Just up to Pine Springs today

Saturday 27th August 2016

As is often the case on a Saturday afternoon I got Chris to drive me and the dogs over to Upton Heath and drop us off. As is often the case on a Saturday (don’t ask me how she knows the day) Jez took us up the Roman Road to Pine Springs.

Firstly, though, the dogs had to cool down in the little stream by the old railway bridge.

Top to tail

After that we slowly made our way up to Pines Springs where Jez lay in the sun while I threw a ball for Max. I try not to overdo it with Max at the moment because of his back legs, so encouraged him to have the occasional rest.

Max

Jez doesn’t need any such encouragement.

Jez

And here she is in a somewhat contemplative mood.

Deep in thought

So we stayed there for maybe 20 minutes or more before Jez led us along the footpath that leads to Pinesprings Drive, where Chris came and picked us up.

A year ago today

Max and I went for a walk on Canford Heath.

Heading up the hill

Up the Roman Road to Pine Springs

Saturday 6th August 2016

It was fairly hot this afternoon. I got Chris to drive me and the dogs over to Upton Heath and we headed up the Roman Road as a lot of this is in the shade. First stop was the little pool in the stream next to the old railway bridge.

Max in the stream

From there we walked up the Roman Road until Jez turned off into Pine Springs.

Jez and Max

At Pine Springs we did a lot of sitting around, or in my case lying on my back in the sun having a little rest. I eventually moved Jez on to the next little field where she turned up the footpath that leads to Pine Springs Drive. But not before she’d had another rest.

Jez and Max I phoned for Chris to come and pick us up and he met us on Pine Springs Drive. It hadn’t exactly been a long walk.

A year ago today

It was a bit of a miserable day and we went with Linda to Upton Country Park.

Linda

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

So its just me and Max then

Monday 28th March 2016

As you will know, we are resting Jez. It was easy yesterday. As it was Easter Sunday I had Dad and Pat over to lunch, so we didn’t have our usual walking routine. And she didn’t want to come out with me this morning, so so far so good.

Max and I walked over to Upton Heath. Last night we had an awful lot of rain, thanks to Storm Katie, so the puddles are back, much to Max’s delight.

The big puddles are back

It also meant the stream along the Roman Road and through Longmeadow Lane woods is quite full, enabling me to get this photo.

Longmeadow Lane Woods

So I had my walk, I went to do the grocery shopping, and then I had a rest for the remainder of the day.

A year ago today

We went for a walk on Upton Heath, where Jez met one of the cows.

If only they could talk

That’s better

Thursday 28th January 2016

After all the rain yesterday morning Max and I had bright sunshine for our walk at Upton Country Park ahead of my pilates class.

Looking over to Pergin's Island

The lake was looking good.

Looking across the lake

Even the big puddle in the field looked nice.

Big puddle

And, as ever, Max was happy playing in the stream. Here he’s giving me those spaniel eyes while he waits for me to throw his cone.

Max in the stream

How much better everything seems when the sun is shining.

A year ago today

We were also at the Country Park, but it was a very different story.

Max in the stream

If it’s Thursday it must be…

Thursday 7th January 2016

Yes, it’s Pilates time again, so that means a walk at Upton Country Park for Max and I. The weather wasn’t quite so nice as yesterday.

Signpost

And you could tell we’d had a lot of rain recently by the state of the stream.

Fast flowing stream

But the sun did eventually come out.

View over Upton Lake

Which enabled me to take a nice photo of Max on the boardwalk.

Max on the boardwalk

And fortunately, after our walk, Fiona eased us back into pilates gently after our month’s Christmas break, so I hope I won’t be too stiff. Mind you, scrubbing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees in the afternoon won’t help.

A year ago today

It was another fairly bleak walk at Upton Country Park.

The sun tries to break through the clouds

After the sunshine…

Sunday 6th December 2015

We have had another wet and dismal week-end, so I didn’t take the camera out with me on either Saturday or Sunday. I did take a couple of photos on the iPhone when Jez, Max and I went to Upton Country Park on Sunday though.

The first one is of a young beech sapling in the Woodland Walk that hasn’t lost it’s leaves yet. I liked the way the branches spread out and the way the leaves contrasted against the gloom, the brown background of the woods, and the bright green of the grass.

Beech sapling in the Woodland Walk

The second is of Max by the stepping stones in the stream. The reason I took this is because up until now this stream bed has been mud, and now the bed downsteam of the stepping stones has been improved by the addition of small rocks.

Improvements to the stream bed by the stepping stones

After the stream we walked on round the park and ended up at the little Christmas market where I bought some dog treats for Jez and Max. While we were there the man on the bratwurst stall was offering free samples to people. Poor Max was so disappointed when he found out it didn’t apply to him too!

A year ago today

We had sunshine for our walk on Upton Heath, where I took this photo of Jez.

Jez watches intently as a horse gallops by

More wet weather

Friday 6th November 2015

There is no blog post for yesterday as I didn’t go for a walk. Instead I took Jez to see Rachael, her physiotherapist. She hasn’t been for ages and I thought it would do her good. Plus her back leg has been playing her up the past few days. We had a good session and Rachael worked out what was causing the problem with her leg and worked on that as much as Jez would let her. I’m hoping she’ll be a bit better now, but she’s got another session in 3 weeks time.

Not that I minded not going for a walk yesterday. The weather wasn’t very nice. And today we had rain again, so Max and I went to Upton Country Park. Max doesn’t really care about the rain. All he cares about is playing in first one stream…

Max by the stepping stones

… and then the other.

The stream's more swollen than ever

Meanwhile, wet and windblown, I took the opportunity for a selfie.

Selfie with Max lurking in the background

Sorry about that!

And back near the car park there was a surprise waiting for us.

Who lives here, I wonder?

Little fairy / elf homes. Isn’t that cute?

A year ago today

Max and I were out and about on Canford Heath.

Featuring one of my favourite trees

Its a wet walk

Thursday 29th October 2015

Max and I went to Upton Country Park this morning. We’d had quite a bit of rain overnight, and although I wrapped up well our walk wasn’t too bad. Plus autumn is now in full swing at the Country Park. Unfortunately I’d only taken the iPhone today. Nevertheless I got some good photos. Like this one in the Woodland Walk.

In the Woodland Walk

And yes, that’s Max hunting for Sweet Chestnuts that you can see in the background.

The path to Hamworthy looked a little bit dismal…

Heading towards Hamworthy

… but a bit further on there was more autumnal colour. This lady was trying to take a photo of it, but Max obviously decided she needed some company.

Max thinks the lady taking the photo needs some company

When we got to the stream we had a bit of a surprise.

The stream is very swollen today

As you can see it was really high. That’s not from all the water coming down the stream though. It was a really high tide and so the water was all backed up. We had another nice autumnal view as we walked on from the stream.

Towards the boardwalk

When I got to the boardwalk, though, I got a bit of a surprise. The sea was almost up to the path – which was fine by Max.

Max is happy - the sea is almost up to the path

I don’t think I’ve ever seen it so high. It was flooded either side of the boardwalk too.

The tide is in and there's sea either side of the boardwalk

I took this one from the boardwalk.

Super high tide

And further along by the old burnt down bird hide Max found a new puddle, which I think was caused by the very high water table.

Max has found a new puddle

And for a change we walked on round the front of the park.

Along the cycle track

After that we crossed the lawns, walked through the main car park and headed back to the stream in the new area where I was able to wash Max off before heading back to the car. We had had quite a long walk today, but I didn’t have any pilates so we were able to take our time.

A year ago today

It was a very different day for Max and I to take a walk on Canford Heath.

Canford Heath Panorama

A sunny walk on Canford Heath

Wednesday 28th October 2015

Max and I went to Canford Heath for our walk this morning.

Walking up the hill

That was Max heading up the hill, and here is the view heading down the other side – nice and autumnal.

Walking  down the hill

This was taken on the heath as we headed towards the stream.

Tree on the heath

And here’s the obligatory photo of Max in the stream.

Max in the stream

Autumn is certainly upon us now, as you can see from this view along Longfleet Drive as we walked towards Hotchkiss Cross.

Heding towards Hotchkiss Cross

And this was taken just a few yards further down.

Along Longfleet Drive

I took Max through the gate and we walked on a little further to allow him the chance to have a hunt in a good Sweet Chestnut spot. While he was hunting around on the ground, I took this photo of a Sweet Chestnut tree looking up.

Sweet Chestnut tree

Although the leaves are now turning the weather is still very warm for the time of year, and this has left some trees and plants very confused. Earlier on in our walk I had spotted that the strawberry tree not only still had fruit on it, but it also has flowers!

The strawberry tree is confused - fruit and flowers

Back home and I continued with my new knitting project. It is a soft toy.

Can you guess what it is yet?

But can you tell what it will eventually become?

A year ago today

We went for a walk along the River Stour at Cowgrove where I managed to capture this great shot of a horse.

Mischievous