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

Chewing the Cud


High on a windswept hill; I don’t know the name of breed of the cattle, they are not as red in colour as traditional Highland cattle (maybe these are the bovine equivalent of ‘dumb blonds’ or Essex girl goes to the Pennines) I like the gate post, I wonder what happened to the wall that went with it.

Chewing the cud 1

I struggled to hold the camera still, because of the strength of the wind (and this may be the reason I’ve managed to sever the nose off the sheep, bottom right; but never mind.) My first obstacle in my photographic endeavor, apart from the fact I wasn’t sufficiently dressed for the howling wind, was that when I pulled up in the field gate way, the sheep obviously thought the drone of a  Landrover engine equals farmer bringing fodder and they all came charging over in search of food. But they soon sussed I was of no use and returned to grazing, with their backs to the wind

6 hind legs of lamb

Rather fine looking beasts.

Muddy feet


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.

18 thoughts on “Chewing the Cud

  1. You’ve done it again – sent me haring about the internet for an hour. No wonder I don’t have any time for television. Must research holiday accommodations in Glossop.

    Those are very fine cattle and very humorous sheep. Or perhaps very wise sheep, tails firmly to the wind, keeping their heads down in these challenging times.

  2. Now THOSE are cattle. Look at that long blonde hair!

  3. What handsom cows. I think we need some of those. We have a dexter bull (miniature black cow). One of these cows you have pictured would look cute next to ours. I like your trio of sheep also.

  4. these are fabulous pictures , and I love the essex girls 🙂

  5. The top photo is fantastic!

  6. Think they are just WHITE highland cattle
    Also available in red and brown, hee hee.
    I think they are in need of hairspray Uphill

  7. Such cool cattle! I didn’t even notice the gate post at first – it’s one of my favorite things to see in your photos. Love the sheep, too!

  8. These are great photos. They certainly look like Highland cattle, I think there are other colours than the normal red. They are my favourite cattle breed apart from maybe the Dexters.

  9. Fabulous photo – especially the top one. I really like reading your stories. Makes me year to live a less urban life.

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  11. Great picture at the top, although it looks like a cut and paste job by a child, with everything just plonked any-old-where! Sometimes real life just isn’t composed neatly.

  12. i love these photos, just beautiful & remind me of our own highland cattle up here in scotland

  13. Highland cattle can be as ‘blonde’ as those you have photographed.

  14. Gorgeous photos – love the one of the three sheep 🙂

  15. Amazing shots! Not too sure I’d want to be too close to that horned one! He seems to have an eye on you too 🙂

  16. These are fabulous shots. The first one is just plain amazing.

  17. arh mrs uhdd, liking the pic of the neddy and that wall looks very inviting to jump for me and mr george. xx

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