Rain then some sunshine

Sunday 10th September to Saturday 16th September 2017

Yes, we went over to Upton Heath for our walk on Sunday and we got wet again! Although it wasn’t as bad as yesterday my walking boots decided enough was enough and let water, so I came home with wet feet. Teddy wasn’t particularly happy about the state of affairs either.

Wet again! Teddy's not very happy

Monday was a good day – we didn’t get wet! And on Tuesday we actually had sunshine for our walk on Canford Heath. Here is Teddy, backlit by the sun.

Backlit on Canford Heath

And letting me know that all this photo-taking malarkey can get a bit boring.

Well this is boring!

When we do get sunshine a lot of Red Admiral butterflies are taking advantage, and we saw this lovely one as we headed down towards Knighton Heath.

Red Admiral Butterfly

I also spotted quite a large fungi and was trying to get a photo of it, but Teddy thought he’d take a leaf our of Max’s book and photobomb the shot.

Teddy takes a leaf out of Max's book and learns to photobomb

We continued on round and Teddy met a young Cocker Spaniel for the second time and they had a really good play. After which, of course, Teddy had to find the nearest puddle in which to cool down.

Teddy poses for Tongue out Tuesday

I particularly like this photo of him.

Time to cool down in a puddle

Needless to say he got out covered in mud!

Tuesday would have been Jezebel’s 10th birthday, so the day was tinged with sadness. But she loved cake, so in her honour I made a chocolate marble cake in the afternoon which Chris and I have been enjoying. This photo of Jez was taken on her birthday last year.

Jez on her 9th Birthday

On Wednesday I went to Dad’s in the morning as usual. I am pleased to say he has suffered no ill effects as a result of his fall last week, other than a very sore thumb where he cut it. In the afternoon I took Teddy over to Canford Heath, although I didn’t take any photos as once again it looked as though it could tip down with rain at any minute. After our walk we dropped round to Pat’s to take her her birthday presents: she will be 97 on Thursday.

On Thursday Teddy and I headed out to Badbury Rings for our walk. We didn’t get that far, though, as Teddy decided to whine and bark in the back of the car. Instead I called into Kingston Lacy which was closer.

Unfortunately the main part of the Woodland Walk is closed.

No Woodland Walk for us today

We did manage to do one small loop in the woods though, and then headed back past the house to the gardens. This view of the house was taken as we were walking back from the Woodland Walk.

Kingston Lacy House

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but in the woods in one part of the gardens they are using pigs to clear the undergrowth. They’ve always been too far away for me to get a photo before, but today they were by the fence. Here is the big one (I think it might be a Gloucester Old Spot, but I can’t actually see any spots so I might be wrong).

Clearing the undergrowth in the gardens the natural way

And here is one of the Kunekunes.

This Kunekune is hoping to be fed a few apples

He came over to the fence as there is a shoot there. You can buy apples and feed the pigs. Sadly I didn’t have 50p on me for the apples, so he had to go hungry.

Over in the Kitchen Garden the dahlias are looking lovely.

Dahlia

There was supposed to be an orchid flowering there somewhere but I couldn’t find it. I did find the little autumnal scene in one of the outhouses though.

Autumn's harvest in the Kitchen Garden

And one final shot of the house as we walked back to the car.

Kingston Lacy House

On Friday we walked over Upton Heath again and although I took the camera we spent time walking round with a dog walker so I didn’t take any photos. I did take the camera when we went on Saturday though, despite the forecast of rain. There was a very misty and moody view over Poole Harbour, looking towards Arne.

A misty view across the heath

And yes, we got wet, but not very. Just a couple of fairly light showers. So I’ll leave you with a panorma of the heath and hope that the forecast is right and we will not have a few days without rain.

Panorma across Upton Heath

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A foggy morning at Kingston Lacy

Thursday 27th October 2016

Once again, apologies for the delays in posting. I was almost up to date and then everything went to hell in a handcart again.

So, back to a foggy Thursday in October. I took Jez and Max to Kingston Lacy for our walk. I didn’t actually expect it to be foggy. It had just about cleared at home and I drove through Broadstone and Corfe Mullen in bright sunshine. But the fog had closed in again by the time we got to Kingston Lacy. This was the entrance.

A damp start at Kinston Lacy

You get a better feel for it from this photo of people heading towards the Woodland Walk.

A foggy morning at Kingston Lacy

We didn’t go to the Woodland Walk, though, as I wanted to go to the Acer Glade again. As we walked along the path that runs down behind the house of took this photo of it in the fog.

Hidden in the fog

But the fog meant that the cobwebs were great today.

Bejewelled web

Web on grass

And this plant was covered.

Covered in cobwebs - just in time for Halloween

The fog still lingered as we reached the Acer Glade.

Acer Glade in fog

But the sun was starting to break through and the leaves were stunning.

Acer leaves

I love the cobweb on this one.

Cobweb

And I rather like this photo of a single leaf.

Acer Leaf

This was Lady’s Walk. As you can see the fog was clearing.

Lady's Walk

When we got around to the Cedar Avenue I saw a tree stump I hadn’t really noticed before.

Tree stump in the Cedar Avenue

It tells you when the tree was planted (1835)…

Planted

… when it was felled (2007) …

Felled

… and points in between.

Recent history

This was the Cedar Avenue in the sunshine.

Cedar Avenue

And the house.

Kingston Lacy house

A view across the park to the front of the house.

Looking towards The Ponds

Roses in the gardens.

Bejewelled rose

There were also Halloween preparations in full swing.

Halloween Preparations are in full swing

Back at the entrance Max had to investigate the pumpkin display.

Max examines the pumpkins

And finally, a photo of Max taken fairly early on in our walk.

Max

There are more photos from today over on my Flickr stream if you want to take a look.

A year ago today

We went to Broadstone Rec for our walk and then I gave Max a trim.

New clipper - new haircut

Max has his operation

Thursday 13th October 2016

I got up bright and early this morning to take Max to the vet to have his lump removed. After I had dropped him off I came home and took Jez to Upton Country Park. We didn’t have a very long walk. First of all she had a rest outside the walled garden…

Resting at the Country Park

… then she had a rest inside the walled garden.

Jez in the walled garden

The flowers were pretty, though.

Autumn colour in the gardens

And the bees were still collecting pollen from the dahlias.

A bee is still hard at work

And then we walked back to the car.

After we got home Jez decided to hide under the coffee table for some reason.

Peeking out from under the coffee table

In the afternoon I went to pick Max up from the vet. The operation had gone well but he was pretty groggy for the rest of the day (and most of the next day too).

Sleepy after his operation

And yes, its normal for him to turn his eyes up so that only the whites show when he’s asleep.

A year ago today

Max and I went for a walk on Canford Heath.

Max in the stream

Flowers in the rain

Friday 19th August 2016

It was raining this morning when I took Jez to the vet for her hydro-therapy. Her session went better this week, although she’s still very stiff in her left elbow, so she didn’t do too much.

In the afternoon, once the rain had stopped and the sun was occasionally peaking through the clouds, I took the camera out into the front garden.

This first flower is on a shrub in my neighbours’ garden, but it was so pretty.

After the rain

Here’s one of my osteopermums.

Osteopermum

And I loved this leafy branch lying on one of my hebes.

Leaves on Hebe

And lastly a fuchsia.

Fuscia

That shrub is huge, but I cut it right back to ground level a few months ago. It’s grown right back up again and looks lovely.

A year ago today

We had a bit of a damp walk at Broadstone Rec.

Time to sit down

Lychett Bay

Friday 5th August 2016

This morning Jez did not have a hydro-therapy appointment, so we went to Lychett Bay for our walk. I knew, based on yesterday, that it would be high tide.

Lychett Bay

Most of our time was spent walking around Turlin Moor Rec, although we did get down to the little beach by the bird hide so that Jez could cool down in the water. As you can see, she had got quite hot.

Jez needs a rest

This is the area where in the past I have found lots of Cinnebar Moth caterpillars, and today was no exception. They are getting quite big now, though.

The cinebar moth caterpillars are growing

Rather than walk on down to where the boats are we cut back across to the children’s playground. It was lovely to see some beautiful wildflowers growing along the side of the road there.

Pretty flowers

The rec itself was looking quite nice in the sun with some pretty dark clouds behind it.

Looking across Turlin Moor Rec.

We were sitting near the flowers when I took that and all of a sudden we heard a man flying a model plane further over in the field. That was it: Jez was off to investigate. She took off at what she now calls a run.

We stopped and had a chat with the man when he had landed his plane and then made our way onto the rugby pitches, where I took this photo of Max.

Max waiting for his ball

And then it was back home and some lunch for us.

A year ago today

We took my cousin, Linda, over Canford Heath for a walk.

Linda regrets coming for a walk when she sees the hill

An afternoon at Kingston Lacy

Saturday 23rd July 2016

This morning Linda and I took both dogs over to Upton Heath for a walk. Although I took the camera I only ended up taking video of Max walking to show to the vet. His back legs are very wobbly now and he spends a lot of time with his knees bent. I will need to make an appointment for him next week.

In the afternoon, though, while Chris walked the dogs, Linda and I had a trip to Kinston Lacy. Once again it was a lovely, sunny afternoon.

Linda at Kingston Lacy

The flower beds close to the house were a riot of colour.

Colourful borders at Kingston Lacy

We had a leisurely stroll around the grounds, but didn’t go into the house. This was the Japanese garden looking lovely in the summer sun.

The Japanese Garden

We climbed up the bank opposite and made our way to a little bamboo hut with a seat in it and I got a nice photo of Linda.

Linda

After that we walked down to kitchen garden, and then back around the lime avenue and through the Victorian fernery before we headed back to the car.

From Kingston Lacy we drove to the Pamphill farm shop where Linda bought a birthday present for a friend before we sat and had a nice close drink and an ice cream.

We’d had a really nice afternoon.

A year ago today

Max and I went to Upton Country Park, and then I came home and took photos of bees in the garden.

Drinking the nectar

Bloomin’ Beautiful

Thursday 9th June 2016

Today is all about flowers.

At Upton Country Park the wildflower meadow that was sown last year is now in bloom. It mainly consists of Oxeye Daisies, with the occasional poppy thrown in.

Wild flower meadow

Meanwhile, one of the banks alongside the new car park has been planted with cornflowers, poppies and whatever those yellow flowers are.

Wildflower bank by the car park

Back at home I was inspired to stick the 100mm Macro lens on the EOS 6D and venture out into the garden.

My geraniums are now in bloom.

Geranium

Here they are backlit.

Bokeh geraniums

This bunch of Salvias are looking very nice too.

Salvias

And finally a pot of Osteopermums that I bought last summer and which are blooming again.

Osteopermums

I like this time of the year.

A year ago today

Max and I went out to Morden Bog for our walk.

Panorama of Morden Bog