet Larner (about 14 weeks)

Isn’t she gorgeous? Here she is again – just look at that expression.

What a cutie pie!

There are no photos from Tuesday, but on Wednesday morning Teddy and I did our normal Thursday morning walk on Canford Heath. As you can see, we had had a lot of rain, not that that bothers Teddy.

Teddy on South Walk

And then, as I said, I went to Dad’s Thursday morning, which meant that I took Teddy to Canford Heath again (parking in Steeple Close) in the afternoon. Although we left fairly early the sun was pretty low in the sky.

The sun is low in the sky this afternoon

This is a panorama of the view over Poole (you may need to click on the image to hop over to Flickr to see it properly).

Panorama over Poole

And, as I was up on South Walk with the sun behind the clouds I couldn’t resist one of my fall-back shots.

It's that tree again!

This is a lichen covered tree set against a slightly lighter sky and with the sun on it.

Another tree, in the sunlight

And lastly for today, the sun had almost gone by the time we had finished our walk.

The sun has almost gone

In which Teddy makes a new friend

Sunday 12th November 2017

Sunday was lovely and sunny again and Teddy and I went over to Canford Heath for our walk. You may have noticed that, once again, I am getting into a pattern of certain walks on certain days. We parked on Gravel Hill and headed towards Steeple Close. En route we passed through these fir trees, lit by the afternoon sunlight.

Trees in the afternoon sun

This next photo of Teddy was taken on the far side of the trees.

Walking towards Steeple Close

When we got to the top of the Redbrick Path Teddy met another Saluki Cross – this one a Saluki/Border Collie cross. We were walking in the same direction as Alfie and his owners, so Teddy and Alfie had a really good time playing.

Teddy makes a new friend, Alfie

And here they are up on South Walk

Teddy and Alfie (A Saluki / Border Collie cross) playing

Part way along South Walk Aflie and his owners turned back, so Teddy and I continued on. This photo is of more trees on the heath.

Trees on Canford Heath

And here’s Teddy as we headed to the stream.

Teddy makes his way through the trees

And Teddy posing in the afternoon sun

Teddy poses in the sunshine

By the time we were approaching Gravel Hill again the sun was a glorious, rich amber. Here is Teddy under the pine trees.

Teddy in the late afternoon sun

And again…

Teddy in the late afternoon sun

It had been a good walk.

What a difference a day makes

Wednesday 8th November & Friday 10th November 2017

On Wednesday I went to see my Dad as usual in the morning. That meant that Teddy and I went for our walk over Canford Heath in the afternoon. It was a lovely sunny day as you can see from this photo looking along South Walk.

South Walk

And here’s Teddy, posing nicely for me.

Teddy on South Walk

When we do these Wednesday afternoon walks I park at Steeple Close to avoid the school traffic. Then we head up to South Walk and cut down the middle of the heath. We can either pick up the Old Coach Road for this or walk down the track that runs alongside the main fenced area of the heath, as we did today. This is where this photo was taken. You can just see Teddy having a sniff at the grass in the distance.

Where's Teddy?

After that we cut back across the heath to the stream and then continue on across Longfleet Drive towards the other wide track that runs up from the Redbrick Path. En route we pass one of my favourite trees, so here is another photo of it for you.

Trees

And then we head down towards the Redbrick path and back to Steeple Close, but not before I’d taken a photo of the sun setting behind another group of ringed and dying trees.

Trees at sundown

A crisp but sunny walk.

Thursday and Friday were very different days as the weather was miserable, so I didn’t take my camera. But on the Friday morning, walking along the Roman Road, I spotted the smallest Sulphur Tuft fungi I have ever seen, so I had to take a photo with the phone. And here they are

The smallest Sulphur Tufts I have ever seen

You can tell how tiny they are by comparing them to the the size of the leaves next to them.

Autumn colours and weather at Upton Country Park

Tuesday 7th November 2017

On Tuesday morning rain was forecast, so I took Teddy to Upton Country Park. To be honest, I don’t go to the park so much now they’ve ‘improved’ it as they have removed all the character from it. And I still think it’s a total disgrace that Poole Borough Council charge to park in the all but one of the car parks there (which is, of course, where I park). I also have a problem with Teddy as the fences they have put in around the farmer’s fields are quite low, and Teddy could easily jump over them, especially when there are sheep in the fields, so I have to keep putting him on the lead.

Anyway, as I said, we went to the Country Park. You can tell from the light in this photo, looking towards the Woodland Walk, what sort of a morning it was.

An Autumn day at Upton Country Park

The beech trees in the Woodland Walk are now turning and starting to lose their leaves, so, as ever at this time of year, it looks rather nice.

The Wooldand Walk in Autumn

The Wooldand Walk in Autumn

When we got round to the Poole Harbour side of the park the sun had come out, illuminating the bird hide.

The bird hide

A little further on and we met Flynn, a Deerhound/Greyhound cross. I was interested to see Flynn and Teddy together as we initially thought Teddy had some Deerhound in him.

Teddy and Flynn (a Deerhound/Greyhound cross)

And here they are getting a treat. I was surprised to see that Flynn was slightly smaller than Teddy as a Deerhound is normally larger than both a Saluki and a Greyhound.

Time for a treat

After taking our leave of Flynn (I was surprised the dogs didn’t want to play with each other) we walked on to the gardens. The view across Upton Lake (Poole Harbour) towards Poole was a bit bleak today.

It looked bleak over Upton Lake

And I should point out that that is a colour photo, not a black and white! There was a lot more colour, though, near the walled gardens where the acers are showing their Autumn Colours.

Colourful Acers

And that is all for today. Rain had been forecast, but we only had a couple of light showers lasting no more than a few minutes, so we did well.

A touch of frost

Monday 6th November 2017

Monday was a cold morning and we found a frosty entrance to Upton Heath.

A frosty entrance to Upton Heath

Someone had obviously lost a dog’s name tag, and it had been placed on the bench where it was duly frosted.

Lost nametag

Even the nettles looked nice in the frost and sunshine.

Frsot on the nettles

But apart from that bit of frost it was warm and sunny on our walk. Warm enough for Teddy to go in the pond.

Teddy in the pond

And here he is in the grass close by the pond.

Teddy in the autumn grasses

He did have a more contemplative moment, though.

Teddy looking serious

That was taken moments before our friend, Zeus, arrived, after which all hell broke loose as they raced around playing.

Teddy and Zeus playing

And I’m really pleased of this shot of the two of them.

Teddy and Zeus had a great game

It sometimes looks scary when they play, but I love to see dogs playing. And I love that Teddy enjoys playing with other dogs so much.

A Sunny Walk on Canford Heath

Sunday 5th November 2017

I took a few more photos this week, so I have split my blog entries back into days again, so you don’t get too bored.

For our Sunday afternoon walk Teddy and I were back on Canford Heath. It was a lovely sunny afternoon and the landscape was very different to last Wednesday afternoon. This was the view along South Walk.

South Walk

And here’s a sign post, pointing us on our way.

Sign Post

The heath looks lovely in its autumn colours

The heath in Autumn

And Teddy, as ever, was happy to be out and about.

Teddy on the heath (1)

And here again as we walked down towards the stream.

Teddy on the heath (2)

Watch out! Here he comes!

Here comes Teddy

I had to put him on the lead as we approached the stream as the cows were close by. And then after we crossed the stream and walked up a narrow path I still had to leave him on lead as we were being followed by a rider on a horse. However, some people have less sense than they were born with, for, while I was trying to walk Teddy to a spot where the rider could pass us or turn off to the right out of our way, she decided to break into a canter and shoot off to the right. Now Teddy is a sighthound who is born to chase, so although he was calm but interested when the horse was walking, he went nuts when it started to canter as he wanted to chase it. Which meant I had a struggle to hold onto him and then had to keep him on the lead for ages as he kept wanting to go after the horse. So any riders out there: please don’t canter or gallop near to a dog, especially not a sight hound. It only winds them up and is likely to result in them chasing you.

Eventually I was able to let Teddy off the lead again, when I took this photo looking back towards the old tip.

Looking towards the old tip

Sunday night was Bonfire Night in the UK (the anniversary of Guy Fawkes plot to detonate explosives under the Houses of Parliament). Jez was always terrified of fireworks and we struggled to find sedatives strong enough to keep her calm. Max, on the other hand, totally ignored them. I’m pleased to say that Teddy doesn’t seem to be too bothered by them, as long as he can stay indoors when they are going off close by. Ironically, now we no longer have Jez, there were far less fireworks over the week-end than in recent years.