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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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

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

How quickly the weather can change

Tuesday 13th September 2016

It was a lovely sunny morning and, as the tides were good, I thought I’d take Jez and Max down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy for their walk. When we got down there there was no wind, the sea was like a mill pond and there were just a few fluffy white clouds in the sky. As usual I tried to walk along the main beach to the steps, the plan being to do the circular walk taking in the lake. But Jez didn’t want to do that and immediately headed for the small section of beach between the pier and the marine base. Here she enjoyed herself wading around in the water.

Jez by Lake Pier

We walked along the beach slowly and I spent time throwing Max’s cone for him. When we got to the big rowing boats that are always moored there there was a seagull perched on one of them.

Seagull

We pottered about on the beach and then started to walk slowly back to the pier. By this time there was more cloud around.

Boat

And by the time we got to the pier it was distinctly cloudy and the wind was getting up.

Pier

Which might not sound odd, but I am only talking about walking along a couple of hundred yards of beach, if that.

At the pier I got chatting to a photographer and while we talked we spotted a girl in a dry suit wading out into the sea, which looked a bit odd.

Wading out

It turned out she was collecting water samples. The photographer apparently takes portraits of people and as well as taking a photo of the girl he took one of me, laden down as I was with shoulder bag, leads, camera, shirt tied round my waste and ball thrower! As I hung around there the wind started to really get up and whip across the harbour. And this big cloud was coming our way.

A storm cloud moves in

Of course, Max still wanted to play.

Max

But I headed back to the car and spots of rain started to fall as we got there. We got home just in time. 5 minutes after we got in we found ourselves in the middle of a huge thunderstorm and torrential rain.

A year ago today

I had Dad and Pat for lunch. Here’s Pat with Max.

Pat and Max

More filming

Thursday 1st September 2016

I had a very busy day today. First of all I took Max for a walk over Upton Heath. I din’t take Jez as she had a hydro-fit appointment at mid-day. So after I had returned home with Max and had a shower I got Jez in the car and we went to her hydro session. I had been hoping to hear what the orthopaedic specialist had to say about Max, but the vet hadn’t heard back from them.

And then after a quick lunch I loaded up the tripod and the camera and went down to Poole Quay to do some more filming for Chris, and that is where today’s photos are from. There are only 3 of them though as I was busy filming.

This is the view looking down the Quay.

Looking down the Quay

While I was there the land train came along and was busy picking up passengers.

The Land Trail

And as it was a warm, sunny afternoon people were also busy buying ice creams.

Anyone for an icecream?

The pubs were pretty full too, with lots of people sitting out front on the Quay. However, I was so busy filming I don’t seem to have taken a photo of that! After just over an hour I had to get the car back to Chris so he could take the dogs out. Then, after putting the vacuum cleaner around, I could have a rest, which was a good job as I was worn out.

A year ago today

Max and I went for a walk on Canford Heath.

Crossing the heath

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

Feeling very Mediterranean

Friday 26th August 2016

I didn’t go for a walk yesterday as in the morning I had to take Jez to the vet for a heart scan. I’m pleased to say this went well. There is a slight deterioration in her condition, but apparently nothing to worry about, and she doesn’t have to go back until the New Year.

This morning it was a lovely, bright sunny morning and so I thought I would take the dogs down to the Baiter (Poole Harbour) for a change. We haven’t been there for ages. Jez hadn’t wanted to go for a walk after her scan yesterday, but when we got to the Baiter today she was very excited and spent most of her time trying to run around as best she can.

It was certainly a lovely morning down there.

The beach at the Baiter

The dogs were soon in the sea. Here’s Jez (notice the spray in the foreground of the photo from Max’s tail).

Jez enjoys the sea (notice the spray from Max's tail in the foreground)

And they weren’t the only ones.

A nice place for the dogs to play

Max, of course, just wanted me to throw his cone.

Max waits to play

You can start to see how weak his back legs are getting in that photo.

I thought we would walk along the beach, but Jez had other ideas and went back up onto the grass. There her attention was soon caught my a man flying a model plane.

Messing around with a model plane

She had to go over and investigate and the man was very good and let her sniff it. But she soon decided it wasn’t that interesting so we started to walk back towards the beach, chatting to other dog owners on the way. And while I talked Jez had a rest from all her running about.

Jez

We made our way back to the beach by the slipway where Max was waiting for us, having lost his ball. There was lots of activity around the slipway.

Messing about in boats

And after a while the two jet skis were off.

The jet skis are off

We had one last paddle there before we walked back to the car. And here is Jez in the water demonstrated that you don’t have to go to the Mediterranean to feel that you are there.

Jez doesn't need to go to the Med

Just come to Poole on a nice day.

A year ago today

It was a nice sunny day for a walk in Wareham Forest.

Log piles on the Sika Trail