Raise flaps for take-off

Saturday 10th May 2014

If yesterday was blustery it had nothing on today. Chris took Max out in the morning while I cleaned and Jez snoozed. When he got home he was telling me how windy it had been on Canford Heath. Unfortunately the forecast (which turned out to be correct) was for the wind to continue to build during the afternoon. Fortunately, the bit they didn’t get quite right was that they forecast heavy showers. Well, actually, that’s not true – there was a heavy shower – just as we got back to the car. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

So Saturday afternoon meant we were walking over Upton Heath. What a difference a week makes. Last week Jez could hardly put one foot in front of the other. This week she was cantering out ahead of me for almost the entire walk. I’m pretty certain that it was an upset stomach last week that was making her feel under the weather, rather than any problems with her back. Certainly, since it cleared up she has been a lot livelier.

After stopping to think about it for a while, Jez once again took us via Pinesprings Nature Reserve, where this week I have chosen to photograph the purple clover that has now come into flower.

Purple Clover

From Pinesprings we walked onto the Heath, and Jez didn’t even have to have a lie down at her favourite sandy corner. We headed on up the hill and Jez thought she’d take the narrow path to the Viewpoint. So well all set off down it, until Jez got to the first bend in the path, when she was stopped in her tracks.

Showdown!

So Jez and the cow looked at each other for about 30 seconds, and then the cow decided it was far more interested in eating, so turned round and started munching on the bushes. It was blocking the path though, so we turned back and headed on up towards Beacon Road. From there we turned to take our usual route round the back of this hill. It was blowing a hooley on top of the hill though. Poor Max was suffering, especially as I made him stop and pose for me. This photo is the reason for the title of this post.

Raise flaps for take-off

And so we went on round the back of the hill where the dogs had a cool down in a little pond they usually visit.

Jez and Max

And from there we headed back down across the Heath to the car. The walk took us about an hour less than last week, even though we walked further. Jez is definitely on the mend.

A year ago today

We went out to Badbury Rings twice: once for our walk in the morning, and then again in the afternoon when I took Chris to show him the bluebells. I took this photo of Max while we were there.

Max in the bluebells at High Woods

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