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

My companion


I went out this morning, looking for the sun, it was a bit tardy and reluctant to haul its self over the hills. It was cold, I was a base layer short of being comfortable, I was a touch cold about the kidneys by the time the sun appeared.

There was no one about down at the reservoir, my only companion was a robin who was as pleased to see the sun as  I was.

Robin, warming at sunrise 2-2


Where do I start? Everything looked rather scrumptious  and at this rate I’ll still be posting ice and snow photos well into May, I’ve taken so many.

The club house, at the sailing club

By the club house-2

The race hut

Race hut-2


Landscape reflected-2

Confusing eh? a break in the ice, with the reflection of the hillside  from across the valley in the perfectly still water

Seed heads and cobwebs

Seedhead and cobwebs-2

So many different formations and texture of ice

Thin ice-2

not to mention colours

Ice and sun-2


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.

14 thoughts on “My companion

  1. That plump little robin must have been a delightful companion indeed – but there was, um, one other. There was light in all its majesty and its coyness, too – and didn’t it have a good time as your playmate!

  2. The robin looks so cold, but cute. Beautiful ice reflection and frosty plant. I will be posting my ice pictures throughout today, if you would like to see ice on the other side of the Atlantic, check later.

  3. After a half hour trek to the bus stop over very, very slippy ice, I’ve developed a serious aversion to the stuff. Give me fresh snow any day. Actually, no, we’ve had quite enough of that as well!

  4. The Robin looks like he has had a bit too much xmas grub.

    It reminds meof the sparrows that live near the Mcdonalds on the A14 near Kettering.
    They will come right close to the car. You see families feeding them chips.

    Of course I only call in for coffee !!

  5. Oh how I wish I could join you in such a quiet morning walk, seeing this beautiful nature…and the little Robin. It has a cousin here, living in my garden, but I only see it in the open in spring and autumn. Beautiful photos.

  6. Oh, your fluffy companion looks cold. That reflection photo is a brain teaser for sure. Thought is was upside down.

    Winter has descended upon us here also. It is a challenge and a joy to capture it in all it’s cold and while glory just as you have done here.

  7. Stunning pics as always UHDD. Hope you have a good new year!

    Louise x

  8. I’ve come across your blog kind of by accident and have really enjoyed it. Your photographs are just great and I’m looking forward to seeing many more.

    The reflections in the ice are fab, and that shot really works as a kind of optical illusion – as long as you look at the right spot it makes sense, otherwise it’s a beautiful puzzler.

    Best wishes for 2010

  9. I love how robins plump themselves up like that. They’re fab aren’t they?

  10. Have a cracking New Year to you and yours.

  11. Oh, but it does look cold there, Uhdd – you’ve captured it perfectly! Your fluffy little robin is so cute! He looks much smaller than our robins here in the US.

    Wishing you all the best in the new year!! 🙂

  12. Such exquisite light!!! Winter can be so wonderful!!
    Wishing you and yours..all the best!!

  13. Happy new year to you and your family and readers
    lv joan x

  14. Love the photos, and I wish I could get take a good one of a robin like that! xx

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