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

A Change of Direction


The temperature has hit a heady +4.5C today. All that is left of the snow is the skeletal remains of snowdrifts in gullies and buttressed against drystone walls, most of the snow was washed away by heavy rain lane late yesterday.

Today has been as dreich as they come, army blanket grey cloud slumped on the hills. The chickens have been out of their run for the first time since the snow, my idea being to stop them getting quite so muddy ( I had to bath a couple last time we had a ‘big thaw’) but my plan failed, they are filthy; wet and bedraggled they had retreated back to their run by 3pm, so low was the light. So I’ll dish up brighter crisper weather, by way of photos from the 28th of November.

Hope Valley cement works, taking on a frosty fairy tale quality in the morning light

Hope Valley Cement works 2-1

We’ve visited here before, same view different day.

Hope Valley Cement works-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.

14 thoughts on “A Change of Direction

  1. these are beautiful shots! our chooks don’t like the snow either. they peered out and decided to stay in the warm.

  2. Nice shots indeed, although I confess it might have been more fun to see the muddy chickens. Would’ve made me feel better about the Cowboy. I’m glad the snow is gone. Nothing worse than rain that half melts the snow and then gives way to freezing. (Life in the Luge Lane!)

  3. “dreich” — how is it pronounced — ? I love meeting new words!
    Hope your weather evens out a little so the chickens don’t need bathing.

    • WOL, the’dree’ bit is exactly how you’d think, followed by a soft ‘ch’ sound (like the way we say loch, back of the throat noise). That’s probably as clear as mud, but it’s the best I can do!

  4. Och, a dreich day, indeed! From the link to dreich, I found it interesting that four of the adjectives had to be in the description 😉 Very atmospheric photos. I hope it’s not dreichy for too long!

  5. Aye, leave it to the Scots to come up with a word that describes perfectly the weather we so often suffer. It’s bright and sunny here now, and a positively tropical 4 degrees c, with the snow disappearing like, well, snow off a dyke.

    • I think dreich is a wonderfully descriptive word, there are plenty more Scots ‘weather words’ here, the other word I brought back to where ‘I belong’ from my time ‘staying’ in Scotland was swither

      • The one I taught my Polish friend was “slaistering” – to descibe small children (bairns) playing in the dishwater, and generally making a mess!

      • Joe used LOVE slaistering, he did it for hours and hours!! It cost us a fortune in washing up liquid he also used to break eggs into the mix!! I have photos of him in vest and nappy stood on a kitchen chair up to his elbows in bubbles!!

  6. Days like that are so darned miserable! I really like the new header picture. xx

  7. 4.5 C be careful you don’t get heat stroke. 🙂

    All that snow and its only December 😦

    Not to worry, the Government say we’ve got enough grit – I wasn’t worried until they said not to worry.

    In future years we’ll be able to save on the grit, by getting the young people who will not be able to afford to go to University, to clear the roads with shovels (which they’ll have to supply themselves).

  8. Enough grit? Our local gritter driver said they’ve used two thirds of the stock in this area already.

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