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

Ship Shape



On first loves and mistresses

Mr Uphilldowndale is going on an adventure; it combines his first love, sailing, with the sport that  has become his mistress, fell-running* he is taking part in the Three Peaks Yacht Race, the idea being to run up the  highest peak in England, Wales and Scotland; the usual ‘big challenge’ is to achieve that in under 24 hours, going up and down the mountain and jumping in a minibus for the long and uncomfortable journey between the peaks. That might be enough for most people, but no, some are not content with that; to make it just a little trickier, you sail between the three mountains, it will take longer than 24 hours. 

Here’s the route.


Today we had a kit check, having borrowed a set of foul weather gear off his brother (who’s well weathered kit has seen a lot of action around the globe,) we thought we’d best test it, to see just how waterproof it is, Tom used a hosepipe

Wet one

Give a teenager a hosepipe  to aim at his dad and he’s happy, in an adolescent sort of way;

wet two

But being cold and wet bother some folk less than others.


The answer is that it is the gear is a bit leaky and needs a bit of re-proofing and I’m tasked with fitting some new braces with a bit more oomph in the elastic. 

*when I quipped that sailing was Mr Uhdd’s first love and fell-running his mistress, he agreed with me just a little too readily for my liking. Did I mention he will miss my birthday while he is away on this adventure? Excuse me while I go and research  a wide angle lens for the camera, I’ve got some Brownie Points in stock


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.

9 thoughts on “Ship Shape

  1. Being happily supportive about Debbie and her Curry Evenings with the girls is ALWAYS ‘money in the bank’ for a later trip to Metrocity with my ex forces pals! Domestic barter. Works every time.

  2. Good luck to him! It looks a formidable task, but I expect he is up to the challenge. I hope his knee has recovered from the knock it too earlier in the year.

    Yes, the suit is leaking – from the inside, out! It’ll take more than a bit of re-proofing to cap a flow like that. Call for Red Adair!

  3. Oh my . . . HAhahahaha . . . thought it was funny even before I read Joss’s comment, but looking at it her way is even funnier.

    You’ve definitely earned a wide-angle lens for your birthday (even though I say it as one who has a self-interest involved). “Domestic barter” is perfect.

  4. Cool photos, and yes, teenagers won’t say no to a chance like that one!

    And yes, you definitely deserve that wide angle lens!

    I don’t know how wide you’ve already got but in my experience, for what it’s worth, if you’re going to go wide then go as wide as you can. Interestingly, I think it’s the same for telephotos….if you’re going to go long then go as long as you can.

    I have no tips for what goes in between the wide and the long.

  5. Yep, good luck to him
    This is a major challenge and requires a big big effort to complete it.
    Im sure Mr Uhdd and the team will do it.

    Laughing at that photo, classic.

  6. Well, good luck to him for the event!

    And may I suggest the Scottish Island Peaks race for the future? (Ben More, Mull – Goat Fell, Arran – Paps of Jura). You and the boys could have a nice west coast weekend while he gets cold and seasick…

  7. Real men never make it easy! Good luck to him! Sounds like quite an adventure. You’re not going along to document it? 😉

  8. Good luck, – to both of you!

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