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

New Years Day


We were stirred from a late lunch stupor (where the remains of last nights damson trifle went down a treat) by a call to arms; a beautiful sunset, the house is awash with cameras and their enthusiastic proprietors and none of us could let at sky like this pass us by.

Sunset New Years day-2

Its glory lasted less than five minutes, which was just as well as we had all nipped out with out our coats  on and it is a tad cold.

We had a shower of snow this morning, which looked very pretty on the holly (shame I couldn’t muster a bright red berry or two.)

holly snow-2

nice fluffy flakes; below, settled on the branch of the larch tree

Larch snow-2

It was good that our friend ‘Mr Redcar’, didn’t have to drive anywhere today, as his wheels aren’t really suited to such conditions.

red car 2-2

Do you like our colour coordinating chicken?

Red car 1 and chicken-2

I’m sure there must be a ‘why did the chicken cross’ the road pun in this image, but my brain is too addled to find one, I’ll leave that to you dear reader. But I do remember that this chicken has featured in snowy shots before


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.

6 thoughts on “New Years Day

  1. That sunset certainly was worth rushing out for! Brilliant.
    Like the chicken model for the car – so much better than an underdressed woman.

  2. A chicken! A sunset! Holly in the snow and a red car! I swear, it’s just not possible to have a better beginning to a year.

  3. Wow! That’s a gorgeous sunset. Worth braving the cold.

    Love the color coordinated chicken. 🙂

  4. I came across your blog a few days ago when I was doing some bloghopping (I know I need to get out more) and have enjoyed seeing your photos.

    That sunset is beautiful and I love the sprinkling of snow on the holly and larch.

    Sadly our sprinkling of snow came after it had gone dark so I couldn’t get any pics.

  5. Nice car – certainly not suited to the weather conditions!! And, as usual, beautiful pics – keep it up, Mrs Uhdd and Happy New Year!! 🙂

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