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

Bursting Buds and New Fangled Things


Spring is bursting out all over

Spring day-1

darling buds

We’ve had a couple of lovely warm days this week, but today hasn’t been one of them, it’s been cold; Tom has gone off on a camping trip, preparation  for his Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition. As his mother it is my duty to worry that he won’t be warm enough; but he should be, he’s taken enough fleece, down and Gore-tex with him.

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my lovely larch

Tom was bemused last night, when I explained that when I went on a school field study trip to Malham Cove circa 1974, the teacher instructed to take a bin liner each, with holes cut for head and arms, to use as waterproofing over our anoraks, as it would rain in Yorkshire, and it did. Tom couldn’t quite imagine that  the cagoule hadn’t been invented (if it had it hadn’t reached us yet). Mr Uhdd was consulted,  my sepia tale was verified and no, he didn’t own a cagoule until he was in his twenties. It only occurred to me later as I was putting rubbish into the bin, that in 1974, bin liners had only just been invented.

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.

9 thoughts on “Bursting Buds and New Fangled Things

  1. Now you’re making me feel old!

  2. A delightful look at Spring coming alive 🙂 The blossoms are so delicately perfect and the colours in your larch photo are amazing. I love that photo.

    As for bin liners, I can relate ~ the students at school used to pack a plastic bag when going on field trips just in case! Now with so many ardent outdoor enthusiasts, outdoor gear outlets, and choices of materials, one can be sporty, fashionable and much more comfortable. In a pinch, a bin liner could still be helpful!

  3. I remember my Duke of Edinburgh walk – I fell out the mini bus and strained my ankle – didn’t even make it to the starting line! lol! Happy Days!

  4. You’ve made me feel young – I got my first cagoule for a Primary 7 (age 12) trip to Dounans Camp near Aberfoyle. A happy week spent getting wet, wetter and wetter still. Then getting muddy. Good days.

    Only time in my life I’ve seen an Adder as well – it was a dead one, but still both delighted and traumatised us!

  5. I am awash in a sea of unfamiliar English, but I think I’m swimming through it OK–for an old bat. I don’t see how you can go wrong tucking a trash bag (bin liner) into a pocket in the spring.

    Sometimes I wish I could have a do-over, starting with just this sort of adventure as an adolescent. It seems like such a good confidence builder.

  6. Oh! Look at those wonderful buds and blossoms. We’re not quite there yet. A cold snap put spring into suspended animation.

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  8. I remember the time before cagoules and before bin liners too. Yuck! The kitchen bin used to get in a disgusting state, and the one outside was even worse. The precursor of the cagoule was made of plastic, and it got very sweaty inside.

    The larch has once again provided you with a lovely shot. Yep, spring it definitely here now. Why no frogspawn pictures? Or have I missed them? Your frogs normally get busy before ours, but even here we have had frogspawn for a week already. No sign of any frogs though.

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