Sunday afternoon in Wareham Forest

Sunday 7th August 2016

The trouble with warm weather in this area is that you can never get anywhere near the water as everywhere is packed with holidaymakers and locals alike. So today I thought we’d go to Wareham Forest. I was hoping to get the dogs down to the heath area where there are lots of small pools, but Jez had other ideas.

We started out as normal heading along the path that looks towards the Purbeck Hills.

A seat with a view towards the Purbeck Hills

Normally its Jez who is lagging behind, but today it was Max – well, at this point anyway.

Jez and Max head down the slope

There isn’t any water in this part of the forest – apart from the one muddy puddle that Max managed to find.

Trust Max to find a nice muddy puddle

Jez wouldn’t head down the hill towards the water, but instead chose to walk in a large circle back to the car.

Out for a walk in Wareham Forest

One thing I noticed about the forest though: there were more butterflies and dragonflies here than I’ve seen elsewhere this year. We saw lots of these Small Heath butterflies.

Small Heath butterfly

And this Common Darter obligingly landed on some bell heather at the side of the track.

Common Darter on Bell Heather

And, lastly, here are Jez and Max heading back towards the car.

Jez and Max head back to the car

It had been a nice little walk, if not quite the walk I had planned.

A year ago today

We were playing in the River Stour near Eye Bridge with my cousin Linda.

Linda with Jez and Max

Max and I go to Morden Bog

Thursday 31st March 2016

It was a lovely sunny morning, so I thought it would make a nice change to go with Max out to Morden Bog, which is in Wareham Forest.

On Morden Bog

After the rain we have had this winter Morden Bog was living up to it’s name, and I was glad I’d worn my Wellington boots.

Big puddles

Max was happy though: there were lots of pools of water for him to stand in.

Lots of water!

Here’s a panorama looking out over Morden Bog.

View across Morden Bog

And then we get to the real reason I came here today. At this time of years daffodils bloom in what was once the garden of the old, ruined cottage here, and Max looks very handsome standing in amongst the daffs.

Max in the daffodils

You can’t see them in the¬†photo below, but at the adjacent apiary (which is still maintained) the bees were very busy.

The bees were busy at the apiary

We continued on a fairly long, circular path. What surprised me is that it is school holidays, and a beautiful morning, and I didn’t meet a soul until we’d been walking for an hour and 5 minutes! We pretty much had the place to ourself the whole walk.

We walked back to the car via Sherford Lake as usual.

Sherford Lake

This enable me to wash the smell of bog off Max before we had to get back in the car. We’d been out just under 2 hours and had had a lovely walk.

A year ago today

We went for a walk on Upton Heath where we met Ariadne, Dawn’s English Pointer puppy, for the very first time.


Weekend Walks

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th March 2016

I didn’t take many photos this week-end, so I’ve lumped our Saturday and Sunday walks together in one post.

On Saturday we went to Upton Heath as usual, where I took a couple of photos of Jez: firstly by the pond…


… and secondly in the old pits (or as Google Maps calls it, the Upton Canyons – goodness only knows where they got that name from!).


On Sunday we went out to Wareham Forest.

Track in Wareham Forest

We were lucky enough to have some sunshine, and I took this photo of Max posing in the trees.


Once again I tried to get Jez down to the Dragonfly and Gruffalo pools via the short route, but she was having none of it. In this photo she’s coming running towards me having stopped on the hill and refused to move for a while.

Jez runs towards me

After I took that she cut up the steep hill towards the viewpoint on a path that is too narrow and steep for me, so I lost her for a while. We met up eventually though, although by that time she’d worm herself out so we had a very slow walk back to the car.


A year ago today

On 12th March Max and I went down to Lake Pier at Hamworthy.

Happy to be at the beach again

Weekend Guests

Sunday 14th February 2016

My cousin, Linda, and her husband, Paul, came to stay this week-end. They arrived late lunchtime on Friday and after lunch we went down to Poole Quay for a wander. I don’t have any photos though as it was getting a bit dark on an already gloomy day. On Saturday Linda & I went shopping, so again, no photos from me. Sunday morning, however, dawned clear and bright and so we went over to the Sika Trail in Wareham Forest.

Here’s Max checking that Linda and Chris are keeping up.

Max checks that Linda & Chris are keeping up

And here’s Chris, Linda and Paul posing for a photo.

Chris, Linda, Paul and Max

Linda took this one of Chris, Paul and I. She told us that Paul likes to have people’s feet in the shot, so Chris and I were making sure our feet could be seen.

Making sure our feet are in the shot

Of course, as usual, Max was in every pool of water there was.

Max waits for someone to throw something

Jez was just happy to trot along with Paul and Linda, though.

Linda, Paul & Jez

And here’s Jez standing by the Dragonfly Pool.

Jez by the Dragonfly Pool

We called at the Gruffalo Pool then took Linda and Paul up to the viewpoint.

From the viewpoint

Where Linda insisted on checking the direction of the wind.

Testing the wind direction

They went home after lunch, but it had been lovely having them for the wee-end.

A year ago today

Jez, Max and I went for a walk on Upton Heath. This photo of Max was taken along the Roman Road.

Max in the stream

A bit of a cold walk on Upton Heath

Saturday 30th January 2016

Saturday is my cleaning day, and so I walk the dogs in the afternoon: and as is my custom I took them over to Upton Heath today.

Heath panorama

There may have been some blue sky around, but on the whole it was overcast and quite cold (although fortunately I was well wrapped up). I also took the Canon EOS 20D with me so that I could use the build in flash to continue my flash photography learning. It seems to have gone fairly well on the whole, without the use of flash being too obvious. Here’s Max in a puddle (with Jez wandering up the slope behind).

A favourite muddy puddle

And here he is again in the pond with his cone.

Posing in the pond

There are a couple more of him in the pond on my Flickr account. I also took this photo of Jez standing my the pond.

Jez stands proud

The photos of the Exmoor ponies didn’t work quite so well, but this one’s not too bad.

Portrait of an Exmoor Pony

And lastly from me for today here’s Jez having a little rest in the leaves along the Roman Road.

Jez has a rest among the leaves

I do have a couple of other photos to share with you today, though, and they were taken by Chris when he was out in Wareham Forest with Max in the morning. He’s commented before on the desolate landscape that’s been left where the Forestry Commission has been felling trees there, so wanted to take some photos. As you can see, it looks a bit like a war zone.


And finally here’s a photo of Max he took.


A walk is not a walk without at least one photo of Max!

A year ago today

I finally managed to get some photo of the Redwings at Upton Country Park.


Max and I go to Wareham Forest

Monday 4th January 2016

Max had an appointment at the vet in Wareham this morning (a check up with his dermatologist), so after his appointment I took him out to Wareham Forest. It had rained whilst we were at the vet but had fortunately cleared up by the time we got to go for our walk.

On the trail of the lonesome pine

Although it was a bit wet and muddy in places it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting it to be. This was the bottom path alongside the heath, heading to the dragonfly pool.

Puddles along the Sika Tral

The dragonfly pool itself was looking rather lovely. I managed to take this photo before Max disturbed the water.

Reflections in the Dragonfly Pool

Today I was experimenting a little bit. There were the trees next to the Gruffalo Pool.

Tangles up in blue

I have reduced the clarity to get the desired effect in that photo.

And this one, taken earlier on in our walk of pine trees, has been given an infra red treatment.

Pine trees are given an infrared treatment

As we were walking back to the car I met a lady taking photos of one of the log piles. Whilst I was stood talking to her I noticed an interesting fungal growth on one of the logs, so took a photo.

Fungi grows on an old log

And finally, a photo of Max in the trees.

Max in the trees

We had had a really nice walk today. I’m glad I chose the forest over the beach.

A year ago today

We were out walking on Canford Heath. View over Poole

Back to the dermatologist then onto Wareham Forest

Wednesday 21st October 2015

Max had a follow-up appointment with his dermatologist today, which was a good job as he has been getting worse, not better, and has chewed one of his hind paws raw. This is one time Jez doesn’t mind going to the vet as she knows it’s not her appointment. So she took the opportunity to have a quick snooze in the consulting room.

Jez waits in the vet's surgery

We left the vet loaded up with medication: tablets to counter the yeast infection, anti-biotics to see off any bacterial infection, steroids to try and knock everything on the head, and his usual anti-itch tablets. Poor dog has more tablets than breakfast of a day!

After the vet we went on to Wareham Forest. It was getting fairly late and Jez doesn’t do very well with long walks these days, so we walked the north side of the Sika Trail for a change. That was after we cut through a couple of the small forest paths, like this one.

A forest trail

Under the trees the bracken has turned bronze as it dies back.

In amongst the trees

We passed some pretty bracket fungi along the way, too.

Fungi in the forest

It had been a very overcast day, but by the time we got down to the path by Decoy Heath the sun came out.

Sunshine on a cloudy day

It made the heath look lovely.

Decoy Heath

We walked to the Gruffalo Pool where Max had a quick play, and then we turned and headed back up the hill towards the car.

Heading back to the car

In the end we had had a nice walk, which surprised me given the weather when we set out.

A year ago today

Jez, Max and I went to Upton Country Park.

The path to Hamworthy