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

That Friday Feeling


Friday morning-2

I’ve been tied up all week, the blog has been neglected and I’ve been tetchy for lack of me time; sunrises have teased, the sun peeping out for no more than a handful of minutes before disappearing  behind a curtain of cloud. In what little time I could snatch I couldn’t even convince the  giggly grouse

Now you see me!-2

to play ball

now you don't-2

It’s been a week of contrasts, the funny, the sad, the fantastic and the frustrating, the ugly and the beautiful; jaw dropping moments that perplex and perturb, juxtaposed with air punching YES! moments.

So tonight, I’m closing the door and lighting the fire, a bottle of wine and a curry* are calling me.

(*But only if I remember to get the chicken out of the freezer.)


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.

13 thoughts on “That Friday Feeling

  1. Well! If I calculate correctly, as I write this on a Michigan morning, it’s mid-afternoon in Derbyshire and there’s a chicken thawing. I thought you captured the grouse very well, the sunrise looks lovely, what could go wrong? Oh, that. And of course the other thing, and then there’s . . . yes. Well, it just keeps coming at us, doesn’t it? Pull up the red Wellies and stagger onward rejoicing. We’re puffing along right behind you.

  2. I like the way you captured the sunrise. It’s such a peaceful, beautiful scene.

    Enjoy your curry and wine.

  3. Do you, by any chance, have any game in that freezer? If so, do you have a local supply? We could swap. A nearby village has a vineyard. Enough said!!

    • Venison sausage are on the menu this weekend. I have a supplier, family, all appropriately licensed you understand; it’s just he’s not very good at labelling things I defrosted what I thought was going to be a joint of venison for a special dinner, only to find it was a bag ‘stewing’ meat: still very tasty though.

  4. I really like that first image! Like you I’ve not had a good week so let’s hope that we have a good weekend! xx

    • the week wasn’t all bad, there was just an awful lot of it. I had a late night moonlit drive across the county, it was just the sort of ‘defrag’ time I needed. I also saw a wonderful photo in the making, one of the quarries, it looked like a Manhattan skyline, I’d have to question the wisdom of stopping off on my own in a remote lay-by late at night with a load of camera gear though!

  5. nice photo of the grouse uphill

  6. Beautiful images of your week of contrasts. Have a lovely weekend !

  7. Uphill ive no idea what you mean, linking, errr remember technology isnt my strong point. An RSS feed ? , whats a that.
    Its taken me a fornight to learn how to put links on my blog.
    Its the pictures that im fascinated by. I must get a better camera but alas I dont think I could run with one.

    I was taken by how you described the week
    Funny, Sad, Fantastic, and Frustrating. That would have summed it up for me.
    Yes I must ensure Badger meets Spud.

    Now Im just taking out my Beef Casserole out of the oven. Its teased me for 2 hrs wit its smell. The others members of the family have gone to the football match. Question is will there be any casserole left.
    The fireworks are annoying Badger tonight and even I have not run in respect for him.

  8. ‘Defrag time’…I like. Good phrase.

    I need some defrag time…lots. In fact…shedloads!

    Hoping to go to Wasdale and St. Johns in the Vale before Christmas.

  9. Lovely sunrise and grouse.

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