A grey, miserable week

Sunday 17th to Saturday 23rd December 2017

On Sunday Chris caught the coach to London to visit his family. Normally we would have both gone and taken the car, but Teddy whines most of the time in the car so would never manage the journey to London. He’s not keen on people either, so wouldn’t have coped with lots of people gathered for a pre-Christmas get together. That meant I walked Teddy twice, but it was gloomy and I didn’t take the camera.

Monday was sunny, though, and I took these photos on Upton Heath.

Teddy in the sunshine

Teddy in the sunshine

En route home I took this photo of the cormorant on Creekmoor Ponds.

Cormorant

And after that the weather was so miserable I took no photos at all!

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Playing with black and white

Sunday 3rd December to Saturday 9th September 2017

Before you get too worried if you’re not a fan of black and white, there are colour photos in here too, but this week I have been watching a course on black and white photography on Lynda.com so have been practicing.

The first photo is in colour, though, and is of a piece of bark which caught my eye when Teddy and I walked on Canford Heath on Sunday afternoon.

Coloured bark

Up on South Walk Teddy was posing for me.

Teddy posing

He even sat down – something that’s very rare.

Teddy sitting down (a rare occurence - he doesn't sit)

As usual, though, it was only as a prelude to lying down, as you can see (he didn’t even want to play with the little cockerpoo).

Teddy goes to lie down but the Cockerpoo wants to play

A few minutes later we met our friend John and his dog Eddie, and while we talked I took photos of the view.

Dramatic skies over Poole

When I turned around, though, this was the sight that greeted me.

Rainbow

Later as we walked across the heath the sun was setting behind the trees.

The sun sets behind the trees

And so onto some black and white photos (I’ve not shared all of them – there are a few more on Flickr). These trees are along the path as we head towards the old pit.

Tangled trees

And here’s Teddy on the heath.

Teddy on the heath

On Friday we were on Upton Heath, and I was taken by the long shadows from the trees and old concrete structure along what was once the railway line.

Long shadows along the old railway line

And now it’s back to colour for the silver birch grove on a cold morning.

The silver birch grove in winter

Autumn colours were in evidence along the Roman Road, though.

Leaf fall along the Roman Road

And one last photo – another rainbow. This time taken as we headed for the heath.

Under the rainbow

Not a bad start to December.

Back to Canford Heath

Tuesday 4th October 2016

It has been a long time since I’ve taken the dogs to Canford Heath, the reason being that Jez was taking 2 hours to walk not very far. But today she declined to join us on our walk so I took the opportunity to take Max there. It was a bit cloudy but not too cold.

View across Canford Heath

There was good visibility giving a good view across Poole towards the Purbeck Hills.

View over Poole

I took us for a reasonably long walk, made longer by the fact that we met our friend John and his dog. As we hadn’t seen them for ages we stopped chatting for quite a while.

Eventually I circled around to the stream and then started to walk down Longfleet Drive towards Hotchkiss Cross and Steeple Close where I had parked. Along Longfleet Max got a little confused. He stood in an empty gully waiting for me to throw his cone for him. I had to explain the water had all gone.

Max, there's no water in the gully

It was looking nice and autumnal as we approached Hotchkiss Cross.

Autumn along Longfleet Drive

And, of course, there were lots of Sweet Chestnuts for Max to seek out.

Here he is with his prize.

Max with his sweet chestnut

After that we walked back to the car and came on home.

A year ago today

Max, Jez and I went for a walk on Upton Heath. Here’s Jez.

Jez watches someone approach

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

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

Just me and Max this morning

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Jez did not want to come for a walk this morning, so I took Max to Upton Country Park. This morning we walked all the way around the park: I thought it would do us both good to have a bit more of a walk.

Here is Max enjoying the stream.

Max in the stream

He is going to be a very happy boy soon as the Sweet Chestnuts are coming along well.

This year's sweet chestnuts are coming along nicely

As we passed the lake I spotted a heron doing a spot of fishing. The lens on this camera would not allow me to get a close up though.

Heron on the lake

We walked on round and Max had another play in another bit of stream, and then we took the shoreline path. This was looking across the reed beds to Poole.

View across the reed beds

Where the shoreline path through the Country Park meets the cycle path to Poole there is a stone seat under a tree. Today it was providing much needed shade.

A shady seat

If you want to sit and rest there a while it provides a lovely view across Upton Lake to Poole.

View from the seat

We continued on round and cut up across the front lawn before walking back through the Woodland Walk to the stream for one last dip before we went back to the car.

A year ago today

We went down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy. It was a windy morning and a kite boarder was taking full advantage.

Kite surfing

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