Teddy’s first week home

Sunday 11th – Saturday 17th June 2017

Teddy has settled in very well during his first week with us. The first two nights he slept on the sofa in the living room as he wouldn’t come upstairs. On the Monday he discovered he could do stairs after all and spent a lot of his time running up and down them. After that he slept on a duvet on the floor for one night, and then on my bed thereafter. We have to watch him first thing in the morning though, as if you don’t take him outside quick enough he can’t hold it any longer and wees on the carpet. He hasn’t learnt how to ask to go out yet.

On Teddy’s first full day with us Chris took him for a walk in the morning and then in the afternoon I took him over to Upton Heath. We walked over, as I used to do with Jez and Max when they were younger, and then walked up the Roman Road and out onto the heath. Here is Teddy at the top of the hill.

Teddy on top of Upton Heath

Looking into the camera.

Teddy in close-up

It was quite breezy, and every now and then as we walked down the hill he’d stop and gaze out across the heath. Well, he is a sight hound after all.

Teddy with the wind in his fur

And here’s another one of him.

Teddy

I’ve not been taking photos every day. But as the temperatures started to rise we took Teddy out early in the morning and then to Delph Woods, where there is lots of shade and water, in the afternoon. This was taken on Wednesday afternoon when it was time for a drink in the stream in Delph Woods.

Time for a drink

Another close up.

Teddy

And one more of him in the woods.

Teddy

On Thursday afternoon I took the EOS 6D into the garden to get some photos after Chris bought Teddy home from his walk.

Teddy in the garden

And my favourite – Snoozing with his head in the daisies.

Shhh! Teddy's asleep

On Friday morning it was overcast and I took Teddy down to Lychett Bay. No photos of Teddy from today, although he did have to try out the seaweed, but a couple of the boats down there. As you can see the tide was out.

Boats at low tide

And I quite liked this photo of a rowing boat.

Stranded

And lastly, a photo from Friday afternoon which shows just how much Teddy is settling in.

Teddy dozing

That’s it for this week, but I hope you’re going to enjoy my new adventures with Teddy.

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

A dull day at the Country Park then sunshine

Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd August 2016

It was a bit of a dull morning on Tuesday with a spinkling of rain, so Jez decided to stay at home. Max and I went to Upton Country Park and fortunately the showers stopped as soon as we got there. It was a bit of a dull day though, as this view across to Poole shows.

High tide in Upton Lake

Not that Max cared. He’s happy if he can get in one of the streams to play.

Max in the stream

Wednesday, on the other hand, was much nicer. We went to Dad’s in the morning and had a short walk over Nea Meadows. In the afternoon I took the camera into the back garden where the bees are now gathering on my oregano.

bee on oregano There are still very few insects around, though, which may explain why my marrows aren’t setting.

A year ago today

On 2nd August Jez was meeting and greeting in the River Stour.

Jez goes to meet the family out in their canoe

We have visitors

Sunday 17th July 2016

I had a phone call on Thursday night from Chris’ brother to say that his parents were coming down to Bournemouth on holiday for a week commencing Friday. I suggested that they come to dinner Sunday (Chris picked them up and took them back to their hotel), and I also invited Dad and Pat. And there was another reason for celebration: it was Max’s 8th birthday.

I did a salad for lunch, cooking gammon and a leek and Camembert flan, and made a pavlova for dessert. After lunch we all went and sat in the garden and I took the camera.

This is Chris’ Mum, Ann.

Ann

And his Dad, John.

John

This is my Dad.

Eric

And this is his partner of 16 years, Pat.

Pat

Pat will be 96 years old in a couple of months.

Chris and the birthday boy took a more laid back approach to the whole thing.

Chris and Max

In fact, a very laid back approach.

A man and his dog

It was very nice to see everyone, but I was glad of a rest when they’d all gone.

A year ago today

It was, of course, Max’s 7th birthday. Here he is with one of his birthday presents.

Max on his 7th Birthday

On Upton Heath

Saturday 9th July 2016

Apologies to everyone. I’ve been a bit busy and so haven’t had time to edit my photos, let alone write a blog post. But things are back to normal now and I’m in the process of having a bit of a catch up. My problem is going to be remembering what happened on our walks, so I think most of the time I will just have to let the photos tell the story.

So, on this particular Saturday Jez, Max and I went for a walk on Upton Heath in the afternoon. It took me a while to get Jez up the hill to the old railway line as she insisted on having a rest half way up.

Jez

While I was waiting for her to move on I took a photo of Max too.

Max

We walked along the old railway line and headed for the pond, and I was surprised to see that the fungi, in this case Amanita pantharina, are already coming out.

The first Amanita Pantharinas

When we got to the pond a couple of ladies were already there with a lovely little 2 year old staffy-cross called Alice.

Meet Alice

As it was quite a warm day Jez had a long cool down…

Jez takes the weight off

… and a shake.

Shake time

Meanwhile Max waited patiently for me to throw his cone as usual.

Happy boy in the pond

And while my two were standing around calmly, Alice raced in and out of the water with her ball.

You've dropped your ball, Alice

After that we walked back to the car and came home. Chris had been cutting the lawn in the back garden so was ready for a rest and a beer.

Chris and Max relax in the garden

Of course, Jez had to join in.

Jez wants to join in

But she soon showed Chris what she thought of him.

Jez shows Chris what she thinks of him

So Chris retaliated.

Chris retaliates

And that’s it for today. We’d had a very pleasant afternoon.

A year ago today

Max and I went to Upton Country Park. Here he is in the stream.

Max wants to play in the stream

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

We go to Delph Woods on a hot Sunday

Sunday 5th June 2016

Today was hot. There was no doubt about it. Even this blackbird took the opportunity to have a bit of a sun bath.

Blackbird taking a sun bath

It was also a bank holiday week-end, which meant places like the river and the beach were going to be crowded. So, despite the fact they had been there with Chris is the morning, I took the dogs to Delph Woods in the afternoon. For one thing, there is lots of shade there.

Delph Woods

For another, there is lots of water for them to cool down, which is precisely what Jez is doing here.

Jez wades across the lake

Of course, Max went in the water too, but he just wanted me to throw his cones for him.

Max in the lake

After the dogs had cooled down in the lake we walked to the Scout Field and sat down. We’d only been there a few minutes when our friend Judy came along with Jasper, the lurcher.

Judy and Jasper

Here’s another photo of Jasper.

Jasper

We sat in the shade talking for ages, while I threw the ball for Max.

Max studies his ball

Who duly bought it back.

Max, ball in mouth

Meanwhile Jez posed nicely for me.

Jez

And then, when we decided we’d been there for quite a long time, we walked back to the car with Judy and Jasper. A lazy, but very pleasant afternoon.

A year ago today

I think I made a mistake yesterday and post a photo from a year ago today (Lychett Bay). So today I will post from 2 years ago today again, when Jez and I were staying with my Dad and took a little trip out to Keyhaven in Hampshire.

Keyhaven harbour