A cold but sunny end to the month

Tuesday 20th to Wednesday 28th February 2018

Tuesday 20th saw us on Canford Heath, in the sun, where we met our friends Brian and Poppy. Brian is a Staffie/Shar Pei cross.

Brian and Poppy

Come Saturday we were back on Upton Heath. Here is a slightly windswept Teddy…

A windswept Teddy

… and a more posed version.

Teddy

They were taken on the Friday, and on Saturday we were back on a lovely, sunny heath.

We had sunshine for our walk

Teddy in the sunshine

On Sunday we went to Canford Heath, where I snapped this shot of Teddy, the moon, and the police helicopter.

Teddy, the moon and the NPAS helicopter

This next photo is of Teddy by a felled tree that he always likes to go and stand by. I’ve since found out that Chris has a habit of sitting on it when he’s walking him.

Teddy loves to go and stand by this tree

On Monday we met Teddy’s friend, Marley, on Upton Heath. Marley may only have 3 legs but that doesn’t slow him down and he and Teddy had great fun racing around together.

Teddy's friend Marley (only 3 legs doesn't stop him from racing around)

Tuesday 27th was my Dad’s 91st birthday, so I drove over to see him and took him to the Cliff Top café in Highcliffe for a cup of hot chocolate.

Hot chocolate time Dad on his 91st birthday

In the afternoon I took Teddy to Canford Heath and we ended up getting caught in flurries on snow.

We had a small flurry of snow on our walk

Which gave me the opportunity to get a photo of a Teddy paw print.

Teddy's pawprint

This next photo was taken when we got home, and is another is the series ‘Teddy likes to lie in some funny places’.

Teddy lies in some funny places

And lastly for February are some photos taken from a cold walk on Canford Heath on the last day of the month. There was ice on the pond near the entrance.

Frozen pond

Along the old pit road the council are clearing a lot of trees and shrubs.

Cutting down trees along the pit road

This photo of a branch on a frozen puddle was taken on the old Coach Road.

Frozen branch

Here’s Teddy posing

Teddy posing

And ice on the stream.

Frozen stream

And that’s it for February.

Teddy has been in the wars

Thursday 1st – Friday 16th February 2018

Well February started out ok. Here is Teddy with his friend Louis and Louis’ Mum, Tina, on a nice sunny morning on Canford Heath.

With our friends Tina and Louis

Then on the 2nd Teddy and I went over to Upton Heath for our walk, where Teddy posed to show off his nice collar.

Teddy shows off his new collar

En route home Teddy had a very brief run in with a white, aggressive German Shepherd that lives around here, but at the time I thought nothing of it. We got home and had snuggles on the sofa in the sun.

Snuggling in the sunshine Kisses for his Mum

And then Chris walked in and said, “What’s that on his side?” And, as you can see, that was a large hole.

Oh no! How did I miss that?

So it was off to the vet pretty sharpish. I had to leave Teddy who needed sedation and stitching. He was bright enough when I bought him home, though, and hadn’t lost his appetite.

All stitched up

The vet who stitched him up said he thought it was a dog bite, hence my comment about the German Shepherd. And if Teddy was scared of them before, he’s even worse now.

Other than that, Teddy was fine. Her he is posing on the bed in one of Chris’ old t-shirts (to stop him licking his wound).

Chillaxing on the bed in Dad's T-shirt

And on the sofa

Sun puddle

On 5th February I had to take him back to the vet for a check-up, so for our walk we went out to Kingston Lacy. The house was looking nice, as ever, in the sun.

Kingston Lacy house

And in the gardens the snowdrops were out.

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

My birthday fell on a Wednesday, so I went to see my Dad as usual in the morning. In the afternoon I took Teddy over to Canford Heath for a walk. That’s Jezebel’s old coat he’s wearing, which is why it’s a bit small. It protects his wound while he’s out, however. As you can see, he’s starting to look a bit shaggy.

Teddy is starting to look a bit shaggy

At the weekend we had a bit of a cold snap, and the pool by the boardwalk on Upton Heath was slightly frozen.

Frozen pond

The following week-end (beginning on 16th Feb) my cousin and her husband were supposed to come to stay, but on the Thursday our boiler packed up and needed major repair which couldn’t be done until the following week. So we were left without central heating and had to cancel our visitors. We did go down to Poole on the Friday evening, however, to see their Festival of Lights. I have to say we were really disappointed. To say we were underwhelmed would be and overstatement. I took the camera, though, and so here’s a photo of Chris and Teddy under one of the installations on Poole High Street.

Teddy and Chris under one of the installations

The only decent installation was a squirrel on Poole Quay.

Squirrel Squirrel

Squirrel

And for good measure I took a photo of Poole Quay itself.

Poole Quay

Not much to talk about

1st – 31st January 2018

I’m really sorry everyone, but it’s been one of those months when I’ve hardly taken any photos as all. Life also followed it’s usual, predictable pattern during the month so there ha been nothing really to post about. As we start February, though, I’ve edited the few photos I did take and can share them with you now.

So 2018 dawned cold, wet and miserable here. Just to prove it, here are the Exmoor ponies on Upton Heath on 2nd January.

Exmoor Ponies

I got very excited at the beginning of January as a pair of bullfinches decided that they would visit my feeders.

Bullfinch

On Sunday 7th January Teddy and I went to Canford Heath for our afternoon walk, and once again we were treated to some beautiful skies. This was the view over Poole.

Cloudbank over Poole

And a couple more of the skies over the heath that day.

Canford Heath skies

Canford Heath skies

As the weather improved a bit so the first crocuses came out. I took this photo on 19th January in Creekmoor.

Early crocuses

And here is a photo of Teddy from that same walk, as he surveys the old pits on Upton Heath.

Teddy surveys the old pits

On 30th January we had a beautiful sunny morning and for a change I took Teddy down to Lake Pier, which is in Poole Harbour. I used to go there a lot with Max who loved the sea, but Teddy is not so fussed and as it’s not a very long walk I’ve only taken him once. Here he is on the beach.

On the beach

We walked up onto Ham Common and met a beautiful boy: Wellington the English Mastiff.

Wellington

I’m told he’s what’s known as an apricot brindle.

After we walked around part of Ham Common we headed back to the beach and I threw stones into the water for Teddy. Here he is hunting for one of them.

Looking for his stone

And a lovely one of him reflected in the mill-pond like sea.

Two Teddies

I quite liked this silhouette of the pier.

Lake Pier

And I will leave you today with a clip of Teddy sniffing around in the sea.

 

Cold and wet for the end of December

26th to 30th December 2017

The Christmas period was miserable and wet, although not particularly cold. By Thursday, though, the skies and cleared and the temperature dropped. So when Teddy and I went for our walk on Canford Heath on Thursday mornings there were large, frozen puddles everywhere.

Teddy on a cold Canford Heath

Frozen puddles on Canford Heath

At least all the muddy bits were frozen for me to walk on though, so neither me nor Teddy got too dirty.

The same could not be said of Teddy on Saturday, however. We had had more wet weather and so it was muddy for our walk on Upton Heath. I was really surprised at how clean he stayed as we walked round. Until we got to the silver birch grove on the lower heath, that is, at which point we met Lexi, a 6 month old Rotweiller/Mastiff cross. They had a good play. Unfortunately they played in the muddiest, wettest part of the heath! I dread to think how long it took Lexi’s owner to get her clean: she was rolling and sliding in the mud as Teddy chased her. Teddy stayed upright, but just look at the state of him at the end of it.

Someone's been playing in the mud

He did not appreciate being hosed off when we got home.

And so another year ends. Happy New Year to everyone.

It Turns cold

Sunday 10th to Saturday 16th December 2017

On Sunday Teddy and I walked on Canford Heath. It was dull and miserable, so I didn’t take the camera. I did take this photo of Teddy resting after his walk when we got home though.

Teddy resting after his walk

He’s a funny dog. Amongst other things he has a strange idea about what makes a good pillow.

Well that's a strange pillow

Tuesday was cold and icy, and I took the better camera when we walked on Canford Heath. As we walked past the scuzzy pond near the Gravel Hill entrance I was taken by the sunlight on the trees and ice.

Sunlight and ice

Here’s Teddy backlit by the sun.

Teddy in the sunshine

And a colour photo of the trees that I shared last week in black and white.

Alongside the pit lane

And a different black and white one of them.

Trees in black and white

Out on the heath the puddles were frozen solid in pretty patterns.

Ice 1

Ice 2

We walked across the heath in front of the old pit, and then into the woods on the other side, where I loved the effect of the sunlight through the trees.

Winter sunlight through the trees

In the trees there was a huge birch bracket fungus. Although I took a photo of it last week, this one is better.

Birch bracket fungus

We turned back across the heath where I took this photo of Teddy by one of the frozen puddles.

Teddy on a cold heath

He was having a lot of trouble with that ice. He’s race off and then hit a frozen puddle and legs would go in all directions. And either playing on the ice or playing with dogs earlier he managed to cut his back leg. It has taken ages to heal as he kept opening it up, but is just about better now.

On Saturday we went over to Upton Heath as normal. It was still very cold but the skies were good again.

Sundown over Upton Heath

And so we head towards the Winter Solstice and Christmas.

Playing with black and white

Sunday 3rd December to Saturday 9th September 2017

Before you get too worried if you’re not a fan of black and white, there are colour photos in here too, but this week I have been watching a course on black and white photography on Lynda.com so have been practicing.

The first photo is in colour, though, and is of a piece of bark which caught my eye when Teddy and I walked on Canford Heath on Sunday afternoon.

Coloured bark

Up on South Walk Teddy was posing for me.

Teddy posing

He even sat down – something that’s very rare.

Teddy sitting down (a rare occurence - he doesn't sit)

As usual, though, it was only as a prelude to lying down, as you can see (he didn’t even want to play with the little cockerpoo).

Teddy goes to lie down but the Cockerpoo wants to play

A few minutes later we met our friend John and his dog Eddie, and while we talked I took photos of the view.

Dramatic skies over Poole

When I turned around, though, this was the sight that greeted me.

Rainbow

Later as we walked across the heath the sun was setting behind the trees.

The sun sets behind the trees

And so onto some black and white photos (I’ve not shared all of them – there are a few more on Flickr). These trees are along the path as we head towards the old pit.

Tangled trees

And here’s Teddy on the heath.

Teddy on the heath

On Friday we were on Upton Heath, and I was taken by the long shadows from the trees and old concrete structure along what was once the railway line.

Long shadows along the old railway line

And now it’s back to colour for the silver birch grove on a cold morning.

The silver birch grove in winter

Autumn colours were in evidence along the Roman Road, though.

Leaf fall along the Roman Road

And one last photo – another rainbow. This time taken as we headed for the heath.

Under the rainbow

Not a bad start to December.

Sunshine after the rain

Sunday 26th November to Saturday 2nd December

Monday was wet and cold, so I put Teddy’s new coat on him for our morning walk on Upton Heath. I think he looks a very smart boy.

Teddy looks smart in his new coat

Tuesday morning the weather was very different and I took this photo of Teddy in the sunshine on Canford Heath.

Teddy in the Autumn sunshine

Wednesday afternoon we were back on Canford Heath again, in yet more sunshine! This photo is taken near the Pilsdon Drive entrance to the heath.

Canford Heath in the sunshine

The sun was low behind the clouds when we got up onto South Walk though.

The sun behind the clouds

It re-appeared as we crossed the heath though.

Teddy walks across a sunlit heath

And the colour of the clouds and the sky meant I got a nice photo of one of my favourite trees.

Trees on the heath

On Thursday we were back walking the eastern side of the heath. As you can see, it was nice and sunny again, but it was quite cold.

Teddy on a cold, sunny morning

And so onto Friday, and this time we were on Upton Heath in more sunshine. And we met our friend Zeus.

Zeus and Teddy

He’s such a lovely boy.

Zeus

After he and Teddy had a play we walked onto the pond and then round into the old pits. This photo shows that they can look nice in the sunshine, although most of the time they just look drab and mucky, especially given the amount of litter the local boys leave behind when they play on their bikes there. It’s such a shame.

Even the old pits can look nice in the sun

And that’s all for this week.

Not much sun this week

Monday 13th to Thursday 16th November 2017

It’s been another dull week, and although I have taken the camera out with me, there are not a lot of photos from the beginning of the week. And my week was a bit turned around as I had to go to my Dad on Thursday rather than Wednesday this week.

Anyway, on Monday morning we walked over to Upton Heath as normal. And there we met Larner, a beautiful Rottie girl who I was told was around 14 weeks old.

Meet Larner (about 14 weeks)

Isn’t she gorgeous? Here she is again – just look at that expression.

What a cutie pie!

There are no photos from Tuesday, but on Wednesday morning Teddy and I did our normal Thursday morning walk on Canford Heath. As you can see, we had had a lot of rain, not that that bothers Teddy.

Teddy on South Walk

And then, as I said, I went to Dad’s Thursday morning, which meant that I took Teddy to Canford Heath again (parking in Steeple Close) in the afternoon. Although we left fairly early the sun was pretty low in the sky.

The sun is low in the sky this afternoon

This is a panorama of the view over Poole (you may need to click on the image to hop over to Flickr to see it properly).

Panorama over Poole

And, as I was up on South Walk with the sun behind the clouds I couldn’t resist one of my fall-back shots.

It's that tree again!

This is a lichen covered tree set against a slightly lighter sky and with the sun on it.

Another tree, in the sunlight

And lastly for today, the sun had almost gone by the time we had finished our walk.

The sun has almost gone

In which Teddy makes a new friend

Sunday 12th November 2017

Sunday was lovely and sunny again and Teddy and I went over to Canford Heath for our walk. You may have noticed that, once again, I am getting into a pattern of certain walks on certain days. We parked on Gravel Hill and headed towards Steeple Close. En route we passed through these fir trees, lit by the afternoon sunlight.

Trees in the afternoon sun

This next photo of Teddy was taken on the far side of the trees.

Walking towards Steeple Close

When we got to the top of the Redbrick Path Teddy met another Saluki Cross – this one a Saluki/Border Collie cross. We were walking in the same direction as Alfie and his owners, so Teddy and Alfie had a really good time playing.

Teddy makes a new friend, Alfie

And here they are up on South Walk

Teddy and Alfie (A Saluki / Border Collie cross) playing

Part way along South Walk Aflie and his owners turned back, so Teddy and I continued on. This photo is of more trees on the heath.

Trees on Canford Heath

And here’s Teddy as we headed to the stream.

Teddy makes his way through the trees

And Teddy posing in the afternoon sun

Teddy poses in the sunshine

By the time we were approaching Gravel Hill again the sun was a glorious, rich amber. Here is Teddy under the pine trees.

Teddy in the late afternoon sun

And again…

Teddy in the late afternoon sun

It had been a good walk.

What a difference a day makes

Wednesday 8th November & Friday 10th November 2017

On Wednesday I went to see my Dad as usual in the morning. That meant that Teddy and I went for our walk over Canford Heath in the afternoon. It was a lovely sunny day as you can see from this photo looking along South Walk.

South Walk

And here’s Teddy, posing nicely for me.

Teddy on South Walk

When we do these Wednesday afternoon walks I park at Steeple Close to avoid the school traffic. Then we head up to South Walk and cut down the middle of the heath. We can either pick up the Old Coach Road for this or walk down the track that runs alongside the main fenced area of the heath, as we did today. This is where this photo was taken. You can just see Teddy having a sniff at the grass in the distance.

Where's Teddy?

After that we cut back across the heath to the stream and then continue on across Longfleet Drive towards the other wide track that runs up from the Redbrick Path. En route we pass one of my favourite trees, so here is another photo of it for you.

Trees

And then we head down towards the Redbrick path and back to Steeple Close, but not before I’d taken a photo of the sun setting behind another group of ringed and dying trees.

Trees at sundown

A crisp but sunny walk.

Thursday and Friday were very different days as the weather was miserable, so I didn’t take my camera. But on the Friday morning, walking along the Roman Road, I spotted the smallest Sulphur Tuft fungi I have ever seen, so I had to take a photo with the phone. And here they are

The smallest Sulphur Tufts I have ever seen

You can tell how tiny they are by comparing them to the the size of the leaves next to them.