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

A Frosty May Morning & Hyperbolic Geometry


An odd combination, in more ways than one: first that like a large swathe of the UK we woke to a sharp frost yesterday morning

May frost-2

and secondly that it should bring to mind mental meanderings as diverse as crochet* and hyperbolic geometry?   Are you with me so far? You can click on the video below if you are curious

If that doesn’t add up, you can just look at a photo of some fresh spring foliage and a frosty field.


Which come to think of it, doesn’t add up either, fancy needing to come indoor in May because your feet are cold? It would have been tempting to make some frost shadows, but there wasn’t the time, sigh.

(*for the record, I neither crochet or knit; and I’ve been looking to thread this video into a post for quite sometime.)


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.

8 thoughts on “A Frosty May Morning & Hyperbolic Geometry

  1. Yep, we had a sharp frost – I can’t believe I’m still wearing gloves and boots in May (dang Reynaud’s!)

  2. Very exciting, interesting and important ideas for all of us today in this video.
    And your two frosty pictures were gorgeous.
    The colours of the first are so light and fine. spring and cold together – just like our weather here now too.
    And the light, the contrast and the depth of the second makes a fantastic atmosphere.

  3. You cannot imagine how long it took to download the TED talk so that I could watch it, but I’m glad I did. I can see how the frosted leaf gave you the connection you were searching for!

    I never heard of hyperbolic geometry, but it probably doesn’t know much about me, either, so there you go. Vast abstract principles are often derived from close observation of the mundane, with a dash of Intuitive Leap.

    It would never have occurred to me to crochet a coral reef, although back in the day I crocheted practically everything else. So many ways to learn.

    That leaf is very beautiful.

  4. LOVE the photos, art reins supreme over the crappy weather xx

  5. There was a frost here two nights during the week that caused havoc on allotments and in gardens! xx

  6. The video seems to have gone. Shame, as it sounded interesting. Frost here too. Some of my courgettes have survived. This will be my third year of trying to grow them. I’ll be really disappointed if it doesn’t work out yet again. Maybe I should have given them blankets. We all needed them yesterday evening, and we were indoors.

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