Feeling very Mediterranean

Friday 26th August 2016

I didn’t go for a walk yesterday as in the morning I had to take Jez to the vet for a heart scan. I’m pleased to say this went well. There is a slight deterioration in her condition, but apparently nothing to worry about, and she doesn’t have to go back until the New Year.

This morning it was a lovely, bright sunny morning and so I thought I would take the dogs down to the Baiter (Poole Harbour) for a change. We haven’t been there for ages. Jez hadn’t wanted to go for a walk after her scan yesterday, but when we got to the Baiter today she was very excited and spent most of her time trying to run around as best she can.

It was certainly a lovely morning down there.

The beach at the Baiter

The dogs were soon in the sea. Here’s Jez (notice the spray in the foreground of the photo from Max’s tail).

Jez enjoys the sea (notice the spray from Max's tail in the foreground)

And they weren’t the only ones.

A nice place for the dogs to play

Max, of course, just wanted me to throw his cone.

Max waits to play

You can start to see how weak his back legs are getting in that photo.

I thought we would walk along the beach, but Jez had other ideas and went back up onto the grass. There her attention was soon caught my a man flying a model plane.

Messing around with a model plane

She had to go over and investigate and the man was very good and let her sniff it. But she soon decided it wasn’t that interesting so we started to walk back towards the beach, chatting to other dog owners on the way. And while I talked Jez had a rest from all her running about.


We made our way back to the beach by the slipway where Max was waiting for us, having lost his ball. There was lots of activity around the slipway.

Messing about in boats

And after a while the two jet skis were off.

The jet skis are off

We had one last paddle there before we walked back to the car. And here is Jez in the water demonstrated that you don’t have to go to the Mediterranean to feel that you are there.

Jez doesn't need to go to the Med

Just come to Poole on a nice day.

A year ago today

It was a nice sunny day for a walk in Wareham Forest.

Log piles on the Sika Trail


It’s been a while since we’ve been to Parkstone Bay

Wednesday 2nd September 2015

So today Max and I headed down to the Baiter and Whitecliff Park in Poole to enjoy the morning sunshine. Once again I had a polarising filter on the old EOS 20D.

We park the other side of the railwayline to Poole Park, which is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary this year. That means that the views aren’t good, but today I at least managed to get a half-decent photo looking across the boating lake.

Poole Park from the Baiter

The shoreline path between the Baiter and Whitecliff Park was busy today.

Cycling towards Whitecliff

Max didn’t care about the people and the other dogs though. He just wanted to play in the sea.

Max is waiting

The still, sunny conditions meant there were some nice photos to be had today. Here’s a boat.


And the view as we headed back along to the Baiter.

View across the Baiter

And finally, another view along the Baiter.

Along the shoreline

A nice place to sit on a morning like this.

A year ago today

It was not quite such a nice day for our walk on Canford Heath.


The sun is shining on Parkstone Bay

Friday 6th March 2015

While Jez stayed in bed this morning I took Max down to Parkstone Bay for his walk. It was a nice sunny morning and I’m pleased to say that what wind there was was not quite so cold. It was definitely warmer than this shot of the pond in the Baiter makes it look.

Baiter pond in the morning

Alongside the railway line the isolated clumps of daffodils and crocuses are in flower.


We walked along to Whitecliffe Park where I took this view across the bay…

View over Parrkstone Bay

… before taking this photo of Max showing off his new haircut again.


As ever he was happy to be back by the sea and didn’t want to stay out of the water.


He wasn’t quite as happy as this dog, though, which, back at the Baiter, was racing around in the water simply enjoying life.

Enjoying the water

Max and I walked along the length of the beach at the Baiter end of the bay as I threw his cone in the water for him. Then we headed back to the car. As is frequently the case there was a flock of geese on the grass there, but I was surprised to see that instead of the normal Canada Geese this was a flock of Brent Geese.

Brent Geese

Poor Max, he’d had such fun in the water but, despite the fact I’d towelled him off before he got in the car, he was shivering by the time I got him home. And even his towelling coat didn’t help, so in the end I got the hairdryer out and dried him out / warmed him up with that.

A year ago today

It was a bit of a grey day for a walk at Upton Country Park.

Hedgeline at Upton Country Park

It’s been a while

Friday 20th February 2015

Max and I went down to the Baiter and Parkstone Bay this morning. It’s been a while since we’ve been as it’s not the nicest place to walk if its wet or windy. But although it was overcast the wind had dropped and there was no rain, plus tides are high at the moment, so we went there for our walk. This was the view from Whitecliff Park towards Parkstone Yatch Club.

Reflections on a yatch club

As usual there were quite a few people walking along the water’s edge.

Out for a stroll

Plus someone fishing.


And although I said the weather was ok today, you can tell how much rain we had because the road under the rail bridge was flooded again.

It's flooded under the bridge agan

Max was a happy dog, though, and as usual waited eagerly behind the sea wall for me to throw soemthing for him.


And here he is a bit further along, still waiting patiently.


As for those winds I spoke about. Well, we didn’t have any today, but you can tell by the trees down at the Baiter that it blows a bit across Poole Harbour.

Shaped by the wind

After our walk I called into Go Outdoors and replaced by walking pole which broke some time ago after Jasper clattered into it. I also treated myself to a scissor/penknife thingy, which I’ve been wanting so that I can carry something in my pocket to cut away stray bits of grass and twig when I’m taking photos.

A year ago today

We saw one of the buzzards at Upton Country Park.

Sitting watching the world go by

And the hawthorn buds were starting to burst.

Mud, mud, glorious mud

Friday 31st October 2014

Today has been the warmest Halloween on record in the UK. We didn’t quite have the temperatures they had in Kent, but it was 19.5C here. And it was sunny, which meant Jez stayed snoozing in bed. So it was just Max and I who went down to the Baiter and Whitecliff Park this morning.

A warm Halloween morning down at the Baiter

The tide was out quite a way today. This was the view across Parkstone Bay from Whitecliff Park.

Parkstone Bay

Now the mud here is normally a sort of orange colour. I don’t know what’s been going on recently, but it wasn’t like that today. Here is Max at the bottom of the steps. You can see the current shade of the mud behind him. I called this one ‘Whatever you do, don’t go in that mud Max’.

Whatever you do, don't go in that mud Max

So what did he do?

Max! What did I just say?

Can you get mud any blacker that that?

Fortunately he was able to go in the sea a bit further along and wash it off. Here he is with two ladies and their dogs relaxing in the late autumn sun.

Relaxing in the sun

And finally today, back at the Baiter car park, a crow.


As for Halloween night, it was a bit of a nightmare. As usual Max barked at the poor little Trick-or-Treaters. It’s not aggressive but I’m always worried he’ll frighten them. And then Jez barked at all the fireworks, and there were lots. Poor little soul was in such a state. It wouldn’t have been so bad if they’d stopped at a reasonable hour, but we had some really loud and really close at about 11.20pm. What is it with some people?

A year ago today

Max and I were at another park of Poole Harbour – Hamworthy.

All ashore

Stormy Weather

Friday 3rd January 2014

We’ve had more gales and rain overnight, and this morning they are clashing with spring high tides again. There are lots of flood warmings and storm surge warnings out for the south coast, so I thought I’d take Max down to Poole Harbour this morning (being slightly more sheltered) to see what the sea was up to.

For once, the Deep Water sign was right.

For once the sign isn't crying wolf

The water was right up to the sea wall at Whitecliff Park, and breaking over the top.

Max watches to waves breaking over the wall

Max really wasn’t at all sure about it – which is most probably a good thing.

Max isn't too sure about those waves

He did find himself a very big stick though.

That's a big stick Max

And we also found the remains of what was once a boat of some sort.

The remains of a boat

(That’s a huge block of polystyrene, by the way, with bits of board and metal still attached in places).

Down at the Baiter end of our walk Max was a bit upset that the beach had disappeared under the waves.

Oh No! Where's the beach gone?

So we had to find him a new ‘beach’ to play on.

We had a new beach to play on this morning

As you can see, the water was well over the small sea wall.

Anyone fance a sit down?

Further along it was also crashing over the wall by the Baiter car park.

Waves break over the Baiter at high tide

I’m not sure if you recall the nice shot I took of the sun behind the trees (and one in particular) down at the Baiter last week. Well, this was the same view today.

Oh no! The tree's blown down

Sadly the tree is no more.

Fallen Tree

All in all it was a great walk: very blustery and we got wet, but very exhilarating. I’m so glad we went.

Max, birds and a scooter down at Parkstone Bay

Friday 20th December 2013

Another bright sunny morning dawned – another excuse for Jezebel to lay in bed snoozing in the sun. So it was only Max and I who headed down to the Baiter and Parkstone Bay this morning. Max is getting brave, though. He wasn’t scared by the wavelets slapping against the steps today.


It was a fairly high tide, but we did at least get time to play on the little beach.

Chasing his cone

There were lots of seabirds around today. At the Whitecliff Park end of the bay these little Turnstones were busying themselves looking for food along the sea wall.

Turnstones on the sea wall

Here’s a bit more of a close up of one of them.


At the Poole end of our walk there were lots of oystercatchers, seagulls and geese on the grass at the Baiter.

Lots of oystercatchers and geese on the Baiter

We dropped back onto the little beach by the Baiter carpark for Max to play in the sea again. Walking along the shoreline I came across a dead rat.

Dead Rat

And just around the corner, someone had thrown a scooter into the sea (stolen I presume and then dumped).

Someone's lost their scooter

By the time we left it was starting to cloud over. But it did mean that I got this really nice shot of the Baiter.

Strolling on the Baiter

In the afternoon I did some more Christmas baking. Today it was Chelsea Buns (not that they are particularly Christmassy, but simply that I made them as a treat the week-end before Christmas). This is the dough waiting to be rolled up.

Chelsea buns in the making

And these are the finished buns.

Chelsea Buns waiting to be eaten

They were totally scrummy.