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

Wild and Woolly


It has been a stormy night and I am very glad we have adopted ‘Plan B’, if we’d managed to pull off ‘Plan A’ the house would not have a roof on at the moment, it would be bound in scaffold and swathed in tarpaulins and I doubt any of us would have got much in the way of sleep last night.

‘Plan A’ was to reroof the house earlier this autumn, for under the heavy stone roof slates there is little in the way of roofing felt with that and the coombed ceilings in the bedrooms meaning that there is no space for insulation, what heat saving we gain on small windows and thick walls, seeps away through the roof. It’s a big job and an expensive one but one we’ve just got to crack on with. Except our carefully selected roofer has put his back out (as a one time self employed person, I feel his pain) he was already behind schedule on starting the job, on account of the poor weather this summer. So we have deferred  the job till next spring. Given last nights gales I feel this was a very sensible move. 

It was calmer earlier in the week

Field Tree Wall-2

In the mean time Mr Uhdd has been  beavering away on a stopping the draughty gaps and insulating our porch, the build quality of the porch is dubious, so we’ve made the best of a bad job by a new insulated ceiling and pouring vermiculite into the cavities, the trouble is it work in progress and last night was so windy that it has blown drifts of vermiculite back out of the walls, which just goes to show how draughty it was in there, the stuff is trampling all through the house (it’s the knickers draw saga all over again.)

we had blue skies on Monday, it was so still and quiet you could hear the taffeta rustle of a crows on the wing.


Mr Uhdd is running in the Lake District today, although given the weather he may just be  trying to cling on to the side of the mountain for fear of being blown away, its the Dunnerdale fell race, he ran it last year.

club colours 2 

there is a very nice pub across the road from the start of the race, with roaring open fires, that seems like a sensible move to me.


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.

12 thoughts on “Wild and Woolly

  1. Sensible move indeed. Is that a shot of a sorbus? Do you know what type? Such pretty berries which you’ve captured, as usual, so well.

  2. Dunnerdale Fell Race – despite forecasts, there was little rain during the race, the wind was quite light and visibility was good. A disappointingly slow time for me, but good to be out on the Lakeland fells again after four weeks running in other areas.

  3. I’m always impressed by those who push themselves to do these difficult races and really prove something to themselves.
    I’m also always impressed with a pub that has an open fire and sensible people loafing about.
    Glad Mr Uhdd got home save x

  4. Although he says slow times guys. As usual he doesnt mention the amount of truly difficult events he has done not just this year but every year Ive known him.
    Modestly he says the weather was okay but underfoot at Dunnerdale was horrific.
    I took two heavy falls during the race. The fells were as slippy as they can get and even the best studded shoes didnt help as you plundered down off the fellside flying down through the deep mud, bracken, wet rocks etc.
    If you list the things he has achieved in his running career , well its pretty impressive.
    A fountain of knowledge and an inspiration as I approach 40.
    If I am doing those slow times at his age I will be mighty impressed.
    I often think of a time when we were Bob Graham training. The light was fading and we had climbed a few thousand feet that day. I was shot, I couldnt go another yard and he casually gave me his energy bar and managed to get me up the final climb and safely home.
    Ive just ran 7 miles tonight in the rain with aching post race legs with the dog and I needed that memory to get me out the door.
    Thankyou Mr Uhdd

    • Oh LBR, you’ve made me all misty eyed….. what a lovely comment. When Mr Uhdd says he has been ‘a bit slow compared to last year’ I remind him of the work and commitment that the pair of you he put in to get to the level of fitness required for the Bob Graham Round, the pair of you were on a bit of a mission! All those 05:30 starts in January and February and you’d already driven 30m to pick him up!
      Now then: I’ve something to ask, are you going to post a photo of your new tattoo on your blog, I’ve heard about it, but I want to see it, in the flesh as it were!
      No pain no gain, you earned that badge of honour, now show 😉

  5. LOL
    Im trying to work out how to take a photo of my back
    Beware though the tattoo is very large.
    Yes I will post it on the blog.

  6. Look at that – a nice, sunny day for a race . . . Mama Nature has a wicked sense of humor.

  7. Thank you ma’am, I shall check Weasdale Nurseries out.

  8. I thought for a moment you’d been to Scotland. Seems Helm Hill run in the same colour as Deeside…

  9. i’m so glad you weren’t roofless! while it would make good blog-fodder it would certainly not make for a good night’s sleep!

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