A walk on Canford Heath

Sunday 20th August 2017

I have lots of photos this week, so I thought I’d split them up into individual posts again.

On Sunday afternoon Teddy and I went for a walk over Canford Heath. It was a bit overcast but not particularly cold.

Looking down the hill

The heather is beautiful this year.

Heather and Gorse

We walked from Gravel Hill and cut across to the end of the Redbrick Path, and then headed up the hill to South Walk, where I took this photo of Teddy.

Teddy

Trees on the top of the heath.

Trees

And looking back along South Walk.

South Walk

This was the view looking out across Poole.

Overlooking Poole

We looped back around to the stream where I liked this log, used as a stepping stone, against the dark sky reflected in the water.

Log in the stream

And then we headed back to the car. I’d walked further than I’d intended, but it was a very pleasant walk.

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.

Grisette

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.

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.

Cloudscape

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!

Just me and Max today

Saturday 20th August 2016

Jez had had 3 good walks yesterday and went out with Chris this morning so this afternoon I decided it was most probably best to leave her at home, especially as she didn’t seem keen to come out with me. Max and I went to Upton Heath.

View over the heath

Rain was forecast so I wore my thin waterproof. That was a waste of time though, as it didn’t rain at all. It was blowing a gale however.

We started off walking up the Roman Road where I could hardly miss this large clump of Chicken of the Woods fungus.

Chicken of the Woods fungi

On the heath the heather is looking lovely at the moment.

Heather

And here it is in amongst the gorse.

Heather and Gorse

We walked from the Roman Road onto the heath and up to the top of the hill where Max had a few problems with the wind.

Chocks Away!

I have a whole series of photos of him standing up there with his ears flapping about: it looks as though he is sending a semaphore message.

As we walked on round the sun started to come out.

Max ignores the view - he just wants to play

And just after I took that Max went in one of his favourite little boggy pools. Further on down the hill he also went in the muddy gully. So I ended up with a very muddy dog.

Muddy Dog!

We headed on towards the pond so that I could wash him off. I have included this next photo as you can see the problems he is having with his hind legs at times.

Max's back legs aren't great at times

At the pond we met our friend Sky, a 12 year old staffy.

Meet Sky

She posed for me nicely.

Sky

And then barked at me when I stopped feeding her treats!

Sky barks to ttell me she wants another treat

By the time we left the pond I had a clean dog, so we headed back to the car and home.

A year ago today

We had tree surgeons in, cutting the dead branches out of our oak tree.

Timber!

A lovely sunny morning on Canford Heath

Tuesday 1st September 2015

Max and I had a beautiful morning for our walk on Canford Heath this morning. We parked in Culliford Crescent and walked up the hill from there. As there were lovely blue skies and quite a few white clouds around I put the polarising filter on the camera to help bring out the skies.

This first photo was taken as we started to walk up the hill.

Heading up the hill from Culliford Crescent

And here’s a panorama from further up the hill, looking back over Poole. As usual, this may be better viewed full screen in Flickr, so just click on the photo to do so.

Looking back over Poole

Were we have had lot of rain there is a lot more water about on the heath, so Max was happy.

Lots of puddles for Max

This was taken as we cut across the heath.

Lining our path

And one of Max’s ponds had returned. I’d say he was happy about it, but he looks pretty grumpy in this photo.

Yea! The pond is back

Here’s Max on the track in the middle of the heather and gorse.

Crossing the heath

And finally, quite a nice view back across one of the puddles.

Reflections

It was a really nice walk. What a difference a bit of sun makes!

A year ago today

It was the start of the Sweet Chestnut season on Upton Heath.

It's that time of year again

Grey skies over Canford Heath

Thursday 27th August 2015

After sunshine for our walk yesterday afternoon we were back to grey skies today. Jez didn’t come so Max and I went to Canford Heath. I parked in Steeple Close and we walked onto the heath that way. Here’s Max on the bottom path that runs by the houses, before we turned up the hill.

Grey skies as we head onto the heath

He was a happy dog because there were puddles.

Puddle time!

As we walked up the hill I took this photo of the view looking back towards Poole.

Looking over Poole

The heather is in full bloom at the moment, so it’s all looking rather lovely.

Heather

And here’s Max standing on the path through the heather.

Heading up the hill

The fungi, like this little Grisette are also starting to appear.

Grisette

As we walked on towards the stream we spotted other dog walkers heading our way.

Walkers on the heath

And, lastly for today, here is Max in the stream.

Max in the stream

But the good news was that, despite those grey clouds, we didn’t get wet.

A year ago today

Max, Jez and I went to Upton Country Park for our walk, where I took this photo of a robin.

Robin

Max and I walk on Upton Heath

Friday 21st August 2015

Max and I did a slightly different walk on Upton Heath today. I drove him over there and we walked to his pond, then we headed up the big hill, but instead of taking the main track we skirted round the boggy area and took the path that runs between the main track and the Roman Road. Here’s Max in the heather.

Trotting through the heather

Eventually we turned left and took a path to join the main track, where I took this photo, looking up the hill.

Looking across Upton Heath

Once we joined the main track we turned back down the hill.

There are lots of Grayling butterflies around at the moment, but they are difficult to spot until you are on top of them, at which point they fly off. I did manage to get a photo of one, though.

Grayling Butterfly

We continued our walk on round the lower heath and met the Exmoor Ponies, one of whom who decided to follow us for a while.

Exmoor Pony

And then we headed back along the Roman Road to the car. Today, though, rather than following the Roman Road all the way back we cut through the woods along Longmeadow Lane, where I took this photo of Max in the stream.

Another stream, another cone

And that was about it for today.

A year ago today

Another shot of Max in the heather – this time on Canford Heath.

Max in the heather

Another grey, cloudy day on Canford Heath

Tuesday 28th July 2015

I’m beginning to think, “Summer, what summer?”. As you can see from this photo of the heather in bloom, there wasn’t much sun about for Max and my’s walk on Canford Heath today. But at least it didn’t rain.

Heather in bloom on Canford Heath

We walked across the heath, in front of the old tip, through the woods and out onto the old coach road, where, as you can see, there are lots of puddles, so Max was happy.

Even more puddles

And I liked the fact that he was reflected in this puddle.

Puddle reflection

Back at home I picked the first of my marrows from the plant that is making a bid to take over the entire garden!

Homegrown

We had it (well, part of it) stuffed for dinner.

I also finally managed to get a photo of a beautiful Comma butterfly that has been hanging around the garden.

Comma Butterfly

Notice that by the time I took that photo, while Chris was on his walk, the sun had come out!

A year ago today

We went for a walk on Upton Heath, but back at home I found two young blackbirds sunning themselves in the garden.

Then there were two