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

In the cool of the day


After a hot sticky night and with a very warm day (and week) forecast I took to the footpaths at 7:30 this morning, the visibility was very poor, I’m not sure if you could describe it as a heat haze, but I do know it was hot and humid, I pitied the poor commuters who would taking the train into town.

Heat Haze

If you would like to see some much clearer views of the Peak District,  learn how to build drystone walls,

Drystone wall and summer flowers

or see the WW11 aviation wrecks on the Kinder Plateau, take a look at  last nights ‘Country File’, BBC1 on iplayer  ( sorry guys, this episode does not feature the pin up for men of a certain age, Ms Julia Bradbury)

Bovines have been getting a bad press lately, it’s not a load of old bull


But something to be aware of (especially if you have a dog with you)  rather than terrified of.  This bull was as happy as  a cow in clover, as he had his ladies for company.

No bull over ten months old, should be kept in a field that has a public footpath crossing it, without being accompanied by cows or heifers, because he will be a tad frustrated and get grumpy and no bull from recognised dairy breed (Ayrshire, British Friesian, British Holstein, Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey, Jersey and Kerry) is allowed in such a field because dairy bulls  ARE nasty and grumpy, period.

Mr Uhdd is home from his Three Peaks Yacht Race, having had a whale of a time and is planning the next adventure, this comes as no surprise to me.


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.

13 thoughts on “In the cool of the day

  1. Love the hazy view. I didn’t know all that about bulls. Well, I knew the part about bad-tempered dairy breeds. But it never occurred to me that any bull could be kept in a pasture with a footpath running through it. Virtual travel is so broadening . . .

  2. What I’m sure you don’t get with the heat and humidity there is the air pollution that I get here in London! xx

  3. That is such a lovely photo of the drystone wall, they are one of my favourite things bout this area of England. As for cows in fields, I like cows so don’t worry overmuch about them but would always steer clear (sorry:) !) of any with calves and would never go into a field containing a bull with or without female companions. Glad Mr Uhdd had a good time.

  4. I saw the countryfile program.
    And thought of you Uphill when they showed the bit about the various stone walls at the stoe wall centre

  5. I don’t like the heat, but lovely photos. I do actually want to know about stone walls, as mine has a crack that keeps appearing – and once it fell down. That was a mess.

  6. Never mind, one has to be in the UK to see the program online

    • Well I live and learn, I’m sorry, I didn’t realise you could only watch it from the UK! I thought it was a bit like ‘The World Service’.

      Lynn you need to change how you log on to WordPress, your comments aren’t linking back to you blog.

  7. Another enlightening post 🙂 I remember on my way home from school (in the UK) being chased by a cow (although I thought it was a bull) and I had nightmares for weeks! Anyway, very interesting to read the Rambler’s link. I also find dry stone walls fascinating ~ especially when learning about the different stones used, depending on the location, and the differences in how they are built in various areas. I’m glad to hear that Mr. UHDD arrived home safe and sound, and can imagine that he has many stories to tell of a great adventure!

  8. PS, although I haven’t been responding because of my busy schedule at work and home, I have been reading your blog and got such a kick out of the delivery van stories 😉

  9. I normally don’t think much of a hazy view caused by heat but you’ve managed to make it look lovely.

    I love that wall. 🙂

  10. Wonderful photos, Uhdd. Interesting info about the cows and that poor guy getting trampled. A good think to be aware of, I guess. 🙂 I love your drystone walls.

  11. I’ve been learning how to build them for real today … I don’t think I’ll be changing career any time soon though

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