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

Dig It


Moles, we are inundated with moles, or more visibly at least, mole hills,


I think the friendly farmer may be sending his mole man; I’ve written about moles before.

With powerful, stubby front legs front legs and massive paws,  the moles have been powering through the field. The spoil heap they leave behind are like miniature archeological digs every one it seems, contains shards of pottery.


The past generations that have lived here might have been  a tad clumsy or had fiery tempers, but one things for sure they broke a lot of crockery. From the top of the field near the house, to the bottom it emerges.

All the domestic waste would have been thrown in a miden, this is what remains.


We may be digging some substantial trenches in the near future, I’m wondering what we might unearth.

It would be easy to become obsessed in getting rid of moles

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.

16 thoughts on “Dig It

  1. Just laughed myself off my chair!!

  2. Argh! Can’t see the Jasper Carrott video until I’m at a broadband location. But I have a thought about the crockery pieces. What if the previous owners thought they could discourage the moles by burying sharp shards of broken crockery all over the lawn? Wily moles.

  3. How wonderful. Maybe the Moles are finding these little treasures in all sorts of far stretches and are leaving them as presents for you in trade for use of the field? Maybe they think they are highly valuable? Or maybe people of the past simply used your field as a dump site, trying to fill in some land……

    • You’re right it would have been a dump for domestic waste, during a time when there wouldn’t have been local authority collections. Certainly as late as the mid 1970’s a school friend of mine had no refuse collection from her farm house, a house that is, admittedly, a bit more isolated than we are, they composted, burnt, or buried waste. But I’m just amazed how much crockery there is! Plain salt glaze and fine china.
      It obviously doesn’t work as a mole deterrent though, but in makes a turn around the field a treasure hunt!
      Gerry will you get in trouble for laughing in the library

  4. The moles will disappear as the water table drops down and just think, all that lovely soil to be collected and used instead of buying compost to grwo things in – nothing like molehills.

    We used to make mosaics of all the broken china, clay and pottery we found. Dishes (melt an old vinyl scratched vinyl record for a ‘dish shape’)or just simply cover old bottles and they made table lamp bases – oh we had some fun and used to go scavenging for bits and peices and pray somebody would drop something on the stone kitchen floor.

  5. Laughter is permitted – even encouraged – in our library. Also well-behaved dogs. We’re a little different . . .

  6. What an interesting post (as usual)! I loved the animation ~ hilarious! Would you like to exchange a mole or two for a raccoon? Sorry to say no shards of pottery turn up, and no mounds, just holes where they dig for grubs.

  7. That is an absolute classic animation! xx

  8. Wow, I’ve never seen moles to bring up anything other than dirt!

    My Dad still says that the only useful thing our old cat ever did was to get rid of the moles. She used to sit by a molehill, listening intently, then suddenly run and pounce on a different hill and start digging. She caught one of them once, but then dropped it in the flowerbed… all the tulips went flying as mole and cat commenced to dig at full speed! I think it just got too stressful for them, and they moved a few houses down.

  9. I love that about whether the previous generations were clumsy or fiery-termpered! I am both but have only let fly with a mug (or two) on one occasion. They must have been living even nearer the edge in those days – but that’s not how we think of them, is it!

    • They also had the disadvantage of, stone floors, stone sinks and only oil lamps or candles to see by, so may be it wasn’t all temper! I’m sure every pot must have been precious though

  10. hi ms uhdd – lovin the shaun the sheep and larry the lamb. still can’t decide what i think about the other pic though. xxx

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