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

Rain Stopped Play


Today I was hoping to bring you photos from Hayfield Sheep Dog trials; but heavy rain over night turned the show ground to a treacherous mush, the organisers had no alternative than to cancel the second day of the event: although I believe the sheep and sheep dogs kept on running, this is Derbyshire, and rain doesn’t stop the farming community. It was Joe public, that, lacking a leg at each corner would have had trouble staying upright. The show ground is on something of a hillside which adds to the problems of traction,  that is a Derbyshire thing as well.

Hayfield is one of my favourite shows, I’ve posted about it before.

Below a couple of images from previous years and a link to some more images on Flickr






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.

6 thoughts on “Rain Stopped Play

  1. Does that beautiful white bird have something in its talons, or are those jesses? — It looks like some sort of heart-faced owl, like a barn owl. I’ve never seen a sheep dog trial but I’d love to watch one. The communication between shepherd and dog fascinates me.

    There’s always an extra dimension of enjoyment to watching something done by someone who does it very well.

  2. I liked those posts about sheepdogs. Now I’m sitting here thinking how nice it would be to have a leg on each corner. Just spring down the stairs in the morning, I would, instead of side-stepping down grasping the rail firmly for all the world like an old lady. Oh.

  3. I like these! Especially the arrows! Great shooting 🙂

  4. And here I was thinking that the British were so hearty to do anything in the rain. Oh, well. Will the trials be rescheduled? I would love to see them, through your photos it would be almost like being there.

  5. It’s a real shame when events like that are cancelled, it must be so disheartening for all involved.
    These are two terrific photos which are good to see again! xx

  6. Stunning pictures, Mrs Uhdd, really beautiful. I don’t mind seeing some old ones whilst you get the house back in order. Best of luck with that.

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