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

Sunday Snapshot


I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend, ‘mucking out’ the barn, it is a fact the more space you have,the more rubbish you acquire to fill it; the job has been hot mucky, dusty work, but I can see progress, that, and the need for another trip to the ‘tip’ coming on (sorry,  the ‘recycling centre’ as it is now more formally known). Such work it isn’t a photogenic task, so here are some  other pretty things to look at instead.

morning light-2

It’s been another scorcher of a day. The ground is bone dry, I can’t ever remember it being quite like this before; or maybe I just wasn’t looking.

Ash leaves-2

The ash trees are just about into leaf, just think, all the leaves will all be gone again come October, there’s not much  growing time available each year for a sapling to soar into a mighty tree is there?

The Bluebells are as delightful as ever,


but they must bound for a short season in this heat.


Tom is safely home from his camping trip and is possibly even grubbier than I am.


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.

13 thoughts on “Sunday Snapshot

  1. I adore these shots. I love the play with the light. Thank you for posting them!

  2. Lovely photos as always!
    My small ash tree (which I’ve previously been calling an elder!) was badly frosted the week before last so looks very sad compared to those leaves! xx

  3. Beautiful shots. I really like the way you captured the light.

    I’m trying to learn to enjoy empty space rather than fill it with rubbish but it’s an ongoing and uphill battle. I clean out one area and then it somehow gets filled again.

  4. Love how you’ve said ‘ that you just weren’t looking’. Well – now you are..and what beautiful images to attest to that!!!

  5. A lovely English Bluebells. And a Mountain Ash, brilliant.

    What is happening with the Planners?

    I keep on wondering on and off.

  6. Do you think that keeping up the blog has made you pay attention more? Just in a general sense, I mean? I find myself doing that. Pretty sure it’s a good thing.

    Those ash leaves make a wonderful design, AND it’s my favorite color combination. Nice bokeh, too. (Heh heh. I’ve been paying attention to the conversations of my betters concerning photography!)

  7. Lovely pictures, especially of the ash. What has got into you though, to be thinking of autumn no sooner has spring appeared? Having thoughts of your own mortality too? Just live for the day. It seems especially beautiful for having waited so long for some nice weather.

  8. Oh I do know about this sort of thing. I’m attached to a barn and it was full of junk that people over the years who had lived in the terrace or been tenants used it as a ‘re-cycling centre’. One of my neighbours decided to clear it and made some money from boot sales – which may have covered her trips to the tip. Thank you for your recent comments – my youngest daughter wore specs from 15 months, the patching, op, and all that. That was a difficult part of the journey and since middle age has meant the usual difficulty reading etc I now know better some of what she went through and encounters still.

  9. Dear me, I thought I had left a comment on the beautiful English Bluebells and the other wonderful pictures.

    No matter I have now.

    Bye the Bye – how is the planning permission coming along?

  10. Lovely pictures – the second one looking up into the ash tree is gorgeous with that blue, blurry structure in the background!

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