Playtime on Upton Heath

Monday 8th September 2014

Once again Jez set out with us for our walk to Upton Heath this morning, got part way and refused to go any further. So I took her back home and just took Max with me. As I think I said last week, the sweet chestnuts are starting to fall from the trees, much to Max’s delight. These are still hanging on in there though.

Waiting to fall

Unlike Canford Heath there are also fungi appearing on the lower heath here. This one was in the pine woods.

Fungus in the pine woods

And this little Grisette was in the birch coppice.

Grisette

The largest, though, was some form of Amanita fungus growing by the side of the path. It was about the size of my fist.

Very large Amanita fungus at the side of the path

As we walked round we met Henry, our English Pointer friend, and a Chocolate Labrador called Ty. Henry and Ty were busy playing together and I thought Max would get a bit grumpy, but today he seemed happy to join in which pleased me. Here they are playing on the old railway line.

Playtime!

Ok, by this time there seemed to be a lot of mutual mounting involved, but it was all very good natured.

As usual we came home via Creekmoor Ponds, where I let Max have a bit of a swim.

Max has a wash off in Creekmoor Ponds

Then for me it was home and off out again to do the grocery shop, followed by yet more decorating. I’m getting there slowly though.

A year ago today

We had a walk on Canford Heath where sunshine was interspersed with heavy showers.

Sun and cloud at the top of Longfleet Drive

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