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

September Meadow


Buttercup September 2-2

I took a picnic blanket down the field the other morning and got down to grass roots level. There was a heavy dew and it was rather magical in a twinkly, sparkly sort of way.

double luck-2

I soaked it all up (the atmosphere, not the dew, it was waterproof blanket, which is an essential quality for an English picnic blanket.)

Buttercup September-2


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.

12 thoughts on “September Meadow

  1. Wow your pictures are goregeous ❤

  2. I don’t know which I’m more impressed with: your photography or the fact that you’re organised enough to move the shots to your PC so promptly.

    Beech leaf liqueur has to be made in the spring, but it’s dead easy:

    Pack a glass jar full of young spring beech leaves, then fill up with gin.

    Cover and leave for at least 3 weeks. It will smell horrible but don’t panic. Strain off the gin (which has changed to a dirty colour) and to every pint of it add 250g (9oz) caster sugar which has been dissolved in a little boiling water.

    Finally you’ll need to clean it up: you can either rack it after a couple of weeks standing in a cool place, or if you’re in a hurry you can run it through a coffee filter premoistened with vodka.

    The final result is a tawny liqueur with a distinctive musky flavour – it keeps for years. Enjoy!

    – Andy

    • No need to be impressed, I’ve a card full of photos (and about 3 weeks worth of blogging) that I can’t download till, I’ve chucked out some other files/images to make space on this ‘ere laptop, it is as stuffed as your larder. I hope Mr Uhdd will take pity on me and provide me with a some more memory 🙂 he’s is on his way back from Fort William having run in the Ben Nevis Fell race yesterday….
      Thank you for the recipe, I shall be making the beech leaf liqueur, but in the meantime, I may do a bottle or two of blackberry gin, my stock was polished off down in Devon this summer, it seemed to go down well.

  3. I like this time of year and I really like that first photo! xx

  4. I like that butterfly (moth?) very much and wish I had a garment half so tastefully designed. I like to look at the particulars of a patch of land. It’s a completely different thing than standing back and looking at it as a whole.

    Here’s to more nice, sunny weather.

  5. I’m in love with the delicate little yellow flowers! You certainly have a photographic eye. The other day I followed your link to your photo cache and had a delightful little wander among them. I can heartily recommend it to anyone who would like to take a virtual sojourn in a beautiful part of the world.

    I envy you your camera. All I have is a cheap little digital that has no macro capability to speak of. It’s designed for the technologically clueless, “go stand over there by your brother and I’ll snap your picture” crowd. Still, you do the best you can with what you’ve got. (Or in this case, what you can afford!)

    BTW, does that clover flower have a double head?

  6. Oh, my, what a wonderful picnic! I think that your variety of picnic guests is much more pleasant than what I usually have here-we have mostly those of the biting variety….especially mosquitoes. Your photos bring it all alive. Thank you!

  7. Smart thinking with the waterproof blanket which has enabled us to share in the dewy meadow morning. Lovely fresh pics 🙂

  8. Such simple beauty!! Love it!

  9. Simply beautiful. 🙂

  10. Everything is so green right now.

  11. What lovely images you have taken. The dew is really noticeable underfoot these mornings.

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