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.

 

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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.

Two walks in the sunshine on Upton Heath

Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th November 2017

Oh dear! I’m so sorry. I’m over a month behind. I’m afraid that inspiration to take photos and motivation to write this blog seems to be somewhat lacking at the moment. I will do my best to play catch up, however.

So back to the end of November. On Wednesday 22nd November I took Teddy over to Upton Heath. We did our ‘Saturday walk’ as we hadn’t done it on Sunday (I can’t quite recall why, but it had been Chris’ birthday), and we walked up the Roman Road. By the old railway bridge we came across an abandoned car.

Abandoned car along the Roman Road

There was some low sunshine, and I took this shot of Teddy at Pinesprings.

Pinesprings in Autumn

Once out on the heath the sky was beautiful.

Fabulous skies over Upton Heath

But by the time we had walked down the hill the sun was starting to go down.

The sun sets over Upton Heath

The next time I took the camera out was on Saturday and we did the same walk all over again. The sun looked lovely on the trees up at the Beacon Road entrance to the heath.

Upton Heath in the Autumn

I’m hoping you can see what I mean in this next photo, but coming down the heath I was surprised by vertical lines in the clouds.

Vertical lines in the clouds

I also took a photo of Teddy in the afternoon sunshine.

Teddy

Once we got to the silver birch grove on the lower heath Teddy made a new friend: Arthur, a Wire-haired German Pointer. They had great fun playing. Here Teddy had Arthur on the ground.

Bundle!

And I love this action shot of them playing.

Teddy and Arthur had a great time playing

And that’s all for that particular week.

Sunshine means playtime

Friday 17th November 2017

Friday morning meant Teddy and I walked over to Upton Heath, and this morning it was lovely and sunny. And it looked very autumnal in the silver birch grove.

Autumn in the Silver Birch grove Silver Birch trees

Just after I’d taken that first photo we met our friend Tig, the staffie, with his Mum, Amanda. Here’s Tig posing for me.

Tig

And Tig, after a treat, in his ‘bear’ pose.

'Give me a treat' - Tig does his bear pose

He and Teddy had a great time playing.

Teddy and Tig at play

We walked on and then met Ollie, who is around a year old. Again, he and Teddy had a great time playing, despite the size difference. They were particularly interested in an old stick.

Teddy and Ollie were having such a good time with that stick

First one would get it and run off with it and the other would chase, and then the other one would get it and run off. Here they are playing tug with it.

Teddy and Ollie play tug

And lastly for today, a wonder autumnal scene along the Roman Road.

Autumn on the Roman Road

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

A touch of frost

Monday 6th November 2017

Monday was a cold morning and we found a frosty entrance to Upton Heath.

A frosty entrance to Upton Heath

Someone had obviously lost a dog’s name tag, and it had been placed on the bench where it was duly frosted.

Lost nametag

Even the nettles looked nice in the frost and sunshine.

Frsot on the nettles

But apart from that bit of frost it was warm and sunny on our walk. Warm enough for Teddy to go in the pond.

Teddy in the pond

And here he is in the grass close by the pond.

Teddy in the autumn grasses

He did have a more contemplative moment, though.

Teddy looking serious

That was taken moments before our friend, Zeus, arrived, after which all hell broke loose as they raced around playing.

Teddy and Zeus playing

And I’m really pleased of this shot of the two of them.

Teddy and Zeus had a great game

It sometimes looks scary when they play, but I love to see dogs playing. And I love that Teddy enjoys playing with other dogs so much.

End of Days

Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st October 2017

On Sunday afternoon Teddy and I went for our walk on Canford Heath for a change. At one time I always took Jez and Max to Canford Heath on a Sunday afternoon, but I had got out of the habit. It was a bit of an overcast day, though. This was the view across the west of the heath from what I call the ‘escarpment’ (basically a very steep hill that you can just about walk up, although Teddy and I took the easy route).

View from the 'escarpment'

We didn’t really meet any dogs for Teddy to play with on our walk, but he was happy running around. Here he is as we head back to the car.

On our way back to the car

And a short distance further on, here is a very happy Teddy on the sandy area.

Teddy loves the sandy areas

We’d obviously managed to wear him out today, as when we went to bed he was soon asleep.

Shhhh! Teddy's asleep

Now you may be wondering about my blog title. That is there to wind my husband Chris up. On Monday the remains of Hurricane Imogen passed over Ireland and bought a huge depression over the UK. The result was some very strange skies over southern England. This photo was taken on Upton Heath early in the morning. Although the sky simply looks overcast you may notice that there is quite a yellow cast to the photo.

Teddy and friends Zeus and Jasper

The photo is of Teddy with his friends Zeus and Jasper whom we met on our walk. After we left the pond, and Zeus, we walked on round the lower heath with Jasper and his Mum, Judy. From time to time Jasper and Teddy would run and play, which was nice. After my walk I went grocery shopping and as I did it was getting darker and darker, and the sky was getting more and more yellow. By late morning every car had its headlights on and it was like being in a sort of ochre twilight. By lunchtime, the sun was trying to break through the clouds, but it was a reddish-orange colour. This photo was taken outside my front door.

The sun at lunchtime

Apparently in London it was even redder. Lots of people were laughing and talking about ‘the end of days’ which for some reason annoyed Chris no end. So I spent the next 48 hours repeating it. And the cause? Well the depression had sucked in dust from the Sahara Dessert and smoke from the wild fires in Portugal, which combined had the effect of changing the colour of the sun and sky and making it quite dark.

The next day there was still a slightly pink tinge to the sun but the colour of the sky was back to normal, although there were some very interesting cloud formations over Canford Heath that I photographed as we walked. I will just post 3 of them here, but there are another 7 over on the Flickr stream.

Strange skies over Canford Heath (1) Strange skies over Canford Heath (5)

Strange skies over Canford Heath (7)

By Friday things were back to normal and we had sunshine for our walk to Upton Heath. Here is Teddy in the pond.

A lovely sunny morning

Later on in the walk Teddy made a new friend. I’m always a bit wary of letting him play with small dogs in case he thinks they are some sort of prey, but this one was up for a good game.

Teddy made a new friend today

They had a good time playing, as you can see.

Little and large at play

And all credit to the owners for letting him play with such a big dog.

By Saturday the wind had picked up Storm Brian approached the UK. We went for our normal afternoon walk on Upton Heath, avoiding the silver birch tree that had blown down at the entrance to the heath. As we walked up the Roman Road we met up with our friends Frazzle and Roxy.

We met Frazzle and Roxy today

That is Frazzle on the left and Roxy at the front on the right. And here is another photo of Frazzle.

Frazzle

As I said, it was a tad windy, as you can see from this photo of a windswept Teddy as we walked down the hill across the heath.

Teddy was bit windswept

As we approached the pond we met another friend, Wendy, with her dog, Titch, and her daughter’s dog. So we all walked on round with them. This photo was taken as we got back to the pine trees.

Walking with friends on Upton Heath

And that’s pretty much it for this week.