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

Images of Spring


Winter must be over, it must be spring, the crocus are in flower


It is therefore ironic that the ruffty tuffty winter tyres that we ordered back in November have now arrived.


The idea being that these tarmac grabbers would give our Landrover Discovery a bit of grip, to deliver all its wondrous 4×4 torque and traction, to stop the lane turning into the Cresta Run, again. Never mind, they’ll keep.

Other signs of spring? Frog spawn, in the pond

Frog Spawn-2

In the last week I’ve safely removed from Spuds mouth, a whole tomato and a hens egg, what next? What will his next ‘find’ be? It’s going to be a frog or a toad isn’t it? Oh joy.

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 “Images of Spring

  1. Oh, these are wonderful! And it’s good the tires–OK, tyres–came in, as it’s still March, and you just never know.

    Just last night I noticed foam on the surface of the collection pond at the Township and wondered what was getting into the water. Now I have to go back and look more closely.

    Did Spud carry the tomato and egg with care, or were they all mushed in his mouth? Oh dear. The Cowboy is looking thoughtful.

  2. Ah damn, trumped again. And I forgot to check our pond for signs of frogspawn…

  3. Another sign of spring: for the first time this year, I wore my favourite red jacket to go out this morning instead of my heavy winter coat. Released from the weight I bounced about like a spring lamb.

    I’m not a dog person but can say that one of the less appealing features of cats is having to dispossess them of birds, mice and other small creatures.

    I am a vegetarian but Freya, of course, is not 😦

  4. Lovely spring. Even though our snow has been gone for awhile, my crocuses have yet to bloom and there was no frogspawn in the pond today. Maybe later this week spring will come to me.

  5. Once again, the frogs in your part of the world have beaten mine to it. They must be very hardy up there in the hills. I’m hoping for great things from mine this spring. Last year was the first without fish in the pond to eat all the tadpoles. The froglets from back then are probably still too young to breed, but I’m hoping they’ll come back to visit at least. (If they’re like human offspring who’ve left home they will probably forget, mind you.)

  6. ruffty tuffty … torque and traction … tarmac grabbers … lovely alliteration. A real joy.

  7. I’m most jealous of your frog spawn….no sign yet in East London. 😦

    • It surprised me, I didn’t think it was warm enough, especially the pond, which has been frozen more times this winter than ever before in its 8 year existence. The first I knew about them being out and about was when Spud woke us at 4am, barking, (he rarely barks) I let him out and I could hear loud croaking coming from the pond. Odd.

      • …and the following morning I saw a heron flying away from the pond with a frog in its mouth. Hmm, delicious.

  8. Just walked outside the back of the factory and the storm gulley that carries all the water off the industrial estate is full of mating frogs and toads. Thousands of them.

  9. HI UPHD
    We have got a lovely show of crocus in our front garden, and now the daffs are out, after a long cold winter, can now feel Spring finally here! (ok fingers crossed!)
    All the best to you and your readers (and spud of course)
    Joan x

  10. Hi Joan. We are a good way off the daffodils being in bloom. But the pond must be warmer than I imagined, the fish came up to us in search of food yesterday

  11. Ah, now, here we go. There was croaking in the vicinity of the pond on Thursday, then on Friday, there he was, with his good lady wife, a lovely fat frog. It won’t be long before we have frog spawn as they were taking things quite seriously. Only the two of them though, to carry maintain the dynasty. Maybe more frogs will turn up at the weekend.

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