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

On Reflection


One willow-2

I have a very low tolerance level of fools, I’m told it’s to do with the fact I’m a northern lass. Of late I’ve spent far too long trying to reason with one particular gang of fools, yesterday I gave up the fight and gave the bugle call to the cavalry , they saddled you their white chargers and are coming over the hill, armed to the teeth; wonderful. Some battles you just can’t win on your own.

Trees reflected-2

Thank goodness it is Friday, the  calm, zen atmosphere of some of the photos I’ve taken this week do not reflect my mood.

Trees reflected 1-2


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.

11 thoughts on “On Reflection

  1. The Cowboy is certain that he heard Boots and Saddles echoing over the drumlins. He is polishing his spurs. Miss Sadie is polishing her teeth, and I must say that she has achieved an impressive air of menace. We, um, have a certain amount of experience with gangs of fools, and, as we say in northern Michigan, we’ve got your back. Point us at the nearest miscreant.

    • Thank you Gerry, I knew you’d understand and I’m sure that Miss Sadie has a sharp nip and a highly trained tactical mind, you’ll be able to spot my back a mile off, it has a large target painted on it!!

  2. Beautiful. I’m very fond of water reflections and these are very nice. I too am in a foul mood and your post made me wonder if it’s good, bad or indifferent to post tranquil images when your mind is in a fury. I have no answers to that question. Perhaps you do?

  3. Sometimes I create a peaceful little world on Torch Lake Views so that I can spend the afternoon there and feel better. (T-shirt on a customer at the Eastport Market: I live in my own little world. It’s all right. They know me here.)

    I know a composer whose inner life is often painfully chaotic, but whose music is filled with light, joy and comfort. Beauty is a good defense against many troubles and most fools.

    It is, of course, also utterly satisfying to write a little piece wherein the barely-disguised object of my wrath is undone by cruel and clever means.

    I find that I am able to do this particularly effectively when I’ve achieved a certain level of calm detachment, perhaps through gazing at the reflections in the water.

  4. If this was Alice in Wonderland we could get that mean queen after the fools – she’d have no part of it.

    The photos are very calming to look at – thank you for sharing.

  5. Beautiful, and very calming, reflections.

  6. I’m sure that just being there taking those photos helped change your mood for the better! xx

  7. Very Zen, that middle photo. A lovely piece for calming.

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