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

Summer’s Past


I’m not sure when they left, but they did

Feed me mummy-1

Despite a shaky start we did have a brood of  swallow chicks that successfully fledged, despite Darcey the cats ‘catch to kill’ policy.

These two images are taken in the barn, I could never capture all 3 chick looking the same way at once! (which may have been a wise move given the antics of the aforementioned Darcey)

one of three-1

I’m hoping they at least all flew off in the same direction.

I’ve got one the chicks tiny egg shells on my desk, its colour is the palest of blues, flecked with cocoa brown, it’s finer than paper. How amazing to think, the chick from that shell will (with a fair wind and a good dose of luck) now be feeding over the plains of Africa.

It is a week since I last posted;  probably the longest gap between posts  in my 3 years of blogging *sigh*. Whilst I’ve been away I’ve decorated Joe’s room and Mr Uhdd has given my laptop a new and bigger brain. Which is most welcome.


And now for something completely different


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 “Summer’s Past

  1. arh, how lovely. 🙂 sara.

  2. Those are lovely swallows. I wish I had swallows, but I have Miss Puss instead.

    I wish I could arrange to have a new and bigger brain installed, and I wish someone would redecorate my room, but I will settle for something completely different every time!

  3. We have barn swallows here too, but the species I’m most familiar with are the cliff swallows — they have learned to exploit the undersides of highway overpasses on the outskirts of town as nesting locations. They are such lovely graceful birds — incredible aerial acrobats.

  4. Nice to know they have set off in the world. I am more familiar with tree swallows here as a family nested for a couple of years in the bird house on top of the close-line post. None lately, though. They are indeed graceful. That Monty Python bunch of characters were a hoot and a half!!

  5. As soon as you mentioned your Swallows and the flight to Africa I thought of the Monty Python film…..the bit about them carrying coconut shells in my case. 😉

Come on, join in.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s