And a cold start to 2017

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.

New Year - Same old pond

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.

Hazel's found herself a stick

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.

Max in the stream

And lastly for today, here is a shot of the Roman Road where the stream crosses it.

The Roman Road in winter

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.

The sign has got Max a bit worried

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.

A clear, frost morning

This photo was taken along the Cedar Avenue.

Sun throught the cedars

As was this one of a frosted bench.

Frosted seat

These frosty leaves also caught my eye.

Frosty leaves

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.

Waling through the gardens

We walked on round to the Japanese garden, which looked nice in the frost and sun.

The Japanese Garden

And I rather liked the light and shade around this little ornament.

Stone 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.

An icy Lychett Bay at low tide

Max was not happy as he couldn’t get anywhere near the water.

Max is not happy that the tide is out

We walked on round to the small beach at Turlin Moor, where the boats looked lovely in the still water.

Reflections on a cold morning

Round here the seaweed on the beach was frozen.

Frozen seaweed

As was the fishing gear left in the boats.

Fishing nets and float Frosted float

There was also frost over this discarded bag left on the beach.

Discarded

Max finally managed to get down to the water round here, but he also got very muddy paws in the process.

Mr Muddy Paws!

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.

The new viewing platform

And this is the view it gives.

Lychett Bay from the viewing platform

And one last photo from our walk: a frozen seed head.

Frosty seedhead

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.

Jez snoozing in the sun

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.

Circle of light

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A cold end to the year

Sunday 25th December – Saturday 31st December 2016

Christmas Day was a wet, miserable day, so Chris and I didn’t do our ‘traditional family’ walk with the dogs until Boxing Day (the 26th) when we took the dogs out to Kingston Lacy after lunch. It was pretty cold, so I made sure Jez had her nice warm jumper on. Here’s Chris with the dogs

A Boxing Day Walk

The sun going down behind the trees.

A chilly afternoon

And, yes, it’s treat time again.

Time for a treat

The next morning was cold and frosty, and while Jez stayed snuggled in bed, Max and I went over Upton Heath.

Entrance to a frozen heath

We almost met the cows, but they passed us by.

A procession of cows

I like this photo of one of the Exmoor Ponies with the mist lying low across the heath.

Exmoor Pony

The grass around the boardwalk was frosted…

Frozen Grass

… and the water icy (not that that bothered Max).

Max in the icy water

So a pleasant but cold walk.

The next day was cold and frosty again and this time Max and I went to Upton Country Park.

I liked these leaves, covered in frost but with the sun just touching them.

Frosted leaves in the sun

The picnic tables were pretty frosty too.

Frosty picnic tables

The sun was low along the stream.

By the stream

But Holes Bay was looking lovely in the sun.

View across Upton Lake to Poole

And so on to Friday 30th December, and Max and I went over to Canford Heath where the sun was low through the trees.

Light and shade on Canford Heath

It was quite misty too.

A foggy morning

Which made for a few nice shots.

Max waits for me Overlooking Canford Heath estate

But by the time we got up onto the main heath the sun was out, although the wind was bitter.

Me and Max in the sunshine Heading towards the stream

There was lots of ice on the water though.

The ice doesn't bother Max

And finally to the last day of the walk and and a chilly, grey walk on Upton Heath with both Jez and Max.

A grey end to the year

So here’s Max signing out with his last game of cone in 2016.

Last game of cone in 2016

And Jez waiting patiently for 2017 to arrive.

Jez waits

Happy New Year to you all.

A year ago

Max and I saw 2015 out down on the beach at Lake Pier, Hamworthy.

Max

A busy week

Sunday 18th December – Saturday 24th December 2016

I had a busy week this week: getting ready for Christmas, choosing new flooring, picking up new spectacles, taking the dogs for a hydro session, walking the dogs (of course!), going out to Kingston Lacy to photograph their Christmas lights, and finally cooking Christmas dinner for Dad.

But first on Sunday 18th we were out on the top of Upton Heath as usual.

View over Upton Heath

I actually got Jez to look into the camera, rather than turn and walk away.

Jezebel

And although it’s technically rubbish, I got a great shot of Jez and Max together.

Jez and Max - cuaght in the flash

Moving on to Monday 19th and it was a bit of a grey day on Upton Heath.

View across the lower heath

I did get a nice photo of Max under the pine trees though.

Max

In fact, most of the week was grey and damp. But sun was forecast on Thursday so I chose this day to go out to Kinston Lacy to see their Christmas lights – and even then it managed to rain on me! I loved the wooden reindeer they had all around the park – here in a small group.

Reindeer Family

The path was bordered with lights and trees were lit up.

The Christmas Light trail

The house and the Philae Obelisk looked lovely.

Philae Obelisk & Kingston Lacy House

Philae Obelisk & Kingston Lacy House Kingston Lacy house

This is from the back of the house looking towards the Victorian Fernery.

Christmas lights in the trees

And looking back the other way.

Chirstmas lights at Kingston Lacy

The side of the house was lit up too.

Kingston Lacy house

This was in the Victorian fernery.

In the Victorian Fernery

And finally, the old Laundry (where Father Christmas was visiting) and the house.

The Laundry and Kinston Lacy House at Christmas

There are more photos over on my Flickr stream if you care to look.

On Friday 23rd Dad came for Christmas lunch. Pat was supposed to come too, but she was too poorly, which was a shame. Here’s Dad before lunch.

Dad

Time for crackers.

Happy Christmas from the Grinch

And for lunch.

Christmas cracker time

We had a capon (cockerel) at Dad’s request, with all the usual trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding.

And so onto Christmas Eve, when we went over to Upton Heath for our walk.

The sun sets over the heath

So it’s a belated Merry Christmas from Max…

Max in the pond

…and from Jez.

Jez

 

A year ago

On 20th December Dad and Pat came for their Christmas lunch. Here Max decides that Dad’s ears need a good clean. Max wants a kiss

A chilly walk at Kingston Lacy

Tuesday 29th November 2016

It was another sunny, but chilly, morning this morning. Jez decided to stay on the bed in the sun, so I took Max to Kingston Lacy for his walk, along with my best camera.

Kingston Lacy house

With only Max with me I decided to walk all the way around the back of the house and through the Woodland Walk, only today we walked anti-clockwise. This was the view across from the front of the house.

In the grounds

As you can see there was still frost on the ground. This sycamore leaf was still quite frosty where the sun had not reached it.

Frosty leaf

As was this pretty little leaf on the path in the gardens.

Leaf

The low sunshine made this little corner of the gardens look very picturesque.

A gate in the sunshine

Although some trees still have some of their leaves the limes in the Lime Avenue have lost all of theirs.

The lime avenue

Round in the Woodland Walk I loved this back-lit leaf.

Backlit leaf in the Woodland Walk

And here’s Max who managed to get tangled up in his long lead, as you can see.

Max has got tangled in his lead

And lastly for today, here’s me and Max in the Woodland Walk.

Max and I in the Woodland Walk

It had been really cold, but a very pleasant walk in the sunshine.

A year ago today

We stopped off at the little Christmas market at Upton Country Park.

Christmas chalets

The Woodland Walk at Kingston Lacy

Friday 11 November 2016

It was a sunny morning and so I decided to take the dogs out to Kingston Lacy today.

Kingston Lacy house at Autumn

It’s been a few weeks since we were in the Woodland Walk so I thought I’d see what it looked like in the autumn sunshine today. This is a slightly different view of the house, which I took just as we entered the Woodland Walk.

A slightly different view of Kingston Lacy

This is the lovely, carved arch that marks the start of the play area.

Entrance to the Woodland Walk

In the woods the sunlight was coming through the trees.

Sunlight through the trees

And I found some very pretty little fungi.

Fungi

We walked on along the path.

Autumn in the Woodland Walk

And occasionally met other visitors.

Wallking through the Woodland Walk in Autumn

When we got to a nice area of fallen leaves in the sun I took a photo of Max.

Max

And tried to take one of Max and Jez together, but Jez wasn’t interested.

Jez doesn't want her photo taken

We continued on and I checked out the Acer Glade, but virtually all of the trees have lost their leaves now. So we back-tracked a short distance and then took the path back up to the house. It had been a lovely morning’s walk.

A year ago today

Max had a vet appointment in Wareham and afterwards I took him to Studland Beach for his walk.

Knoll Beach

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

Autumn at Kingston Lacy

Thursday 20th October 2016

Today we went to Kingston Lacy for our walk.

Kingston Lacy house

It has the advantage of having no water, so keeping Max out of it is not a problem, plus I knew that the Acers would be starting to put on their autumn show.

Because we had Jez with us today we didn’t do the full circular walk and instead I cut out the Woodland Walk portion and took the path behind the restaurant that comes out close to the Bamboo Grove. We walked through that and on into the Acer Glade.

Across the acer glade

As you can see, the leaves here are beginning to turn.

Acer leaves are turning

Some more than others.

Acer leaves

I rather like this photo, taken from underneath and looking up to the sky.

Acer leaves against the sky

From the Acer Glade we walked through the Winter Garden, where Max was delighted to find some Sweet Chestnuts, and then onto Nursery Wood, where I spotted this lovely Magpie Ink Cap in the borders.

Magpie Ink Cap

Of course, the Acers are not the only plants that are becoming very colourful in Autumn: the Azaleas are too.

Max by the azaleas

We continued on round and when we got to the Cedar Avenue we got a bit of a surprise as there were sheep grazing there.

Who let the sheep out?

Oddly enough Jez wasn’t that interested, although I made sure I kept her well away from the electric fence that had been erected. Of course, Max had to bark at them. This sheep clearly wasn’t impressed.

I'm watching you

And after all that excitement it was time for Jez to have a rest…

Jez has a rest

… while Max and I stood and waited.

Max stands patiently

And that was our walk. It had been a lovely walk and a good choice of venue.

A year ago today

Autumn seemed to be further advanced this time last year – at least it was a Broadstone Rec where we went for our walk.

The angel bows her head amidst the autumn leaves