Where’s the summer gone?

Sunday 30th August to Saturday 5th August 2017

Where indeed! Once again the weather has not been great this week.

Sunday wasn’t too bad, although as you can see from this shot over Upton Heath, there was an awful lot of cloud around.

Upton Heath in July

But it didn’t stop Teddy from posing for me at the top of the hill.

Teddy on top of the hill

We were back over the heath again on Monday morning, when there was more cloud, although today it was lighter and interspersed with sunshine. Teddy was posing again: this time in the old pits.

Teddy poses in the old pits

Tuesday we went to Badbury Rings and got rained on from time to time. It was another grey day with flat light, so I didn’t get any photos. I did call in at the vet surgery and weigh Teddy on the way home and was pleased to see that he hasn’t put on any weight in the past month. It must be all the exercise!

Wednesday was wet – very wet at times. I went to my Dad’s in the morning and then took Teddy to Broadstone Rec in the afternoon. Here he is next to the war memorial.

At the war memorial

The first part of our walk was mainly under the trees which were dropping large blobs of water on us. Teddy soon turned into a spotty dog.

Rain from the trees on Teddy's coat

Once we got to the playing fields and Teddy had enjoyed himself chasing the seagulls it started to rain a lot harder. It wasn’t helped by the fact that the wind was driving the rain across the football pitches. Teddy didn’t care – he was too busy playing. And I wasn’t too bothered as I had gone out in full waterproofs. But Teddy was in a pretty sorry state by the end of our walk.

Wet dog at the end of his walk

Thursday we went over to Canford Heath where Teddy met lots of dogs to play with. I was too busy chatting to take photos though.

And so onto Friday when the sun came back out for a while and we walked over Upton Heath.

Looking across the lower heath

And then there was Saturday. It was quite a nice morning and early afternoon. I left home about 3pm and drove Teddy to Upton Heath in full sun. I could see lots of black clouds around though. I parked the car and as we got out I thought, “What’s that noise?”. It was incessant thunder! So having walked a few yards to the entrance to Upton Heath we turned round and got back in the car and came home again. And it was a good job we did, since as soon as we got home a massive thunderstorm hit. Within 15 minutes everywhere was flooded. Then it stopped as quickly as it had started so Teddy and I ventured out again.

Back to Upton Heath, and we walked up the Roman Road and then out onto the heath. As you can see, there was still rain around.

The view over Upton Heath

We only had a few more spits and spots though. Here’s Teddy having a bit of a look around as we came down the hill.

Teddy likes to explore

And here is a view coming down the hill.

As we head down the hill

At the pond Teddy had to stop and have a drink.

Time for a drink

And then we walked around the lower heath. But you can tell how much rain we’ve had over the past few days: the Roman Road is flooded again.

The Roman Road is flooded again

Let’s hope the rest of August improves.

Among the autumn leaves

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Apologies for all the delays in posting everyone, but things have been all upside down with the kitchen being replaced. I’m pleased to say we’re back to normal now though, so at some stage I will post photos.

Anyway, back to the 22nd November, and Jez, Max and I went to Broadstone Rec. for our walk. Here is the angel with the autumn leaves as a backdrop and the floral tributes from Armistice Day at her feet.

The angel in autumn

Jez and Max were in amongst the fallen leaves too.

Jez and Max in the atumn leaves

And here’s Max on his own.

Max in the autumn leaves

It was a nice sunny morning…

Jez and Max

.. which meant I was able to get some photos of the dogs on the playing fields. Here they are together.

Guess who has got a treat in her hand

And Jez on her own, looking happy.

Happy dog

Here’s Mr Grumpy.

Mr Grumpy

And, of course, there’s always one has close their eyes and spoil a good photo.

Daft dog!

Walking on around I loved the bright yellow of this blackberry leaf, lit by the sun.

Autumn yellow

And finally for today, Max on the path through the heath as we headed back to the car.

Max on the heath

It had been a very pleasant walk.

A year ago today

I took a photo looking across Creekmoor Ponds in the late afternoon light.

Late afternoon at Creekmoor Ponds

Autumn at Broadstone Rec.

Friday 28th October 2016

Today we went to Broadstone Rec. for our walk. It is quite convenient on a Friday as I do my grocery shopping before I take the dogs out.

This week the leaves are really starting to turn. This was our view of the war memorial.

The angel in Autumn

Walking on round the acer is finally starting to turn in the gardens, although it is still not completely red.

In the gardens

And here’s one of the trees alongside the path. I think it’s a beech from the shape of the leaves.

Autumn Colours

We did a fairly full circuit today, taking in the playing fields and coming back around the heath. Here is a view across the heath.

Looking out over the heath

And finally, Jez having a rest near the children’s playground.


It’s always a nice little walk.

A year ago today

Max and I went for a walk on Canford Heath.

Max in the stream

The leaves are starting to turn

Tuesday 18th October 2016

I wasn’t sure we’d get a walk in this morning as I had to take Max for another check-up. I’m pleased to say he’s fine and will go back next Monday to have his stitches out.

I was home in time, though, to take both dogs to Broadstone Rec. Once again I kept the walk quite short for Max. I was expecting the leaves to have started turning more, but most are still green. There are hints of autumn in the air though, as you can see from this photo of the angel.

The angel in autumn

I found this leaf near the children’s playground.


As you can see, the trees there have a more autumnal feel to them.

Autumn at Broadstone Rec

And that’s it for today. As I said, just a short walk.

A year ago today

It was a nice sunny afternoon for a walk up the Roman Road to Pine Springs.

A sunny afternoon at Pinesprings


Monday 26th to Thursday 29th September 2016

I’m really sorry about the absence of posts. Hopefully this one will start to explain at least one of the reasons why I have been a little distracted of late. Plus I don’t seem to be taking that many photos, partly due to the overcast weather and very flat light on a lot of days recently. In fact, a lot of the time I’ve been going out without a camera, so only have iPhone photos if I spot something of interest.

Monday was a good example. Max and I went over Upton Heath for our walk. It was a bit of a dull day and I didn’t take the camera. I didn’t really see anything of interest to photograph either, so all I have is a shot of Max standing in the pond.

Max waits in the pond

And then onto that hole. I can’t remember if I mentioned that last week I decided that the ‘stain’ on our hall carpet was actually a growing damp patch. I pulled back the carpet to find the floorboards were soaked though, indicating we had a water leak under the floor. On Tuesday our plumber came. He started taking up the floor in the hall, but it soon became apparent that the leak was actually under the kitchen floor, so that had to come up too.

The mess in our kitchen

As you may be able to see, the floor is soaked though. There is no obvious leak so a pipe must just be weeping. But it’s been doing it for a long time so before anything else can happen we have to wait for the floor to dry out. This was the situation on the Thursday.

Holes in our floor

Although normally we have a board down across it so that we can walk in and out of the kitchen.

Our temporary flooring

As I write this we are still waiting for it to completely dry out.

So moving onto our Thursday walk we went to Broadstone Rec. I was hoping the leaves might show signs of turning, but on the whole they are still green. I did find this maple leaf on the ground though.

Maple leaf

And this little cluster of oak leaves.

Oak leaves

And I was rather touched by this small personal remembrance left at the War Memorial.

In memoriam - left at the war memorial

I’m not sure if you can read the note, but its in remembrance of the person’s uncle who was killed on 27th September 1916 at aged 25.

A year ago today

On 29th September Max and I were out walking on Canford Heath.

Heading across the heath

We go to Broadstone Rec.

Friday 16th September 2016

After I’d done my grocery shopping this morning I took the dogs to Broadstone Rec. for their walk. As usual, we parked by the cricket pitch and started of by walking up the hill and round past the war memorial. Today I have taken a different view of the memorial, showing the relief along one side.

A different view of the war memorial

I thought I might start to get some autumnal photos here, but summer is still lingering, so instead you will have to make do with Max having a little rest with his ball between his paws.

Time to rest with his ball

And they were the only photos from our walk. I do have one other photo from today, though: of Jez relaxing on her bed later on in the day.

Let sleeping dogs lie

I called that one ‘Let sleeping dogs lie’.

There are no photos from a year ago today.

A short walk today

Thursday 11th August 2016

We went to Broadstone Rec. for our walk this morning. I wanted somewhere where we could take it nice and easy as Max was at the vet for his X-Rays yesterday and I suspected he might be a bit stiff and sore from being pulled about.I was right, too. Neither dog wanted to walk very far and in the end we only walked around the paths that run around the cricket pitch and past the war memorial.

As for the war memorial, it was looking lovely in the sunshine.

Broadstone War Memorial

And here is a close up of the angel I like so much.

The angel

We walked around to the children’s playground and then sat on a seat chatting with some people for quite a while, during which time Jez took the opportunity to say hello to every dog that came along. And then we moved onto the cricket pitch and sat in the sun for a while. Jez decided to pull stupid expressions when I pointed the camera at her.

Jez looks happy

But I got a much better photo of Max.

Max rests after playing

As for Max’s X-ray results yesterday, they were not good. Apparently two sections of his spine have just about fused together, making his back very stiff. But the real issue is with his hips. The left hip has significant arthritic change. And the right hip … well the right hip barely exists any more. What remains of the ball joint appears to be sitting outside of what remains of the socket. The vet said this may actually result in less pain as bone isn’t rubbing against bone. But she was surprised that he still seems to have a good range of movement in the joint with no obvious evidence of pain. For now she’s going to forward his X-rays to an orthopaedic specialist, so we will wait to see what they say.

I’ll leave you with one last photo of Max which was actually taken on Friday 12th August. Clearly he got confused as to whether he should lie on or under his bed!

Max, you're supposed to lie on top of the bed Silly dog!

A year ago today

Max and I were walking on Canford Heath when I spotted two roe deer. Here’s one of them.

A roe deer keps a wary eye on us

We go to Broadstone Rec

Tuesday 12th July 2016

This morning I took the dogs to Broadstone Rec. As there’s not always a huge amount to photograph there I contented myself with photos of Jez and Max today. So, here’s Jez on the playing fields.


While Jez had a rest I threw Max’s ball for him.

Max returns with his ball

But in the end he decided he needed a rest too.

Max with his ball

As we left the playing fields and walked on round Jez tried to leave the Rec. and head out onto the road where we had parked when we went to the fun day the other week. She did not want to go the way I wanted her too. In the end she had one of her lay-down protests, and Max joined her.

Jez and Max rest in the shade

We were there for ages before I could move her on and eventually get home.

A year ago today

There are no photos from a year ago today, so this one is of Upton Heath from a year ago yesterday.

Looking out over Poole and Upton Heath

Trees and Dogs at Broadstone Rec.

Tuesday 5th July 2016

For our walk this morning we went to Broadstone Rec. Jez hadn’t wanted to walk much yesterday so I wanted to go somewhere where she could take it easy. As usual we walked followed the path round to the north of the cricket pitch, and I paused at the war memorial and took a moment to think of those who fought at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. In the gardens a bit further on I noticed how pretty is this tree that is in flower next to the acer.


We continued on and Jez led us past the children’s playground and down the central path towards the sports fields. There is a maple along here that is beautiful in autumn. I realised, though, that it is beautiful in summer too.


A little further along the path we met our friends Twink (the lurcher) and Twiglet (the whippet). They are lovely dogs and Jez is always excited to see them.

Jez with her friends Twink and Twiglet

And I loved the way Twink lay on the path with her front paws crossed.


I chatted with their owner for quite a while and then we walked on to the playing fields, where, for the sake of fairness, I took this photo of Max.


And then we headed back through the woods to the cricket pitch and the car. It might not have been a long walk in terms of distance, but we managed to take over 90 minutes walking it.

A year ago today

We went to the River Stour at Cowgrove.

Jez in the River Stour

In search of some shade

Sunday 3rd July 2016

It was Jezebel who was in search of some shade, and it was surprising as we’ve hardly had any sun this summer. We’ve had an awful lot of cloud and quite a bit of rain, but not a lot of sun.

This afternoon I suggested we take the dogs to the Broadstone Fun Day and dog show. It was overcast when we left home and there was a bit of a chill breeze, but when we got to Broadstone Rec and were out of the wind the sun came out. Which meant that poor little Jez got a bit hot. Of course, Max most probably got hot as well, but it doesn’t seem to bother him as much. Jez’s heart condition doesn’t help. So Jez spent a lot of her time in search of shade.

Here she found some in the stand for the local jewellers.

Jez rests in Forum Jewellers tent

The ladies on the stand were very nice and didn’t mind her being there at all. She also did her usual trick of looking for shade next to cars.

More shade to rest in - this time provided by a car

And one final photo of her – the best one of the day.

Happy dog

We must have wandered around for just over an hour before we headed home again, but it had made a nice little outing for a change.

A year ago today

It was hot and sunny and Jez, Max and I went to Delph Woods in search of shade.

Max and Jez