Jez organises her own hydro-fit

Thursday 15th September 2016

This morning I took the dogs for a walk along the River Stour at Cowgrove as I’d had to take Jez to the vet in Wimborne earlier for a cartrophen injection. We’d gone to Wimborne for it as Jez didn’t have a hydro-therapy session this week (they take place in the vets’ Bournemouth branch).

It was a very nice morning, as you can see.

A nice morning on the River Stour

And once Jez got in the river she set about wading around in quite deep water to make up for the lack of her organised session in the water walker.

Jez organises her own hydro-fit session

Max, meanwhile, just wanted to play cone.

Max in the river

As you may have guessed from that last photo I was out in the middle of the river with them. We had been playing there for some time when I turned round and realised that there was a Little Egret perched in a tree close by, watching us.

Little Egret perched in the tree watching us

After spending quite a while in the river we started to walk back to the car. In one of the fields along the way were some Red Devon cattle with their calves.

Red Devon and calves

And that was about it for our walk this morning. Jez still doesn’t feel up to tackling Eye Bridge, so we went straight back to the car.

A year ago today

We had a visitor in our garden: this lovely Common Darter.

Common Darter

Just me and Max this morning

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Jez did not want to come for a walk this morning, so I took Max to Upton Country Park. This morning we walked all the way around the park: I thought it would do us both good to have a bit more of a walk.

Here is Max enjoying the stream.

Max in the stream

He is going to be a very happy boy soon as the Sweet Chestnuts are coming along well.

This year's sweet chestnuts are coming along nicely

As we passed the lake I spotted a heron doing a spot of fishing. The lens on this camera would not allow me to get a close up though.

Heron on the lake

We walked on round and Max had another play in another bit of stream, and then we took the shoreline path. This was looking across the reed beds to Poole.

View across the reed beds

Where the shoreline path through the Country Park meets the cycle path to Poole there is a stone seat under a tree. Today it was providing much needed shade.

A shady seat

If you want to sit and rest there a while it provides a lovely view across Upton Lake to Poole.

View from the seat

We continued on round and cut up across the front lawn before walking back through the Woodland Walk to the stream for one last dip before we went back to the car.

A year ago today

We went down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy. It was a windy morning and a kite boarder was taking full advantage.

Kite surfing

We end up at the vet

Thursday 28th July 2016

Today I thought it would be nice to go to the River Stour at Eye Bridge, so that’s what Jez, Max and I did. Jez is still a bit stiff and sore so I didn’t expect it to be a long walk.

Walking along the river bank you could see all of the teasel starting to flower.

Teasel

We walked along to the bay where the dogs play and I decided not to join them in the water today. But I threw Max’s cone for him while Jez waded out into the middle of the river.

Max

I was surprised to see that a little egret didn’t seem at all bothered by her.

Little Egret

In fact, not only was it not bothered by her presence, but it was so intent on fishing that it kept walking towards her.

Little Egret

Fortunately Jez completely ignored it, and eventually came back to join me and Max.

She didn’t want to walk on round, so we headed back towards a car. By the cows’ field I stopped to chat to a lady with a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and while I did so one of the young cows wandered over. Jez got very excited and managed to fall over! When she got up she would hardly walk and her left elbow was stuck out much more than usual. So she hobbled back to the car and I drove her round to the vet. Here usual vet came and saw her and thought it was most probably a slight sprain, and prescribed rest. She really is in the wars this week.

A year ago today

Max and I went for a walk on Canford Heath where there were lots of puddles.

Even more puddles

We go to Delph Woods on a hot Sunday

Sunday 5th June 2016

Today was hot. There was no doubt about it. Even this blackbird took the opportunity to have a bit of a sun bath.

Blackbird taking a sun bath

It was also a bank holiday week-end, which meant places like the river and the beach were going to be crowded. So, despite the fact they had been there with Chris is the morning, I took the dogs to Delph Woods in the afternoon. For one thing, there is lots of shade there.

Delph Woods

For another, there is lots of water for them to cool down, which is precisely what Jez is doing here.

Jez wades across the lake

Of course, Max went in the water too, but he just wanted me to throw his cones for him.

Max in the lake

After the dogs had cooled down in the lake we walked to the Scout Field and sat down. We’d only been there a few minutes when our friend Judy came along with Jasper, the lurcher.

Judy and Jasper

Here’s another photo of Jasper.

Jasper

We sat in the shade talking for ages, while I threw the ball for Max.

Max studies his ball

Who duly bought it back.

Max, ball in mouth

Meanwhile Jez posed nicely for me.

Jez

And then, when we decided we’d been there for quite a long time, we walked back to the car with Judy and Jasper. A lazy, but very pleasant afternoon.

A year ago today

I think I made a mistake yesterday and post a photo from a year ago today (Lychett Bay). So today I will post from 2 years ago today again, when Jez and I were staying with my Dad and took a little trip out to Keyhaven in Hampshire.

Keyhaven harbour

Max and I go to Upton Heath

Monday 23rd May 2016

After a dismal week-end when I didn’t take any photos, Max and I walked over to Upton Heath this morning. For a change we headed up the Roman Road, only to be met by a fallen tree.

Tree Down

Fortunately we were able to duck underneath it, and we continued on up until we turned out onto the heath.

Upton Heath panorama

We walked up to the viewpoint and then across the top of the hill and around the back of it where Max headed for the small, boggy pool he likes. Here he is standing in the gorse waiting for me.

Max in the gorse

Fortunately he didn’t get too dirty today. We continued on down the hill and towards the bottom we me Dawn with Henry and Addy. I haven’t seen her for ages and so we spent ages chatting. As we talked I could hear a Stonechat making a lot of noise close by, and after we left her I managed to spot it and get a photo.

Stonechat

After that we walked onto the pond where I threw cones for Max, and then headed home. By the time we got back we’d been out about 2 hours!

A year ago today

We walked around Creekmoor ponds and I took this photo of Jez.

Portrait of Jez

Pre-pilates at the Country Park

Thursday 19th May 2016

As usual on a Thursday Max and I walked at Upton Country Park this morning. This was the view over Upton Lake towards Poole as we walked around.

View over Upton Lake to Poole

Max likes the Country Park: he gets to play in the stream.

Waiting for his cone

Today we saw the buzzard – we haven’t seen him (or is it her) for ages.

Its been a while since we've seen the buzzard on his perch

The blossom was looking rather nice this morning.

Blossom

And here’s a shot of the blossom looking up through the branches of the trees.

Blossom covered branches

And lastly for today, we came across this lovely rhododendron as we walked through the gardens.

Rhododendron

A year ago today

I grabbed the camera when I saw this blackbird sunbathing in the garden.

Playing dead

A morning walk by the river

Tuesday 17th May 2016

It was quite a nice day today, and Jez wanted to come for a walk, so I decided that we would go to the River Stour at Eyebridge. My thinking was that if we only went to where the dogs play in the river and then back again it would be about the right length walk for Jez.

Walking along the path we found the horses were lined up having their breakfast (or more likely a mid-morning snack).

Eating in line

I was rather surprised to see a pair of Mandarin Ducks on the river. Here is the male looking very resplendent.

Mandarin Duck

Jez was happy to be back by the river as she hadn’t been there for some time. And once we got to the playing place she was soon in the water cooling down.

Jez cools down

Meanwhile I was busy throwing cones for Max. Here he is picking one out of the water.

Collecting his cones

And bringing his two cones back.

Bringing back the cones

After we had played for a while we headed back to the car. I took some photos of the comfrey that is now in flower near the playing place. There is purple comfrey…

Comfrey

… and white comfrey.

Comfrey

Back at the ford a lady had just pulled up in a car and was about to get her dogs out. She had 4 Golden Retreivers: Grandad, Mum, Son and Daughter. Here they all are waiting to start their walk.

Grandad, Mum, Son & Daughter waiting to go for their walk

Aren’t they lovely?

A year ago today

Jez, Max and I went to Pamphill in the afternoon to see the bluebells.

"The Bluebell"