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

Open mouth insert foot


What you don’t want to hear your dentist say, as he’s preparing  to do a root canal procedure and he accidentally knocks the tray of implements on the floor.

Opps, so sorry about that, I am having such a bad day!

Actually as root canal treatments go, it was a piece of of sugar free cake, as he had knocked out the infection in the tooth and put a temporary dressing in it two days before I went on holiday. Afterwards we had a laugh about his choice of words, he said it was just as well I was a calm patient, little does he know I get plenty of practice at appearing calm when nothing is further from the truth.

Also on my travels today I saw a young women, about twenty something I suppose, with a butterfly (wing span of about 4 inches) tattooed across  her throat; how attractive is that going to look when she is about sixty and somewhat more wrinkled and saggy than she is now? I could never have a tattoo, I can’t even chose a stair carpet that I am not bored of before it has worn out; let alone something ‘decorative’ and indelible, that I have to spend the rest of my life with.

On the subject of butterflies, does anyone know what species this is? spotted in Devon, the wings were white on the outside and this lovely ‘Persil’ blue/white on the inside, very pretty.

Butterfly blue

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 “Open mouth insert foot

  1. Funny story about your dentist visit! It’s good that you have a sense of humour. I bet your dentist regretted his words as soon as he said them.

    About the butterfly – I looked it up and I think it’s a Provençal Short-tailed Blue:


    It is a very pretty butterfly whatever it’s called!

  2. I’ve always thought the same about tattoos – that I’d be bored with them within the week… Also, my mum always said you have to think how they’ll look when the nurse is bathing you in the nursing home when you’re old!

    I was most amused at a prisoner fumbling to show an officer his I.D. card one day – he couldn’t find which pocket it was in. Meanwhile he had his whole name including his middle name tattooed around his neck!

    However, I do understand the Olympic athletes getting the Olympic rings tattoos which many of them seem to – I can’t see one ever ceasing to be proud of being an Olympian.

  3. That sounds like my dentist!
    I don’t tattoos, or body piercings, at all.
    As to your lovely butterfly I’m not sure but here’s another good site which may help. xx

  4. You realize of course we’re outing ourselves as a bunch of old fogies–it amazes me how many young people have tattoos and piercings these days. YOWCH! is all I can think of. But oh, what a funny story, and oh what a lovely butterfly!

  5. Just back from Switzerland Uphill and catching up on the blog. Sorry about the dentist. Ive never had so much as a fillng but once had a tooth out years ago and was put under with gas. Urghh it was horrible.
    Yes tattoos have become popular again. Like having a dog i thought about having my Eagle tattoo for ages. Years in fact. And i still like it even now.
    But to have one on your throat, i cant imagine that.
    Good picures from the holidays.

  6. Strong teeth must be in your genes LBR, that or your your youthfulness! think of the number of pairs of running shoes you could buy with the money saved on dental treatment. A colleague has a beautiful band of dolphins on her upper arm, but it is quite easy to hide, if she wants too; short of having a polo neck jumper and a balaclava there was no hiding the butterfly! There used to be a guy in the village had a dotted line around his neck with the words ‘cut here’
    I’ve not seen him for many a year, perhaps some one took him at his word. Piercings seem more manageable and than tattoos.

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