Sunday 1st January – Saturday 7th January 2017
The cold spell has been continuing into the new year, although we had some rather welcome sunshine on Monday 2nd January. To celebrate Max and I went for a walk on Upton Heath as usual on a Monday.
Near the pond we met the 3 Weimeraners, including Hazel who had one of her usual ‘small’ sticks. Here she is having a good old chew at it.
We walked on round the lower heath and when we got to the Roman Road Max got in the stream as usual. The light on his was lovely.
And lastly for today, here is a shot of the Roman Road where the stream crosses it.
On Tuesday it was a cold and frosty start, so I chose to take Max out to Kingston Lacy. When we got there Max was a bit worried by the warning sign at the entrance.
But he needn’t have worried as the paths weren’t slippery at all. The grounds were looking lovely in the frost and sunlight though.
This photo was taken along the Cedar Avenue.
As was this one of a frosted bench.
These frosty leaves also caught my eye.
It was only towards the end of our walk that we began to see many other people. This couple passed us as we walked through the gardens, though.
We walked on round to the Japanese garden, which looked nice in the frost and sun.
And I rather liked the light and shade around this little ornament.
After that we continued on through the woodland walk and finally back to the car.
Wednesday I went to see my Dad as usual and on Thursday we once again had a heavy frost so I decided to take Max down to Lychett Bay. The tide was out and the shoreline was rather icy.
Max was not happy as he couldn’t get anywhere near the water.
We walked on round to the small beach at Turlin Moor, where the boats looked lovely in the still water.
Round here the seaweed on the beach was frozen.
As was the fishing gear left in the boats.
There was also frost over this discarded bag left on the beach.
Max finally managed to get down to the water round here, but he also got very muddy paws in the process.
After that we headed back to the car but before we left we went to see the new viewing platform that has been built overlooking the bay.
And this is the view it gives.
And one last photo from our walk: a frozen seed head.
You may be wondering where Jez was while Max and I were doing all this walking. Well, she was busy snoozing in the sun at home.
And who can blame her?
A year ago
From the same week a year ago I’ve chosen this photo, taken out at Badbury Rings, which is also part of the National Trust Kinston Lacy estate.