A bit of a damp week

Sunday 23rd July to Saturday 29th July 2017

I didn’t think I had much to share with you this week, as we’ve had quite a damp, showery week. But it turns out I have more than I thought, including 3 bits of video.

So I’ll start last Sunday, when I took Teddy down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy. It used to be a favourite destination of Max’s, but since they’ve started charging for the car park I haven’t been back. Anyway, it wasn’t a particularly nice afternoon: fairly breezy with squalls of rain. I don’t think Teddy has been to the beach before as he didn’t seem to know what to make of the waves.

He did find the seaweed quite tasty though (you would think he was never fed).

Teddy finds seaweed quite tasty

And he had a great time chasing the wagtails along the beach and then the seagulls into the water. Monday we actually had some sun for our walk over to Upton Heath, and Teddy made a new friend at the pond: a young German Pointer. Here they are having a great time.

Tuesday was another nice day and I decided to take Teddy out to Wareham Forest. We hadn’t been there long when we met two 13 week old French Bulldog pups.

Teddy meets two 13 week old French Bulldog pups

They wanted to play with Teddy until he started chasing them and then they got scared, so I put him on the lead and walked him on.

As I said, it was a very nice day, as you can see from this photo of Teddy approaching the Dragonfly Pool (on the left).

Walking towards the Dragonfly Pool

And here is said Dragonfly Pool, looking rather lovely in the sunshine.

Reflections in the Dragonfly Pool

I took Teddy for a slightly longer walk today and chose I route I used to take with Jez and Max but which I don’t think they’ve been up to walking for the past 3-4 years. It bought us back along the side of Decoy Heath.

Looking across Decoy Heath

Although it looks like grass it is mainly bog, covered in grassy hummocks in places and reeds. Walking along Teddy spotted a crow out on the heath and took off after it. He was doing fine until he fell into one of the boggy pools, at which time he came to an abrupt halt. Just look at the state of him afterwards.

Guess who fell in the bog

All that mud can make a little dog quite frisky though.

I tried to wash him off in the Gruffalo Pool but he wouldn’t go in, choosing to run after a horse and rider that I thought was far enough away before I let him off the lead again. Fortunately no harm was done but I’ll have to hold onto him for longer when we meet horses in future.

So I arrived home with a very muddy dog, and had to bath him, which he did not appreciate. I had a nice clean, dog afterwards though.

Teddy after his bath

After that the weather got worse and it was either overcast or raining and I didn’t take any photos until we went to Delph Woods in the rain on Saturday afternoon. We had had strong winds overnight and I came across a fallen silver birch tree alongside the stream.

Tree down

With all the rain Teddy looked very bedraggled and sorry for himself.

Teddy's not happy about all this rain

Even the lake looked pretty dismal.

Rain on the lake

So we were happy to get back to the car and the dry.

At the end of a wet walk

I’m hoping for slightly better weather in the coming week. Perhaps I’ll be able to get some of my washing done.

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A cold start to December

Thursday 1st December 2016

Frosts have been thin on the ground here so far this winter, but this morning we woke to freezing fog. To celebrate I took my best camera with me when I took Max for a walk at Upton Country Park (no way was Jez moving from her warm, snugly bed).

Entering the park from Poole Road on a frost morning

In the car park I was surprised to see that there were still one or two cornflowers in bloom. This one was looking lovely with the frost on it.

Frosted cornflower

In places it was quite frosty in the park too, as Max demonstrates in this photo.

We had had a bit of a frost overnight

But a lot of the time it was all about mood.

Walking towards the picnic area

This was taken in the Woodland Walk.

Sunlight through the trees (1)

And I like this one in black and white.

Sunlight through the trees (3)

This was the little boardwalk over the lake. I’ve softened the clarity and rather like the effect.

Boardwalk across the lake

The lake, itself, was a bit icy this morning.

Frozen lake

But that did not deter Max.

Max in the icy lake

As you can see the sun had, by now, broken through the fog, which made for a very nice photo along the path to Hamworthy.

Path to Hamworthy

And here’s Max further along the same path.

Path to Hamworthy

The view along the shoreline was fairly evocative too.

Procession of Geese on Upton Lake

Around here a haw frost had frosted the reeds.

Frosted reeds

And the wooden side rails.

Frsoted fence

Although the sun was starting to thaw it.

Frosted reed

By the time we walked back through the gardens, though, the sun had disappeared again.

Walled garden

The start of our drive home was in fog, but as we got to Creekmoor (only a couple of minutes away) we drove back into bright sunshine. And that pretty much set the pattern for the rest of the day, with the fog coming and going.

A year ago today

Max and I were out and about on Canford Heath.

Trees in black and white

Max and I go to Lake Pier

Friday 30th September 2016

It was a sunny but blustery morning, and Jez didn’t want to come for a walk having found herself a patch of sun to lie in, so I took Max down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy.

The beach

You might just be able to spot him there waiting on the shoreline.

As I said, it was blustery and a windsurfer was taking full advantage of the wind.

Windsurfer

There were also quite a few people fishing from the pier.

On the pier

Max and I walked along the beach as I threw his cone in the water for him, and then we turned up the steps and walked around the cliff path. We came back to the beach and finally I took him up to the lake on Ham Common so that I could wash the salt off him. Here he is at the water’s edge.

Waiting

He was eager for a swim.

Swimming back to me

Bringing his cone back to me.

Rising out of the lake

And finally, not a great photo of Max, but I love the water arc produced by the swish of his tail.

With a swish of the tail Now you can see why I stand well back when he comes to the water’s edge. If I don’t I can get drenched.

A year ago today

We were out and about on Upton Heath.

Looking down across the heath

On the beach

Thursday 4th August 2016

The tides were right for us to go down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy this morning. I always check the tides as if the tide is out too far the beach is just mud and Max can’t get into the sea to play. And he likes being in the sea.

Max waits

Jez wades out into the water from time to time, but a lot of the time she just wanders along the beach, or, as in this photo, just sits.

Jez sitting on the beach

We walked the length of the beach and then went up the steps and headed for the lake on Ham Common.

Looking over Poole Harbour

Both dogs had another long spell in the lake as, although it was quite cloudy, it was also quite warm.

Jez and Max in the lake

Then we headed back to the beach. En route we met our lurcher friends Twink and Twiglet and walked with them. Back at the beach the tide was coming in rapidly and we met some people who were having fun messing about in boats.

Messing about in boats

Oh, and Max lost his cone in the sand!

What a daft dog he is!

A year ago today

We were also down at Lake Pier with my cousin Linda.

Max tries to anticipate where Linda's throwing the cone and gets it wrong

Lake Pier with Linda

Thursday 21st July 2016

As I said yesterday, my cousin Linda has arrived to stay for a few days. So this morning she came with us on our walk to Lake Pier, Hamworthy.

When we got to the beach the Wareham River Cruise boat was just passing.

The Wareham River Cruise Boat

It’s a boat trip I’d like to do someday.

Jez was happy to be down the beach and after a while wandered into the sea.

Jez in the sea

Here’s Linda with both Jez and Max.

Linda with Jez and Max

And a photo of Linda with the Rockley Sailing School in the background.

Linda

We walked along the beach and then onto the lake. Max has got Linda well trained: he knows that she will always throw his cone or his ball for him.

Max

And Linda duly obliges.

Max has got Linda well trained

Here’s one last shot of Linda for today.

Linda

We walked on back to the beach and played some more there. It might look grey and cold but it was actually very warm, so we had a lovely morning.

A year ago today

Max and I went for a walk on Canford Heath. Here he is in the heather.

Max in the heather

We make it to Upton Heath

Monday 4th July 2016

Today, without Jezebel in tow (she decided to have a lie in), Max and I made it over to Upton Heath for a walk. It was a bit of a grey day though.

The path up the hill

Alongside the paths all of the blackberries are allĀ in flower.

Blackberry flowers

And today, with the better camera, I was able to get a decent photo of the Bog Asphodel.

Bog Asphodel

We walked to the pond…

Max in the pond

… and then today, for a change, we walked around the back of the pits.

Behind the old pits

This is a bit of a strange path. It starts out as a very clear path and then at the far side of the pits peters out. And if you’re not careful you end up in a big boggy area. As it was summer we managed to turn down the side of the pits and then pick up the path to the lake though.

Max on the path to the lake

This was our view of the lake as we reached the north end of it.

The lake

Of course, Max had to have a swim a bit further along where he could easily get in the water.

Max waits to swim in the lake

And this was the view across the lake from his swimming spot.

View across the lake

After that we headed back across the lower heath on our usual path and then back along the Roman Road to the car. It had made a nice change though. Two years ago today There are not photos from a year ago today.

 

Two years ago today

I was still staying with Dad while he convalesced, and went for a walk along the River Stour in Christchurch.

River Stour

Happy New Year

Friday 1st January 2016

We managed to get through the fireworks last night without too much trouble by turning up Jools Holland on the TV and feeding Jez peanut butter. Thankfully they had all stopped by 12.30am this year. Nevertheless, I wasn’t in too much of a hurry to get up this morning, especially given that it was wet and windy out.

When we did go out both dogs came with me to Upton Country Park. As if it wasn’t wet enough as it was Max spent as much time as possible in the water (seen here in the lake)…

Max at the lake

… and Jez decided to join him in the stream.

Jez in the stream

But you can tell the weather wasn’t great as even the ducks had decided to hunker down.

Hunkered down against the elements

And lastly, as we walked back to the car, a photo of the bare, tangled branches of the trees that grow alongside the stream.

Trees along the stream

I was going for the overall feel to the day with that shot.

And after that, I spent the day snuggled down on the sofa in front of the TV.

A year ago today

Oh look! We were at Upton Country Park where a couple of the sheep came over to say ‘Hello’ to us.

The girls came over to say 'Hello' today