Playing about in the river

Tuesday 11th October 2016

The river in question is the River Stour at Eyebridge, near Wimborne. I took Max there for his walk this morning. Jez did not want to come as she had found a nice patch of sun to lie in. And I thought I’d treat Max to a play in the river as he is going in to have his lump removed on Thursday and so won’t be allowed in the water for 10 days after that.

It was a bright sunny morning, although we still have a cold east wind. Max didn’t care though. All he wanted to do was get in the river.

Max waits in the river

After we’d visited the big bay where the dogs play and I’d thrown his cone for him we walked further along the river bank to his swimming spot.

Time for a swim

Max had a short swim then we continued on round the circular walk by going along the dry stream bed. This is where the old oak that I love so much is. It was looking rather resplendent today.

Oak Tree

I got in closer and took a photo of its ‘Scream’ face.

Scream face in the oak

And then got closer still to take a photo up through the branches.

Old oak

We continued on our walk and went back to the big bay, where Max had another play. And then we headed back to Eye Bridge, where there was a bit of a surprise waiting for us.

Men in the river alert

It turns out Dorset Fire and Rescue were having a practice session.

Dorset Fire and Rescue

The two men in the water were soon joined by two more.

Messing about in the river

And then all 4 took it in turns jumping off the bridge and generally hanging about in the water.

Just chillin'

Their excuse was they were checking how deep the water was when you jumped (which people do all the time in the summer). I thought Max might join then but he declined.

A year ago today

Jez, Max and I went over to Upton Heath for a walk. I took this photo of Max at Pinesprings.

Max has got a cone

Jez organises her own hydro-fit

Thursday 15th September 2016

This morning I took the dogs for a walk along the River Stour at Cowgrove as I’d had to take Jez to the vet in Wimborne earlier for a cartrophen injection. We’d gone to Wimborne for it as Jez didn’t have a hydro-therapy session this week (they take place in the vets’ Bournemouth branch).

It was a very nice morning, as you can see.

A nice morning on the River Stour

And once Jez got in the river she set about wading around in quite deep water to make up for the lack of her organised session in the water walker.

Jez organises her own hydro-fit session

Max, meanwhile, just wanted to play cone.

Max in the river

As you may have guessed from that last photo I was out in the middle of the river with them. We had been playing there for some time when I turned round and realised that there was a Little Egret perched in a tree close by, watching us.

Little Egret perched in the tree watching us

After spending quite a while in the river we started to walk back to the car. In one of the fields along the way were some Red Devon cattle with their calves.

Red Devon and calves

And that was about it for our walk this morning. Jez still doesn’t feel up to tackling Eye Bridge, so we went straight back to the car.

A year ago today

We had a visitor in our garden: this lovely Common Darter.

Common Darter

Max and I go to Eye Bridge

Tuesday 6th September 2016

Once again Jez did not feel like joining us for our morning walk. Today I took Max out to the River Stour at Eye Bridge and without Jez in tow we were able to do our full circular walk.

It was a lovely, still morning along the river.

Along the River Stour - going

The teasel flowers have all gone over now and I loved the backdrop of the clouds reflected in the river behind the teasel seed heads.

Teasel

As usual we stopped for Max to play in the big, shallow bay in the river.

Time to play

And then we walked on to the place where he likes to have a swim.

Time for a swim

When the swans came along and started taking an interest in him, though, I decided it was time for us to continue on.

Swans

Poor lad – with the low water level and his dodgy back legs he couldn’t get out by himself and I had to hang onto a branch. lean over, grab his collar and haul him out.

As we haven’t been along here for a while I haven’t had the chance to photograph some of my favourite oak trees. So here is the oak tree in the middle of the field.

Oak Tree

And, of course, along the currently dry stream bed is what I call the ‘Oak of Many Faces’.

The 'Oak of Many Faces'

I love this really old oak and have so many photos of it. I just can’t resist.

The 'Oak of Many Faces'

And here’s a photo from a bit further on of Max in the dry stream bed.

Along the stream bed

We walked on round back to the big bay so that Max could have another play in the river. We were just leaving when some people came along with their dogs including this really cute, 13 week old, Border Terrier puppy.

Pig wants a treat

She’s called Pig because she was born on a pig farm. The lady who owns here also had a year old Springer Spaniel who was very tolerant of Pig.

Time for kisses

And Pig absolutely adored her.

I love you

We walked back to Eye Bridge and today I actually took a photo of the bridge as it was reflected nicely in the water.

Eye Bridge refelection

Here’s Max on the bridge, cone in mouth.

Max (with cone) on Eye Bridge

And here’s the view from the bridge looking upstream …

Upstream from Eye Bridge

… and downstream towards Wimborne.

Downstream from Eye Bridge

We’d had a really lovely walk.

A year ago today

We went for a walk at Broadley Inclosure in the New Forest with my Dad.

A Sunday afternoon walk in the New Forest

A morning walk by the river

Thursday 18th August 2016

This morning I took Jez and Max back to the River Stour at Eye Bridge for our morning walk. It was a lovely sunny morning when we set out and the river was still and peaceful.

Still Reflections

Jez was very reluctant to walk to the bay where we play, however. I’m not sure if she was a bit stiff and sore or whether there is some other reason for her reluctance. Eventually I managed to persuade her to walk with Max and I though.

En route to the playing place we came across the cows. There were a couple of young calves with them today, including this one enjoying a late breakfast.

Breakfast on tap

Quite a few of the cows were at the fence and were eager to say hello, like this one.

In your face

Jez kept her distance today though, so there was no recurrence of her falling over and injuring herself. At the playing place I joined the dogs in the river.

In mid-stream

Here’s Jez wading through the shallow water.

Jez wades through the water

Whilst Max makes a bit more of a splash.

Max makes a splash

We met some friends there too. We know the man with the two dogs in the water (we meet on Canford Heath and Upton Heath), and we also know the lady on the left on the seat.

We met some friends of ours

Although Jez didn’t go to greet them today she did keep an eye on them.

Jez

Max just wanted to chase cones though.

The river is very clear until Max stirs up the silt

We spent quite a while in the water before heading back to the car. I nipped up onto Eye Bridge to take a final photo. As you can see, by this time it was starting to cloud over a bit.

View from Eye Bridge And so back to the car. We hadn’t walked very far but we’d been almost an hour.

A year ago today

It turns out we were at Eye Bridge, which means I got my ‘Year Ago’ yesterday wrong. So here’s a different photo from that day: of Jez standing on the weir.

On the edge

Down by the river

Tuesday 9th May 2016

It was another warm, sunny morning so I took the dogs to the River Stour at Eye Bridge near Wimborne this morning. Jez was reluctant to leave the area of Eye Bridge and took a lot of persuading. I am wondering whether it was because she hurt herself down here a couple of weeks ago. Eventually we managed to make our way towards the bay where the dogs play. We have to cross this little bridge over a stream just before we get there.

Along the riverside walk

And if you don’t feel like joining the dogs at the water’s edge, or even in the river itself, then there are a couple of seats for you to sit on. This morning they were in the sun.

A seat in the sun

I din’t join the dogs in the river today,s o they are a bit distant in this shot.

Max and Jez in the river

After they’d spent some time in the water we headed back to the car. En route something caught Jez’s attention.

Jez takes and interest in the horses

And it wasn’t the teasel.

Teasel

No, it was the two horses wandering over to see us.

The horses need protection from the flies

I don’t know, but I’m guessing those hoods are to keep the flies off their eyes.

Closer to Eye Bridge and we came across a team repairing the fence at one of the cows’ drinking spots.

Mending the fence at the cows' drinking spot

And so we strolled on back to the car and headed home.

A year ago today

We went for a walk on Upton Heath where I spotted this Emperor Dragonfly.

Emperor Dragonfly

We end up at the vet

Thursday 28th July 2016

Today I thought it would be nice to go to the River Stour at Eye Bridge, so that’s what Jez, Max and I did. Jez is still a bit stiff and sore so I didn’t expect it to be a long walk.

Walking along the river bank you could see all of the teasel starting to flower.

Teasel

We walked along to the bay where the dogs play and I decided not to join them in the water today. But I threw Max’s cone for him while Jez waded out into the middle of the river.

Max

I was surprised to see that a little egret didn’t seem at all bothered by her.

Little Egret

In fact, not only was it not bothered by her presence, but it was so intent on fishing that it kept walking towards her.

Little Egret

Fortunately Jez completely ignored it, and eventually came back to join me and Max.

She didn’t want to walk on round, so we headed back towards a car. By the cows’ field I stopped to chat to a lady with a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, and while I did so one of the young cows wandered over. Jez got very excited and managed to fall over! When she got up she would hardly walk and her left elbow was stuck out much more than usual. So she hobbled back to the car and I drove her round to the vet. Here usual vet came and saw her and thought it was most probably a slight sprain, and prescribed rest. She really is in the wars this week.

A year ago today

Max and I went for a walk on Canford Heath where there were lots of puddles.

Even more puddles

The river is the only place to walk on a hot day

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Today was supposed to be the hottest day of the year, and it got up to 29C down here. I got the dogs out fairly early and took them to the River Stour. We walked along to the big, shallow bay and then I joined them out in the middle of the river. Here’s Jez in the middle of the river.

Jez in the river

And here, something has caught her attention.

Something has caught Jez's attention

Max, of course, was only interested in me throwing his cone.

Max in the river

The trouble is, his tail splashes more than ever nowadays (I’m not sure why), and I got soaked every time he bought the cone back to me. I suppose at least it kept me cool.

I did get Max to pose nicely for me though. And I managed to keep the water from his tail off the lens long enough for me to get some photos of him: no mean feat!

Max

Jez didn’t want to continue on round today, so we made our way back to the car. I took this photo of some Hogweek flowers that were catching the light nicely on the way back, though.

Hogweed

Given that it was so hot today (well, hot for England anyway) you would think that I would do something sensible like take it easy when I got home. But no. I was busy cleaning and ironing for the rest of the day!

A year ago today

Jez, Max and I went for a walk along Lychett Bay.

Looking across Turlin Moor Nature Reserve