Teddy’s first week home

Sunday 11th – Saturday 17th June 2017

Teddy has settled in very well during his first week with us. The first two nights he slept on the sofa in the living room as he wouldn’t come upstairs. On the Monday he discovered he could do stairs after all and spent a lot of his time running up and down them. After that he slept on a duvet on the floor for one night, and then on my bed thereafter. We have to watch him first thing in the morning though, as if you don’t take him outside quick enough he can’t hold it any longer and wees on the carpet. He hasn’t learnt how to ask to go out yet.

On Teddy’s first full day with us Chris took him for a walk in the morning and then in the afternoon I took him over to Upton Heath. We walked over, as I used to do with Jez and Max when they were younger, and then walked up the Roman Road and out onto the heath. Here is Teddy at the top of the hill.

Teddy on top of Upton Heath

Looking into the camera.

Teddy in close-up

It was quite breezy, and every now and then as we walked down the hill he’d stop and gaze out across the heath. Well, he is a sight hound after all.

Teddy with the wind in his fur

And here’s another one of him.

Teddy

I’ve not been taking photos every day. But as the temperatures started to rise we took Teddy out early in the morning and then to Delph Woods, where there is lots of shade and water, in the afternoon. This was taken on Wednesday afternoon when it was time for a drink in the stream in Delph Woods.

Time for a drink

Another close up.

Teddy

And one more of him in the woods.

Teddy

On Thursday afternoon I took the EOS 6D into the garden to get some photos after Chris bought Teddy home from his walk.

Teddy in the garden

And my favourite – Snoozing with his head in the daisies.

Shhh! Teddy's asleep

On Friday morning it was overcast and I took Teddy down to Lychett Bay. No photos of Teddy from today, although he did have to try out the seaweed, but a couple of the boats down there. As you can see the tide was out.

Boats at low tide

And I quite liked this photo of a rowing boat.

Stranded

And lastly, a photo from Friday afternoon which shows just how much Teddy is settling in.

Teddy dozing

That’s it for this week, but I hope you’re going to enjoy my new adventures with Teddy.

And a cold start to 2017

Sunday 1st January – Saturday 7th January 2017

The cold spell has been continuing into the new year, although we had some rather welcome sunshine on Monday 2nd January. To celebrate Max and I went for a walk on Upton Heath as usual on a Monday.

New Year - Same old pond

Near the pond we met the 3 Weimeraners, including Hazel who had one of her usual ‘small’ sticks. Here she is having a good old chew at it.

Hazel's found herself a stick

We walked on round the lower heath and when we got to the Roman Road Max got in the stream as usual. The light on his was lovely.

Max in the stream

And lastly for today, here is a shot of the Roman Road where the stream crosses it.

The Roman Road in winter

On Tuesday it was a cold and frosty start, so I chose to take Max out to Kingston Lacy. When we got there Max was a bit worried by the warning sign at the entrance.

The sign has got Max a bit worried

But he needn’t have worried as the paths weren’t slippery at all. The grounds were looking lovely in the frost and sunlight though.

A clear, frost morning

This photo was taken along the Cedar Avenue.

Sun throught the cedars

As was this one of a frosted bench.

Frosted seat

These frosty leaves also caught my eye.

Frosty leaves

It was only towards the end of our walk that we began to see many other people. This couple passed us as we walked through the gardens, though.

Waling through the gardens

We walked on round to the Japanese garden, which looked nice in the frost and sun.

The Japanese Garden

And I rather liked the light and shade around this little ornament.

Stone ornament

After that we continued on through the woodland walk and finally back to the car.

Wednesday I went to see my Dad as usual and on Thursday we once again had a heavy frost so I decided to take Max down to Lychett Bay. The tide was out and the shoreline was rather icy.

An icy Lychett Bay at low tide

Max was not happy as he couldn’t get anywhere near the water.

Max is not happy that the tide is out

We walked on round to the small beach at Turlin Moor, where the boats looked lovely in the still water.

Reflections on a cold morning

Round here the seaweed on the beach was frozen.

Frozen seaweed

As was the fishing gear left in the boats.

Fishing nets and float Frosted float

There was also frost over this discarded bag left on the beach.

Discarded

Max finally managed to get down to the water round here, but he also got very muddy paws in the process.

Mr Muddy Paws!

After that we headed back to the car but before we left we went to see the new viewing platform that has been built overlooking the bay.

The new viewing platform

And this is the view it gives.

Lychett Bay from the viewing platform

And one last photo from our walk: a frozen seed head.

Frosty seedhead

You may be wondering where Jez was while Max and I were doing all this walking. Well, she was busy snoozing in the sun at home.

Jez snoozing in the sun

And who can blame her?

A year ago

From the same week a year ago I’ve chosen this photo, taken out at Badbury Rings, which is also part of the National Trust Kinston Lacy estate.

Circle of light

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

Max is in trouble again

Wednesday 31st August 2016

Today, being Wednesday, I went to visit my Dad in the morning. After I had finished all the bits and pieces he had for me to sort out we took the dogs down to Mudeford Quay as I wanted to do some filming for Chris’ company. We parked, and before I got the tripod out of the car (it weighs a ton!) I walked the dogs over to the water’s edge so that they could get in the sea. As you can see, the weather was very different to yesterday as it was overcast and there was quite a cold wind blowing.

Mudeford Harbour

My thought was that if they went in the water first they would calm down and then I could get the tripod and we could walk around the quay. So here is Max in the water. As usual he is waiting for me to throw something for him.

Waiting for his cone

After the dogs had had a paddle I went and got the tripod and we headed for the quay. That’s Dad in the photo below walking towards the quay.

Mudeford Harbour

I put the dogs on the lead and as I had a heavy tripod with camera attached in my left hand I gave Jez to Dad and I kept hold of Max. And what a good job I did. Jez wandered around like a good little dog. Max was a total nightmare. He pulled and pulled on the lead the whole time and it took all my strength just to hold onto him. It was not a pleasant experience. I did manage to get some film but was so busy struggling to control Max that I got the exposure wrong. At least some of it was usable though.

Eventually I gave up and  headed back to the car via the sea again. Here’s Jez having a paddle.

Jez has a paddle

And one last photo of Max.

Max on the little beach

I won’t be doing that again in a hurry.

A year ago today

Max and I had a bit of a wet walk on Upton Heath. Here is a Grisette that I spotted on our walk.

Grisette

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.

Jez

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

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

Linda & I go on a Poole Harbour boat trip

Friday 22nd July 2016

Friday morning was pretty much like every Friday morning: grocery shopping followed by Jez’s hydroptherapy. The only difference was that this week Linda came with me. In the afternoon, however, while Chris took the dogs out, Linda and I went down to Poole Quay in order to take a boat trip around Poole Harbour. This sailing ship was moored up against the quay when we got there.

Queen Galadriel

As you can see, it was a beautiful, hot day. At first we thought we were going to be unlucky as we had just missed one boat, but then we found that one of the Brownsea Island boats goes out to the island and then on round the harbour. This was ideal as it also gave us the option of getting off at Brownsea Island and having a short walk around.

Linda bought our tickets and the boat trip was soon underway. I took this photo of Poole Quay boat haven as we passed.

Poole Quay Boat Haven

And here’s one of the Brownsea Island ferries returning to the quay.

Brownsea Island Ferry

We were sat on the top deck of the boat in the sun and the breeze, so it was a lovely trip.

Linda

As it was such a lovely day there were lots of boats out in the harbour, both sail…

Sail boat

…and power.

Power boat

At Brownsea Island, where Baden Powell held the very first Scout camp, we made our way to the viewpoints. Here you can see the chain ferry that goes between Sandbanks and the Studland Peninsula.

Sandbanks to Studland Chain Ferry

And here is a panorama of the Studland Peninsula.

Studland Peninsula and Poole Harbour

We didn’t have time to walk too far but in the end walked around for over and hour before we made our way back to the National Trust shop and bought an ice cream before catching the last boat (at 5pm). As we left we passed the old castle entrance. The castle, which is now a private hotel, was built by Henry VIII as a defensive fort in the 1540s.

Castle Entrance

The trip around the harbour was lovely and there was an interesting commentary. This was Newton Bay.

Newton Bay

The problem was the light and direction of the sun wasn’t great for photography, so I scrapped most of the photos I took. Here we are coming back towards Poole Docks and the Quay.

Poole docks and quay

And here is Poole Quay.

Poole Quay

I also have a very nice photo of Linda.

Linda

We eventually got home around 6.30pm. Linda had thought I’d overdone it when I bought a 4 hour car park ticket, but we needed all 4 hours of it. It was a bit late to start cooking when we got in, so Chris went and picked up Fish & Chips, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Before that, though, there was time for Linda and I to raise a glass of fizz.

Me and Linda

A year ago today

We were at Wareham Forest, and there were some big black clouds.

Jez heads towards the viewpoint