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

Happy New Year


Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year. May the sun shine  in unexpected places.

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We’d planned a very quiet New Years eve, but it didn’t turn out that way, I spent it with Mum down at A+E, she really wasn’t very well. Some very nice people from the ambulance service came along and bundled her up and whisked her off* to be checked out.

Accident and Emergency department New Years eve? Now there’s an experience, fortunately we were there for early doors, but you could sense the lid being prised off Pandora’s box as the evening rolled along, the mix of anxious new parents with sickly babies, the old and the frail started to shift to the extremely drunk, the bloody, bruised and the battered, with attendant police officers, girls in shinny party dresses  and smudged mascara sobbing in minors.

All the staff were lovely with Mum, she’s been admitted for some tests. It was just gone midnight when I left, being a first grade country girl, not used to being in town on such a night, I was stunned by the volume of fireworks lighting the sky and entranced by the paper lanterns, I sat in the car park and watched for a wee while, before carefully picking my way home around people who had lost all sense of where the pavement stopped and the carriageway began.

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Today I feel like I have a hangover, but without the indulgence.

*I was shocked to hear kids had been banging on the side of the ambulance as it drove into town,  the ambulance crew thought they had hit someone. I shouldn’t be  surprised because people tell  me it is what happens.

It was probably as well I wasn’t following immediately behind.


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.

25 thoughts on “Happy New Year

  1. Hope your mother makes a speedy recovery. Happy New Year.

  2. Sorry to hear about your mum being not well. Happy new year x

  3. Hope your mum perks up quickly and is hale and hearty this year. (Hope we all are!)
    I had a safe, “sane” new year — spent it in front of this bl**dy computer working — At least I’m gainfully employed! (a lot of work for very little “gain” alas!) Since I “do” medical records, I “did” more than a few Emergency Room reports last night regarding “hogmanic” excesses. I did have a wee glass of white wine when I finished my shift at 2 a.m., though.

    Hope everyone has a good new year!

  4. Best wishes for MMXI, hope for a speedful recovery for your mum and hope Spud didn’t get too phased by the fireworks that seem to abound all around on new years eve.. xx

  5. I’m sorry to read that your mother was bad – and you both had to spend the New-Years evening at the A+E dep. I hope she is better now. And I wish you, your mother and all your family a peaceful, healthy and Happy new year!

  6. All the best for 2011. I hope your Mum recovers. I look forward to reading more of your prose and seeing your photos this year – they remind me of the England I still think of as ‘home’.

  7. A&E is not a good place at the best of times, but New Years Eve? Hope Mums fighting fit again soon. That sort of thing ‘knocks your end in’ if you know what I mean. If you don’t know, then you can put that phrase in your dictionary of Durham sayings, meaning ….well… ‘puts things all to pot’ or.. I think I’ll go now….

  8. Sorry to hear your mum was poorly and your new years eve was so worrying. Hope she’s getting better. Here’s wishing you all a very happy 2011 with only excitements of the good sort and peace when you need it. Love to all. xx

  9. That’s certainly an unwelcome way to spend the evening, and I hope that your mum will be okay.
    Those are terrific pictures! Happy New Year. xx

  10. Hope Mum is soon back where she belongs and a whole lot better.

    Lovely photograph.

  11. Best wishes for a quick recovery for your mum, and a happy new year to you all.

  12. Hope your mum’s making good progress.

  13. Happy New Year to you too. I’ll be perfectly happy if the sun shines in the usual places as long as it starts doing so straightaway!

    I’m sorry to hear your mother was taken ill and that your New Year started in a somewhat inauspicious manner. It’s one of those experiences to look back on with wry amusement but in the hope of it never happening again.

    Attacks on ambulance and firefighter crews are, alas, not uncommon in cities. Banging on the sides of the ambulance, though stupid, is one of the milder responses. It makes a rather dour comment on the state of our modern society.

  14. What a rotten start for you and your mum – hope she gets better soon. A&E is never a great place, but on Hogmanay? The one time I had to go there (sober!) it was like a scene from MASH. I kept looking around for Hawkeye…

    Happy New Year!

  15. Best wishes to your mum, and to you all for the New Year. We had an enforced quiet one: jet lag + powercut = early night

  16. Hope your mum’s feeling better soon.

  17. I hope your mum is feeling better soon.

    Beautiful images. Happy New Year to you too!

  18. Those are perfectly wonderful photos–almost enough to take the curse off–did you really say louts were pounding on the ambulance while it attempted to deliver your mother to emergency care??? Too right they were lucky you weren’t following closely. But I gather things are going well for her in spite of all that, and judging on the evidence she is a woman of excellent genes and hardy spirit. My very best wishes to the whole family.

  19. So sorry to hear about your New Year’s Eve outing ~ let’s hope that the New Year started brighter for your mum and that you all have a healthy and Happy 2011. Your photos are golden!

  20. Hope your mother is better …wonderful write …enjoy reading your blog ….thanks for sharing

  21. Happy New Year! I hope your Mum makes a speedy recovery.

  22. Wishing good test results for your mom.

  23. So sorry to hear about your mum, I hope she’ll soon be feeling much better and that it will be a Happy New Year for you all.

  24. Happy New Year and best wishes to your Mum. We used to turn all the lights out on New Year and watch the fireworks going off all over London. Now, we sit quietly and listen to the Church Bells ring in the year. I know which I prefer. Here’s to a healthy and happy ’11.

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