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

And Ships are Tossed at Sea*



It was very wet and windy yesterday, Mr Uhdd tells me it was blowing up to 43 knots off the coast of Wales, which sounds very unpleasant to me but then I can feel queasy when stood on a pontoon, let alone on board a yacht in rough seas; the latest info on seeing the killer whales swimming alongside was that they were so close they could feel the spray from their blow holes, now part of me think WOW that is amazing and part of me thinks ughhhh whale snot!

Here the heavy rain felled the meadow grass, more crop splats than crop circles


The field has something of a ‘bed head’ hair look about it, but very cleverly the grass  will right itself as the weight of water lifts, time lapse photography would be interesting.


I was accompanied on my circuit of the field by the cats, who walked with that prissy ‘I’m getting my paws wet’ gait


Usually they will use the top of the wall as a dry walkway, but they seemed a bit edgy, neighbourhood cat wars are ongoing and they were taking no chances, you never know who is hiding in the long grass..

*And ships are tossed at sea, from a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson


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 “And Ships are Tossed at Sea*

  1. I had a cat that was black with four white paws which made her look as though she was always walking like that! xx

  2. I was wondering how they were doing and hoping they were okay. A friend who is injured out of attending a regatta this week told us that several of the yachts had been wrecked!

    • Having got the boat down from Crinan to the start, he’s been home for 24hr shore leave, done his washing, picked up a cake and beetled off back to the start….. he is hoping he hasn’t lost his sea legs.

  3. Yes, I would like to see that too, the time lapse film of grass drying. Much more interesting than watching paint drying or a wet dog drying!

  4. I loved this post – another example of the wonderful writing you think you don’t do. The cats on patrol look very determined, don’t they!

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