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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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.

Among the autumn leaves

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Apologies for all the delays in posting everyone, but things have been all upside down with the kitchen being replaced. I’m pleased to say we’re back to normal now though, so at some stage I will post photos.

Anyway, back to the 22nd November, and Jez, Max and I went to Broadstone Rec. for our walk. Here is the angel with the autumn leaves as a backdrop and the floral tributes from Armistice Day at her feet.

The angel in autumn

Jez and Max were in amongst the fallen leaves too.

Jez and Max in the atumn leaves

And here’s Max on his own.

Max in the autumn leaves

It was a nice sunny morning…

Jez and Max

.. which meant I was able to get some photos of the dogs on the playing fields. Here they are together.

Guess who has got a treat in her hand

And Jez on her own, looking happy.

Happy dog

Here’s Mr Grumpy.

Mr Grumpy

And, of course, there’s always one has close their eyes and spoil a good photo.

Daft dog!

Walking on around I loved the bright yellow of this blackberry leaf, lit by the sun.

Autumn yellow

And finally for today, Max on the path through the heath as we headed back to the car.

Max on the heath

It had been a very pleasant walk.

A year ago today

I took a photo looking across Creekmoor Ponds in the late afternoon light.

Late afternoon at Creekmoor Ponds

Upton Country Park again

Friday 18th November 2016

Today is Chris’ birthday, so he had his presents and cards first thing. After that I took Max back to Upton Country Park. Jez was busy sunning herself at home, but it gave me the opportunity to walk Max through the woods and then around the back of the park.

If the woods looked good yesterday, then the Dark Age Dwelling in the trees looked even better today.

The Dark Age Dwelling nestled in the trees

Since last week they have put a front on it.

There's a front and door on the Dark Age Dwelling now

And I rather liked the door catch.

Door latch

Here’s another part of the Woodland Walk. This photo was bombed by a Labrador, but I thought the photo looked far better with him in it than the photo I took without him.

A labrador bombs my Woodland Walk photo

We walked on around to the stream and Max stood in it, ever hopeful that I’d throw something for him.

Max in the stream

But his legs aren’t good at the moment so there were no cones today. Here he is again by the stream which has been swollen by the very high tide.

The stream is very swollen from a high tide

And finally for today: Max on the boardwalk.

Max on the boardwalk

The walk had been a little bit chilly but at least we’d had sunshine.

A year ago today

We went for a walk on Upton Heath and met this beautiful, 13 week old whippet called Juno.

Juno - 13 weeks old (what fabulous ears!)

Jez makes her presence felt

Thursday 17th November 2016

I seem to have been running around in circles this week, due to the fact that our new kitchen is being fitted over the next 2-3 weeks. Quite a bit of my spare time, therefore, has been spent clearing the contents out of the existing kitchen. In a way it has helped that we have been resting Max up quite a bit.

So here we are at Thursday and at 4.15am I had a rude awakening. Yes, it was Jezebel, wide awake and whining at the side of my bed.

Jez wakes me at 4.15am

Turns out she wanted food, then she wanted to go out, and then eventually she settled down to sleep: which was more than I did as I lay awake for the next couple of hours and only managed to go to sleep a short time before I had to wake up again!

For our walk today we went to Upton Country Park. In the Woodland Walk the beech trees are a beautiful golden colour.

In the Woodland Walk

And this is looking towards the Dark Age Dwelling.

In the Woodland Walk

We walked over to the stream, although I didn’t throw anything for Max as his legs still aren’t great. Then we walked around to the dog run where we came upon a year old English Pointer, Woody, so we went in to say hello.

Jez and Max meet Woody

Jez was really pleased to have a bit of a play with him.

Jez is happy to play with Woody

After the dogs had played for a while we headed on back to the car, but not before I’d taken some more photos in the Woodland Walk. Here the sun is coming through the leaves.

Sunlight through the trees

And a nice shot looking up through the branches.

Autumn leaves

The walk hadn’t taken too long but it had been very pleasant.

A year ago today

Max and I were on a wet Canford Heath.

Big puddle time

A day out

Sunday 6th November 2016

Today we were invited to Chris’ parents flat in London to see their new kitchen and bathroom. It was also an opportunity to see Chris’ Dad who has been quite poorly of late. As usual when we visit them we stopped off at Virginia Water Lake which is part of the Royal Parks around Windsor. We only stay for an hour as parking is exorbitant, but the dogs love it. Today it was cold, sunny and packed with people and dogs.

Both dogs started out by having a dip in the lake. Here’s Jez…

Jez

… and here’s Max being joined by a little terrier as Chris throws his cone.

A small terrier chases Max as he chases his cone

We walked along the main path towards the Duck Pond in the crowds of people, but then turned off into the trees.

Walking through the woods

It was lovely through here.

The woods in Auturmn

A little bit further on and the track opened out.

The Royal Park

At this point we veered left to loop back around to the Duck Pond. En route Chris stopped to give the dogs a treat.

Treat time

We walked on to the Duck pond…

Walking towards the duck pond

… where I liked the reflection of the trees in their Autumn shades in the water.

Autumn colour across the pond

And then we headed back along the main path until we cut back through the trees towards the car park.

The woods in Auturmn

It had been a lovely walk as the woods were stunning. And we had a lovely visit with Chris’ family after that. Sadly the journey home out of central London wasn’t so good, especially as there was a large firework display just off Ladbroke Grove and we got stuck in a traffic jam on Holland Park Avenue.

A year ago today

A very high tide had caused the stream to flood at Upton Country park.

The stream's more swollen than ever

Autumn in Corfe Mullen

Sunday 30th October 2016

Of course, I mean the Corfe Mullen end of Upton Heath, as this was our Sunday afternoon walk. But the sun was out and Autumn colours abound, as you can see from this photo of Jez heading towards Upton Heath (if you can spot her!).

Jez heads towards Upton Heath

Before we reached that spot, though, I noticed that under the pine trees the ring of Sulphur Tuft fungi that I photographed last week had decayed considerably, but these were close by.

Sulphur Tufrs

Once on the heath we had to wait around quite a while while Jez sat near the sometimes-pond (currently a muddy puddle) in the late afternoon sunshine.

Sitting in the afternoon sunshine

Eventually a young dog came along that she wanted to play with, so we were able to follow that and move on. This photo is looking west. You can just see the edges of Corfe Mullen in it.

View across Corfe Mullen

Further on and I found a lovely little wax cap nestling at the side of the path.

Wax Cap

At the edges of the old gravel pits Max was happy to play in the the little pools of water that seem to be a permanent fixture.

Max in a big puddle

We walked on round the edge of the reservoir and headed back to the car. Here you could clearly see Autumn has arrived.

Autumn on the heath

We crossed over Corfe Lodge Road where the late afternoon sunshine was filtering through the trees.

Sunlight through the trees

And lastly, in the field beside the car park, I loved this single tree which has turned red with the season, set against the background of green.

Red amongst the green

After I took that photo I turned around and Jez had disappeared. I found her watching a man with a remote controlled car on the grass near the car park. The car was racing round and round in circles with was a young staffy in hot pursuit. It was his way of excercising his dog!

A year ago today

Max and I went for a walk at Upton Country Park.

In amongst the leaves