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

A Brief Affair


Blossom was a long time coming this year, but in the end it seemed to effervesce over night and was gone as quickly as it arrived. The cherry was a picture, but short lived; the falling petals giving the pond a flashover of pink before turning, in a few hours, to a decomposing mush, that was reminiscent of the ‘rose water perfume’ we used to try and make  in jam jars as kids.

Cherry blossom-2 

The lilac has obviously adored this years bizare weather profile and has been at the best we’ve seen in 18 years.

lilac time-2

Bees, we seem to have a garden full of bees. Spud has found a bumble bee nest, in the bank near the pond, and has been trying to excavate it.

Busy bee-2

You can rest assured it is a topic this blog will be returning too.


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.

7 thoughts on “A Brief Affair

  1. hi mrs uhdd, arh, i love the little orange buzzy bee. 🙂

  2. Lovely lilacs! The others aren’t bad either. 🙂

  3. Uh-oh. Sounds like Spud has found himself a peck of trouble. Pretty posies, though.

  4. Perhaps a sting on the nose will persuade Spud to take up a different hobby.

    Here in the city, the trees have been shedding whatever it is that they shed at this time of year. It not only litters the pavements but gets into eyes, ears and mouths. I have been thinking of wearing goggles.

    In the front garden next to us, there is a tree that starts with white blossom on one side and then this disappears and pink blossom appears on the other side. Don’t ask me what kind of tree it is. Do I look like a botanist?

    It has been sunny several days in a row so I guess this must be summer. It’s sometimes hard to tell in this country.

  5. Our lilacs did poorly this year. I’m not sure why.

    I like the little yellow bee in the purple flower. Nice capture.

  6. The cherry blossoms on the pond are so beautiful. I’m glad that you were there to capture them before decay took over.

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