Sunshine means playtime

Friday 17th November 2017

Friday morning meant Teddy and I walked over to Upton Heath, and this morning it was lovely and sunny. And it looked very autumnal in the silver birch grove.

Autumn in the Silver Birch grove Silver Birch trees

Just after I’d taken that first photo we met our friend Tig, the staffie, with his Mum, Amanda. Here’s Tig posing for me.

Tig

And Tig, after a treat, in his ‘bear’ pose.

'Give me a treat' - Tig does his bear pose

He and Teddy had a great time playing.

Teddy and Tig at play

We walked on and then met Ollie, who is around a year old. Again, he and Teddy had a great time playing, despite the size difference. They were particularly interested in an old stick.

Teddy and Ollie were having such a good time with that stick

First one would get it and run off with it and the other would chase, and then the other one would get it and run off. Here they are playing tug with it.

Teddy and Ollie play tug

And lastly for today, a wonder autumnal scene along the Roman Road.

Autumn on the Roman Road

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Not much sun this week

Monday 13th to Thursday 16th November 2017

It’s been another dull week, and although I have taken the camera out with me, there are not a lot of photos from the beginning of the week. And my week was a bit turned around as I had to go to my Dad on Thursday rather than Wednesday this week.

Anyway, on Monday morning we walked over to Upton Heath as normal. And there we met Larner, a beautiful Rottie girl who I was told was around 14 weeks old.

Meet Larner (about 14 weeks)

Isn’t she gorgeous? Here she is again – just look at that expression.

What a cutie pie!

There are no photos from Tuesday, but on Wednesday morning Teddy and I did our normal Thursday morning walk on Canford Heath. As you can see, we had had a lot of rain, not that that bothers Teddy.

Teddy on South Walk

And then, as I said, I went to Dad’s Thursday morning, which meant that I took Teddy to Canford Heath again (parking in Steeple Close) in the afternoon. Although we left fairly early the sun was pretty low in the sky.

The sun is low in the sky this afternoon

This is a panorama of the view over Poole (you may need to click on the image to hop over to Flickr to see it properly).

Panorama over Poole

And, as I was up on South Walk with the sun behind the clouds I couldn’t resist one of my fall-back shots.

It's that tree again!

This is a lichen covered tree set against a slightly lighter sky and with the sun on it.

Another tree, in the sunlight

And lastly for today, the sun had almost gone by the time we had finished our walk.

The sun has almost gone

What a difference a day makes

Wednesday 8th November & Friday 10th November 2017

On Wednesday I went to see my Dad as usual in the morning. That meant that Teddy and I went for our walk over Canford Heath in the afternoon. It was a lovely sunny day as you can see from this photo looking along South Walk.

South Walk

And here’s Teddy, posing nicely for me.

Teddy on South Walk

When we do these Wednesday afternoon walks I park at Steeple Close to avoid the school traffic. Then we head up to South Walk and cut down the middle of the heath. We can either pick up the Old Coach Road for this or walk down the track that runs alongside the main fenced area of the heath, as we did today. This is where this photo was taken. You can just see Teddy having a sniff at the grass in the distance.

Where's Teddy?

After that we cut back across the heath to the stream and then continue on across Longfleet Drive towards the other wide track that runs up from the Redbrick Path. En route we pass one of my favourite trees, so here is another photo of it for you.

Trees

And then we head down towards the Redbrick path and back to Steeple Close, but not before I’d taken a photo of the sun setting behind another group of ringed and dying trees.

Trees at sundown

A crisp but sunny walk.

Thursday and Friday were very different days as the weather was miserable, so I didn’t take my camera. But on the Friday morning, walking along the Roman Road, I spotted the smallest Sulphur Tuft fungi I have ever seen, so I had to take a photo with the phone. And here they are

The smallest Sulphur Tufts I have ever seen

You can tell how tiny they are by comparing them to the the size of the leaves next to them.

A touch of frost

Monday 6th November 2017

Monday was a cold morning and we found a frosty entrance to Upton Heath.

A frosty entrance to Upton Heath

Someone had obviously lost a dog’s name tag, and it had been placed on the bench where it was duly frosted.

Lost nametag

Even the nettles looked nice in the frost and sunshine.

Frsot on the nettles

But apart from that bit of frost it was warm and sunny on our walk. Warm enough for Teddy to go in the pond.

Teddy in the pond

And here he is in the grass close by the pond.

Teddy in the autumn grasses

He did have a more contemplative moment, though.

Teddy looking serious

That was taken moments before our friend, Zeus, arrived, after which all hell broke loose as they raced around playing.

Teddy and Zeus playing

And I’m really pleased of this shot of the two of them.

Teddy and Zeus had a great game

It sometimes looks scary when they play, but I love to see dogs playing. And I love that Teddy enjoys playing with other dogs so much.

It’s mainly about Canford Heath

Sunday 29th October to Saturday 4th November 2017

There are no photos from our walk on Sunday, but the first photo I have for you is Bed Head Teddy, taken as he lay on my bed in the morning.

Bedhead Teddy On

Monday morning we did our usual walk on Upton Heath. Here is Teddy in the lovely sunshine over the heath.

Teddy on Upton Heath

And here he is hiding behind a tree in the silver birch grove.

Teddy's Hiding

On Tuesday we went over to Canford Heath. Once again it was quite a nice morning. When we came across the cows I put Teddy on the lead.

Teddy has to go on lead to meet the cows

He was a good boy though. Here he is checking back with me that he’s behaving well.

Look what a good boy I am Mum

As you can see from the previous two photos, some of the cows were on the path and we had to make our way around them. Most were on the heath though.

Cows on Canford Heath

There’s one last photo from Wednesday – of Teddy on the old Coach Road. I was actually taking a photo of that lovely backlit silver birch tree, but Teddy had to get in on the act.

Teddy on the Old Coach Road

On Wednesday I went to my Dad’s in the morning, so took Teddy out in the afternoon. As usual at that time on a week day I parked in Steeple Close and we walked from there. Although it had been sunny earlier the sun was behind hazy cloud by the time we got to South Walk.

Canford Heath skies

It made for another series of photos of interesting skies over Canford Heath though.

Firstly, here’s Teddy having a drink on South Walk

Teddy has a drink

And here’s three more photos from that afternoon.

Canford Heath skies

Canford Heath skies

Canford Heath skies

And that is it for this week. The weather didn’t really encourage me to take the camera for the rest of the week (I seem to recall we were actually walking in fog on Thursday morning). I hope you’ve enjoyed the week’s photos.

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.

Resting

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.

End of Days

Sunday 15th to Saturday 21st October 2017

On Sunday afternoon Teddy and I went for our walk on Canford Heath for a change. At one time I always took Jez and Max to Canford Heath on a Sunday afternoon, but I had got out of the habit. It was a bit of an overcast day, though. This was the view across the west of the heath from what I call the ‘escarpment’ (basically a very steep hill that you can just about walk up, although Teddy and I took the easy route).

View from the 'escarpment'

We didn’t really meet any dogs for Teddy to play with on our walk, but he was happy running around. Here he is as we head back to the car.

On our way back to the car

And a short distance further on, here is a very happy Teddy on the sandy area.

Teddy loves the sandy areas

We’d obviously managed to wear him out today, as when we went to bed he was soon asleep.

Shhhh! Teddy's asleep

Now you may be wondering about my blog title. That is there to wind my husband Chris up. On Monday the remains of Hurricane Imogen passed over Ireland and bought a huge depression over the UK. The result was some very strange skies over southern England. This photo was taken on Upton Heath early in the morning. Although the sky simply looks overcast you may notice that there is quite a yellow cast to the photo.

Teddy and friends Zeus and Jasper

The photo is of Teddy with his friends Zeus and Jasper whom we met on our walk. After we left the pond, and Zeus, we walked on round the lower heath with Jasper and his Mum, Judy. From time to time Jasper and Teddy would run and play, which was nice. After my walk I went grocery shopping and as I did it was getting darker and darker, and the sky was getting more and more yellow. By late morning every car had its headlights on and it was like being in a sort of ochre twilight. By lunchtime, the sun was trying to break through the clouds, but it was a reddish-orange colour. This photo was taken outside my front door.

The sun at lunchtime

Apparently in London it was even redder. Lots of people were laughing and talking about ‘the end of days’ which for some reason annoyed Chris no end. So I spent the next 48 hours repeating it. And the cause? Well the depression had sucked in dust from the Sahara Dessert and smoke from the wild fires in Portugal, which combined had the effect of changing the colour of the sun and sky and making it quite dark.

The next day there was still a slightly pink tinge to the sun but the colour of the sky was back to normal, although there were some very interesting cloud formations over Canford Heath that I photographed as we walked. I will just post 3 of them here, but there are another 7 over on the Flickr stream.

Strange skies over Canford Heath (1) Strange skies over Canford Heath (5)

Strange skies over Canford Heath (7)

By Friday things were back to normal and we had sunshine for our walk to Upton Heath. Here is Teddy in the pond.

A lovely sunny morning

Later on in the walk Teddy made a new friend. I’m always a bit wary of letting him play with small dogs in case he thinks they are some sort of prey, but this one was up for a good game.

Teddy made a new friend today

They had a good time playing, as you can see.

Little and large at play

And all credit to the owners for letting him play with such a big dog.

By Saturday the wind had picked up Storm Brian approached the UK. We went for our normal afternoon walk on Upton Heath, avoiding the silver birch tree that had blown down at the entrance to the heath. As we walked up the Roman Road we met up with our friends Frazzle and Roxy.

We met Frazzle and Roxy today

That is Frazzle on the left and Roxy at the front on the right. And here is another photo of Frazzle.

Frazzle

As I said, it was a tad windy, as you can see from this photo of a windswept Teddy as we walked down the hill across the heath.

Teddy was bit windswept

As we approached the pond we met another friend, Wendy, with her dog, Titch, and her daughter’s dog. So we all walked on round with them. This photo was taken as we got back to the pine trees.

Walking with friends on Upton Heath

And that’s pretty much it for this week.