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

A View on Time


There were plenty of old buildings to catch my eye on our holiday, you know the sort of thing I’m drawn to, workaday, vernacular farms and homesteads that have changed only a little over the centuries or that wear their histories on their faces.I may struggle to convince you of the fact that  I struggled to capture them with the camera, they just whizzed by it seemed.

Window 1-1

I mean, canal boat holidays are supposed to be slow languid sort of affairs aren’t they? But somehow we always seemed to be on a mission!

Window 2-1

The plus side of that is that we got as far west as the Foulridge Tunnel and as far east as Saltair and I have the photos to prove it!  The fact is I could have spent longer mooching around such places.

These windows all come from buildings that had date stones over the door from the 1690’s

Window 4-1

All is not what it seems

Window 5-1


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.

10 thoughts on “A View on Time

  1. hi there mrs uhdd, arh, your little jolly on the canal all looks lovely, sounds like you had a great time – even those that took an early bath! Sara 🙂

  2. Oh these are just gorgeous!

    I love old buildings like this too — not the big fancy important ones, but the lived-in and loved and handed down from generation to generation style of buildings.

    Lovely example of flint & mortar construction — the crew stayed in an old flint and mortar farmhouse when I was over there working on an archaeological dig, and I’ve liked them ever since.

  3. Such character in these photographs. If walls could tell stories I’m sure these would share some delightful ones.

  4. Interesting one of the glassless window with the leaves. I love those old stone “vernacular buildings myself. One thing that attracted me to your blog. Wonder why they’ve bricked up all their windows?

  5. These are great. Old buildings seem to have more character than anything they make these days.

    I wonder what stories these windows would tell…

  6. Wonderful photos ~ love the first one especially with the touch of autumn colour. I have left you a basket of cones on my site 😉

  7. Nice windows–I believe I’ll think about details more. Maybe old barn hinges, for example.

    I love the bricks piled up – they almost look as if they were heaped there to get them out of the way rather than to brick up the window.

  8. Fascinating pictures! xx

  9. I love a collection, and windows is a new one. (One of the Bollywood bloggers that I read collects shots of chandeliers from the movies she watches, oh and bottles of Johnny Walker!) Please find more to go with these. I loved the ‘circle’ theme you had going a year or so ago.

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