Teddy’s first week home

Sunday 11th – Saturday 17th June 2017

Teddy has settled in very well during his first week with us. The first two nights he slept on the sofa in the living room as he wouldn’t come upstairs. On the Monday he discovered he could do stairs after all and spent a lot of his time running up and down them. After that he slept on a duvet on the floor for one night, and then on my bed thereafter. We have to watch him first thing in the morning though, as if you don’t take him outside quick enough he can’t hold it any longer and wees on the carpet. He hasn’t learnt how to ask to go out yet.

On Teddy’s first full day with us Chris took him for a walk in the morning and then in the afternoon I took him over to Upton Heath. We walked over, as I used to do with Jez and Max when they were younger, and then walked up the Roman Road and out onto the heath. Here is Teddy at the top of the hill.

Teddy on top of Upton Heath

Looking into the camera.

Teddy in close-up

It was quite breezy, and every now and then as we walked down the hill he’d stop and gaze out across the heath. Well, he is a sight hound after all.

Teddy with the wind in his fur

And here’s another one of him.


I’ve not been taking photos every day. But as the temperatures started to rise we took Teddy out early in the morning and then to Delph Woods, where there is lots of shade and water, in the afternoon. This was taken on Wednesday afternoon when it was time for a drink in the stream in Delph Woods.

Time for a drink

Another close up.


And one more of him in the woods.


On Thursday afternoon I took the EOS 6D into the garden to get some photos after Chris bought Teddy home from his walk.

Teddy in the garden

And my favourite – Snoozing with his head in the daisies.

Shhh! Teddy's asleep

On Friday morning it was overcast and I took Teddy down to Lychett Bay. No photos of Teddy from today, although he did have to try out the seaweed, but a couple of the boats down there. As you can see the tide was out.

Boats at low tide

And I quite liked this photo of a rowing boat.


And lastly, a photo from Friday afternoon which shows just how much Teddy is settling in.

Teddy dozing

That’s it for this week, but I hope you’re going to enjoy my new adventures with Teddy.


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.


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

Oh what a beautiful morning

Tuesday 30th August 2016

It was a lovely morning this morning, and as the tides were about right I took the dogs down to Lychett Bay for their walk. I wondered whether to park in the car park by the rugby ground for a change, but decided against it, which, as it turned out, was a good thing. So we parked near the viewpoint as usual and cut across the edge of the rugby pitches to Turlin Moor Rec. This was taken just as we were leaving the rugby pitch…

Heading through to Lychett Bay

…and this was taken just after we’d walked through the gap in the trees.

Turlin Moor Rec

Lychett Bay, itself, looked pretty stunning.

Lychett Bay on a still morning

We walked along by the reed beds to the little culvert where Max likes to get in the water (the banks are too steep for Jez now), but just before he headed in there I took this photo of him to show how bad his back legs are at times now.

Poor Max - his back legs aren't good at all

Poor Jez was getting a bit hot by this stage and we had to walk all the way down to the bird hide before we could get to the little beach where she can get into the water.

At the water's edge

Here’s Jez making ripples in the still waters in the Bay.

Jez makes ripples

And here she is heading back to me.

Jez heads to shore

Of course, Max just wanted me to throw a cone for him.

Max waits to play

And just to make you envious, here is my view from the little patch of sand I’ve called a beach (it’s only about 3 foot wide!).

Panorama across Lychett Bay

After that we walked on around Turlin Moor Rec and then went back to the rugby patches, where Max had a good roll.

Time for a roll

And then the dogs disgraced themselves. I was walking back to where we had parked by Jez must have heard noises and headed for the car park by the rugby club (where I’d thought about parking). Max, of course, followed. I soon found out why – there was a travellers’ temporary camp there, as usual strewn with rubbish and who knows what. Do you think I could get the dogs back. Eventually I got Jez on the lead, but Max was a nightmare. Once I’d got them back they got a good talking to and I kept them on the lead most of the way back to the car.

A year ago today

I messed up again with my last post and posted a photo from a year ago today up at the top of Upton Heath. Anyway, here’s Max in the same pond on the same day.

Max wants to play cone in a new pond

Lychett Bay

Friday 5th August 2016

This morning Jez did not have a hydro-therapy appointment, so we went to Lychett Bay for our walk. I knew, based on yesterday, that it would be high tide.

Lychett Bay

Most of our time was spent walking around Turlin Moor Rec, although we did get down to the little beach by the bird hide so that Jez could cool down in the water. As you can see, she had got quite hot.

Jez needs a rest

This is the area where in the past I have found lots of Cinnebar Moth caterpillars, and today was no exception. They are getting quite big now, though.

The cinebar moth caterpillars are growing

Rather than walk on down to where the boats are we cut back across to the children’s playground. It was lovely to see some beautiful wildflowers growing along the side of the road there.

Pretty flowers

The rec itself was looking quite nice in the sun with some pretty dark clouds behind it.

Looking across Turlin Moor Rec.

We were sitting near the flowers when I took that and all of a sudden we heard a man flying a model plane further over in the field. That was it: Jez was off to investigate. She took off at what she now calls a run.

We stopped and had a chat with the man when he had landed his plane and then made our way onto the rugby pitches, where I took this photo of Max.

Max waiting for his ball

And then it was back home and some lunch for us.

A year ago today

We took my cousin, Linda, over Canford Heath for a walk.

Linda regrets coming for a walk when she sees the hill

Turlin Moor Rec

Tuesday 14th June 2016

My plan this morning had been to go to Lychett Bay for our walk, so I drove down there and we set off. The weather was, once again, overcast and this was the view across the bay as we left the rugby pitches and turned out onto Turlin Moor Rec.

Clouds over Lychett Bay

We walked into the Rec but Jez didn’t want to take our usual shoreline path and turned inland, at which point she realised there were dogs on the rugby pitches so she cut through the trees and went to see them. I eventually got her back through the trees but she wanted to walk around the outside of the Rec., so that’s what we did. After a little while the sun came out.


You can see more dog roses in the background on that photo. These were darker than those we saw yesterday, but were still very pretty.

Dog rose bud Dog Rose

We walked all the way around the edge of the Rec. and didn’t get down to the shoreline, except in one place where a land drain goes out. But the bank has collapsed there and it was too steep for Jez. Max went in and splashed after a cone though. After that Jez decided she was hot and so it was time for a rest. Here’s Max resting with his ball.

A dog and his ball

And here’s Jez.


And as an added bonus – check out that tongue.

Jez gives 'Tongue out Tuesday' her best shot

If most definitely was a ‘Tongue out Tuesday’.

A year ago today

We went to Canford Heath where I took this photo of a foxglove.


We have a poorly girl

Friday 4th March 2016

Yesterday afternoon I had to take Jez to the vet for her heart scan (her vet picked up a murmur 3 weeks ago). Unfortunately the news was not good as it turns out that Jez had Dilated Cardiomyopathy (a type of heart disease) and the walls of one of her heart chambers is very weak, which means the chamber is enlarged and the heart is not pumping properly. Hopefully the prognosis is slightly better though, as our vet says the heart medication that he has put Jez on is very effective.

Typical for Jez she decided to try and prove that there isn’t much wrong with her an insisted on going for 3 walks today. The first of these was with Max and I down to Lychett Bay after I’d done my grocery shopping.

We hadn’t been down to Lychett Bay for ages as I it can get very wet and muddy. Today, as we set off, I wondered just how long our walk would be as there was a clear storm front moving in.

A storm is approaching

Fortunately it seemed to be a lot worse over the other side of the bay.

Light and Dark

As you may be able to see from the photos the tide was a long way out this morning. Max was not happy.

Oh no! The tide's out

Even when we got round to the boats at Turlin Moor he struggled to find any water to play in.

Yes, the tide is definitely out

Jez, meanwhile, was just happy to poke around amongst all the discarded fishing and boating rubbish that’s down there.

Jez explores

And then, just as I took that photo, the wind whipped up and it started to rain and sleet slightly. You can’t tell it, but it was actually sleeting on us as I took this photo.

It was sleeting on us when I took this shot

Unfortunately the rainbow wasn’t bright enough to show up on my photos.

We walked back to the car and by the time we got back to the viewpoint at the head of the bay the wind had dropped, the rain had stopped, and the sun was shining.

Sunshine is restored

The car was dry, but a short distance away as I drove home the roads were soaking wet and there were piles of hailstones everywhere. We’d been lucky!

A year ago today

Max and I went to Badbury Rings and I took photos of the lambs at Wimborne on the way.


I’m so predictable

Sunday 1st November 2015

Another sunny afternoon for our walk (well, sort of as the sun went behind hazy clouds quite early on) and, as is becoming my habit on a Sunday afternoon, I drove the dogs up to Corfe Mullen to walk the top of Upton Heath. Here they are on the scrubby heathland behind the car park.

Jez and Max

We walked to the heath and I managed to persuade Jez to walk onto the heath in front of the viewpoint. And this was the view it afforded us.

View over Upton Heath and Poole (plus Max)

I took the opportunity to take a couple of shots of the dogs. Here’s Max..,


… and here’s Jez.


We walked on down the heath and then cut across to the bridal path that leads to Beacon Road. I didn’t take them all the way to Beacon Road today, however, but we turned off into the horses field and did a little loop through that to come back to the bridal path. But not before Jez had a little rest.


Once she’d finished yawning I managed to get a much better photo of her.


And I didn’t want to leave Max out.

Time to throw his stick

Just after we rejoined the bridal path I spotted a lot of Stag’s Horn Fungi (or Candlestick Fungi). There seems to be quite a patch of them there.

Stag's Horn Fungus

And lastly a view as we walked back up the hill. The sun was starting to go down properly now but I realised that from here you can see across Lychett Bay to Poole Harbour. If you look closely in the photo you can see the railway bridge across the bottom of Lychett Bay (that’s where we walk sometimes where there is the little beach with the small boats) and behind it is Poole Harbour.

View over Lychett Bay and Poole Harbour

And that was our walk for today. And can you believe: it’s the 1st of November and we still haven’t had to turn the central heating on!

A year ago today

We were on a different part of Upton Heath and it was another lovely sunny day.

Heading up the hill