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

Financial Year End


Just how beige can I make a blog post title? This has surely got to be the winner? It’s just that it’s that time of year again; when the local authorities are feverishly trying to spend their ‘use it or lose it’ budgets before the end of the financial year. It is as predictable as the flowering of the daffodils, you can see the signs.


There is always an out break of new footpath signs at this time of year, but this year the really noticeable spends are the installation of drop kerbs at junctions, I haven’t got a photo to show you, but they are ramped kerb stones, the idea being that they are much easier to negotiate for the disabled or anyone pushing a buggy or pushchair.  It is a fine and noble (not to mention practical) thing to spend public money on I’m just a bit perplexed as to why our local authority are installing them on stretches of roads so isolated that they might see one pedestrian a fortnight, when out side the local doctors surgery, next to the disabled parking bays, there is not a drop kerb insight. Day in, day out the frail, elderly, disabled and parents with sick and fractious children struggle with high kerbs and pot holed surfaces, whilst out on the hill roads, where field tracks come down to the road, there are some very nice new kerbstones for the curlews to look at.

All I ask is a little prioritisation please. But I suppose I shouldn’t  have written this rant as a blog post, just a letter to the council, maybe it’s me, I’m the one that should prioritise.  Oh dear, never mind here are some pretty leaves.

Spring growth


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.

10 thoughts on “Financial Year End

  1. Very pretty leaves.

    And an excellent rant. 🙂

  2. The leaves and twigs are lovely – and the post is very true. In our case long rows of street lights have appeared on both sides of the road leading out towards the Peak District National Park.This is preparatory to a supposed replacement bus terminus which it now looks unlikely will be needed. On either side are fields, the few houses are much nearer to the previous bus stop – I shouldn’t think a dozen people a year would get off or on at that terminus after dark – so why all the strret lights? Yes, a very pertinent post and I’ll bet many other readers could tell similar stories.

  3. Very pretty leaves, indeed – gorgeous light. The same thing goes on around here and it leaves one scratching one’s head at the reasoning behind their decisions.

  4. Same down here Uphill. The grass is being cut and some jobs are being done. Although my latest journalistic attempt at a complaint about the state of our roads and pavements seems to have hit a nerve.
    The Ilkeston Advertiser is starting a campaign to get our roads fixed faster and not just a patch up but repaired properly.
    They have printed my letter of complaint and taken my picture on the bike for a forthcoming edition.
    Good bit of blogging

  5. Very pretty leaves. We blog that we may not sob.

    You’ll love this. Our Township Supervisor commented that the local EMS (ambulance) service is “fragile” – by which he meant in a financially precarious state. At the self-same meeting one of the Trustees speculated that it might be possible to take money from the ambulance fund to repair a road as the potholed asphalt is a barrier to the ambulance arriving in a timely fashion. What could possibly be wrong with this picture?

    I believe I’ll go capture some pretty leaves.

  6. Your last line made me smile. I will never understand the method of dumping cash so they can be sure to get the same amount next year. There is something soooo flawed in that way of doing budget. Oh well….

  7. Looking at your photos from the back of a van on a lap top. The technology works! wonderful reminders of Ruralshire.

  8. I just love your photos. After a bad day, it’s nice to be able to look at nice things.

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