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



Mr Redcar and I went out this morning to capture a beautiful sunrise,

Dawn 6-2

This was at 08:30,  it followed last nights beautiful sunset,

Dawn 3-2

( and, cue music) isn’t it clever how the sun sets in the west and pops back up in the east the next morning. The plan was for Mr Redcar to  follow this little sortie with a bowl of fortifying porridge before setting out on the long drive home, down on the south coast.

Dawn 2-2

But we should have paid heed to the folk lore of ‘red in morning shepherds warning’ because by 09:00 the skies had filled with stormy snow clouds, accompanied by thunder and lightening and it started snowing, it still is now (11:00) Mr Redcar will not be going home today,  (he could be forgiven for thinking he’s found himself entombed in Royston Vasey.)

Expect more snowy photos.


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 “Sunrise

  1. I looooove red sunsets and sunrises. We didn’t get a red sunrise, but that hasn’t stopped it snowing again. Being in the middle of a housing estate we don’t have your picturesque views, but the Pentland hills are looking rather spectacular at the moment. Must get a few pictures of them (possibly from the front windows, wimp that I am!).

  2. For us it’s Red sky at night is sailor’s delight – hmmm. Beautiful photos, I’m particularly fond of the last one with the two tone background.

  3. Thundersnow! I love the drama of it. I suspect Mr. Redcar is secretly delighted to be inside, near the Aga, scritching Spud’s ears and hoping for a few more glorious vistas before heading home.

  4. I’ve never witnessed snow with thunder and lightning, but it sounds like something out of a Bronte novel!! We tend not to get many weather extremes here (Northern Ireland).

    The photographs are beautiful, and the final one with the seedheads (?) is gorgeous.


    PS please tell Mr Redcar to be careful.. the sunsets/rises may only be for LOCAL people…..

  5. Lovely pics again and courtesy of wordpress it is snowing over your sunset, with your description of thunder how clever is that.

    I have the camera [just like yours ] and we also have the snow but I have crutches too and they really dont go with snow and ice so the pics will now wait as young visiting members of household departed to uni and work.

    Keep us posted please. Somehow all this winter stuff becomes such a drag for us countryfolk…. someone else’s snow is better than ours.. rather like someone else deciding what to cook and making a lovely meal.

  6. Seems a little odd sitting here in this part of Canada with no snow at all, and seeing nearly every blog I visit sporting a covering! Of course, last year I was digging out of 4 feet of the stuff, so I’m not complaining! I think I’ve found the secret ~ I recently bought a big strong snow shovel and new warm high boots!
    As usual, your photographic eye has captured an atmosphere that feeds the senses! Happy New Year!

  7. Red sky at night – sailor’s delight.
    Red sky at morning – sailor’s warning.
    Lovely images!!!

  8. Good pictures
    I was travelling back from Hayfield yesterday and I can def say that on Kinder there was some very deep snow indeed. Very difficult for running in.

    Bet you have loads of snow up there now Uphill
    The road from Buxton to Ashbourne was only just clear.

    • We’ve had a lot of fun and games in the snow today, our guest ‘Mr Redcar’ didn’t make it down the main road, and we’ve left his car in an acquaintances drive. ‘The boys’ make it down to the main road in the Landrover and have gone off to Oxford for the day. Mr Redcar and I came back home and spent the day messing about in the sun and snow with cameras; I’ve so many images I don’t know where to start. Mr Redcar will try and go home again tomorrow!

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