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

Beautiful Day


The weather over the last couple of days has been beautiful; crisp, with glassy blue skies. Not a breath of wind, so still that  every sound seems amplified, the barking dog across the valley, the honking geese on the reservoir, the rata- tat- tat call of a wren weaving through the drystone wall. The frost nipped leaves of the ash trees plunge to the ground, beech nuts crunch under foot, proper autumn days, and each beautiful day has started with a beautiful dawn.

Beautiful day-2

They have been the sort of days that don’t pass without comment, the sort of days that put usually puts people in a pleasant frame of mind, but  on this occasion it  raised an interesting question, ‘Can it be a beautiful day for a funeral?’ The answer, yes, yes it can, a beautiful day and the perfect place.


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.

9 thoughts on “Beautiful Day

  1. A beautiful post and photo as well! I love this time of year. xx

  2. How strange – yes, it was a beautiful day for a funeral yesterday (Tuesday) – especially as some very kind chaps took the teenaged children to the funeral on Harley Davidson bikes, following their Dad in the hearse.

  3. I am sorry that the question arose. You do, indeed, describe a beautiful day for a funeral, a perfect place for a life.

  4. Gorgeous photo and your words…poetry. A beautiful post, Uhdd. 🙂

  5. Beautiful place, prose and photo.

  6. I want to live in Derbyshire. Always have done, ever since my parents used to take me there on holiday every year as a child (woefully Matlock Bath seems to be going downhill though.)

    Your excellent pics and blog just increase that desire – unfortunately not something that will happen unless I can get a job transfer to Bakewell or Castleton. The paperwork’s submitted. 😉

  7. I have been to several funerals on days like this. It helps.

    Beautiful words and images both. Great stuff!

  8. lovely images, not only through your images, but through your words…just absolutely lovely! What a send off for your loved one. God bless you and your family!

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