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



I find it hard to imagine our landscape without drystone walls


This shot, as the morning sun catches the tops of the hills on a frosty morning.

It’s not been as clear as this today, the day has been shrouded in low cloud, visibility has been poor and the temperature has never come above freezing; it’s about -3 Celsius this evening . The farmers are taking advantage of the frozen ground are out muck spreading with vigour, (the frozen ground means that the tractors tyres doesn’t churn the soil into deep ruts and the freeze thaw action will help breakdown the muck.) But if you really want to know all the facts about muck spreading physics…..

‘centrifugal spreading is a very important step in precision agriculture.’

We’re in that odd no man’s land between Christmas and New Year, who and what is and isn’t working is all a bit of a mystery, the farmers are, because they always are (but the agricultural merchants were closed today when I went to buy some hen feed) The building and construction industries usually shut down for two weeks over Christmas and New Year, but uncharacteristically I’ve seen lots of builders busy at their work in the last couple of days, maybe they are just thankful with the financial climate as it is, to grab any work that’s around at the moment, a bird in the hand being worth two in the bush (but then builders merchants was closed when I went to buy two handles for the kitchen units)

But the butchers was open and venison is on the menu for tomorrow night.

Happy New Year, I’ll be back in 2009

(I’ve just re- read what I’ve written, this post is indeed aptly titled, it is  a patchwork or a total mish mash of topics!)


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.

11 thoughts on “Patchwork

  1. I lose track of days at this time of year!
    Happy New Year! xx
    By the way you might want to change the first Technorati Tag!

  2. Wishing all the uhdd household a happy and peaceful New Year, with hopefully milder days to come.

    From those of us hibernating down in Somerset…

  3. No humerous observations or witty comment from me to liven this section just want to say how delightful your photos always are.
    Looking forward to another year of exquisite camera craft. Thanks

  4. Yes wishing you and your family a great new year. Your blog is a joy and helps me immensly in the early hours.You really should become a full time photographer.

  5. I enjoyed your mish mash of a post. Your country side looks as if it has been covered by a patchwork quilt. Happy New Year to you.

  6. I, too, enjoyed your patchwork post, just as I’ve enjoyed a glimpse into your countryside over the past year. Happy New Year!

  7. Happy new year to you and your family!
    I just love to read your humoristic and thoughtful words, and see those beautiful pictures that you post. Thank you, and please keep on blogging.

  8. Happy New Year – I can no more imagine your landscape without drystone walls than I can imagine mine without lakes – or my week without reading your posts and contemplating your photos. Thank you.

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