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

Once Upon a Meadow


This was a buttercup, swaying in the summer breeze

icy buttercup-1

Last night it was –7.8 C here at the house, this morning at first light I went up off the hill to watch and photograph  a glorious sun rise over a misty valley, cold it may have been, but I was very comfortable in ski trousers and jacket.  When I got  back home, some sparkly  branches

icy sycamore twig-1

and tussocks of grass down the field caught my eye I walked down the field to investigate.

icy ash tree-1

My, oh my, with every step, it got colder and colder, you could physically feel the change in temperature as you walked, the cold  air having slumped down the valley (Mr Uhdd and the boys told me it was –13C down at the bus stop in the village.)

I’m not sure I can do justice to the size and beauty of the ice crystals,

icy grass-1

but they were breath taking in more ways than one.


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.

9 thoughts on “Once Upon a Meadow

  1. Amazing photos! Thanks for braving the elements so we can enjoy them!

  2. We had to knock a four-foot icicle off the eaves today – it was right above the front door, and I was afraid one of the kids would bang the door a bit too hard and get a nasty surprise!

  3. Your weather is turning my world inside out! I feel as if I should send you quantities of down, or maybe a spaniel. The ice crystals are captivating as long as they stay outdoors, as is proper.

  4. Thank you for braving the cold to bring us these crystal delights ~ Those temperatures are freezing indeed! It’s amazing to see the icy filigree attach itself in such a fashion. Beautiful. It is now 1 degree C here, and will rise to around 5 during the week, which is cold enough! Our snow has gone…for now!

  5. Ski trousers – now that sounds like a good idea!

  6. It’s 49F(9C) here — dry as a bone — I almost feel guilty. It’s supposed to get down to 24F (-4C) tonight though — Gonna be a 3-cat night!

    Those photographs of the ice “whiskers” on the plants are stunning.

  7. Brrr….amazing photos! xx

  8. Really great photos! I can understand braving the cold for them. I hope you all have a warm-up soon. Sounds like it’s been a rough early winter.

  9. You did do justice to the ice crystals.

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