Of Dogs and Fungi

Sunday 1st October to Saturday 7th October 2017-10-15

Having said this post is from the 1st October I don’t actually have any photos from that day, so the first photos are from Monday 2nd when we went over to Upton Heath for our walk as usual. I took the EOS 6D with the 100mm Macro lens attached, and I’m glad I did as I got some really nice photos. Unfortunately, if you suffer from arachnophobia the first one isn’t quite so nice as its an Orb Spider.

Orb spider

That photos was taken along the old railway line. We walked onto the pond and Teddy was really pleased to find some doggie friends there. It all started with a meet and greet.

Meet and greet at the pond

We met Max, the Golden Retriever.

Max the Golden Retriever

And Buzz, the Viszla who was staying with Max temporarily.

Buzz the Vizsla

Teddy and Buzz had a good time playing.

Teddy and Buzz

And then there was Tig, one of our staffy friends.


After a good game we went our separate ways and I walked Teddy round through the old pits.

Teddy in the old pits

On the lower heath the Fly Agaric are still in evidence.

Flly agaric

Although these had been kicked over.


As usual Teddy went into the little pool by the small boardwalk for a drink.

Teddy by the boardwalk

And then posed for me.


After that we made our way home.

On Tuesday we started the day, as every day, with breakfast, and Teddy was a happy dog when he found out I’d finished the yogurt and he could have the pot. He soon got stuck in.

Nose in the trough

For our walk we went to Canford Heath and as it was a lovely sunny day I, once again, took the EOS 6D with the 100mm lens on it. Although it is a macro lens it is also excellent for portraits, which is why it’s great for taking photos of dogs, like this one of Teddy.


Fungi are also in evidence on Canford Heath, like this one, although I’m not too sure what it is.


As we walked through the woods I found this huge Cauliflower Fungus.

Cauliflower fungus

And these Razor Strop, or Birch Bracket Fungi.

Razor Strop Fungi

I also spotted this pretty little feather, suspended on some blades of grass.


There were more fungi when we left the woods. Firstly this Russula


And then this Panther Cap

Panther Cap

And lastly from Tuesday, a photo of Teddy surveying the heath as we walked back to the car.

Teddy surveys the heath

Jumping ahead to Friday we were again on Upton Heath. Firstly we went to the pond.

Teddy in the pond

And then, after Teddy had had a drink and a paddle, we headed towards the old pits. En route we met the cows.

We met the cows

You can see that at some point that one has had a nasty injury on its side.

On the lower heath we met several dogs. Firstly there was Oscar, a Border Terrier.


And then we met a lady with 4 small dogs, including this 12 week old Chihuahua puppy.

12 week old Chihuahua pup

At this point I put Teddy on the lead. As the lady said, he might have thought it was was a rat! He was really good with it, though, and very gentle, so I don’t think I need have worried. And this, was the pup’s father.

The pup's dad

While we were talking our friend Janet came along with her lurcher, Jake.

Our friend Jake

After a long chat we walked on round and, as usual, Teddy went in the pond by the small boardwalk where he was once again searching for something under the water.

Teddy is searching under the water again

When we got to the Roman Road I was pleased to see that there was another small fungus growing on the tree stump by the stream.


While we were there I took the opportunity to take a photo looking along the Roman Road while the leaves on the trees are still green. They won’t be there much longer.

The trees haven't turned along the Roman Road yet

The Virginia Creeper along the path in Creekmoor has turned though, and has produced beautiful Autumn colours.

Autumn Colours

I don’t have any photos from our walk on Saturday, but first thing in the morning the plumber arrived to fix our leaking stopcock. And do you remember that lovely new kitchen we had installed 10 months ago? Well, today part of it had to come apart again!

My new kitchen is in pieces! Bits of kitchen fill my small sitting room

I’m pleased to say that it’s all fixed and back together again.

I thought we were going to Upton Heath

Saturday 2nd July 2016

Once again there are a lack of photos this week, due to a combination of a lack of dog walking on my part and poor weather. So here we are in July and I’m still waiting for summer to arrive.

After heavy rain on Saturday morning (while my washing was on the line) and just before we went for our walk in the afternoon the sun actually made an appearance for our walk, although the wind still had quite a chill to it. I thought we were going for a walk on Upton Heath, and, in fact, I did park at Beechbank Avenue and we did walk onto the heath. But then Jez turned up the Roman Road and headed for Pinesprings.

Once at Pinesprings Jez settled down in the shade of a tree so I sat at the little picnic table there and threw Max’s ball for him. He had been in the stream coming up the Roman Road, and as you can see, was going to need a bath when he got home.

Mucky boy needs a bath

Jez didn’t seem interested in continuing on through Pinesprings and wanted to turn onto the housing estate, so as I thought it would make a more even surgace for her to walk on I put the dogs on the lead and we walked through the housing estate to Pinesprings Drive. Here Jez had to have two more rests. She seemed oblivious to all the traffic and at one point insisted on hanging over the curb.

Jez needs a rest

Most drivers seemed to find it quite funny that she was lying flat out on the grass verge while I was standing there like a lemon!

We continued on down the hill and then I picked up the Castleman Trailway.

Heading home along the Castleman Trailway

You can just about make Max out in the distance in that photo. We continued along the Trailway but didn’t get as far as the heath before Jez turned off again and we walked back through the housing estate to the car.

A year ago today

Well, actually a year ago yesterday, as I don’t have any photos from the 2nd July last year. So a year ago yesterday I took Dad out to Sculpture by the Lakes, near Dorchester in Dorset.

"The Chase"

Monday’s walk to Upton Heath

Monday 18th April 2016

As usual on a Monday morning Max and I walked over to Upton Heath. We were fortunate to have sunshine today, so I took the better camera with me.

First thing I spotted as I walked along the footpath next to our house: Max’s nemesis (or at least one element of it). The oaks are in flower.

Oak flowers

Oaks are one of the trees Max is allergic to, so this won’t be a good time for his. It most probably also explains why I’ve had to put him back on his steroids recently. He doesn’t care, though. All he cares about is water and his cone.


And one last photo from today: Max peers though the fence alongside one of the boardwalks on the heath, waiting for me to throw his cone (you can see it at the very bottom of the photo).

Max waits hopefully by the boardwalk

That’s really a large puddle there though, so not surprisingly I had to wash him off in Creekmoor Ponds on the way home.

A year ago today

My friend Irene was staying with us while she recuperated from a hip replacement, so we went for a day out to West Bay, further west along the Dorset coast.

East Beach and the cliffs

When Max met Max

Monday 9th November 2015

Monday morning saw Max and I walking over to Upton Heath as usual. This morning Jez decided to stay in bed rather than join us. You may recall the reflected trees photo from Saturday. Well this is the pond that they were reflected in.

There's a new pond on the heath

That line of trees to the right in the photo is where the old railway line was.

When we got to the pond today it was already occupied – by Max.


That’s Max the Golden Retriever. My Max soon joined him. Here are the two Max’s.

Max and Max in the pond

After playing for a while, and chatting with Max’s owner, we left the pond and walked through the old pits, where I was surprised to see this Fly Agaric.

There are still Fly Agaric about

I thought it was getting a little late for them. It must be the mild weather.

Further on round on the lower heath you could tell we had had a lot of rain as one of Max’s favourite puddles had re-appeared.

Big puddle time

After that, of course, he had to play in the pool beside the boardwalk.

Max by the boardwalk

Along the Roman Road, in Longmeadow Lane woods, most of the leaves are now off the trees.

Longmeadow Lane Woods

And I’ll leave you today with a shot across Creekmoor Ponds, taken as we walked home.

Creekmoor Ponds

Those trees still seem to have most of their leaves on them.

A year ago today

We had a Sunday afternoon walk on Canford Heath.

Canford Heath at sunset

Our Monday morning walk on Upton Heath

Monday 28th September 2015

It’s Monday morning so that must mean that Max and I head over to Upton Heath before I go to Wimborne to do my grocery shopping. We walk over, and as I passed a sycamore tree en route I noticed this brightly coloured leaf in the grass glistening in the sun.

Sycamore leaf

Once we got into the pine trees on the heath I found this lovely little Grisette.


We continued on to the pond…

Max in the pond

… where we met Dawn with Henry and Ariadne.

Henry and Ariadne

And while they raced around…

Making a run for it

… Dawn and I chatted and Max just stood waiting patiently for me to throw his cone.


We walked on round the heath together and then Max and left them to come on home, via Creekmoor Ponds as usual.

Creekmoor Ponds

It had been a nice walk on a lovely sunny day. Unfortunately, in the afternoon it was back to working on the Monster Hedge.

A year ago today

I took Max and Jez to Canford Heath. Here’s Jez on the Redbrick Path, looking up again.

Jez on the Redbrick Path

How much wetter can it get?

Monday 24th August 2015

So we were back to torrential rain again this morning. Of course that didn’t stop Max and I heading over to Upton Heath for our walk. This was the view along Beechbank Avenue in Creekmoor as we approached the entrance to the heath.

A very wet morning

By the way, all of the photos today were taken on my iPhone as I didn’t take a camera with me.

Surpringly, we did meet other people out on the heath. Unsurprisingly they were all walking their dogs.

The only people on Upton Heath were dog walkers

I may have been wet and soggy, but Max was in his element: there were lots of puddles.

Puddle time!

And there was water in the little pool by the boardwalk again.

There's water by the boardwalk again

I may have been well wrapped up, but I was pleased to get home. When I did it was to find that Jez had made herself nice and comfy on the sofa in the sitting room.

Jez has made herself comfy

She didn’t seem to care that she was the wrong way up, although I did go back later to find she’d righted herself.

Right way up


A year ago today

We went to visit my Dad, and Jez made herself comfy once again.

Dad's nicely made bed obviously wasn't comfortable enough for Jez

A hot afternoon

Saturday 8th August 2015

It was pretty hot this afternoon and I struggled to think of somewhere to take the dogs where Jez would not get too hot and immediately lie down in the shade and refuse to move. In the end I decided to walk them round Creekmoor Ponds, where there is lots of shade and lots of cooling water.

We started at the corner of the small lake next to our house. Here’s Max, hoping I’ll throw something.

Max in Creekmoor Ponds

And here’s Jez.

Jez cools down in Creekmoor Ponds

We walked on round to the larger pond, to the little ‘beach’ where they normally play. Again, here’s Max, waiting for me to throw something.


And Jez, cooling down again.

Time for another cool down

From there I tried to continue on round the ponds but Jez headed off for the local pet shop where she likes to watch the rabbits. It’s a bit of a struggle controlling the dogs in there as they are both really excited and pull me in all directions. After the pet shop we were all hot and tired and so headed straight back to the ‘beach’ where the dogs, at least, could cool down.

Eventually we continued on round the ponds. I had my 70-300mm lens on the camera, hoping for butterflies. We didn’t see any but I rather like this photo of a duck.

Duck paddling by

And finally, my favourite photo of the day – Jez back in the water again, watching the ducks.

Jez watches the ducks

Notice the tip of her tail just peaking out of the water.

It was a good choice of walk on a hot day.

A year ago today

We were down by the River Stour at Cowgrove, where I took this very pastoral scene.

Pastoral Scene

Poor Henry!

Friday 12th June 2015

My new Friday morning routine is to go and do my grocery shopping at Waitrose in Wimborne before it gets too crowded and then to come home and take Max for his walk. This tends to mean that we walk over to Upton Heath, and today was no exception.

As we walked along the footpath that runs behind our house I had a nice surprise when I saw this hoverfly on a beautiful white rose.

Bee on a white rose

I initially thought it was a bee, but looking at the head and eyes as I post this I realise it isn’t. So I think it’s a big hoverfly.

Anyway, Max and I walked onto the heath and as we got to the pond we met Dawn and Ariadne, the English Pointer puppy. But no Henry (Dawn’s other English Pointer). The reason is that Henry was bitten by another dog on the heath yesterday. Poor boy is very poorly and had to have an operation to repair the damage (the dog basically bit through his skin and took a lump of muscle out of his side). Dawn has spoken to the local dog warden who says she can’t really do much about it, other than advise the other owner, but that the dog is likely to attack other dogs again, if it has not already done so. So this dog doesn’t even need to be muzzled! I’ll have to keep a watchful eye out to make sure that Jez and Max don’t get close should we meet it.

And to cap it all Max decided that he had to tell Ariadne off in no uncertain terms for coming too close to him. He may look all sweetness and light…

Max looks happy

… but where he wasn’t socialised as a young pup (before we had him) he doesn’t always tolerate young or bouncy dogs. Here poor little Ariadne had only wandered up to say hello, but Max was having none of it.

Max! We do not tell Ariadne off for wanting to be friends

Trying to train him to be calm around bouncy dogs is an ongoing process, but given the trauma Dawn had yesterday with Henry I didn’t exactly appreciate Max’s timing!

A year ago today

Jez and I went for a walk at Chewton Common in Highcliffe.

Jez strolls along the path at Chewton Common

It’s Upton Heath for Max and I this morning

Friday 23rd April 2015

As Friday is my shopping day I walked Max over Upton Heath this morning. As we walked along the old railway line we met one of the cows.

Mid-morning snack

Well, they are steers actually. This one, for some reason, was all on it’s own. I don’t know where the rest of the herd had got to. I’m guessing they had walked on and he’d got left behind munching on his breakfast. Max was really good. I was standing talking next to the cow for quite a while and Max never barked at him once!

Canford Heath isn’t the only place that’s turning green: so is Upton Heath.

Spring Greens

Meanwhile, walking back through Creekmoor we saw a tree absolutely loaded with beautiful pink blossom.


What a wonderful time of year this is.

A year ago today

Max and I went to Canford Heath.

Vista across Canford Heath

We broke down!

Wednesday 4th February 2015

It was a cold bleak day today. Jez, sensibly, stayed in bed while Max and I went for a walk on Canford Heath. You can tell it was cold – there was ice in Max’s favourite gully.

Max doesn't mind a bit of ice

And the skyline shows you it was pretty bleak today.

Canford Heath skyline

We walked past the stream and up the hill heading east. Once we went through the gate we turned left back down the hill. It was along this path that Max picked up a scent in the grass and dried bracken. He spent ages rooting around trying to find something interesting in there.

There's got to be something under all this dead bracken

Fortunately he didn’t find anything and we walked on: down the hill, back in through the gate, west past the stream and back to the car. We had been about an hour and 45 minutes and I was cold. We got in the car and I started it and started to reverse out. The car cut out. I started it again, began to reverse and the car cut out again. By now I was blocking the lay-by. I tried again and stuck it in Drive. I managed to move it a few inches before it cut out again, so I let it roll until I was parallel with the curb. After that it wouldn’t start at all. It wouldn’t even turn over.

I called the AA out and waited with icy cold legs and feet for 45 minutes until they arrived. They couldn’t find what was wrong with it. Max was very good letting the AA man play around with the fuses in his boot though.

Max sits guard while the AA man tries to fix my car

In the end they took Max and I home (Max happily snuggled down in the back of their van), and they towed by car to the local garage I normally use. At close of play the garage couldn’t find what was wrong with it either, so I’m carless (we only have one car now).

Which meant I had to walk to the hairdresser in Broadstone in the afternoon (having first managed to put my appointment back from lunchtime). And then I had to walk home. The sunset behind the houses in Creekmoor as I approached home was worth it though.

Sunset over Creekmoor

A year ago today

I think I got a bit confused by my dates yesterday and posted for the wrong day. So here is a photo of Max snoozing from a year ago yesterday.

A snoozing Max