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

Crystal Ball


We had a lot of fun at new year with a very large catapult. It took 3 people to fire it and provided hours of entertainment, firing water bombs down the field: it was so cold, that every now and then we had to bring back the catapult  indoors and stick it the back of the Aga to warm up and rejuvenate its elasticity, but other than that it worked a dream. Tom made a surplus stock of water bombs out of small balloons, which froze overnight, the next day he ‘peeled’ one for me. The ice inside was rather beautiful.

Crystal ball 1-2

Then the it snowed some and then the sun came and warmed the ice, it  morphed and slumped, but it was still rather pretty.

Crystal ball-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.

10 thoughts on “Crystal Ball

  1. I absolutely love the water bomb with the balloon skin peeled back. That’s fab (and beats my ice “sculpture” hands down)!!

  2. I never manage to get good photos of ice, but you have done a fantastic job with these!

  3. I would never have guessed that’s what it was. Didn’t you do a series of circles in squares last year? Part of something on Flickr? I followed it up and found lots of stuff like yours, only not as good. This would fit in well there.

  4. Like crystal. Ice and snow can form the most beautiful patterns, can’t they?

  5. Oh Wow! I love that top picture it is amazing 🙂

  6. Ice is just very interesting to watch, isn’t it? The way light plays through it and bounces off it – the way it returns to water. These are beautiful images.

  7. What a neat thing! I’m going to do that.

  8. Ice is fascinating stuff and ice sculptures have a kind of eerie beauty. I believe there is a hotel in one of the Nordic countries made entirely of ice, right down to the wine glasses. What it would be like to stay there, I shudder to think.

    Why you would wish to propel projectiles of ice using elastomotive power is beyond me, as the less I have to do with ice, the better, but as long as you are having fun, go for it. Maybe you could set up a shooting gallery with snowmen as targets.

    When you start reading the future in a an ice sphere, though, then that’s the time to stop 😉

    I am glad to say that it actually rained in London today, washing the remains of mucky snow down the drain. Good riddance.

    Oh, and I almost forgot to say: Nice photos 🙂

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