Uphilldowndale

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

More of the Same

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More snow flurries,

walking home-1

fill the valley; more icy roads and drifting snow. There is no horse ridding off into the sunset this week

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but there is always a cold footed sheep

lone sheep-1

Looking for the next feed

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There is no sign of any change in the weather on the horizon.

blowing snow-1

Just more of the same.

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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.

11 thoughts on “More of the Same

  1. That last image is a winner! You really sense the cold, the snow and the depth of this great and beautiful landscape here, great work!!

  2. Brrr…that looks beautifully bleak! xx

  3. Somewhere (I forget where – not that it matters) it said that this was the coldest winter for 20 years. Mind you, with meteorological records going back to King Arthur, or wherever they go back to, it’s always possible to find some unique feature about any set of weather.

    Anyway, as usual, it’s the animals I feel sorry for. Especially the farm animals who didn’t ask to be where they are in the first place. Farmers complain about the work – they should try being sheep for a fortnight.

    We find snowy scenes beautiful, but that’s because we can go back to our lovely heated nests after taking the photos. I think it must be pretty grim out there for wild life and farm animals.

    Nice photos, though, very nice. As usual, I like the ones of the sheep best…

    • Urrm, I certainly know where the farmers are coming from; we kept livestock; years ago. When I was pregnant with Joe, I can remember carrying nets of hay and buckets of water down to the trough, then breaking the ice to give them water and wondering what my midwife would have said, if she’d ever known! It was relentless work, keeping them fed and watered.
      I had an interesting conversation with someone who has lived in the area for the best part of a decade: she’d never realised that sheep stay in the field at night. She’d assumed the farmer ‘took them indoors ever night!
      I can only think of one farmer in this area that gives their livestock less that good care. On the whole, the breeds that are kept in this area have been bred for centuries, for tough conditions, it is perhaps only in the last couple of decades that we have had ‘gentle’ winters

      My nest is very warm and snug.

    • I think it would be wrong to judge the animals’ quality of life by human standards. Every farmer near us in Somerset cares very deeply for the well being of his stock, not just because these beasts are assets but because they are fellow creatures. But caring for them means rearing them naturally. Soemone brings food through the snow, someone breaks up the ice in the water supply and they get shelter from hedgerows, trees and in some cases buildings, none of which a sheep gets on a mountainside. There are farms where cows and pigs are reared indoors out of the weather. I know where the animals seem happiest.

  4. Love the closeup of that sheep. He/she seems to have an expression of patient suffering in the weather.

  5. I’ll trade the sheep my down coat and a spaniel for its woolly coat. But I’m keeping my new boots. I like that pettable face.

  6. You make a cogent argument for not letting the “heritage” breeds of farm animals die out. They have been adapting to their locale for millenia. I love pictures of snow — I’m with SilverTiger. I’d much rather see pictures of it than have to be out in it. Thank you for sharing yours. Stay warm, stay safe and stay well!

  7. Those are beautiful pictures, landscape and animals, a real Winter mood. I like the shades of your pictures, it looks like sepia.

  8. I know all this winter weather has caused trouble in your neck of the woods but it sure is beautiful the way you have captured it.

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