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

Food for Thought


How can I spend £164 in the supermarket* and yet not know what to make for the boys tea?

The birds have stripped the pink rowan of it’s berries.

Pink rowan, scoffed.-2

I always find it very reassuring that next years buds are ready and waiting for spring.

next years buds 1-2

*OK so it was Waitrose, and not Aldi, but I do have an advanced certificate in spotting the reduced stickers at Waitrose.


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.

11 thoughts on “Food for Thought

  1. Ooh, I like my pattern in the Recent Comments. I used to do quite a lot of patchwork so I appreciate these very much.

    Off the subject of supermarkets or berries entirely, do you think, Mrs UHDD that we might one day see an Uphilldowndale calendar? I have just been compiling a family one on Vistaprint. It was a very satisfying experience, so I did another one. The second was of best shots of the year. They were good, but nowhere near as good as yours would be. How could you though? Narrow it down to only 13 pictures? Nigh on impossible. Maybe the readers could suggest memorable images?

  2. try lidl, mrs uhdd – you couldn’t spend that there if you tried!

  3. For a moment I lost the thread and thought that, in desperation, the boys had stripped the rowanberries. Glad to see that I was wrong about that.

    You wouldn’t be the first person to buy out the supermarket and then have to go out to dinner because there was “nothing to eat at home.” At the very least, you’d, um, be the second.

  4. Thats 300 bucks in our money – was that for a month and five kids and a spouse ?

  5. We blew £196.oo in Sainsburys t other day and I honestly dont know what we had.
    Supermarkets must put there prices up towards Xmas surely.

    Mind I am buying more baking stuff nowadays as Ive started baking again.

    • I’m in full cake baking mode at the memoment; I find baking cakes very soothing. I may have to return to Waitrose for a trolley load of their brandy marzipan, delicious. That is the most I think I have ever spent in one shop, and it contained only 6 bottle of wine at £5 or under. Dan, I hadn’t been shopping for a long time, the cupboards were well and truly bare!

  6. Ive just made some chocolate brownies and have to say they are Magic.

    I can do those brilliantly and save loads of money on the shop brought ones. Green and Blacks cooking chocolate really finishes them off.

    Tried Cookies last week and made a mistake.
    I made up the mixture as in my baking book and didnt realise for cookies you just roll them up into a walnut size ball.
    So there im thinking how the eck am I gonna roll out these. No way never
    So I started adding more flour, haha.
    And yet more flour until the mixture was like pastry for rolling.
    Anyway after I realised they were in t oven and YEP they came out like biscuits instead of soft cookies
    He he always read your recipe.

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