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

Let There be Frogs


I was rather taken with this frog,

frog 2-1

I like the way he looks like he has a space helmet on. He was in a newly dug drainage ditch, up near Stanage, which provided little cover for him and his many friends. They’d been busy.

frog spawn-1


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 “Let There be Frogs

  1. Excellent. The frogs can eat spiders. I love the space helmet. Probably someone with a PhD in Frogology can come along and explain it all for us, but I’m content with the space helmet concept.

    • On close inspection it appears he has his head through the loop made by a piece of grass, but I prefer the space helmet concept.
      Gerry, your spider photos were wonderful, surely no frog would take on such a monster!

  2. Space helmet is right – great capture Mrs. UHDD and looks like a lot of froggies will be hatching in that pond soon.

  3. What a great photo of Space Frog, and all the up and coming ones!

    Your magical lane on the previous posts lives up to its name in those enchanting shots ~ gorgeous!

  4. That’s better. It’s not really spring till there’s frogspawn on UHDD. Thank you.

  5. Oh, that brings back fond memories of gathering up frogspawn and hatching it in the greenhouse. Dad didn’t mind because they ate all manner of things he didn’t want near his plants!

  6. Reported in another blog I read, the blogger spawn-napped some from a local lake to put in her pond — then insulated it with bubble wrap when there was a cold snap. Frogs loose in a garden would be a good thing.

  7. Clarification: She insulated the pond with bubble wrap — laid it on top of the water.

  8. It’s not really spring till there’s frogspawn on UHDD.
    Bubble wrapping a pond.
    I love the alternate universe over here.

  9. Wow! Look at all those eggs. Our frogs are barely awake here.

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