A bit of a damp week

Sunday 23rd July to Saturday 29th July 2017

I didn’t think I had much to share with you this week, as we’ve had quite a damp, showery week. But it turns out I have more than I thought, including 3 bits of video.

So I’ll start last Sunday, when I took Teddy down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy. It used to be a favourite destination of Max’s, but since they’ve started charging for the car park I haven’t been back. Anyway, it wasn’t a particularly nice afternoon: fairly breezy with squalls of rain. I don’t think Teddy has been to the beach before as he didn’t seem to know what to make of the waves.

He did find the seaweed quite tasty though (you would think he was never fed).

Teddy finds seaweed quite tasty

And he had a great time chasing the wagtails along the beach and then the seagulls into the water. Monday we actually had some sun for our walk over to Upton Heath, and Teddy made a new friend at the pond: a young German Pointer. Here they are having a great time.

Tuesday was another nice day and I decided to take Teddy out to Wareham Forest. We hadn’t been there long when we met two 13 week old French Bulldog pups.

Teddy meets two 13 week old French Bulldog pups

They wanted to play with Teddy until he started chasing them and then they got scared, so I put him on the lead and walked him on.

As I said, it was a very nice day, as you can see from this photo of Teddy approaching the Dragonfly Pool (on the left).

Walking towards the Dragonfly Pool

And here is said Dragonfly Pool, looking rather lovely in the sunshine.

Reflections in the Dragonfly Pool

I took Teddy for a slightly longer walk today and chose I route I used to take with Jez and Max but which I don’t think they’ve been up to walking for the past 3-4 years. It bought us back along the side of Decoy Heath.

Looking across Decoy Heath

Although it looks like grass it is mainly bog, covered in grassy hummocks in places and reeds. Walking along Teddy spotted a crow out on the heath and took off after it. He was doing fine until he fell into one of the boggy pools, at which time he came to an abrupt halt. Just look at the state of him afterwards.

Guess who fell in the bog

All that mud can make a little dog quite frisky though.

I tried to wash him off in the Gruffalo Pool but he wouldn’t go in, choosing to run after a horse and rider that I thought was far enough away before I let him off the lead again. Fortunately no harm was done but I’ll have to hold onto him for longer when we meet horses in future.

So I arrived home with a very muddy dog, and had to bath him, which he did not appreciate. I had a nice clean, dog afterwards though.

Teddy after his bath

After that the weather got worse and it was either overcast or raining and I didn’t take any photos until we went to Delph Woods in the rain on Saturday afternoon. We had had strong winds overnight and I came across a fallen silver birch tree alongside the stream.

Tree down

With all the rain Teddy looked very bedraggled and sorry for himself.

Teddy's not happy about all this rain

Even the lake looked pretty dismal.

Rain on the lake

So we were happy to get back to the car and the dry.

At the end of a wet walk

I’m hoping for slightly better weather in the coming week. Perhaps I’ll be able to get some of my washing done.

Back to the dermatologist then onto Wareham Forest

Wednesday 21st October 2015

Max had a follow-up appointment with his dermatologist today, which was a good job as he has been getting worse, not better, and has chewed one of his hind paws raw. This is one time Jez doesn’t mind going to the vet as she knows it’s not her appointment. So she took the opportunity to have a quick snooze in the consulting room.

Jez waits in the vet's surgery

We left the vet loaded up with medication: tablets to counter the yeast infection, anti-biotics to see off any bacterial infection, steroids to try and knock everything on the head, and his usual anti-itch tablets. Poor dog has more tablets than breakfast of a day!

After the vet we went on to Wareham Forest. It was getting fairly late and Jez doesn’t do very well with long walks these days, so we walked the north side of the Sika Trail for a change. That was after we cut through a couple of the small forest paths, like this one.

A forest trail

Under the trees the bracken has turned bronze as it dies back.

In amongst the trees

We passed some pretty bracket fungi along the way, too.

Fungi in the forest

It had been a very overcast day, but by the time we got down to the path by Decoy Heath the sun came out.

Sunshine on a cloudy day

It made the heath look lovely.

Decoy Heath

We walked to the Gruffalo Pool where Max had a quick play, and then we turned and headed back up the hill towards the car.

Heading back to the car

In the end we had had a nice walk, which surprised me given the weather when we set out.

A year ago today

Jez, Max and I went to Upton Country Park.

The path to Hamworthy

More Trees down

Wednesday 19th February 2014

It was a bit of an overcast and damp morning, but at least it wasn’t raining. At first it looked as though Jez wasn’t coming with Max and I on our walk, but then she changed her mind so we all went out to the Sika Trail in Wareham Forest. Last time we were here there were quite a few trees down, but it didn’t seem too bad. After last week’s storms a lot more had succumbed though, like this one near the car park entrance.

Tree across the path

This was the view over Wareham Golf Course this morning – you can see what I mean about it being a bit overcast.

View over Wareham Golf Course

A little bit further on, and while I was waiting for Jez who was poking about in the woods, I spotted this old tree stump covered with bracket fungi. It caught my eye because I thought the fungi growing on it made it look like a large flower.

Fingi imitating a flower

As ever, Max was heading for every puddle and pool of water. In this case he is standing in a water-filled hole made by one of the logging lorries.

A tyre track mades a nice deep puddle for Max

Just after that and Jez insisted on taking the path which was blocked by yet another fallen tree.

Another fallen tree

And while the dogs squeezed underneath it, I had to climb over the top.

Here’s another photo of Max in one of his favourite pools.

Max in the pond

After that we went on to the Dragonfly Pool and the Gruffalo Pool, so he was very wet, but very happy, by the time we headed back to the car. En route I took a short detour to the viewpoint and took a photo looking north over Decoy Heath.

View over Decoy Heath from the viewpoint

And then it decided to rain, so we hurried back to the car.