Rain and hail by the river

Friday 28th March 2014

I was out of the house early this morning: to take both dogs to the vet. Max was having a check up and Jez was going in for her X-Rays. En route there we drove through a heavy hail storm, which pretty much set the pattern for the rest of the morning. After the vet I called in at Waitrose to get the groceries for the week-end, and then Max and I went on to the River Stour at Cowgrove. It had been raining quite heavily overnight, so it was pretty wet and muddy there.

Max by the River Stour

And we got hailed on occasionally. But we also got the odd burst of sunshine.

Sunshine on a cloudy day

Max managed to get in the river to play, so that kept him happy – not that he looks it in this photo.

Cone time in the Stour

And I took the opportunity to take a photo of the oak tree in the field that I like so much.

The oak at Cowgrove

This was a view looking across the river.

View across the River Stour

And here is a very nice photo of Max.

Max hoping for a swim

One last photo from our actual walk: a couple of the recently cut down tree stumps had been soaked by the rain and had turned a lovely orange-red colour.

Rain soaked tree stump

Overall it wasn’t a bad walk – just a bit muddy, wet and cold.

En route home I stopped just outside of Wimborne as there are lots of lambs in the fields there. I loved this pair of black twins.

Black sheep of the family

In the afternoon I picked Jez up from the vet and had a long chat with two of the vets there about the results of her X-Rays. She has a slipped disc in her back. It’s in a bit of an odd place, though, which is why her gait confused everyone so much. It’s right between her shoulders (normally a disc will go in the neck or lower down). Poor little soul though: we were able to see the ongoing degeneration of her bones. Her arthritis is pretty bad. Anyway, the upshot is we are going to rest her, although she can have short walks. The vet is also happy for her to see her physiotherapist next week, so I’m trying to arrange that.

A year ago today

Max and I went out to Morden Bog, where I noticed that the deer had been out and about.

The deer have been out and about again

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