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

The Back End of January


I took this on the 28th of January, but don’t let the bright light deceive you, it was cold, cold enough to make your eyeballs ache.

Derbyshire farm house-1

The farm is on the market, but this photo deceives in more ways than the ambient temperature. What you can’t see from this angle (I think I should have been an estate agent) is that  between this gate way and the property is a very steep clough, and a fast road.


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.

12 thoughts on “The Back End of January

  1. Oh, if I were only younger– and a great deal richer. . . I’d snap it up in a New York minute, hire out the land for income, and fix up the house to be a snug little energy-efficient nest. . . . . thanks for a lovely daydream! Winter weather is bearing down on us as I type — predicted lows of -16C and highs of only -7C and snow icons on the weather widget for the next three days. Looks like it’s our turn to be soundly wacked by winter. Just going on to 7 pm, and already below freezing with snow predicted tonight along with low of -9. (My next month’s gas bill is going to be higher than giraffe’s ears! )

  2. Cold or not, there’s no visible snow and it appears to be far from a city in a most lovely landscape. I’ll take it.

  3. What an amazing view from where you were ~ aching eyeballs and all. Ouch. Maybe we could all pitch in some $ and then be pleasantly put out to pasture, staying away from the busy road of course 😉

  4. Nice country house, am sure it will become someone dream come true. In other times it could have been mine. 😀

  5. Never knew what a clough was before (other than an angry football manager). Now I do.


  6. It’s a beautiful scene. 🙂

  7. Sooooo . . . if you were to own the place, and you were to come home of a winter’s day when there had been a bit of, let us say, “wintry mix”–your vehicle would slide down the Very Steep Lane, picking up speed as it approached the Fast Road. Mmm-hmmm. Wonder if they’ve thought about putting in one of those tilting bridges.

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