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

Will the last one to leave, please turn out the light.


Summers floral remnants

There is no doubt they days are getting shorter, which is, on the whole, a bit of a gloomy thought; although it resulted in an unexpected bonus the other morning, when I took Spud out at about 7am, I watched a pipistrelle bat swoop past, before popping neatly into a hole in the barn wall,  they are normally tucked up in their roosts, long before I stick my head out of the door: there cant be many days of feeding left before they hibernate. I doubt I’ll ever manage to get a photo of one (although I could show you the mummified one I found in the garden; if you were interested.)

In the fields and hedgerows a  few remnants of summer remain, a solitary harebell,


A lone whinberry


and the party is over for the elderberries


In the garden though, things seem a little confused, an oriental poppy is in bud, although I doubt the bud will bloom


a cornflower is having a second crack at flowering


But I have to take responsibility for the plight of a lonesome ladybird poppy, I didn’t plant the seed ‘till late, then I left the seedlings in the shade for three weeks, so the poor plant hasn’t had the best start in life.


But it got there, in the end.


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 “Will the last one to leave, please turn out the light.

  1. I would like to see the mummified bat shot. Glad you can still find life blooming around you.

  2. Really nice photos and post. Thanks for sharing. I am going to miss the flowers and butterflies soon. However the ducks and winter birds will be returning soon. Also, maybe I will have more time to post and go through summer photos.

    Thanks for the visit,
    Troy and Martha

  3. D’you suppose bloggers in equatorial climes write elegies? I’ve been at it myself, along with many of the other bloggers from the northern latitudes. Is life, or a season, more precious for being short? I think, maybe, yes. I believe I’m going to go see what they’re thinking about in warmer places. I’ll let you know.

    Gorgeous sequence, by the way. Oddly it’s the elderberry that touches me. Dunno why.

  4. One by one ~ lovely look at the remaining flowers before the fall.

  5. Interesting how the sunset in Ruralshire was a few minutes (later or earlier – I can’t say of it would identify the county) and how excellent it was for the boys to see this happen, all be it by text! between the UHDDs and the Gadgets last month. This is education in action, about the countryside and nature etc. How is spud?

    • The sunset in question was particularly sublime; not only did our ‘Derbyshire V Ruralshire texting experiment’ give our children an graphic illustration of the variation in the time of sunset up and down the country, it also gave them proof, if it were needed that their parents are slightly ‘unusual’ but I suspect they had that sussed long ago.
      Spud is a delight, I’ll post yet another photo of him, right now.

  6. Lovely images! I’m surprised at that perennial cornflower flowering again as they usually only do so in June/July! xx

  7. A lovely collection of photos from your world. I’ve come across references lately for whinberries and had no idea what they were and you have a shot of one. Are they edible? I live in Canada and they look a lot like our blueberries which are very edible.
    I would also like to see your mummified bat photo.
    Halloween must not be far away.

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