Blame Lightroom

Sunday 22nd October to Saturday 28th October 2017

First of all I have to apologise to everyone again for the long gap between posting. This has been caused by Adobe’s Lightroom Upgrade. Basically, the new version refuses to run on my not-very-old laptop, so I’ve had to move everything over to Chris’ old PC (which is slightly older than my laptop!) and, of course, that has been fraught with difficulty. Finally I am just about up to date with my photos, though, so I can return to this blog – if I can remember what was happening 3 weeks ago.

The first set of photos I have is from our afternoon walk on Canford Heath on Wednesday 25th October. I do the afternoon walk on a Wednesday as I go to see my Dad in the morning. We parked at Steeple Close, in order to avoid the school traffic, and close by my eye was caught by this Sweet Chestnut which was losing its leaves and backlit by the sun.

Sweet Chestnut in Autumn

It was a nice sunny afternoon and I took this photo of Teddy on top of the heath.

Teddy on Canford Heath

It was one of those days when he had to entertain himself as we didn’t really meet any other dogs for him to play with. He managed to tire himself out enough to have to take a short rest in a depression in the sand.


Which set him up nicely to take off at speed because he had heard a horse further down the hill which I couldn’t see. So I had to apologise profusely to the rider.

Friday was another sunny morning and we walked over to Upton Heath. This photo is taken as we crossed the Roman Road onto the heath.

Shadow and Light on the Roman Road

And here’s Teddy, looking very pleased with himself in the pond.

Teddy in the pond

On Saturday we were back on Upton Heath again, but doing our slightly longer walk. As we started out through Longmeadow Lane woods I saw these little sulphur tuft fungi.

Sulpher Tuft Fungi

As you can see from the photo below, it was a pretty overcast day and I was expecting rain, so I only had my iPhone with me, which is getting to be pretty old now. Anyway, this was the view from the top of the hill, looking across the heath.

Not much sunshine over the heath this afternoon

And that’s it for this week, I’m afraid.


More Sweet Chestnuts

Thursday 6th October 2016

I didn’t have a walk yesterday. I went to my Dad’s as usual but didn’t take the dogs. The reason is that, since we have to have the kitchen floor replaced, I’ve decided that the Universe is trying to tell me that it’s finally time to have a new kitchen. After all, it’s only 34 years old! So I wanted to go to a kitchen showroom and electrical showroom near Dad’s, hence leaving the dogs at home.

On Thursday morning Jez, Max and I went for a walk at Upton Country Park. Max was such a happy boy. There were load of Sweet Chestnuts, like these, still on the tree.

Sweet Chestnuts on the tree

We skirted around Llewellyn Wood but at the far side I spotted a huge bunch of Sweet Chestnuts. I pointed them out to Max who picked them up, but as I took this photo of him he got distracted by something out of shot.

It must be interesting to draw Max's attention away from that huge bunch of Sweet Chestnuts

He soon set about chewing them up though.

Max sets about tearing into a large bunch of Sweet Chestnuts

After we got home and had some lunch Chris and I went round to see the lady who had come to measure our kitchen on Monday, and we signed up to have ours replaced and paid our deposit.

There are no photos from a year ago today.

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

Max and I are back on Upton Heath

Thursday 22nd September 2016

I’m really sorry everyone. Things have been a bit chaotic around here of late so I’ve got a little bit behind. Today we jump back to the 22nd September when Max and I went for a walk on Upton Heath while Jez stayed at home.

Max on the heath

Signs of autumn are continuing. Here is a squirrel chewed fir cone.

Chewed by squirrels

And here’s another Amanita creating a nice little autumn scene.

Autum Scene

Further on the bracken is starting to die back.

The bracken is starting to die back

And Max? Well, Max is in his element as the sweet chestnuts are beginning to fall.

Sweet Chestnut time!

I still don’t understand how he can pick them up and chew them. They are so prickly.

A year ago today

Max and I went for a walk on Canford Heath.

Max wanders across Canford Heath

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

A grey, damp, Country Park

Thursday 19th November 2015

Really sorry for the long delay between posts everyone. It’s been due to a combination of lack of inspiration due to to the miserable weather we’ve been having and a few other bits and pieces that have been keeping me busy.

So, back to the 19th November, it was another miserable day for Max and my walk at Upton Country Park before my pilates class.  Ionly took the phone with me, but took a few snaps.

Firstly I was struck by the way this sweet chestnut with its bright autumn leaves stood out in the gloom of Llewelyn Wood.

Sweet Chestut I can tell how warm it still is overall by the fact that I keep stumbling across fungi. Today it was some wax caps round by the lake. Wax Caps

Plus, nearby, I found this one too (which I’ve forgotten to look up, so sorry there’s no name).

Late Fungus And last, but by no means least, for today, we have Max in the stream surrounded by autumn leaves. Max in the stream

And that was about it. I was surprised I came home with so many photos.

A year ago today

We were also at the Country Park, where we came across the sheep in the front field.

The sheep are in the meadow

A grey day at Upton Country Park

Thursday 22nd October 2015

Seeing as how it was my pilates morning, Max and I went to Upton Country Park for our walk today. It was grey and overcast, though, so I didn’t bother taking a camera and relied instead on my iPhone as I had done yesterday. I ended up taking quite a few photos though.

This view, taken over Upton Lake, gives you a pretty good idea of what the weather was like.

View over Upton Lake

As does this one taken from a little bit further along.

Stormy skies

You can tell autumn is upon us, though, by the leaves floating past Max in the stream.

Autumn leaves float by

We walked on round and stopped off at the lake, and then headed on out to the new area. I had a bit of a surprise as we crossed the boardwalk though, as they have cut down all the trees along the stream where Max likes to play.

A lot of willows have been chopped down by the lake

It looks like where they have been working the stream is struggling to get through.

To make the walk a reasonable length we walked through the new section (Max played in the stream there) and then looped back round through the Woodland Walk where Max and I were in search of sweet chestnuts, like this one.

Autumn's fruits

That is what I would call a classic sweet chestnut photo. This one, by contrast, is stuffed to bursting.

Stuffed to bursting

I also stumbled across a little crop of Sulpher Tuft fungi in the woods.

A little clump of sulpher tufts

We rejoined the main path and headed back to the car. And if it was looking pretty grim over Upton Lake, it looked even grimmer over the cows field.

Looking towards Poole

Despite that it wasn’t cold and we’d had a nice walk.

A year ago today

We went over to my Dad’s and whilst there went for a walk at Barton-on-Sea where I took this photo of Jez looking larger than life.

Larger than Life