Jez came with us this morning, too

Wednesday 4th November 2015

It was raining this morning with heavy rain forecast so not only did I not expect Jez to want to come but I didn’t particularly want to take her. It’s not that I don’t like her coming, but when it rain she either heads straight back to the car as fast as she can or hides under a tree. As I’ve said many times before, Jez does not do heavy rain.

So to ensure some cover today, and in case I had to bring her back home, we went to Upton Country Park. At least it is close by. We started off ok and left the carpark and headed for the Woodland Walk. Then it started to rain. We sheltered under some trees with a man we know and his two dogs and I managed to persuade Jez to stay with us. As the rain eased we were joined by another lady we know and her two dogs and we all continued through the woods together. Just as we got to the end, though, the heavens opened. While us humans sheltered under trees and holly, Jez managed to make her way to the middle of a denser growth of rhododendrons.

I thought that was it, but the rain eased up once again and I managed to get Jez to walk on. After that we were able to continue our walk in the dry. It was pretty dismal, though. Here are Jez and Max in the stream.

Two dogs in the stream today

And this was the view out towards Upton Lake and Poole from the shoreline. As you can see, the sun was trying to come out!

Somewhere to sit and reflect

Nevertheless, it was still pretty bleak and stormy.

View towards Poole

But, as I said, we made it back to the car in the dry. I was amazed we had actually managed to get our walk in.

A year ago today

Max and I went for a walk on Upton Heath.

Max in the little pond by the boardwalk

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 bit of a damp walk

Monday 31st August 2015

We had more rain this morning, so I only took my iPhone when Max and I went for our normal Monday morning walk on Upton Heath. Not that Max cared about the rain (other than it meant that there was more water to play cone in).

Bringing back his cone

The rain also had the advantage of leaving the cap of this little Grisette glistening.


And that’s about it for today, I’m afraid.

A year ago today

We were out walking in Wareham Forest.

Wareham Forest

Still more rain!

Tuesday 25th August 2015

This is August! Doesn’t the weather realise that? It’s supposed to be warm and sunny. To be fair it’s not cold, but it’s certainly not sunny. This morning we had more rain, so I thought we would go to Upton Country Park. Surprisingly, Jez decided to leave her warm bed and join us. It wasn’t a particularly nice walk though. At one point we had a heavier shower so we sheltered for a while in Llewellyn Wood, near Upton.

Sheltering from the rain in Llewellyn Wood

After that we walked on round to the lake. As you can see, Max didn’t let a drop of rain bother him.

Max doesn't mind the rain

And then it was back to the car and home into the dry. We’re hoping for some sunshine tomorrow.

A year ago today

Well, if I thought today was bad, it was worse a year ago. Looks like the Roman Road had turned into a river.

It didn't take long for the stream to overflow

How much wetter can it get?

Monday 24th August 2015

So we were back to torrential rain again this morning. Of course that didn’t stop Max and I heading over to Upton Heath for our walk. This was the view along Beechbank Avenue in Creekmoor as we approached the entrance to the heath.

A very wet morning

By the way, all of the photos today were taken on my iPhone as I didn’t take a camera with me.

Surpringly, we did meet other people out on the heath. Unsurprisingly they were all walking their dogs.

The only people on Upton Heath were dog walkers

I may have been wet and soggy, but Max was in his element: there were lots of puddles.

Puddle time!

And there was water in the little pool by the boardwalk again.

There's water by the boardwalk again

I may have been well wrapped up, but I was pleased to get home. When I did it was to find that Jez had made herself nice and comfy on the sofa in the sitting room.

Jez has made herself comfy

She didn’t seem to care that she was the wrong way up, although I did go back later to find she’d righted herself.

Right way up


A year ago today

We went to visit my Dad, and Jez made herself comfy once again.

Dad's nicely made bed obviously wasn't comfortable enough for Jez

Not a good start to the week

Monday 22nd June 2015

It wasn’t a good start to the week. I woke up to find it raining as forecast, but as it was meant to ease off as the morning progressed I decided to drive to Wimborne to do my grocery shopping instead. But as I drove out of Broadstone I hit road works on the main road to Wimborne. And when I passed the roadworks it got worse and I was at a standstill. I thought I’d take a detour, but missed a turn and ended up back where I’d turned off, only to find the traffic was moving again!

It wasn’t much better in the shop, which didn’t have the dogs’ Joint Care sticks and then managed to charge me incorrectly for an item. And to top it all I came home a different way only to be faced with – you’ve guessed it – more roadworks!

So I got home, and as the rain hadn’t really eased much, thought I’d take Max out. So we had a bit of a wet walk over to Upton Heath. It did ease off for a while, but this foxglove shows that it was wet.

Rain drenched foxglove

And then, to top it all, it started to tip down with rain. I sheltered under the trees on the Roman Road. Max didn’t see the point of sheltering from the rain.

Max's idea of sheltering from the rain

Fortunately it eased off again and we were able to get home without getting any wetter.

Let’s hope the week improves.

A year ago today

Jez and I went for a walk on Hengistbury Head, near Christchurch.

View over the Head

It was wet!

Thursday 14th May 2015

Very wet. Max and I went to Upton Country Park and got soaked. This is us in the car about to come home.

Max and I had a very wet walk this morning

After I had dried off and changed I went to a Pilates class run by my physiotherapist. We followed a hot yoga class so the studio was … hot!

A year ago today

It was a sunny day and Max and I went out to Badbury Rings where I occupied myself taking photos of flowers such as this Early Purple Orchid.

Early Purple Orchid