At last, a bit more sunshine

Sunday 13th August to Saturday 19th August 2017

Normally I take Teddy over Upton Heath on a Saturday, but as we went to the Dorset Dogs Festival instead I took him over on Sunday afternoon this week. We were greeted on our arrival by this beautiful Red Admiral on the path.

Red Admiral

We turned left into Longmeadow Lane woods where the beech trees were looking lovely in the sunlight.

Beech Trees

Then we made our way up the Roman Road before turning onto the heath and heading towards the viewpoint. En route I spotted this pretty little Grisette. I rather liked the setting with the moss surrounding it.


We walked down the hill and eventually came to the pond where Teddy set about eating the soil – something he seems to like to do quite a bit here. Jez used to lick the soil here too, so I’m guessing it’s full of minerals. Perhaps I should try it!

Teddy likes to eat the soil by the pond

From there we walked around the lower heath where I spotted another Grisette.


Finally we walked back along the Roman Road before heading home. Monday morning, of course, we were back there again. And once again Teddy was sticking his muzzle in the soil, as you can see.

Teddy's been digging with his nose again

Tuesday was a lovely sunny morning so we headed out to Morden Bog, which is looking beautiful where the heather is in full bloom.

Heather in full bloom at Morden Bog Looking back up the hill

In this photo you can see Decoy Pond.

Decoy Pond behind the heather

And here’s a photo of Teddy in the heather.

Teddy in the heather

We walked on and as we headed towards Henry’s Pond we met our friends Tink and Twig. We walked on round with them. At one point they disappeared into some shrub. I heard a rustle, and then a young roe deer popped out onto the path between me and Teddy. I don’t know which one of us was more surprised. It ran off into the trees on the opposite side of the path and after thinking about it for a moment Teddy thought he’d follow. But he was a good boy and came back when I called, after which Tink and Twig re-appeared and took off after the deer in totally the wrong direction, so Teddy had to follow them. The next time we saw Teddy he was a really long way away, still chasing the non-existent deer. So we walked in his general direction with me calling him, and after a short time he came running back to me. I was so proud of him!

After all that running, though, the dogs were hot and had to cool down in a bit puddle.

Teddy, Tink and Twig cool down in a muddy puddle

And finally for Tuesday, one last view of Decoy Pond and the heather taken from the top of the hill as we headed back to the car.

Looking across to Decoy Pond

On Wednesday morning I went to see my Dad, and in the afternoon I took Teddy over to Canford Heath.

Teddy admires the view

Unfortunately I struggle to find good photos on Canford Heath these days, but I quite liked this one of the trees along the path that runs next to the Crematorium.

Trees and clouds

And here’s a slightly different view, taken as we walked up the hill from Steeple Close.

Trees, clouds and heather

And so onto Friday and another walk on Upton Heath.  Along the old railway line the honeysuckle is now in bloom.

Wild Honeysuckle

But there are no other photos from Friday. We did meet Charlie, the dog walker, though, with 6 dogs so Teddy had a good play.

And, of course, Saturday afternoon it was back to Upton Heath. As usual on a Saturday we walked up the Roman Road, across to the viewpoint, and then down the hill. Today, as we passed to two pine trees on the hill, the sky behind them was fabulous.


We continued on to the pond where Teddy spotted a pigeon on the far bank.

Teddy has spotted a pigeon

And then I threw him a stick and he started to play.

I don’t know what he thought he was doing. Although he picked that stone up at the end he immediately dropped it and then went back to digging in the deeper water. He was doing this for nearly 15 minutes while I sat watching him and laughing.

And then we walked on around the lower heath, along the Roman Road and came back to the car. And although he spotted the ponies along the way and showed an interest he came away when I called him. I’m sure it won’t always be like that though!

Three days on Upton Heath

Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd & Monday 3rd October 2016

I’ve had a few days of walking on Upton Heath. On the Saturday afternoon (can it really be October already?) Max and I drove over and walked around the lower heath. Jez decided not to come as she had been out with Chris in the morning. I was surprised to see a big Parasol fungus right at the edge of the pine trees. Surprised for two reasons: it’s not a fungus I have seen anywhere on the heath before and it was about the only fungus that hadn’t been kicked over by people walking along.

Large parasol

It was quite a sunny afternoon as you can see from this photo of Max taken as we were leaving the pond he plays in.

Max on the heath

And back on the subject of fungi, in amongst the silver birch trees I found this pretty little Grisette.


So that was our Saturday walk. On Sunday I drove up to Corfe Mullen and we walked around the very top of the heath. Here are the dogs at one of the small pools in the gravel area where local boys like to ride their bikes.

Puddle time

On the whole it was a fairly uneventful walk, but I did get super excited when I came across a beautiful little Amethyst Deceiver by the reservoir.

Amethyst Deceiver

And so onto Monday when we were back on the lower heath. I was really surprised to see the Parasol fungus still in tact. Here’s a photo of it with my foot included so that you can get some idea of the size of it.

Parasol fungus (indication of size)

We walked onto the pond and met our friends Henry and Addy.

Henry and Addy

Max, of course, pretty much ignored them and just waited for me to throw his cone.


And that was about it. Apart from the fact that, now I have to have the kitchen floor replaced I’ve decided it might be a good time to have the whole kitchen replaced. It is long overdue. The cabinets are now 34 years old and the doors are falling off. So in the afternoon a lady came round from Magnet kitchens to measure up and produce a design for us.

A year ago today

Sheep at Upton Country Park on 1 October.

The sheep's in the meadow

Signs of Autumn on Upton Heath

Sunday 18th & Monday 19th September 2016

On Sunday I took the dogs up to the top end of Upton Heath at Corfe Mullen for their walk as usual. It’s a bit of a pain at the moment as the car park is closed and we are having to park on a busy road. We had a much longer walk than normal, taking in quite a bit of the heath, much to my surprise. I had been expecting Jez to walk to the big muddy puddle and back as normal so hadn’t taken my camera. Therefore I only have one photo from today – of acorns on an oak sapling, taken on my iPhone.

Acorns On

Monday morning I took Max over to the lower part of Upton Heath. It was a bit of a damp start so again I didn’t have the camera. But here, in the silver birch grove, the fungi are finally starting to appear. Here is a pretty little Grisette.


And an Amanita pantharina nestled at the foot of a tree.

Amanita Pantharina

And that’s about it for today.

A year ago today

There were lots more fungi in evidence on Upton Heath, like this Fly Agaric. Fly Agaric

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

Autumn is coming to Upton Heath

Friday 18th September 2015

As usual on a Friday I did my grocery shopping first thing and then came home and took Max over to Upton Heath.

In the pine woods near Beechbank Avenue there are lots of fungi appearing.

A Russual I think

And I rather liked these, nestled up against an old tree stump, taken on the path heading towards the pond.


At the pond, itself, we had a game of cone, although Max sometimes gets a bit confused and forgets he has to drop the cone if he wants me to throw it again.

You have to give the cone back if you want me to throw it, Max

After playing in the pond we walked on round the lower heath, and in the silver birch grove I found this lovely little Grisette…


…these Amanita pantharinas, which had sadly been knocked over…

Amanita Pantharina

… and a nice little crop of Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria).

Fly Agaric

We walked on and met one of the Exmoor ponies.

Exmoor Pony

And Max had to play in one of his favourite puddles.

Max's muddy puddle looks very blue

I am amazed something so muddy can look so blue.

I was also hunting for orb weaver spiders today, but without any luck. I did find lots of Common Garden Spiders, though, like this one.

Common Garden Spider

And so we walked on round to Longmeadow Lane woods, beside the Roman Road, which were looking lovely in the sunlight.

A stream runs through it

And finally, here is a view back along the Roman Road, looking across the stream.

Looking along the Roman Road

It looks more like spring than the approach of autumn.

A year ago today

We went to Broadstone Rec where I took some photos of the fungi.

Fallen star

Meeting friends on Upton Heath

Monday 7th September 2015

Max and I went for our usual Monday morning walk on Upton Heath this morning. The sun was shining and Max was clearly a very happy dog.

Happy Boy

As we approached the pond we met our friend Dawn with Henry and Ariadne, her two English Pointers. so we all went to the pond together. Here’s Henry and Addy in the pond.

Henry and Addy in the pond

Addy is 8 months old now and is getting to be a very big girl.


She’s almost as big as Henry.

Henry and Addy in the pond

After the pond we walked on round together. In the little silver birch coppice the fungi are really starting to appear now. Here are some Amanita pantharina.

Amanita pantharina

And a nice little Grisette.


And, of course, Max had to play in the pond next to the boardwalk.


Poor Max. Addy kept stealing his cones. No wonder he keeps telling her off!

A year ago today

We met the cows on Canford Heath.

There seems to be a bit of an obstruction on the path

A bit of a damp walk

Monday 31st August 2015

We had more rain this morning, so I only took my iPhone when Max and I went for our normal Monday morning walk on Upton Heath. Not that Max cared about the rain (other than it meant that there was more water to play cone in).

Bringing back his cone

The rain also had the advantage of leaving the cap of this little Grisette glistening.


And that’s about it for today, I’m afraid.

A year ago today

We were out walking in Wareham Forest.

Wareham Forest