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

Taking Tea


We had a pint sized guest this afternoon. Who took a liking to tea.

Meet Rani a young Patterdale terrier, she brought friend and regular reader Joss, along too.

taking tea-2

Spud was exuberant in greeting his guest, but Rani, despite her diminutive size was not fazed by such giddiness, she’s a terrier after all. I’d show you more photographs, but my addled brain can’t manage to get the ‘red eye’ out of the images (it’s ‘green eye’ actually, and I suspect that’s why my technique is not working). I’ll get there in the end, but not tonight.

This dog is not allowed on the sofa, so how she came to be drinking tea on the kitchen table is anyone’s guess.


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.

9 thoughts on “Taking Tea

  1. ooh I like the mug
    thats a funny photo. Err cant help with the green eye uphill. Never heard of it.
    Surely that lovely camera of yours has a green eye button ?.

  2. Could be worse. She could be a spaniel. There’s no managing spaniels.

    Is green eye the same phenomenon that I refer to as Robo-Dog? I’ll bet it is. If you come up with a cure, I’d like to know of it.

  3. i just spent a week in the bahamas with friends. they have the stinkiest smelliest pit bull in the world. but she is also the sweetest most gentle dog i have ever come across. love her. meanwhile, story be told i love all dogs.

  4. Whole family around computer screens with attendant “Ahhhh”‘s and very much looking forward to the other photos!

    We love this breed.

  5. Rani is delighted to be posted on the internet, as she regularly watches Youtube with me. She is still small enough to sit on my lap and not get in the way of the keyboard. She likes looking at Bollywood film songs and dances, and she is a big fan of Rani Mukherjee. And anything with dogs in, of course. Oh, and piano music. I have tried letting her sit like this while I play the piano but she ended up resting her chin on the back of my right hand. I could only play one octave like that.

    There are some funny things in the above link to Patterdale Terriers. I am beginning to suspect they are all true:

    One Patterdale Terriers is never enough.
    Patterdale Terriers can use tools.
    Thank God they don’t have opposable thumbs.
    Don’t leave the keys in the ignition of the truck.

  6. Have a big aaaaaaaaaw from me. Will show this picture to my youngest, who goes gooey over any kind of dog, but particularly puppies.

    I often thank heaven my cat doesn’t have opposable thumbs. She’s too good with the cupboard doors as it is, except for the ones cunningly still fitted with child safety locks.

  7. adorable! Maggie prefers wine, hehe!

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