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

Holding On


Winter is not done with us yet, last night saw a sharp frost followed by a sparkly dawn

This is a self seeded holly, that Mr Uhdd liberated when he was cutting down the Christmas trees (I should record that he felled the last one today.)


The water trough was frozen over

Ice trough-2

The promise of a fine bright day was soon scuppered by a blanket of freezing miserable fog that descended mid morning. Now it is snowing, so who knows what tomorrow may bring. I think I shall migrate.


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 “Holding On

  1. I’m migrating to Australia. Wanna tag along *LOL*

  2. There’s something falling out of the snow right now. Sleety slushy stuff, to melt yesterday’s hailstones, which are still on the ground! I’ve had enough too. I’d like to run away to Madeira, I think.

  3. great photos.
    That first shot is wonderful

  4. No migration for me – stick with the UK warts and all.

    I always feel privileged to have been born in these isles.

    Freezing fog here as well, with rain, sleet and snow. But just think how quickly we will forget about it all when the sun shines.

    Remember, we don’t have a climate, we have weather.

  5. The skim of ice on the water trough made a particularly fine image. On the other hand, as Jack Bodis would say (it’s a long story), we have to live with it, there’s no reason we should have to look at it.

    I’m migrating to the upstairs bedroom. (The heat rises, you see.) I’m going to take both comforters and both dogs and all the pillows. I have a good book and a bottle of wine and some cheese. Also some crackers, which I intend to eat in bed. I wish I had some cookies, but I don’t. I am not coming out until Friday.

    • Gerry your solution has a universal appeal! Make sure it is late on Friday before you head south!
      I’ve driven down to the south coast, through sleet and snow. Grim motorway driving. But we are hear now and Spud is having his very first sleep-over

  6. Sunny here yesterday, dull and wet today!
    Like Mrs K I’ll stay put, but I do rather like Gerry’s idea of migration! xx

  7. Love that first image. I think it’s winter everywhere…there is nowhere to go or to be!!!

  8. the lack of sunlight is such an issue this time of year. no matter the temperature, if the sun is shining i want to run around in a t-shirt.

  9. I was thinking of opening a special recycling centre in the countryside to stop landfills being crammed full of unwanted hairpieces. I researched where I could buy such a recepticle on the old internet, and found a place selling them just outside Corby in Northamptonshire. Got the keys for my Lada, and I said to my wife

    “Darling, I’m just going for out for a Wig Bank”

    She said

    “Don’t be so disgusting.”

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