Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Summers Past

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And the making of memories.

Forgiving me for returning to the beach and family holidays. But a couple of   posts I’ve read this week have catapulted me back to Devon.  First there was Nancy’s post reflecting on just how many summers her family had enjoyed their favourite beach  just like the Uphilldowndale family’s love of a certain Devon beach,

Summers Past -1

then there was Sarah’s post that made me smile and recall our coastal meeting with a grasshopper.  So I nipped back to the post I’d written at the time, back in 2009, about our encounter with the artist David Measures, about his glorious art and his generosity with both his time and knowledge: sadly, when I followed the links, I discovered that David died last year.  Looking at the website of Southwell Artists I saw that Christine Measures, David’s wife, is also an artist.

When I met David he told me he was working on a book that would capture, not just the markings of a butterfly, for identification but how it moved, its mannerisms, what a bird watcher might call it’s jizz.  The slide show of Christine’s art captures both David and Devon summer holidays perfectly. Beautiful.

 

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “Summers Past

  1. was taken aback by the term “jizz” — it has a slang meaning in the US which has nothing to do with ornithology

  2. Thanks for the shout-out! I’m so glad my post about our beach trips reminded you of your own seaside fun.

  3. It’s sad to see that David Measures has died. I enjoyed this post and all the links. xx

  4. A lovely summer picture with this beautiful back light. Sun, summer, light and beach. Something I also love to return to at the west coast of Jutland, where I have come often ever since I was born – and still do (though I also love to explore places further out into the big wide world!)

  5. That photo is a delight. Spangled memories.

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