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

What’s in a Name?


Spud is a Springer Spaniel, he is very bouncy, he bounces a lot!


This makes him quite difficult to photograph – if you crouch down he comes running and stuffs his nose up the lens, however every now and again you can capture him.



He is growing every day, his legs are getting longer, as is his muzzle, he is shaped less like a baked potato than he was.  We fear he is entering a chewy phase

Chew shoe-2-2

He’ll sleep anywhere

Sleepy spud-2

We have just been out into the garden, to watch the International Space station, whiz overhead, we waved, but we don’t think they noticed. It’s now in the Middle East. Awesome.


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.

5 thoughts on “What’s in a Name?

  1. Oh dear. I feel moved to sing The Sadie Song for you. Imagine it trilled to the tune of Daisy, Daisy . . .

    Sadie, Sadie, what are we gonna do
    I’m half crazy over the things you chew
    I won’t be a happy camper
    If my rugs get much damper
    But you look sweet
    Upon the seat
    Of a minivan built for two

  2. His body looks bigger than I expected after only seeing portraits of his puppy face. Do his spots come out later or will he always be mostly white?

  3. i love his pink bits on his nose!

  4. Lovely post, and as for those ears in the first photo…! xx

  5. for those interested, you can find out where the ISS is going to be at this website…



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