Sun on Upton Heath

Sunday 4th December 2016

Yes, I know I’ve only put one date and I said I’d be posting weekly, but that is because this is the only day I have to post anything for this week.

So, being a Sunday we went up to Corfe Mullen and out onto Upton Heath. It was a lovely sunny afternoon.

The winter sun shines over Upton heath

Max was a happy boy.

Max in the afternoon sunshine

And was very interested when he thought he heard the word ‘Treat’

Did someone mention a treat?

And that’s it for this week.

A year ago

Max in the sunshine and shadows in Longmeadow Lane woods.

Max in the long shadows

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

Linda & I go on a Poole Harbour boat trip

Friday 22nd July 2016

Friday morning was pretty much like every Friday morning: grocery shopping followed by Jez’s hydroptherapy. The only difference was that this week Linda came with me. In the afternoon, however, while Chris took the dogs out, Linda and I went down to Poole Quay in order to take a boat trip around Poole Harbour. This sailing ship was moored up against the quay when we got there.

Queen Galadriel

As you can see, it was a beautiful, hot day. At first we thought we were going to be unlucky as we had just missed one boat, but then we found that one of the Brownsea Island boats goes out to the island and then on round the harbour. This was ideal as it also gave us the option of getting off at Brownsea Island and having a short walk around.

Linda bought our tickets and the boat trip was soon underway. I took this photo of Poole Quay boat haven as we passed.

Poole Quay Boat Haven

And here’s one of the Brownsea Island ferries returning to the quay.

Brownsea Island Ferry

We were sat on the top deck of the boat in the sun and the breeze, so it was a lovely trip.

Linda

As it was such a lovely day there were lots of boats out in the harbour, both sail…

Sail boat

…and power.

Power boat

At Brownsea Island, where Baden Powell held the very first Scout camp, we made our way to the viewpoints. Here you can see the chain ferry that goes between Sandbanks and the Studland Peninsula.

Sandbanks to Studland Chain Ferry

And here is a panorama of the Studland Peninsula.

Studland Peninsula and Poole Harbour

We didn’t have time to walk too far but in the end walked around for over and hour before we made our way back to the National Trust shop and bought an ice cream before catching the last boat (at 5pm). As we left we passed the old castle entrance. The castle, which is now a private hotel, was built by Henry VIII as a defensive fort in the 1540s.

Castle Entrance

The trip around the harbour was lovely and there was an interesting commentary. This was Newton Bay.

Newton Bay

The problem was the light and direction of the sun wasn’t great for photography, so I scrapped most of the photos I took. Here we are coming back towards Poole Docks and the Quay.

Poole docks and quay

And here is Poole Quay.

Poole Quay

I also have a very nice photo of Linda.

Linda

We eventually got home around 6.30pm. Linda had thought I’d overdone it when I bought a 4 hour car park ticket, but we needed all 4 hours of it. It was a bit late to start cooking when we got in, so Chris went and picked up Fish & Chips, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Before that, though, there was time for Linda and I to raise a glass of fizz.

Me and Linda

A year ago today

We were at Wareham Forest, and there were some big black clouds.

Jez heads towards the viewpoint

Max and I go to Upton Heath

Monday 23rd May 2016

After a dismal week-end when I didn’t take any photos, Max and I walked over to Upton Heath this morning. For a change we headed up the Roman Road, only to be met by a fallen tree.

Tree Down

Fortunately we were able to duck underneath it, and we continued on up until we turned out onto the heath.

Upton Heath panorama

We walked up to the viewpoint and then across the top of the hill and around the back of it where Max headed for the small, boggy pool he likes. Here he is standing in the gorse waiting for me.

Max in the gorse

Fortunately he didn’t get too dirty today. We continued on down the hill and towards the bottom we me Dawn with Henry and Addy. I haven’t seen her for ages and so we spent ages chatting. As we talked I could hear a Stonechat making a lot of noise close by, and after we left her I managed to spot it and get a photo.

Stonechat

After that we walked onto the pond where I threw cones for Max, and then headed home. By the time we got back we’d been out about 2 hours!

A year ago today

We walked around Creekmoor ponds and I took this photo of Jez.

Portrait of Jez

Max and I go to Morden Bog

Thursday 31st March 2016

It was a lovely sunny morning, so I thought it would make a nice change to go with Max out to Morden Bog, which is in Wareham Forest.

On Morden Bog

After the rain we have had this winter Morden Bog was living up to it’s name, and I was glad I’d worn my Wellington boots.

Big puddles

Max was happy though: there were lots of pools of water for him to stand in.

Lots of water!

Here’s a panorama looking out over Morden Bog.

View across Morden Bog

And then we get to the real reason I came here today. At this time of years daffodils bloom in what was once the garden of the old, ruined cottage here, and Max looks very handsome standing in amongst the daffs.

Max in the daffodils

You can’t see them in the photo below, but at the adjacent apiary (which is still maintained) the bees were very busy.

The bees were busy at the apiary

We continued on a fairly long, circular path. What surprised me is that it is school holidays, and a beautiful morning, and I didn’t meet a soul until we’d been walking for an hour and 5 minutes! We pretty much had the place to ourself the whole walk.

We walked back to the car via Sherford Lake as usual.

Sherford Lake

This enable me to wash the smell of bog off Max before we had to get back in the car. We’d been out just under 2 hours and had had a lovely walk.

A year ago today

We went for a walk on Upton Heath where we met Ariadne, Dawn’s English Pointer puppy, for the very first time.

Ariadne

Sunshine and water on Canford Heath

Tuesday 29th March 2016

Max and I took advantage of the sunshine and went to Canford Heath this morning for our walk. I parked in Steeple Close and we walked on the heath and the up the hill to South Drive. This was the view of Poole from the top.

Overlooking Poole

And here’s Max looking very serious at the top of the hill – most probably because he is waiting for me to throw his cone.

Max

But he soon found the puddles, so was a happy dog (not that you can tell from that photo where he still looks really serious).

Puddle time!

We cut across the heath and he played in the stream too…

In the stream

… before moving onto the first of two ponds. Then we headed back to the main hill up from Canford Heath where I washed him off in the second pond before returning to the car.

A year ago today

It was a bit of a grey blustery day, and we went for a walk on Upton Heath.

A bit of a dull afternoon on Upton Heath

Oh what a beautiful morning

Thursday 11th February 2016

We had a sunny, but frost, start this morning. The frost was still hanging around when Max and I got to Upton Country Park.

A frosty start at Upton Country Park

Here’s another photo is the ‘Where’s Max?’ series. Can you spot him?

Where's Max?

He’s just to the right of centre, under that bent tree.

In the Woodland Walk watery sunlight was filtering through the bare trunks of the trees. I thought this shot worked best in black and white.

Weak sunlight through the trees in the Woodland Walk

We walked on round to the stream which gave promise of things to come. It was very deep.

Stream's high - it must be high tide

Yes, that meant it was a very high tide, much to Max’s delight as he got to go in the water along the shoreline today.

Normally you don’t really see anything apart from boggy mud and reeds from the bird hide, but today there was a much nicer view.

Upton Lake

And that view included quite a few wigeon.

Widgeon

By now it was starting to cloud over, but that made for a really beautiful outlook in really amazing light across Upton Lake towards Poole.

A calm, still morning

And finally, here’s a panorama of the same scene, with Pergins Island in the centre.

Panorama of Upton Lake with Pergins Island

What a pity I only had my small Powershot and not the EOS 6D. Never mind – I got some lovely photos all the same.

A year ago today

Jez, Max and I were out walking on Canford Heath.

The path to the stream