Repairs on Upton Heath

Sunday 8th October to Saturday 14th October 2017

Sunday was a bit of an overcast day and Teddy and I went up to the top of Upton Heath at Corfe Mullen for our walk. I only have one photo, a Fly agaric, which I took because it was National Fungi Day.

Fly agaric on National Fungi day

It rained first thing Monday morning, but had stopped by the time Teddy and I went for our walk on Upton Heath. It did mean that all of the spiders’ webs were covered in tiny droplets of water though.

Raindrops on a web

Last Friday we had bumped into some workmen from Scottish and Southern Energy, and they were explaining that they would be replacing an rotted, wooden electricity pole out in the bog and would be putting in a temporary roadway to reach it. Today when we they had put out some signs, which Teddy had to inspect.

Teddy inspects the signs

Where they are going to put the road out onto the bog there is a big hole which dogs have been enlarging, and on Friday the men had told me they were about to fill it in. All they have done is put up another sign though.

3 days after they said they were going to fill the hole in and they've just stuck a sign up!

We didn’t meet any dogs for Teddy to play with today, but we did bump into this pretty little spaniel.

Pretty little Cocker Spaniel

So Teddy had to make his own entertainment by running around and seeing if he could find anything of interest. Here he is in the little silver birch grove. Notice that the trees are rapidly losing their leaves now.

Teddy in the silver birch grove

Jumping forward to Thursday it was a lovely sunny morning and Teddy and I went for a walk over the far side of Canford Heath. This was the view after we had climbed the hill, looking out across Poole.

View over Poole

And here is Teddy on one of the paths across the heath.

Crossing Canford Heath

Along that path I found some really pretty little white and yellow flowers. I haven’t worked out what they are yet though.

Pretty white fowers

Getting all arty now, and I liked this dead tree which was seemingly pointing the way across the heath.

Pointing the way

And so onto Friday 13th October, unlucky for some but not for us. As usual on a Friday I did my grocery shopping before taking Teddy over to Upton Heath. On our arrival we found the workmen were still there, so Teddy had to go and investigate.

Teddy has to see what's going on

They told me they had finished the work and were waiting for the crew to come and take up the temporary road. Talking of which, here is Teddy testing it out.

Teddy on the temporary road

And here it is heading out across the bog.

Road into the bog

On the lower heath I was a bit surprised to find a very large gas pipeline marker had appeared since Monday.

Well that wasn't there on Monday

Close by was this pretty little bracket fungus.

Bracket fungus On

Saturday afternoon Teddy and I were back on Upton Heath. We had walked down the big hill with a Springer Spaniel and a Labrador, neither of which wanted to play with Teddy. When we got to the bottom of the hill and turned off to the pond Teddy, in his frustration, decided to dive head first into a boggy pool.

Teddy dived into a boggy pool

Fortunately the next stop was the pond where I was able to wash him off. Nearby the men were finishing taking up the temporary road.

Taking up the last of the temporary road

We walked out onto the lower heath and then Teddy took off. When I finally caught up with him he was playing with a 17 month old blue staffy called Alfie. They were having a great time, so we let them carry on for around 20 minutes before we walked on, although the dogs still continued playing. Sadly I don’t have any photos (they were moving too fast) but I think I can safely say they are now firm friends. Oh, and having been wet and then romped around in grey sandy soil Teddy was black again and had to have a shower when he got home, which he did not appreciate!

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We go out to Badbury Rings

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

On Tuesday I took Teddy out to Badbury Rings. The reason for this walk was that I wanted to call in at the vet surgery in Wimborne on the way home so that I could weigh Teddy.

Once again it was an overcast day.

Harvest time

Autumn is starting to show it’s hand now. It’s not only the ploughed fields, but the Traveller’s Joy is now living up to it’s name of Old Man’s Beard.

Traveller's Joy

There is an abundance of crab apples just waiting to fall from the trees.

Bumper harvest of crab apples

And berries are looking very colourful on the Wayfaring Tree…

Wayfaring Tree berries

… and on the Hawthorn bushes.

Hawthorn Berries

In the barn on King Down farm the hay is being baled and stacked.

Hay Bales

Hay Bale Detritus by the Barn

This Dandelion head still has the early morning dew on it.

Dew-covered Dandelion

So yes, Autumn is approaching. But that didn’t seem to bother this Bloody-nosed Beetle who scurried across our path as we walked back around Badbury Rings to the car.

Bloody-nosed beetle

And as for Teddy, he has finally put on some weight, but then I think he’s grown. I had a chat with one of the nurses and after giving a good feel over she said he was an excellent weight, so we’ll just have to make sure he doesn’t put on too much more.

At last, a bit more sunshine

Sunday 13th August to Saturday 19th August 2017

Normally I take Teddy over Upton Heath on a Saturday, but as we went to the Dorset Dogs Festival instead I took him over on Sunday afternoon this week. We were greeted on our arrival by this beautiful Red Admiral on the path.

Red Admiral

We turned left into Longmeadow Lane woods where the beech trees were looking lovely in the sunlight.

Beech Trees

Then we made our way up the Roman Road before turning onto the heath and heading towards the viewpoint. En route I spotted this pretty little Grisette. I rather liked the setting with the moss surrounding it.

Grisette

We walked down the hill and eventually came to the pond where Teddy set about eating the soil – something he seems to like to do quite a bit here. Jez used to lick the soil here too, so I’m guessing it’s full of minerals. Perhaps I should try it!

Teddy likes to eat the soil by the pond

From there we walked around the lower heath where I spotted another Grisette.

Grisette

Finally we walked back along the Roman Road before heading home. Monday morning, of course, we were back there again. And once again Teddy was sticking his muzzle in the soil, as you can see.

Teddy's been digging with his nose again

Tuesday was a lovely sunny morning so we headed out to Morden Bog, which is looking beautiful where the heather is in full bloom.

Heather in full bloom at Morden Bog Looking back up the hill

In this photo you can see Decoy Pond.

Decoy Pond behind the heather

And here’s a photo of Teddy in the heather.

Teddy in the heather

We walked on and as we headed towards Henry’s Pond we met our friends Tink and Twig. We walked on round with them. At one point they disappeared into some shrub. I heard a rustle, and then a young roe deer popped out onto the path between me and Teddy. I don’t know which one of us was more surprised. It ran off into the trees on the opposite side of the path and after thinking about it for a moment Teddy thought he’d follow. But he was a good boy and came back when I called, after which Tink and Twig re-appeared and took off after the deer in totally the wrong direction, so Teddy had to follow them. The next time we saw Teddy he was a really long way away, still chasing the non-existent deer. So we walked in his general direction with me calling him, and after a short time he came running back to me. I was so proud of him!

After all that running, though, the dogs were hot and had to cool down in a bit puddle.

Teddy, Tink and Twig cool down in a muddy puddle

And finally for Tuesday, one last view of Decoy Pond and the heather taken from the top of the hill as we headed back to the car.

Looking across to Decoy Pond

On Wednesday morning I went to see my Dad, and in the afternoon I took Teddy over to Canford Heath.

Teddy admires the view

Unfortunately I struggle to find good photos on Canford Heath these days, but I quite liked this one of the trees along the path that runs next to the Crematorium.

Trees and clouds

And here’s a slightly different view, taken as we walked up the hill from Steeple Close.

Trees, clouds and heather

And so onto Friday and another walk on Upton Heath.  Along the old railway line the honeysuckle is now in bloom.

Wild Honeysuckle

But there are no other photos from Friday. We did meet Charlie, the dog walker, though, with 6 dogs so Teddy had a good play.

And, of course, Saturday afternoon it was back to Upton Heath. As usual on a Saturday we walked up the Roman Road, across to the viewpoint, and then down the hill. Today, as we passed to two pine trees on the hill, the sky behind them was fabulous.

Cloudscape

We continued on to the pond where Teddy spotted a pigeon on the far bank.

Teddy has spotted a pigeon

And then I threw him a stick and he started to play.

I don’t know what he thought he was doing. Although he picked that stone up at the end he immediately dropped it and then went back to digging in the deeper water. He was doing this for nearly 15 minutes while I sat watching him and laughing.

And then we walked on around the lower heath, along the Roman Road and came back to the car. And although he spotted the ponies along the way and showed an interest he came away when I called him. I’m sure it won’t always be like that though!

A cold start to December

Thursday 1st December 2016

Frosts have been thin on the ground here so far this winter, but this morning we woke to freezing fog. To celebrate I took my best camera with me when I took Max for a walk at Upton Country Park (no way was Jez moving from her warm, snugly bed).

Entering the park from Poole Road on a frost morning

In the car park I was surprised to see that there were still one or two cornflowers in bloom. This one was looking lovely with the frost on it.

Frosted cornflower

In places it was quite frosty in the park too, as Max demonstrates in this photo.

We had had a bit of a frost overnight

But a lot of the time it was all about mood.

Walking towards the picnic area

This was taken in the Woodland Walk.

Sunlight through the trees (1)

And I like this one in black and white.

Sunlight through the trees (3)

This was the little boardwalk over the lake. I’ve softened the clarity and rather like the effect.

Boardwalk across the lake

The lake, itself, was a bit icy this morning.

Frozen lake

But that did not deter Max.

Max in the icy lake

As you can see the sun had, by now, broken through the fog, which made for a very nice photo along the path to Hamworthy.

Path to Hamworthy

And here’s Max further along the same path.

Path to Hamworthy

The view along the shoreline was fairly evocative too.

Procession of Geese on Upton Lake

Around here a haw frost had frosted the reeds.

Frosted reeds

And the wooden side rails.

Frsoted fence

Although the sun was starting to thaw it.

Frosted reed

By the time we walked back through the gardens, though, the sun had disappeared again.

Walled garden

The start of our drive home was in fog, but as we got to Creekmoor (only a couple of minutes away) we drove back into bright sunshine. And that pretty much set the pattern for the rest of the day, with the fog coming and going.

A year ago today

Max and I were out and about on Canford Heath.

Trees in black and white

Monday morning on Upton Heath

Monday 10th October 2016

It was a lovely morning and today both dogs came with me to Upton Heath for our Monday morning walk.

The lower heath

Here’s Max in the morning sunlight.

Max

We headed for the pond and I was surprised to see Common Toadflax still in flower.

I was surprised to see Common Toadflax in flower

At the pond we met our friend Zeus.

We met Zeus at the pond

He’s way too boisterous for Jez who kept well out of his way. Here she is posing for me for once.

Jez

Of course, Max had to pose too, although he was standing in the pond at the time.

Max in the pond

After the pond we walked on around the lower heath where I came across this lovely lttle clump of Sulphur Tuft fungi.

Sulpher Tufts

And right next to the were these really nice lichens (Cladonia polydactyl).

Lichen

Apologies that the focus isn’t great on that last one, but they were small and I had to get up very close.

We walked along the Roman Road as far as the stream and then crossed the road to Creekmoor where Chris picked us up.

A year ago yesterday

We had Henry and Addy to stay for a few hours.

Henry and Ariadne

Just me and Max today

Saturday 20th August 2016

Jez had had 3 good walks yesterday and went out with Chris this morning so this afternoon I decided it was most probably best to leave her at home, especially as she didn’t seem keen to come out with me. Max and I went to Upton Heath.

View over the heath

Rain was forecast so I wore my thin waterproof. That was a waste of time though, as it didn’t rain at all. It was blowing a gale however.

We started off walking up the Roman Road where I could hardly miss this large clump of Chicken of the Woods fungus.

Chicken of the Woods fungi

On the heath the heather is looking lovely at the moment.

Heather

And here it is in amongst the gorse.

Heather and Gorse

We walked from the Roman Road onto the heath and up to the top of the hill where Max had a few problems with the wind.

Chocks Away!

I have a whole series of photos of him standing up there with his ears flapping about: it looks as though he is sending a semaphore message.

As we walked on round the sun started to come out.

Max ignores the view - he just wants to play

And just after I took that Max went in one of his favourite little boggy pools. Further on down the hill he also went in the muddy gully. So I ended up with a very muddy dog.

Muddy Dog!

We headed on towards the pond so that I could wash him off. I have included this next photo as you can see the problems he is having with his hind legs at times.

Max's back legs aren't great at times

At the pond we met our friend Sky, a 12 year old staffy.

Meet Sky

She posed for me nicely.

Sky

And then barked at me when I stopped feeding her treats!

Sky barks to ttell me she wants another treat

By the time we left the pond I had a clean dog, so we headed back to the car and home.

A year ago today

We had tree surgeons in, cutting the dead branches out of our oak tree.

Timber!

Down by the river

Tuesday 9th May 2016

It was another warm, sunny morning so I took the dogs to the River Stour at Eye Bridge near Wimborne this morning. Jez was reluctant to leave the area of Eye Bridge and took a lot of persuading. I am wondering whether it was because she hurt herself down here a couple of weeks ago. Eventually we managed to make our way towards the bay where the dogs play. We have to cross this little bridge over a stream just before we get there.

Along the riverside walk

And if you don’t feel like joining the dogs at the water’s edge, or even in the river itself, then there are a couple of seats for you to sit on. This morning they were in the sun.

A seat in the sun

I din’t join the dogs in the river today,s o they are a bit distant in this shot.

Max and Jez in the river

After they’d spent some time in the water we headed back to the car. En route something caught Jez’s attention.

Jez takes and interest in the horses

And it wasn’t the teasel.

Teasel

No, it was the two horses wandering over to see us.

The horses need protection from the flies

I don’t know, but I’m guessing those hoods are to keep the flies off their eyes.

Closer to Eye Bridge and we came across a team repairing the fence at one of the cows’ drinking spots.

Mending the fence at the cows' drinking spot

And so we strolled on back to the car and headed home.

A year ago today

We went for a walk on Upton Heath where I spotted this Emperor Dragonfly.

Emperor Dragonfly