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

Production Values



The 30th June! Just time to sneak this post in then.

I’m more than a little partial to the work of the artist Mackenzie Thorpe,


I’d been admiring his work for a long time before I discovered he is dyslexic. Funds don’t run to  purchasing a print (but maybe they should)


although rare prints, like the one below, Destiny’s Child would be well out of range.


If I get chance  I do like to have a calendar featuring his images, above my desk. But this years image for June  has had me a little perplexed. Bonfire night in June?

5th Nov AM-2

I can only think it is because the company that produces the calendar is a German company that they don’t get the social references, and that led them to put an image about bonfire night, in June’s slot! Although the title of the image above ‘5th November AM’ should have given them a clue.

5th Nov AM detail-2

Of course you wouldn’t expect the ashes of a bonfire on November the 5th, AM would you? Surely, that should be the 6th November? Unless some rival gang of kids scuppered your bonty, the night before, they obviously weren’t guarding it properly.


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.

5 thoughts on “Production Values

  1. What an interesting, and rather different, post! I do like these paintings so I can understand why your rather partial to his work. xx

  2. Very interesting paintings. I like them. Reminds me a little (very little) of Andrew Wyeth (especially the second one for some reason).

  3. Probably the German calendar company hired an internet layout artist from California who, unclear on the concept, turned the clock back . . . no, wait, it’s Thorpe who’s called it Nov 5 AM isn’t it. Never mind.

    I admire your taste in art. You always persuade me to go look at links, and follow more links, and the next thing you know it’s dark thirty in the morning and I am falling asleep on the keyboard.

  4. Thank you for sharing such wonderful paintings. I believe my favorite is Destiny’s Child

  5. Hi Mrs. Uhdd –

    Just catching up here, admiring your photos as ever. I am leaving a comment on this post because I liked the art and because I have been lately researching the ancient history of St. John’s eve – in June. AKA Mid-summer’s eve etc. Going back to the pagans and beyond, for all I know, people all over the northern hemisphere have lit bonfires on the shortest night of the year, in June. There’s actually a good Wikipedia article about it if you’re interested. Cheers.

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