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

Cold Feet


Cold feet 2-2

In the Pavilion Gardens Buxton

Cold feet-2

I was having such a nice time till my spare camera battery crashed


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.

10 thoughts on “Cold Feet

  1. Gulls are among my favourite birds. While I have a special affection for herring gulls I also admire black-headed gulls like these. Smaller than the herring gull, they are wonderfully skillful flyers, able to hover in a strong wind and take food off the surface of the sea while on the wing. And who can resist that piratical shriek of theirs? 🙂

    Roll on the summer when these entertaining creatures are seen at their best!

  2. lovely pictures Uphill
    have a wonderfull christmas
    thanks for the great blog

  3. Is this your Christmas Blog post? If, so Happy Christmas.

  4. I don’t know how you keep it up, this close to Christmas. Everyone else has lists a mile long, but you still manage to get out and about taking photos and then posting them. You are amazing, Mrs Uhdd. Are you ‘ready’ now, and about to glide gracefully into the holiday weekend? Have a lovely relaxing few days. I hope you’re not cooking for ten or something. I look forward to your next blog posts when I get back in the new year.

    • Thanks to this perfectly picturesque weather, my blog posts are better prepared than my home! I’ll be churning out more posts than perfectly boiled sprouts in the next 48 hours. Only the four of us, plus my mum on Christmas day, so no major panic. As I pointed out in the supermarket queue this morning, it’s only a roast dinner, what’s all the fuss about!
      Back when I had a business, Christmas day was preceded by a couple of 80 hour working weeks, huge angst over thousands of pounds of perishable stock and 100’s of deliveries to remote addresses. Looking at the skidding cars and the slushy pavements in Buxton today, I counted my blessings.

  5. Super photos of the gulls ~ nice one at the top with the geometric shapes, and the expression on the gull on the other one looks like he’s not particularly interestied in putting its tootsies in the water! Both very effective photos – sorry to hear your camera battery died. That is so disappointing!

    I’ve enjoyed your munchings in the snow, the sheep, the snow fort and snofa, the mulled wine and mince pies … and while you are surrounding in a white Christmas, here on the west coast of Canada we have none! The little we did have has disappeared, and we’re expecting sunny days through Boxing Day.

    It seems you are in such a lovely location, you have the best of both worlds ~ you can count sheep and your blessings 🙂

    All the best to you and your family for a Merry Christmas and a lovely holiday. Looking forward to more photos as the season progresses.

  6. To UHDD and all your family
    wishing u all a great xmas, and new year
    tummy tickle 4 spud
    Lv joan and family xx

  7. Playing catch-up and just saw that your gulls wear eye makeup! Very fetching. But the truly amazing thing is the pattern of the water in that second photo – it’s almost as if you’d captured the pool in the very act of freezing.

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