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

The Big Day


Tomorrow is the big day. What big day? The launch of Vision & Verb a collaborative blog, by women of a certain age, and I’m one of them!

 Toni and Marcie have been grafting away, getting the site looking tickety-boo, marshalling the team into a running order and gathering in biographies and vintage photos, we have a forum and buttons and, well everything we need to get the show on the road. So pop along to Vision & Verb and meet the gang ( and you can add a Vision & Verb button to your blog if you’d like to help us get the ball rolling.)



I was very flattered to be asked along, I hesitated a little before accepting but only because the invitation came a few days after I’d made a sweeping statement about making sure I didn’t ‘over commit’ myself in the new year. So I’d like to make it clear, from the outset, I’m not over committing, I taking on new challenges. OK?

Tomorrow is also a big day for Spud, but more about that later.


As the snow fades away, I’ll leave you with a ‘while stocks last’  random selection of fresh and fluffy snow.

Football, languishing on the trampoline

football -2


Hawthorne tree


An ‘oasis’ of green,  the water from an emerging spring is warm enough to keep the boggy grass clear of snow


Snow blasted tree

up the tree-2

A very wobbly slippery stile


and a view across the valley

across the valley-2

And the other news from the home front is that Mr Redcar, has been reunited with his car and they are heading south.

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 “The Big Day

  1. Nice one of the green apron around the spring. That didn’t happen around our waterfall as the water there just trickledi into a solid block of ice. I hadn’t thought to turn the pump off so half the pond was syphoned off in this way, and turned into a lump of ice around the filter unit. Luckily there is plenty of water in the butt to replenish it.

  2. Great idea of the vision and verb blog! All women are so interesting!

    Love the view across the valley 🙂

  3. Way to go about Vision and Verb. Will have to check it out. But Mrs. Uhdd, your photographs are wonderful. The landscape is enchanting.

  4. So very exciting!! Can’t wait to get going..

  5. I’m really looking forward to V&V – I’ve already added it to my reader. Your photos never fail to astound me. The oasis, the stile…so beautiful, great light.

  6. this will be an adventure and i am so glad to join along for the ride with so many wonderful women 🙂

  7. Superb photos, especially the last one!
    I’ve just been looking at Vision & Verb which looks to be terrific idea. I’ll give it, and yourself, a mention sometime soon! xx

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