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

A Turn Around the Garden


When I should be glued to a Word document, is a fine thing

Purple power

It’s blustery day with  a cold wind from the north, the pussy willow has been felted by the heavy rain of the last few days (note to self, make appointment to get hair cut.) The willow looked a whole lot smarter last week

felted willow

But if you are wind pollinator, like this alder, you’re dancing with delight,


it’s your kind of day.


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 “A Turn Around the Garden

  1. The pussy willow looks exactly like a cat that’s fallen into a pond . . .

  2. I like your work so much. It’s always a pleasure to see and read your posts. Thank you.

  3. You made me laugh with your haircut comment. Storms can be rough on the hairdoo some times.

  4. Is that a clematis? I had no idea they bloomed so early.

    It was a good day for pollination – the wind was so strong it took my beanie hat from my head and sent it flying across the hills.

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