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

A Missed Opportunity


I’m afraid I missed my chance to bring you photographs of my friends Mrs Bees meadow, with its foam of  white pig nut flowers. I popped by the other day and found they had gone to seed

Pig nuts past 1-2

And that the colour wheel had swung to a lilac haze. I think  Mrs K brought us the definitive link about pig nuts, its all here. I quizzed my mum about them and she tells me they used to dig up the nuts with an old knife and eat them as sweets, during the war, when sugar was rationed.

Pig nuts past 2-2

Mrs Bee wasn’t home, but I sat in her meadow for a wee while,  with my tea mug, it was very cathartic and good to be away from the hammering and banging of the building work, just for a little while.

Pig nuts past-2

We’ve been to see if we could see the leverets today, but, sensibly, they’ve moved on to somewhere more hidden and away from preying eyes.


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 “A Missed Opportunity

  1. Sitting in a meadow with a mug of tea sounds like a fine thing to do, especially if the meadow has a fine haze of lilac and the hills fold into each other just so in the distance. Very calming.

  2. Your pignuts look like our yarrow – are they the same or related? I love meadows.

  3. It is so hot here, that a hot cup of tea wouldn’t do much for me today. But sitting in the meadow! Sounds wonderful!

    Thanks for the photos-I think I like the lilac colors better than the white you described earlier.

  4. Lovely lilac hue on the meadow ~

    When the pig-nut goes to seed, it will ‘sow’ itself ~ ahem, sorry 😉

  5. I’m glad you had a nice moment of peace in the lovely meadow 🙂

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