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



What is this life if if, full of care,

we have no time to stand and stare.

                                       With webs 1-2

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And Stare as long as sheep and cows

With webs 3-2

No time to see when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.


  W.H. Davies from the poem ‘Leisure’

To be continued, but if you haven’t the time to wait, you can find the poem in full here


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.

7 thoughts on “Leisure

  1. W H Davies was a great favourite of my grandma, and also a great idler. On this subject, and while you are contemplating the quiet life, you might want to look up The Idler, book and journal by Tom Hodgkinson. Inspiring stuff (more so when you have fewer committments).


  2. Bless your heart you made a little time to stand and stare through a lens, giving all the rest of us a great gift. ‘Scuse me, I’m going to go stand over there next to Miss Sadie and the Cowboy and look some more. We already know where the squirrels hide their nuts, but we think the raccoons bear watching.

  3. That’s always been one of my favourite poems! Terrific photos, especially the first one. xx

  4. Lovely poem, lovely photos. Thanks for the life, Ms. Uhdd!

  5. Just a few words but they have had me thinking for the whole of my run
    thanks Uphill

  6. Well done, Uhdd. Love the second image with the backlighting. Thanks for the link to the rest of the poem. 🙂

  7. Thank goodness we have time to sit and stare and think and just be. And to be comfortable with not having to do any more or less. I love spelling out your name, Ms. Uhdd. 🙂

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