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

Broadstone Rec. in bloom

Friday 13th May 2016

What with poor weather and visiting my Dad on Wednesday (now a regular thing) I haven’t taken any more photos this week until today. As I was later with my walk today (I do my shopping first on a Friday) Jez decided she was coming with Max and I, so we went to Broadstone Rec. It was a bit chilly when we started out, although later the sun came out, which was nice.

This is the time of year when the trees and shrubs are in bloom at the Rec.

Firstly there’s the blossom.

Blossom

And then there’s the rhododendrons. We have purple..

. Rhododendron

… White …

Rhododendron

… and a purple bud.

Rhododendron bud

There are also some very colourful azaleas, such as this flame one…

Azalea

… and this yellow one.

Azalea

We had a nice little walk, although it was longer than I expected thanks to Jez leading the way: but then, what’s new?

Today was also our 34th Wedding anniversary. We didn’t go out, but we opened a bottle of champagne in the evening and I cooked Chris a new curry recipe for dinner, which was very tasty.

A year ago today

As an anniversary surprise I took Chris to see the Anthony Gormley ‘Land’ statue at Kimmeridge Bay.

Land, by Anthony Gormley

Deja Vu

Thursday 5th May 2016

Max and I had a nice sunny morning to walk at Upton Country Park.

Morning sunshine at Upton Country Park

I took a few photos to show the progress of spring, and only when I came to check them over and adjust them did I realise that they are virtually identical to the ones I took here last week! But I’ll share them anyway.

So we have the Woodland Walk (plus Max).

Spring in the Woodland Walk

Blackthorn blossom.

Blackthorn Blossom

And blossom in the old orchard.

Blossom

Sorry about that.

A year ago today

We met Moby on Canford Heath.

We finally meet Moby

Down by the river

Tuesday 3rd May 2016

The river in question is the River Stour at Cowgrove. Max and I hadn’t been there since the autumn, and as I had to go to Wimborne to pick up meds for Jez from the vet I thought it would make a nice change, especially as it was a nice morning.

The River Stour at Cowgrove

Of course Max was in his element. First of all we had a play at the playing place.

Bringing back the cones

And then a bit further on he had a swim.

Swim time

Here he is waiting for me to throw his cone again.

Max in the River Stour

It was nice to see that we are well into spring now. The blossom was looking lovely.

Blossom

And I was really pleased to see an Orange Tip butterfly.

Orange tip butterfly

The Red Ruby Devon cattle were getting in on the act too and there were two young calves in the field. This is one of them.

A new life

And then it was back round to the playing place before we headed back to Eye Bridge where we were parked.

River and clouds from Eye Bridge

Of course, we had to go over the bridge for a quick play in the river there before we headed back to the car.

Max on Eye Bridge

 

A year ago today

Max, Jez and I went for a walk on Canford Heath.

Like ships that pass in the night

Spring is coming to Upton Country Park

Thursday 28th April 2016

Max and I went to the Country Park for our walk this morning, before I headed on to my pilates class. The sun was out again and there were clear signs that spring is truly with us now.

The Woodland Walk is turning green.

Spring has come to the Woodland Walk

And some of the hawthorn now has its blossom.

Hawthorn Blossom

There’s blossom out in the old orchard too.

Blossom

Such a day makes one feel so much better.

A year ago today

We took my Dad to Moors Valley Country Park to see a Wildlife Photo exhibition. This is the lake there. The Lake

A spring walk at Kingston Lacy

Tuesday 19th April 2016

So we have been to see the bluebells at Badbury Rings, and we’ve been to see the bluebells at Pamphill, both of which are part of the National Trust Kingston Lacy estate, and today it was the turn of Kingston Lacy itself.

Kingston Lacy House

Max and I wandered across to the Woodland Walk, and today decided to explore the section north of the play area, towards the main road. It’s looked too muddy up until now to go that way. I have to say, though, it was a tad boring and I’m not sure I’ll bother again unless I’m looking for a slightly longer walk. There are nowhere near as many bluebells in the woods here, but there were one or two banks of them, like this one here.

Bluebells in the Woodland Walk

And I quite like this photo of the individual flowers.

Bluebells

Further on round the wild garlic is coming into flower, and the smell was really pungent.

Wild Garlic

Such a pretty little flower.

In the formal gardens the blossom is out: seen here with daffodils.

Blossom and daffodils

And here, on it’s own.

Blossom

The Japanese garden is starting to look pretty too.

Japanese Garden

And last, but by no means least, a near-perfect camellia bloom.

A near-perfect Camellia

Isn’t that beautiful?

A year ago today

I don’t have any photos of a year ago today, so instead I’ll include another one from a year ago yesterday: this time of Chesil Bank (leading out to Portland Bill) and The Fleet.

Chesil Bank and the Fleet

Spring flowers at Badbury Rings

Thursday 7th April 2016

Max and I went to Badbury Rings, the Iron Age fort near Wimborne, for our walk today. I made the mistake of not taking a hat scarf and gloves, and found myself in a freezing gale for a lot of the walk. I should have known better: it always blows well at Badbury Rings.

Anyway, the story of today’s walk is the spring flowers and blossom that we saw along the way.

First of all there was the Blackthorn Blossom which was to be found in a lot of the hedgerows.

Blackthorn Blossom

Did I mention that I’ve found out how to tell the difference between Blackthorn and Hawthorn at this time of year? Apparently Blackthorn gets its flowers before it gets it leaves, and Hawthorn gets its leaves before it gets its flowers.

We took out usual route, North out of the rings and then round through King Down farm and back to High Wood, to the east of the Rings. I had wanted to go to High Wood to see if the bluebells were out. First, though, I came across quite a lot of Wood Anemones: such a pretty little flower.

Wood Anemone

And then we came to the bluebells.

Bluebells

That was obviously taken in the big clearing. Here they are in the woods.

Bluebells in High Wood

And here’s a nice little scene comprising primroses and bluebells growing at the foot of a tree.

A woodland in spring

And, finally, here’s the obligatory photo of Max amongst the bluebells.

Max in the bluebells

They are still quite young, and haven’t yet developed that sickly-sweet perfume yet. I will have to go back both to these woods, and to Pamphill, to take more photos of them in the next few weeks.

A year ago today

We went to Upton Heath where we met our friend Janet with her old dog, Oakley, and her new dog, Jake.

Janet on her birthday