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

In the Thick of It


I glanced up from my desk the other day, to see Spud, sat in a bush

Dog in bush 1-2

( I know he looks like he poised upon the top of a pole, but the pole is in the flowerbed, where, if I remembered to sow the seeds it would support my sweet pea plants, but I digress.)

Spud loves leaping about in such things, he has been having a riot in the gigantic heaps of branches and fallen trees that Mr Uhdd has been working on.

Here he is doing what a Springer spaniel does, in the rough.

Dog in bush-2

They are well proportioned dogs, nicely balanced, built to cover rough ground well and quickly.

As he’s only little more than a pup, things sometimes don’t go to plan

Falling out of bush-2

And he falls out of the bush.

(I’m decorating the kitchen, so I’ll leave it Spud to entertain you for a few days.)


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.

14 thoughts on “In the Thick of It

  1. what a funny photo! he does look like he is on the top of the pole!

  2. Good luck with the kitchen. Yes, I’m sure you can leave Spud in charge of the blog for a few days. I wonder what he’ll post…

  3. FUN!! Love the sense of adventure and motion. Sweet pup!!!

  4. I’ll bet he’s really embarrassed. Then again, he’s a spaniel, so perhaps not.

    Nice stone walls! 🙂

  5. Ah, spaniels and their desire to do daft things … one I knew ran into the patio doors on a daily basis – even after stickers were put on the glass at her nose height! Lovable, fantastic gun dog, but daft enough to provide hours of amusement.

  6. Spud is a natural entertainer by the look of it! xx

  7. I didn’t know Spuds grew on bushes…..

    Ill get my coat?

  8. uphill keep blogging

    Mr uhdd can do the painting

  9. wonderful

  10. THANK YOU!!! I think that’s the first time I’ve laughed today and it’s half 7 at night. He is fabulous, love that first photo, was just stuck staring at it laughing and then I got to the end and oh boy!

  11. Good job, Spud. I’m always amused to see my cats sitting on one particular very tall fence post, as if poised atop a grand classical column. Cats have very high opinions of themselves, and I imagine they think everyone should feel the same. And they also seem to like to look *down* on the world. Big heads.

  12. arh, in the first pic he looks like hes trying to look up and see you at your desk! yes, roll on more pics of spud 🙂 Sara.

  13. I’m pleased to see Spud has plenty of area in which to roam and play and explore. ESSs really need a lot of daily activity. Even our 11 1/2 year old ESS still requires lots of daily exercise but she is much calmer in mind than when she was a pup!

  14. Pingback: Spud on a Sunday, part IV | Uphilldowndale

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