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

Heart and Soul


It has been a beautiful day, the gales and pounding rain gave way at last; anything that could be blown about was and has ultimately come to rest, somewhere.

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I walked too and from work, no doubt the exercise was good for my heart and it was certainly good for soul.

There was sunshine to behold, taffeta clad crows turning over the rain sodden fields happy I imagine not to beating their beaks against frozen ground, rabbits by the score ducking and diving under the gorse bushes, birds singing in the copse. The clouds were peeling back off the tops of hills.

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I’m not fooled into thinking this is Spring, I’m quite happy with it just being a bright day and just about everyone else I’ve met today has been in the same frame of mind.


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.

10 thoughts on “Heart and Soul

  1. You had a fine walk, and I imagine my lungs filling all the way to the bottom as the view unrolls across the dale. Miss Sadie and the Cowboy believe that a day always looks its best from an outdoor perch, and they are probably right.

  2. For the first time for ‘yonks, I had my 10am brew sitting outside in the garden. Ok it was only for 20 mins and I was wrapped up – but it made my day.

    By the way I just love Spud.

  3. Oh, those wonderful, green, patchwork hills! Like a quilt pieced from assorted bits of green velvets. Wish I was there. Tuning up to snow here, they tell us. Lows to 7F(-14C) and 5 F (-15C) predicted. It’s 11 F (-12 C) now at just after 7 pm, which reminds me I need to go turn on a dribble of water from my kitchen sink faucet so my kitchen pipes won’t freeze again. My gas (heat) bill is going to be higher than giraffe’s ears this month!

  4. I agree that such a day can recharge your batteries and feed your soul! With an amazing view like yours, I’d probably forget to walk, just stand there, lost in it all, and be late for work! It’s interesting what gets blown about and where it lands. My bare branched fruit trees are now festooned and bedecked with broken off evergreen branches and cones strewn around from the blustery wind. I loved your description of the crows, rabbits and birds.

  5. I wish my journey to work looked like that, beautiful pictures!

  6. It was lovely here yesterday and today! I spent this morning working on the plot for the first time this year. xx

  7. “The clouds were peeling back off the tops of hills.”
    What a lovely way to describe that awesome landscape.

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