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

Becoming Cooler, Later


Spud the dog is in for a bit of a surprise, for when he arrived, as wee pup, last September,

spud u like 2-2 

it also happened to be the day we turned the Aga on. Making a snug kitchen for a young dog to call his home.

However we humans have been finding the kitchen a little too hot to handle over the last few days, so we’ve turned the Aga off (hopefully for the summer, but never cast a coat till May is out, as the saying goes.) I think Spud is going to miss his tummy warmer, here he is, just this morning.

Toasty tum-2

It’s a dogs life.


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.

15 thoughts on “Becoming Cooler, Later

  1. He was such an adorable baby! He’ll miss that heat – our cat was rather disgruntled to have discovered that the radiators are no longer warming the window-sills for her.

  2. For those of us across the pond, please explain the Aga – I didn’t know that it was turned on & off seasonally. How does one cook or bake in the summer?

  3. Poor Spud! He must go out into the Aga-less world now… Will he adjust? Will he learn to love the hot summer sun instead? We’ll stay tuned for more adventures…

  4. Oh dear, now I’m feeling guilty about the Rayburn still being on. But once out, it’s out, and it usually won’t relight until the Rayburn man comes.

    (@lynnwiles – I’m guessing UHDD has a back up cooker for the summer months)

  5. Such a boy, that Spud. I will bet that he finds a sunny spot somewhere. Goodness how he’s grown!

    It’s about time to turn off the assorted heating devices at the Writing Studio and Bait Shop, too. Maybe one more week. After last “summer” I don’t altogether trust Mama Nature.

  6. oh why can’t they stay so unbearably cute and small for longer! Spud was a particularly gorgeous puppy but I do so love his attitude and cheeky face now!

  7. He looks to have been the sweetest thing as a puppy. And he seems to have kept a puppy personality even now that he has grown. What a sweetheart, Our little dog sleeps in the sunshine of our western-facing window, even through the hottest days of the summer.

  8. That second photo is priceless! xx

  9. How sweet is that! It sure looks to be a good dog’s life in your kitchen.

    And I love your phrase “never turn a cast a coat til May is out” – usually a truism in northern US too, but not this year. We will have temps in the 90s (32˚C or higher) this weekend, just as I am ready to set in my summer garden of tomatoes and peppers – we seldom see this kind of weather, not even in our hottest of Augusts.

  10. He’s so cute! Sometimes I think we could learn a thing or two from dogs. And cats. Both really know how to relax.

  11. And, on a pedantic point of etymology: http://bit.ly/cvAykd 😉

  12. Oh thank you “allegoricus” for that link! My pedantic little soul is tingling with the possibilities of “The Phrase Finder,” which is now in an honored position in my Favorites – Reference. It makes the perfect companion to the Urban Dictionary.

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