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

Hope’s Rainbow


A heavy hail shower this afternoon gave way to a rainbow, in the village of Hope,

Hope's Rainbow-1

if there is a pot of gold at the foot of this rainbow, I could use it, I foresee expenditure ahead.

I went to Hope to collect Tom  from one of his mountain biking forays, oh boy, how muddy can a boy get? But by the time we got home the sun was out  and the air was still, extra large rain drops hung around, on the scots pine

rain drop scots pine-1

and the washing line

rain drop washing line-1

It’s been a frustrating sort of day, I planed to decorate the bathroom, I knew I wasn’t going to get very far, what with ferrying the boys around, but what I hadn’t expected or budgeted on (in time or money) was the fact that the Dulux emulsion paint, that we’ve only had a few months has gone ‘off’ it has separated and has the consistency of gruel. I can only think it is a combination  the very cold weather and the new fangled ‘low carbon footprint’ formula.* It was stored in the barn, we’ve stored paint in there for the last 19 years without a problem. Of course Dulux have covered their back by posting ‘protect from frost’ on the label. I used to enjoy decorating, I found it satisfying, but its lost its gloss of late, the new formula ‘satin wood’ paint lack substance and staying power I might as well use a tube of acrylic paint from my craft box. I’m all for environmentally friendlier products, but they ain’t got it right yet.

In other breaking and expensive news, I’ve lost a dental crown. Bleughhhhh.

* I’m especially narked because I’d purposely bought larger cans of fewer colours, so as to be less wasteful.


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.

17 thoughts on “Hope’s Rainbow

  1. that photo of the scots pine…. magic!

  2. I was hoping for a rainbow today, the right combination of rain and sunshine was there and I had my camera…..looks like it was with you though!

  3. Nice vivid rainbow, too. I empathize about the dental crown. I think I have about 6-7 teeth left that are “alive” (don’t have root canal jobs) — I’ve probably put my dentist’s children through college. . .

  4. Well damn.

    Sometimes, that’s the only thing left to say.

  5. It’s always nice seeing a rainbow. Sorry about the crown – both expensive and not the greatest of experiences having those done or replaced. I drove through your neck of the woods on Friday on the way to and from a funeral in Macclesfield, as always the countryside looked lovely. I always feel I’ve come home when I pass that Cheshire sign even though I haven’t lived there for nearly 40 years

  6. You are having a terrible horrible no good very bad day! Except, of course, for the rainbow, and that stunning raindrop in the pine, and the happy muddy boys and, well, us. Might as well sit down and put your feet up while waiting for the man with the industrial strength drain clearing gizmo. Here, have a wee dram. Take this little pillow, it’s good for pounding on. Not too hard, of course, on account of the missing crown, that is a misery. Spud! Come in here and do your stuff!

  7. I was on my way back from a very muddy 20 mile fell race through some of the best bogs of West Yorkshire when the text came through “We have blocked drains”. The last thing I wanted to think about.

    The man with the industrial strength drain clearing gizmo? That would be Tom and I with drain rods, a shovel and a torch (flashlight) as it was dark by then! Fortunately we managed to get them running again so that I could shower and we could use the other essential facilities in the house without fear of flooding and much, much worse.

  8. Have a great big cyber hug – and a slice of chocolate cake to keep it company.

  9. Glad to hear things are getting better, but I, too, would have been disheartened and totally frustrated to find my paint all globbed up after trying to plan ahead. Is there no hope for it once the paint has warmed up and stirred? If not, perhaps you can have your own ‘paint ball’ session. Keep the dog indoors 😉

  10. One of those days all round – I dropped my laptop from the height of all of one inch and have probably killed it.

  11. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a rainbow!
    So called progress with paints appears to be anything but, as is the case with with so many things nowadays. xx

  12. On this occasion, decorating has lost its gloss in more senses than one 😉

    I never did enjoy it myself, as it seems so futile somehow: barely have you finished it and 20 years later you have to start all over again. A bit like housework in that respect, really.

    I particularly like the photo with the single water drop – a world in microcosm.

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