Sunshine and Poole Harbour

Friday 11th March 2016

Max and I were later with our walk this morning, as always on a Friday, as I did my grocery shopping before I took him out. It was a lovely sunny morning and we went down to the Baiter and Whitecliff Park.

The strip of land between the Baiter and Whitecliff Park is all scrubby grass, but at certain times of the year you can find flowers growing in small patches there, and at this time of the year it is the turn of the daffodil.

Daffodil

When we got to Whitecliff Park this was the view over the yacht club.

Parkstone Yacht Club

Max wasn’t interested in the view though. He hopped over the wall and waited for me to throw something for him. Either that or he was playing peek-a-boo.

Peek-a-boo

We had a quick play there and then headed back along the path towards the Baiter where we had a proper game of cone on the beach.

Max

We continued along to the Baiter slipway where I loved the bright green of the seaweed that had washed up.

Seaweed

We turned across the Baiter and headed back to the car. Max managed to get covered in mud en route, but luckily there was a big puddle in the car park along Newfoundland Drive. I liked the tree reflected in it and thought it worked well in black and white.

Reflections in a puddle

And so back to the car via Poole Cycle Speedway track, which has this graffiti on the wall.

Ride

It had been a nice walk on a lovely sunny morning.

A year ago today

Frog spawn in the pond. Frog spawn at last

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To the sea

Friday 26th February 2016

On Friday I do my grocery shopping before I take Max out as the supermarket car park tends to fill up by mid-day. This means that sometimes on a Friday Jez comes with us too, as she is up and doing by the time Max and I are ready to go out on our walk. Today was one such day and so for a change, and to keep the walk reasonably short for Jez I decided to go down to Parkstone Bay in Poole. We haven’t been there since last autumn I don’t think.

I had read that there was a new path down there, leading from the car park where we park (by the skateboard park) to the main path along the bay, and sure enough, there it was.

New path at the Baiter

As you can see, the weather wasn’t great and, as is so often the case, there was a cold wind whipping across the harbour. The tide as in and the harbour, itself, was looking rather nice.

View across to Parkstone Yacht Club

Poor Jez, though: she can’t get up on the wall along at Whitecliff Park any more, and she so loves to stand on the pillars there, so today I lifted her up.

I had to lift Jez onto the pillar today

Max, meanwhile, was the other side of the wall: waiting.

Max waits for his cone

Here he is again, in the sea at the bottom of the steps.

Max

And here he is with Jez.

Jez ad Max

I love that photo of them, even if Jez is a tiny bit blurred where she was moving.

We headed back to the Baiter, where Jez found herself a puddle.

Jez opts for a puddle rather than the sea today

And then we cut back through to the car park. En route, though, I spotted this Blackthorn blossom.

Blackthorn blossom

Spring is on its way!

A year ago today

It was a bit of a wet walk at Upton Country Park.

A rainy outlook

It’s been a while since we’ve been to Parkstone Bay

Wednesday 2nd September 2015

So today Max and I headed down to the Baiter and Whitecliff Park in Poole to enjoy the morning sunshine. Once again I had a polarising filter on the old EOS 20D.

We park the other side of the railwayline to Poole Park, which is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary this year. That means that the views aren’t good, but today I at least managed to get a half-decent photo looking across the boating lake.

Poole Park from the Baiter

The shoreline path between the Baiter and Whitecliff Park was busy today.

Cycling towards Whitecliff

Max didn’t care about the people and the other dogs though. He just wanted to play in the sea.

Max is waiting

The still, sunny conditions meant there were some nice photos to be had today. Here’s a boat.

Boat

And the view as we headed back along to the Baiter.

View across the Baiter

And finally, another view along the Baiter.

Along the shoreline

A nice place to sit on a morning like this.

A year ago today

It was not quite such a nice day for our walk on Canford Heath.

Max

The sun is shining on Parkstone Bay

Friday 6th March 2015

While Jez stayed in bed this morning I took Max down to Parkstone Bay for his walk. It was a nice sunny morning and I’m pleased to say that what wind there was was not quite so cold. It was definitely warmer than this shot of the pond in the Baiter makes it look.

Baiter pond in the morning

Alongside the railway line the isolated clumps of daffodils and crocuses are in flower.

Crocuses

We walked along to Whitecliffe Park where I took this view across the bay…

View over Parrkstone Bay

… before taking this photo of Max showing off his new haircut again.

Max

As ever he was happy to be back by the sea and didn’t want to stay out of the water.

Max

He wasn’t quite as happy as this dog, though, which, back at the Baiter, was racing around in the water simply enjoying life.

Enjoying the water

Max and I walked along the length of the beach at the Baiter end of the bay as I threw his cone in the water for him. Then we headed back to the car. As is frequently the case there was a flock of geese on the grass there, but I was surprised to see that instead of the normal Canada Geese this was a flock of Brent Geese.

Brent Geese

Poor Max, he’d had such fun in the water but, despite the fact I’d towelled him off before he got in the car, he was shivering by the time I got him home. And even his towelling coat didn’t help, so in the end I got the hairdryer out and dried him out / warmed him up with that.

A year ago today

It was a bit of a grey day for a walk at Upton Country Park.

Hedgeline at Upton Country Park

It’s been a while

Friday 20th February 2015

Max and I went down to the Baiter and Parkstone Bay this morning. It’s been a while since we’ve been as it’s not the nicest place to walk if its wet or windy. But although it was overcast the wind had dropped and there was no rain, plus tides are high at the moment, so we went there for our walk. This was the view from Whitecliff Park towards Parkstone Yatch Club.

Reflections on a yatch club

As usual there were quite a few people walking along the water’s edge.

Out for a stroll

Plus someone fishing.

Fishing

And although I said the weather was ok today, you can tell how much rain we had because the road under the rail bridge was flooded again.

It's flooded under the bridge agan

Max was a happy dog, though, and as usual waited eagerly behind the sea wall for me to throw soemthing for him.

Peep-po!

And here he is a bit further along, still waiting patiently.

Waiting

As for those winds I spoke about. Well, we didn’t have any today, but you can tell by the trees down at the Baiter that it blows a bit across Poole Harbour.

Shaped by the wind

After our walk I called into Go Outdoors and replaced by walking pole which broke some time ago after Jasper clattered into it. I also treated myself to a scissor/penknife thingy, which I’ve been wanting so that I can carry something in my pocket to cut away stray bits of grass and twig when I’m taking photos.

A year ago today

We saw one of the buzzards at Upton Country Park.

Sitting watching the world go by

And the hawthorn buds were starting to burst.

Two dogs for my walk this morning

Friday 28th November 2014

Yes, Jez decided to get up and come for a walk with Maz and I. I was so surprised. We went down to Parkstone Bay. I was lulled into a false sense of security by the thermometer in the car which said it was 12C outside. It might have been, were it not for the bitterly cold east wind blowing across Poole Harbour. By the time we’d finished our walk I was chilled to the bone.

I parked, as usual, at the Baiter end of the bay, and we walked across the grass to the Whitecliff Park end, before turning round and walking back along the shoreline. Going was fine, but coming back there was a bit of an obstacle course to negotiate.

Max needs to hurry and investigate the fishermen

Yes, there were quite a few fisherman there, so I had to get the dogs past them, their rods, lines, bait boxes and their lunch. It wasn’t easy, especially when Max is forever in search of food and Jez likes to investigate everything she sees. At least they were by their rods though. Further up at the Baiter one guy had just stuck his rod on the beach and then retreated to his car. To be honest, it would have served him right if Max had knocked it over.

There were also lots of sea birds on the grass at the Baiter, but as usual the photos I tried to get of them weren’t that great. I was very impressed that the dogs were happy to walk past the very large flock of geese without chasing them though.

And so today I’ll leave you with a couple of photos of the dogs. Firstly Max, peering over the sea wall.

Peering over the wall

And then Jezebel, standing on one of the pillars looking very pleased with herself.

Jez is feeling pleased with herself

A year ago today

We went to Upton Country Park where they were having a bit of an autumn tidy-up.

Tractor

Sunshine and sea

Friday 14th November 2014

We had some sunshine again this morning, which meant that while Jez stayed snoozing in the sun Max and I went down to the Baiter and Whitecliff Park in Poole for our walk. Max was happy to be back by the sea and after we’d walked along to Whitecliff Park he made a B-line for the steps and the water.

Max in the sea at Whitecliff Park

Sadly many of the cones I’m picking up at the moment sink, so although I threw a cone in for him to retrieve he couldn’t find it. He spent quite a while looking though.

We walked back towards the Baiter and Max headed for his next watery playing place.

Max hoping to play

It’s such a shame that he won’t go in the water and play around of his own volition. He just stands there waits for me or Chris to throw something for him. Today I chose not to throw anything at this spot (due to the sinking cone problem) and so we walked on to the beach area where he was a very happy dog.

Playtime!

You might be able to spot that there are quite a few dogs in the background playing in the water too.

We continued on round past the Baiter car park and headed in the direction of Poole Quay.

Looking from the Baiter to Poole Quay

If you are wondering what has caught Max’s attention in that photo I can tell you that it is a large, bloated, dead fish that was rolling around in the waves at the water’s edge. Max was scared of it!

We walked a few yards further and I threw a cone for his a couple of times more to wind up his walk along the beach. As you can see, waiting for someone to throw your cone is a very serious business.

Waiting for your cone to be thrown is a serious business

After that I put Max on the lead and we turned inland, as I wanted to go to a nearby shop to get a final birthday present for Chris (his birthday is next Tuesday). Max liked it in the shop. He got a big fuss made of him by the girl on the checkout, as well as a couple of doggie biscuits. He’ll be wanting to go back.

A year ago today

We were by the sea again, this time at Lake Pier, Hamworthy, where the canoe club had lined up their canoes on the beach.

Canoeing Club