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

Sun, Snow and Clouds


Yesterday a bank of clouds sat on the hills, the sun put up a battle to either  burn through, or claw high high enough to get clear of them, but it wasn’t to be; goodness knows its warmth would have been very welcome (yes, this is the sun not the moon).

Sun and clouds-1

however it never managed to deliver the goods, much to the disappointment of the chickens, who spent the day, standing one one leg, looking dejected, especially those in moult (bad timing girls).

Sun and clouds 3-1


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.

11 thoughts on “Sun, Snow and Clouds

  1. Repeat with me: This is the darkest it’s going to get. From tomorrow forward it gets lighter every day. This is the darkest it’s going to get . . .

  2. Simply gorgeous, as usual! I wish I could come shadow you, to find out how you take such breathtaking pictures!

    Happy Christmas!

  3. Gorgeous photos. We finally had a big fall of snow here on saturday so everywhere’s looking very festive and beautiful…if you don’t have to go anywhere! Hope you all have a very lovely Christmas x

  4. I have been listening to the radio. It makes it sound as if all the demons of winter are howling across the frozen moors. I have no way to whisper in the ears of the people curled up in airport lounges under their coats. If I could, this is what I would say to you. I am sorry that you are having such a bad time. I wish that everyone could get home for the holidays. I wish that no one would be cold, or tired, or weary of waiting in lines with children whining on their shoulders. I have been there, and it is not pretty. I wish for you the exquisite kindness I experienced from the night staff in a cafe in the Birmingham airport. I wish for you the delicate generosity of a family who opened up a picnic hamper and shared it with a stranger. I wish for you holiday miracles, and simple human decency, which may be the same thing. I wish you a peaceful holiday. And eventually–for surely there will be an end to it–I wish you excellent treats.

    • I’ve heard weather horror stories today Gerry to chill the heart. I hope everyone get to where they want to be safely, but a degree of flexibility may be required and the generosity of others will be essential. In terms of the quantity of snow we have here, we’ve escaped very lightly others have much more to bare.

  5. Perfect photos for the solstice ~ very atmospheric. It looks very chilly indeed! The blog snowfall widget is very apt and effective drifting over your photos. Were you able to see the lunar eclipse? Also, I hope you have recovered from the ‘bleauhs’ ~ are you feeling a bit better now?

  6. Yes, the sun is victorious once again, and the reign of darkness is over! — for this year, at least. Since you are so far north of me (Where I am in Texas is about the same latitude as Marakesh, Morocco!), you really have a marked contrast between the length of days in summer and in winter. Here, the shortest day of the year is about 10 hours long.

  7. Beautiful and very impressive photos.

  8. The days will be growing longer now and hopefully bring some sun with them. We’ve had that milky sort of sun here for the most part, too.

  9. Beautiful shots here and above of the sun and clouds in wintertime.

  10. That last one reminds me of a Turner painting. Absolutely beautiful.

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