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

Meet You Half Way


Said the man, which theoretically would have been in Matlock. But he drives faster than I, so we met in the Derbyshire market town of Bakewell instead.

Business attended to (I must stop meeting men in car parks and exchanging packages, it does nothing for a girls reputation.) I took the opportunity to find a little blog fodder, with a stroll down by the river Wye.

River Wye Bakewell-2

The birds were obliging of observers, a goose gandered

Goose at weir -2 

A stoical coot sat on its nest mid stream.

cute coot-2

A duck preened

preening duck-2

And the swan maintained its air of superiority.

superior swan-2

The birds in Bakewell are canny, and know how to work a crowd of tourists, tomorrow we’ll have a look at feeding time.


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.

14 thoughts on “Meet You Half Way

  1. Ah, but did you have a tart?

  2. So pudding, then, I suppose. You must’ve been famished. I would be if I’d taken all those lovely photos of birds AND managed to come up with a goose taking a gander at itself.

  3. Great pics, as usual.

  4. A Bakewell Tart leaves a lot to be desired, whereas a Bakewell Pudding is sheer heaven.
    I must get up to Derbyshire again soon!

  5. What a lovely way to spend some time! xx

  6. hi mrs uhdd – yes, lovely pics and i am looking forward to feeding time.

    are you ready for next weeks ‘big’ event? 🙂 sara.

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  8. Does all sound a little fishy but glad you had a nice time and we got to see some pretty birdies.

  9. I particularly like the close-up of the swan.

    On a recent trip we found ourselves entirely surrounded by swans feeding. It was an amazing experience, especially when one grabbed a pigeon by its wing and lifted it out of the way!

    You can tell by a swan’s bearing that it does not expect to meet anything more powerful than itself.

  10. I’m giving my dog three good miles per day, and I can see where you get all your blog fodder from. We see all sorts of interesting things on our morning walks and I really must start taking a camera with me. We are exploring all the footpaths round where we live, and are still able to try out a new one every day.

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