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



Well the marigolds seems to have had enough of the cold.


And who can blame them.

I forgot to wrap up the bay tree in its protective layer of bubble wrap, till late last night. I don’t think I’ll have done it any favours, it hasn’t really got over last winters ‘big freeze’.

We had no more that a scattering of snow, as can be seen on the roof slates.

slates snow 1-1

We are pleased to show you snow on our slates, as it means heat is not leaching out house at the same rate of knots as it did before we had the roof redone and had some decent insulation put in during the summer*. Last winter this snow would have melted, the slates warmed at our expense.

slates snow-1

* I never have written a post about the experience, one day.

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.

13 thoughts on “Dusted

  1. The marigolds look as I feel in the cold. We haven’t had snow here in London but it was so cold that I put on my longjohns today. (You may not have wished to know that.)

    Well done with the roof tiles.

  2. Oh, I envy you your slate roof! — I’ve heard of folks that have infrared viewer things who (for a fee) will come out to your house in the winter and use them to search the outside of your house for “hot spots” — so you can tell where the heat leaks are.

    I had to go put on my zip up fleece vest earlier and I’m wearing a lap robe at my desk. I have my eco-friendly kitty foot warmer lying on my feet, so my tootsies are toasty.

    I didn’t know you could use bubble wrap to protect plants from frost, but it makes sense. I have heard of using those thick clear plastic painter’s drop cloths stretched over tall wooden stakes and staple-gunned in place to make a temporary greenhouse , though — which protects from the wind too. I’ve also seen cold frames made with reclaimed lumber and recycled windows.

    • We may not be throwing heat away through the roof any more, but if you used one of those infrared thingies, you’d see how much heat is going out through the walls – 2 feet thick, stone with a rubble fill. The trouble is we can’t bring ourselves to insulate and dry-line the external walls.

      • Comparatively little heat gets out through the walls, apparently. Certainly not enough to justify ruining stone walls… as long as the windows, roof, and floor are insulated your walls can stay as they are.

      • Re. Disgruntled’s comment about insulated floor…. that will be the carpets and underlay that are over the concrete then.

  3. How nice to see such a clear benefit for the expense and trouble of putting on a new roof! And it is cold and windy here in Brooklyn, but no snow.

    • Brrr, windy. That is where the hassle and expense of a new roof should pay off. The temperature used to drop like a stone, if the cold was accompanied by wind (as there was no roofing felt under a lot of the roof slates) The old boy that used to farm this place told us about waking in a morning, to find snow on the bed clothes (that was before they ‘put proper ceilings up’) when blizzards had forced fine snow under the slates.

  4. And clear evidence that you’re not growing cannabis in your attic either. Apparently these cold snaps lead to a spike upwards in cannabis farming cases as the heat generated by all the lamps makes itself visible…

  5. Our slate roof is currently under about 8 inches of white stuff, and my girls are walready wondering if the schools will be open tomorrow. I’ve just burned countless calories clearing the path, and now it’s started snowing again! Aaaargh

  6. Poor marigolds. Defeat is not easy.

  7. Poor marigolds. Winter is definitely not their season.

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