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

On a Less Serious Note


Everything seems a tad too serious, intense and busy at the moment. I can’t see it will ease off very much this side of Christmas. I thought the calls on my time during November/December  would be easier once the boys were past the nativity plays, carol concerts and school fairs age; but other things have seamlessly slipped into their place, I’ve no one to blame but myself.

Spud looking grown up-2

Spud looking grown up, ( I must point out he’s standing in long grass, his legs have grown, honest.

I need to say no more often and volunteer less. I’m not getting enough ‘me time’, its making me a grumpy bunny

Spud looking elusive-2

Spud, trying to be elusive

I did get down the field for a wee while this morning, before the rain set in. I need to take a leaf out of Spud’s book

Spud looking loopy-2

Spud, looking loopy


And just have a bit of fun.


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 “On a Less Serious Note

  1. I love that first shot of Spud.

    I think I could stand to take a leaf out of Spud’s book too. The “Spud, looking loopy” picture reminds me that it’s good for the soul to run around and be loopy every now and again.

  2. Good bouncy pictures of Spud
    I know what you mean about time to yourself. All of a sudden its nearly another year gone and everyone wants your time.

  3. Ah the ‘Art of Saying No’. I learned early on that its always the busiest people who are asked to do more and cannot say no.

    Take a sheet of A4, write down what you are doing at home
    what is necessary, what you are contributing to society and then write down what you are doing for yourself.

    Then perhaps you will begin to realise, that without carving out ‘me’ time. You are not looking after the ‘me’ who gives so much and eventually will not be able to.

    Its hard and many times you will fail – but keep on trying.

  4. The art of saying no ive found alienates some of your so called friends.
    They are that use to putting conditions on you that when you say no they can take the hump. But ive learned the art of this. Ive had to.
    Its amazing what you learn about yourself when you say no to people.
    You can suddenly feel free.
    mrs k I like your post, thankyou

  5. Maybe the best way to say “no” to a thing is to say “yes” to something else. “Terribly sorry, I can’t help you fold the muffin cozies. Must take the dog for a training run that day – wouldn’t do to miss a day you know. Sorry.” Then grab the leash and run out the door into the day . . . .

  6. Um, PS. Don’t forget to take Spud.

  7. He has short legs!

  8. Wow, he’s growing fast! I love the last photo: wouldn’t you love to run that fast?!

  9. Lovely photos, and I’m sure that Spud helps to lighten things up for you!

  10. I defy anyone not to smile when they see that last photo of Spud. Like most dogs, he knows *exactly* how to have fun – and oh how I envy them …

  11. What a fine looking dog Spud is! Both joyful and serious, like my Ninio. Great pictures. I share your thoughts about the Art of saying “no”… keeping some precious time for oneself too.

  12. I used to volunteer too much, but started saying Just Say No! This has opened up much needed time and space in my life. I highly recommend it.

  13. i am the same – i was looking at photos i took a couple of years ago and it reminded me i have no time for photography which is a great love of mine. most of my business is entirely self-imposed, being hoss-related, dog-related, or working-to-pay-for-hoss-food related. or equine-therapy related, or web design related….

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