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

One man and his dog


A trip to a country fair and sheep dog trial last weekend has resulted in a cache of photos for posting, first up one man and his dog

Sheep dog 2

Sheepdogs, or as presented here with their Sunday best name of Border Collie are highly intelligent dogs and they are desperate to ‘work’ the sheep (a bored Border Collie is a volatile creature,  I once saw one being walked in Central Park in New York, I wondered what sort of life it might lead living in a city, not one like this I suspect.)

Working dog

It was a perfect autumn day, the show ground is picturesque, if a bit steep (we are a bit short on flat ground, but we manage with what we’ve got.)


all kinds of dogs with all kinds of folk

Dogs 1

Some even had their very own pack with them.


Coming up later ferrets, archery, sheep, the odd vulture (not native to the area I hasten to add) and even a local or two, but first I really must get some work done, see ya later.

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.

4 thoughts on “One man and his dog

  1. I love that photo of the sheepdog against the grass. It’s fab. Really gives a sense of movement. :o)

  2. Looks like you had a good day out! xx

  3. My favorite experience of the Lake District-which is saying quite a lot-was watching the neighboring farmer and his dog work the sheep. The dog was young and still learning her craft, but clearly very pleased with herself. The farmer allowed as how she was coming along nicely. I think they both enjoyed having an appreciative early morning audience. Your photos capture the intelligence, the skill, the pure joy of these wonderful dogs.

  4. We really need to get another dog. Or perhaps it would be fairer to the old cat to wait a bit …

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