A bit of a damp week

Sunday 23rd July to Saturday 29th July 2017

I didn’t think I had much to share with you this week, as we’ve had quite a damp, showery week. But it turns out I have more than I thought, including 3 bits of video.

So I’ll start last Sunday, when I took Teddy down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy. It used to be a favourite destination of Max’s, but since they’ve started charging for the car park I haven’t been back. Anyway, it wasn’t a particularly nice afternoon: fairly breezy with squalls of rain. I don’t think Teddy has been to the beach before as he didn’t seem to know what to make of the waves.

He did find the seaweed quite tasty though (you would think he was never fed).

Teddy finds seaweed quite tasty

And he had a great time chasing the wagtails along the beach and then the seagulls into the water. Monday we actually had some sun for our walk over to Upton Heath, and Teddy made a new friend at the pond: a young German Pointer. Here they are having a great time.

Tuesday was another nice day and I decided to take Teddy out to Wareham Forest. We hadn’t been there long when we met two 13 week old French Bulldog pups.

Teddy meets two 13 week old French Bulldog pups

They wanted to play with Teddy until he started chasing them and then they got scared, so I put him on the lead and walked him on.

As I said, it was a very nice day, as you can see from this photo of Teddy approaching the Dragonfly Pool (on the left).

Walking towards the Dragonfly Pool

And here is said Dragonfly Pool, looking rather lovely in the sunshine.

Reflections in the Dragonfly Pool

I took Teddy for a slightly longer walk today and chose I route I used to take with Jez and Max but which I don’t think they’ve been up to walking for the past 3-4 years. It bought us back along the side of Decoy Heath.

Looking across Decoy Heath

Although it looks like grass it is mainly bog, covered in grassy hummocks in places and reeds. Walking along Teddy spotted a crow out on the heath and took off after it. He was doing fine until he fell into one of the boggy pools, at which time he came to an abrupt halt. Just look at the state of him afterwards.

Guess who fell in the bog

All that mud can make a little dog quite frisky though.

I tried to wash him off in the Gruffalo Pool but he wouldn’t go in, choosing to run after a horse and rider that I thought was far enough away before I let him off the lead again. Fortunately no harm was done but I’ll have to hold onto him for longer when we meet horses in future.

So I arrived home with a very muddy dog, and had to bath him, which he did not appreciate. I had a nice clean, dog afterwards though.

Teddy after his bath

After that the weather got worse and it was either overcast or raining and I didn’t take any photos until we went to Delph Woods in the rain on Saturday afternoon. We had had strong winds overnight and I came across a fallen silver birch tree alongside the stream.

Tree down

With all the rain Teddy looked very bedraggled and sorry for himself.

Teddy's not happy about all this rain

Even the lake looked pretty dismal.

Rain on the lake

So we were happy to get back to the car and the dry.

At the end of a wet walk

I’m hoping for slightly better weather in the coming week. Perhaps I’ll be able to get some of my washing done.

On the beach at Highcliffe

Wednesday 2nd November 2016

This morning I went to Highcliffe, as usual on a Wednesday morning, to visit my Dad. It was bright and sunny so Jez decided to stay at home on the bed in the sun. Once I’d done all of the bits and pieces Dad had lined up for me I suggested we go for a walk down the beach. Although there was a cold wind it was from the north so I figured that the beach should be fairly sheltered. I was right.

Here’s Dad heading towards the section of beach where we play with the dogs.

Dad heads to the beach

And Max, waiting expectantly at the water’s edge.

Max waits to play

We weren’t the only ones who had had the idea of taking the dog to the beach. As you can see, there were quite a few people and dogs down there.

It was quite busy down on the beach

After I’d played with Max for a short time (not too long as it makes his hips too bad) we walked along the promenade in the opposite direction for a while. Dad had a seat in the sun while I wandered on with Max. However, Max managed to get himself on a section of beach between two groynes and struggled to get out again over the rocks, so after that I joined Dad on the seat.

And then we headed back to the car which was parked on the clifftop in the wind.

Heading back to the carpark

It had been a good choice of venue for a walk, although Max struggled to get up the stairs when we went to bed.

And one last mention for today: it would have been my Mum’s birthday, so Happy Birthday Mum.

A year ago today

Max and I went for a walk on Upton Heath. Here he is by the stream where it crosses the Roman Road.

Along the Roman Road

Fun on the beach

Wednesday 12th October 2016

Wednesday is my morning to go and visit my Dad, and today was no exception. It was a beautiful sunny day though, so I suggested to Dad that instead of our normal walk around Nea Meadows we go down to Highcliffe beach and then wander up Chewton Bunny. And in case you are wondering a ‘bunny’ is a small, steep valley made by a stream. In Bournemouth they are called Chines. As with many such valleys along the coast here that lead to the sea in past times it was used by smugglers.

Anyway, back to the beach. I parked in the clifftop carpark in Highcliffe and was delighted to see that at this time of year it is free. We then made our way to the beach.

Walking down to the beach at Highcliffe

This was the view looking west towards Sandbanks (which is the peninsula you can see).

Looking across to Sandbanks, Poole

With the tide going out there was a lovely section of sandy beach close to the bunny.

A nice day for a walk on the beach

Jez was delighted to be down there, although Max was only interested in his cone.

Jez is a very happy dog. Meanwhile Max is focused on his cone

While I played with Max Dad perched himself on the cliff.

Dad has a rest

And lastly, one finally shot of my very happy little staffy.

Jezebel

I’m afraid there aren’t any photos of the bunny. We walked up it a way and I washed the salt off Max in the stream. But it is tree lines and it was very dark in there so any photos wouldn’t really have come out.

A year ago today

We went for a walk on Upton Heath and met our friend Jasper the lurcher.

The look of love

Max and I go to Lake Pier

Friday 30th September 2016

It was a sunny but blustery morning, and Jez didn’t want to come for a walk having found herself a patch of sun to lie in, so I took Max down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy.

The beach

You might just be able to spot him there waiting on the shoreline.

As I said, it was blustery and a windsurfer was taking full advantage of the wind.

Windsurfer

There were also quite a few people fishing from the pier.

On the pier

Max and I walked along the beach as I threw his cone in the water for him, and then we turned up the steps and walked around the cliff path. We came back to the beach and finally I took him up to the lake on Ham Common so that I could wash the salt off him. Here he is at the water’s edge.

Waiting

He was eager for a swim.

Swimming back to me

Bringing his cone back to me.

Rising out of the lake

And finally, not a great photo of Max, but I love the water arc produced by the swish of his tail.

With a swish of the tail Now you can see why I stand well back when he comes to the water’s edge. If I don’t I can get drenched.

A year ago today

We were out and about on Upton Heath.

Looking down across the heath

How quickly the weather can change

Tuesday 13th September 2016

It was a lovely sunny morning and, as the tides were good, I thought I’d take Jez and Max down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy for their walk. When we got down there there was no wind, the sea was like a mill pond and there were just a few fluffy white clouds in the sky. As usual I tried to walk along the main beach to the steps, the plan being to do the circular walk taking in the lake. But Jez didn’t want to do that and immediately headed for the small section of beach between the pier and the marine base. Here she enjoyed herself wading around in the water.

Jez by Lake Pier

We walked along the beach slowly and I spent time throwing Max’s cone for him. When we got to the big rowing boats that are always moored there there was a seagull perched on one of them.

Seagull

We pottered about on the beach and then started to walk slowly back to the pier. By this time there was more cloud around.

Boat

And by the time we got to the pier it was distinctly cloudy and the wind was getting up.

Pier

Which might not sound odd, but I am only talking about walking along a couple of hundred yards of beach, if that.

At the pier I got chatting to a photographer and while we talked we spotted a girl in a dry suit wading out into the sea, which looked a bit odd.

Wading out

It turned out she was collecting water samples. The photographer apparently takes portraits of people and as well as taking a photo of the girl he took one of me, laden down as I was with shoulder bag, leads, camera, shirt tied round my waste and ball thrower! As I hung around there the wind started to really get up and whip across the harbour. And this big cloud was coming our way.

A storm cloud moves in

Of course, Max still wanted to play.

Max

But I headed back to the car and spots of rain started to fall as we got there. We got home just in time. 5 minutes after we got in we found ourselves in the middle of a huge thunderstorm and torrential rain.

A year ago today

I had Dad and Pat for lunch. Here’s Pat with Max.

Pat and Max

In which Jezebel disgraces herself

Tuesday 16th August 2016

It was a hot sunny morning, the tides were right, so I took Jez and Max down to Lake Pier in Hamworthy this morning. It was beautiful down there.

A beautiful, calm morning at Lake Pier

We didn’t walk very far. Jez didn’t want to walk along the beach and soon turned back towards the pier as she likes the section of beach between the pier and the marine base. But the dogs made up for it by spending a lot of time in the sea. Here’s Jez, just before she turned back.

Jez in the sea

And here she is wading through the water.

Jez wades through the water

As usual I spent my time throwing cones for Max to retrieve.

Bringing back his cone

But he did pose nicely for this photo.

Throw the cone then Mum

Here’s a photo looking towards the pier.

Moored

And one taken under the pier.

Under the pier

We were down there for almost an hour before we headed back to the car. I had just shut both dogs in the back when some people came along with a year old staffy, so I opened the boot again. Jez and the staffy wanted to play, so I went to lift her out. I think what happened next is that the young staffy got scared when he saw Jez coming through the air towards him, so he started growling at her, at which point I put her back in the boot. It must have got her excited, however, as, while I was driving home, I spotted something white and fluffy flying through the air in the back of the car in my rear view mirror. When I got home I saw what it was.

What have you done to your duvet Jezebel?

Yes, Jez had ripped a hole in the duvet cover, then ripped the duvet and had proceeded to pull the filling out. As I said, she had disgraced herself. Fortunately the duvet was very old and I’ve been thinking of throwing it out for some time now.

A year ago today

I was taking photos in the garden. Here is a Holly Blue butterfly on my runner bean flowers.

Holly Blue butterfly on a runner bean flower

On the beach

Thursday 4th August 2016

The tides were right for us to go down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy this morning. I always check the tides as if the tide is out too far the beach is just mud and Max can’t get into the sea to play. And he likes being in the sea.

Max waits

Jez wades out into the water from time to time, but a lot of the time she just wanders along the beach, or, as in this photo, just sits.

Jez sitting on the beach

We walked the length of the beach and then went up the steps and headed for the lake on Ham Common.

Looking over Poole Harbour

Both dogs had another long spell in the lake as, although it was quite cloudy, it was also quite warm.

Jez and Max in the lake

Then we headed back to the beach. En route we met our lurcher friends Twink and Twiglet and walked with them. Back at the beach the tide was coming in rapidly and we met some people who were having fun messing about in boats.

Messing about in boats

Oh, and Max lost his cone in the sand!

What a daft dog he is!

A year ago today

We were also down at Lake Pier with my cousin Linda.

Max tries to anticipate where Linda's throwing the cone and gets it wrong