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

An exquisite day


Crisp snow and bright blue skies, what more could you wish for? Well it wasn’t much help if you were trying to get from A-B; we’ve had a lot of fun and games in the snow and on the ice today, our guest ‘Mr Redcar’  car didn’t make it down the main road, so we’ve left his car in an acquaintances drive, we managed to get there without damaging their very handsome stone gateposts or his fine sports car (it has been suggested that Mr Redcar’s car would be more serviceable in snowy conditions if we turned upside down and used it as a sledge.)

‘The boys’ did make it down to the main road in the Landrover and have gone off to Oxford for the day, a dual purpose trip, to get Joe’s friend on his way home to London in time for school and to visit family. 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, I’m overwhelmed; so I’ll duck out and leave you with the days strangest images.

My prized sheep skull,  at sunset, with Christmas baubles for eyes (now faded for added effect) and an oozing icicle for added drama

Sheep skull-2


One of the Bluebell chickens, again in the closing minutes of the days sun; who didn’t want to stand in the snow, so stood on the garden wall until benighted when I had to ushers her into the run, I found her ‘sister chicken’ hiding under a bush in the garden, she was also not willing to step in the white stuff, they can stay in their run tomorrow)

Berry chicken-2 

( her eye is covered by a nictitating membrane)


Mr Redcar will try and go home again tomorrow and I will try and select some snowy photos; in the mean time the boys are nearly home and they are hungry.


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 “An exquisite day

  1. Very sorry not to see you today but great to see the boys and Spud. He’s so cute!

    Mr Redcar needs a Landie!!!!

    It will be great to see more snowy photos. We haven’t had any here 😦


  2. I’m glad that you didn’t post snow photos today, for all I have seen is snow all around me for the past four days. Of course, your snow pictures are lovely to look at from afar.
    Your skull reminds me of your fossilized bat posting day, I like your take on all parts of nature (the bauble eyes are a nice touch)

  3. OK, this is far spookier than my robo-dogs. It had never occurred to me to insert a bauble in the eyehole of one of the Cowboy’s fish, but now I’m giving it some thought. As for the chicken . . . I may never see hens the same way again. Life is far more complex, and perhaps dangerous, than we perceive.

  4. Lovely to catch up on all your Christmas posts. I have been away from the computer for the whole two weeks. Part of that time was at a house where there was no computer at all. It felt quite disorientating to be ‘in the dark’ about so many things. I hadn’t realised how dependent on it we have become.

    I love your Christmas Day pictures, the yellowy blue ones. And also the Buxton ones. Very very nice.

    But where are the pics of Spud bouncing around in the snow? My pup is loving all this even though she is so tiny and five inches of snow means she has to bounce really very high!

    Happy new year, and keep posting!

  5. I bet the sheep skull wasn’t the only red bleary eyed empty headed soul drooling away after a night of revelry! Ewe did it again!

  6. Mr Redcar? Could he be a neighbour of ours?

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