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

Anyone for Tennis?



Anyone for tennis

A tennis ball ice bound in the pond.

We’ve all been to a very nice Bar-B-Q this afternoon, it was a fell runners event, so a bit of cold weather wasn’t going to stop them in the pursuit of such an out of season activity. Mr Uhdd did a bit of a orienteering  race, and the boys and I did a more modest one, except Tom got a bit ambitious and raced ahead, leaving Joe and I map-less, not to worry, we knew our way back to the BBQ and we had a nice amble around, just what we needed after the excess of New Years Eve.

Some photos from our ‘race’ and I use the term very lightly

Farmstead circa 1700

Farms and buildings dating to about 1700

Farmstead, yard

When your fabric is that old, bits tend to give way, here the lintel has broken over the door

What no lintel

The other elevations don’t look so good either.

Oh , dear, looks like a big job

Some rather handsome sheep, who must be used for showing because they were very tame and obviously used to being near people

Handsome couple

A gate post with a history,

Gate post

A delicate and elegant packhorse bridge, thought to date from 1700 or so, the packhorses were led by men known as Jaggers

Pack horse bridge

Riverside 1


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 “Anyone for Tennis?

  1. Very handsome sheep, indeed.

    Too bad the gatepost can’t talk and give you its history. I’ve been following and like your gatepost shots.

    I really like the next to last photo of the bridge. Beautiful capture.

  2. Your images always fascinate me – so much history there.

  3. Terrific photos ~ with the tennis ball being the only greenest thing visible! I agree that the history behind some of the buildings, gateposts etc. would be fascinating. Sounds like you had a super time. A very Happy New Year to you and yours 🙂

  4. I just found your blog, and enjoy your pictures very much! They are so beautiful. Its great to see such history in an area, I live on the west coast of the US, our history of buildings doesnt go too far, and they arent nearly as interesting looking as any of those buildings you took photos of. Your packhorse bridge picture looks postcard perfect!

  5. Bleak but beautiful! xx

  6. What a beautiful place! I especially love the first farm in this entry…

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