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

Something Special


I’ve met some interesting people on this holiday, from the gentleman giving away lettuce, by the yard; to the fastidious Technicolor workman, so I was intrigued  to see a man just outside the door of our holiday let who appeared to be making a detailed drawing of a road cone, curious I had to take a closer look, I was in for a treat the subject matter of his concentrated effort wasn’t a road cone.Grasshopper 5

Take a closer look, can you see? On the grass between the the bulldog clips. It’s very well camouflaged. Its our visiting grasshopper again But this time she has been spotted by someone who knows what he is looking at, (it’s a great green grasshopper by the way.)


But not only that, he can paint exquisitely, he told me butterflies were his usual subject and showed me some of his work.

Butterflies 1

A couple of children came to see what was going on and he kindly showed them how to let her walk on to their hand.

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Dad, can I be an entomologist when I grow up?

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the boy remained as cool as a cucumber whilst she walked up his neck and into his hair.

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The artist, David Measures has several books published of his work (you can see and buy his paintings here) one of his favourite locations to work is Cressbrook Dale in Derbyshire and he is having an exhibition at Derby Museum and Art Gallery from the end of January-March, dates to be confirmed, so I can go and see some more, what a treat.

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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.

23 thoughts on “Something Special

  1. very nice and beautiful photos , keep it up.

  2. What an exquisite experience. Thanks for sharing.

  3. You’ve met some interesting people, the exhibition by David Measures sounds as though it would be worth seeing. That grasshopper was quite a decent sized specimen wasn’t it? I like the chap clearing the ferry steps, it’s so good to hear that there are still people around who like to make a good job of what they do. You obviously had a really good holiday:)

  4. What a beautiful creature. I have never seen one that big and would very much like to.

    I am glad the boys were interested when so many people today think insects and similar species are for stamping on. Maybe the boy will become an entomologist: our life’s choices are often decided by such experiences.

  5. What a wonderful story–and how beautifully those photos tell it. I think this is some of your very best work.

    I predict the young man in red will grow up to Find Things Out. I wish him well at this important job.

  6. Wow – he’s rather beautiful isn’t he? I often hear them chirping away, but I don’t think I’ve ever managed to spot one.

  7. I agree with Gerry – your story is wonderfully told with your photos, which are fantastic, BTW. I want to go on holiday wherever it is that you are! Looks and sounds like you are having a fantastic time. 🙂

  8. I am really enjoying your holiday! Going back to the sketching done by the lady drawing the thatched house ~ one thing I loved about your black and white photo was seeing the pencil she was using….it was an art object in itself. No fancy pencil sharpener for her, but it was sharpened by hand, probably with a pen knife! I meant to comment at the time of your posting, but I’ve been away.

    I am glad you take the time to talk with these fascinating people ~ and share such varied photos and info. Interesting how the large grasshopper has reappeared and has now been ‘pictured’ for posterity. Thanks for the links. Sounds like you are continuing to have a wonderful time.

  9. I’m lost for words with those pictures

  10. Wow!

    A lovely story, thanks for sharing it and the photos.

  11. ……it looks very much like the yinormous crickets I was seeing in France. Its long antennae suggest a cricket rather than a Grasshopper to me, the Great Green Bush Cricket perhaps?

  12. What a fantastic post! I think we all shared your excitement with these findings. There’s the same grasshopper – there’s someone who knows what it is – and there’s a link to his exhibition, which is just down the road from you! Co-incidences piled up together till you couldn’t help falling over them in a happy heap! Wonderful stuff.

  13. Brilliant artists – the painter and the photographer. I would not remain cool with a grasshopper going in my hair. I would be shrieking like a little girl.

  14. What an interesting, and informative, post!
    I much appreciate, and enjoy, your holiday posts. xx

  15. Truly something special – what wonderful sketches, and I love the way you have told the story with your images.

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  18. Children, nature and art… The perfect mix for joy and discovery on a summer afternoon. You’ve woven all the elements beautifully together with your photos and words.

  19. I would be in heaven if I could draw like that, UHDD. Seriously. Actually, I’d want to color everything he drew! 🙂 I love it.

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