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

Young and Old


Crab apple

Dew fresh and sweetly perfumed, this years crab apple blossom overshadows last years mummified fruit that still clings to the tree.


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 “Young and Old

  1. Oh good one, says the old mummified reader who dearly wishes to be a rosy bloom but is glad to be hanging onto the tree in any case.

  2. I simply must get the lack of camera issue sorted.. every time I see another of your great photos I think oh my blog is mostly words.. so if I could stop the outdoor production cycle for a moment [fat chance] then I might get it done.. please keep reminding me.. and somehow I must then find the time to take the pics..and upload them.. more technology.. ah well one day maybe.. please just keep taking the pics for those of us who’d like to eventually do the same..

  3. Well I managed to see some blossom on my run tonight in the hills and all i can tell you is, it was pink and white.
    As for apples , ahh Ive just been to Sainsburys and well they get more expensive by the week
    Pink Lady , Braeburn and FGD. Alas no Russets

  4. Oh what a waste, I made crab apple jelly with mine and I missed a few crab apples and the birds had them – so no mummies for me.

    The blossom this year is heavier than ever. Roll out the jam pan.

  5. I don’t have any mummified fruit, the birds saw to that:) The crab apple blossom is gorgeous isn’t it? My trees are loaded this year so hopefully there’ll be a good crop in the autumn.

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