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

Three Today


This blog is three years old today. Now there’s a thing.


Thank you all for reading.


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.

30 thoughts on “Three Today

  1. Thank you; your photos are a great reminder of home and you write very well too. I don’t feel especially homesick but your blog evokes the England that I loved and miss – the one I suspect I recall with rose tinted spectacles.

    I then read Inspector Gadget’s blog and the online UK papers to remind me why I left!

    Happy Birthday and many thanks.

    • Welcome ExMetinNZ; I do hear you live in a fine and fare country, one day we will visit. It looks like the kind of place we would all enjoy. I took delivery of a parcel from NZ on Friday, it is my real birthday soon and my mum has bought me a piece of bespoke jewellery, made by fellow blogger Denna Gracie: I’m very excited 😉
      I hope this blog give a balance to the doom gloom and downright nonsense that is part of the territory here in the UK

  2. Happy 3rd birthday uhdd, here’s 2 your 5th!! xxx

  3. Congratulations and well done, this blog has always been one of my favourites!
    Mine is three in a couple of weeks time. xx

  4. Happy blog birthday! 🙂

  5. Happy (blogging) birthday to you … (sung wildly out of tune) … long may you continue.

  6. Happy Blog Birthday and long may you continue! I’ve read your blog for a long time and love the insights, the humour and the photographs.

    Congratulations 🙂

  7. Three years – it’s hard to believe. Endlessly inventive, witty, engaging and thoughtful, a rollicking ride along the lanes that wend their way between drystone walls. Happy anniversary from all of us at the Writing Studio and Bait Shop.

  8. hi mrs updd – happy third blogday and see you soon hopefully. sara 🙂

  9. yes, looking forward to it. Sara. 🙂

  10. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary of blogging! Lovely to read your interesting and entertaining entries and to admire your delightful photos!

  11. Happy Blogday! I really enjoy your beautiful photos and writing, and I look forward to each new entry. Thank you very much for sharing with all of us.

  12. Just made it – long may your blog last and many ups and downs in Uphilldowndale. May the Ups be long and the Downs swiftly forgotten.

    • Mr K and Mr Noddy, I’ve just found you both trapped in the spam filter; apologies, that must have been an unpleasant place to be!
      Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment

  13. Happy blogday!

  14. Still here, still reading.

  15. Happy blog birthday.

    I don’t comment often but I’m a religious visitor to Uphilldowndale. It reminds me of the England I left behind too.

  16. Happy Blogiversary! Another Brit in NZ – I, too, love your blog for the pics and the wonderful tales you tell – thank you for three years of great posts, and looking forward to many more to come 🙂

  17. Congratulations with 3 years of blogging, and thank you for your humorous, educational and interesting posts about your life in England, and whatever you find related to the subjects you write about.

    – and a Happy birthday in advance, I can´t wait to see the lovely jewellery your mother has ordered for (lucky) you.

  18. well, Happy Birthday to you!!

  19. Congratulations! And thank you for your blog, which I always read with great pleasure.

  20. Congratulations! Yes, it’s a real achievement to have stuck with your blog and written so regularly. Most of the blogs I started reading when I first came to yours have petered out now. And they didn’t even appear on a daily basis in the first place. I think what you have that they lacked is the ability to write so concisely and say such a lot in so few words. You’re not a rambler, except when you’re out and about looking for photo opportunites. The pictures are always great.

    We’ve not seen many pics of the frogs lately. I hope they’re not being picked off by magpies, like is happening here. I think whatever it is that magpies normally eat is in short supply at the moment. They must be a bit desperate because they’ve even stolen sausages off our barbecue!

  21. Happy birthday to you dear blog…

    I wish I had your way with words and images. I look forward to not only seeing the beauty that surrounds you, but the stories are interesting / amusing parts of my week as well.

    In other words, thank you for continuing.

  22. Belated blog-day felicitations. Hope you and the blog had a great one. Here’s to the next three and the three after that.

  23. well done on your 3 year blog

  24. Congratulations!! I just hit the 3-year mark myself. Quite an accomplishment. Looking forward to your next 3 years…

  25. Happy 3rd birthday blog! Keep up the good work Mrs UHDD, your photos are still as inspiring as they’ve ever been and it’s always a pleasure to visit your blog.

  26. Thank you all for your kind words, I had to check it was in fact 3 years, time has passed so fast, when I started I didn’t really know what I was going to write about, come to think of if I still don’t! Actually, thinking about it that is the draw.

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