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

Study Skills


I don’t know about Tom*, but I’m sick to death of having my head stuck in a text book. So this morning, Mr Uphilldowndale, Spud and I went for a walk, it was just what the Doctor ordered, very refreshing, breathing new life into the blog muse**who to tell the truth, was feeling a little suffocated. So now I’ve plenty of spring shots in the bag, to slow release whilst I finish my work.

A handsome tree, dressed in  fizzy fresh foliage, straight out of the box.

Fresh out of the box tree-1 

And as we’ve not had a drystone wall of late, a sinuous and recently rebuilt  wall  braided by bluebells.

Blue Ribbon-1

As you can see, there has been a cut of silage, but due to the lack of rain this spring, it all looks a bit light weight.

* Tom had an English exam this week, he was asked to describe a country landscape in Summer and Winter, look at the header of this blog and you’ve got the scene; after the exam he had a text from  our friend Miss M down in London, she’d used the same landscape for the same exam.

** It was the blogs fourth birthday this week, shows how busy I’ve been I missed the party by three days *sigh*.


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.

13 thoughts on “Study Skills

  1. Oh well done, Tom. Much better to write about a real landscape that you know well than make up something generic. He’ll have had plenty to write about your view. I think I could have made a pretty good job of describing it too, including some very interesting details from past posts. I hope the poetry question about ‘groups’ didn’t throw him too much.

  2. Always a delight to open up your posts, as the mercury goes North of 40C, here in Arabia.

    Thank you and looking forward to the next four years.

  3. Happy 4th blog birthday 🙂 It’s just amazing how time rushes by! So glad your were able to unstick your head from the text books and head out for a well-deserved walk in the Spring air! The tree is totally ‘brand new’ looking and the braided dry stone wall is just terrific to see. Is that a dragon wing sticking out of the side of it?

    I bet Tom is happy to be done with the exam. Are there any more on the horizon or can he have a holiday?

    • It could well be a dragons wing, or the fin of a monstrous sea eel? I like to think that (but it’s probably an old gate post…) The exams rattle on well into June, a weeks break next week though which will be nice

  4. You should take the fresh air at regular intervals as you study. The brain can use a break.

  5. Congratulations with the fourth birthday this week!!
    I love your landscape photos, and thes two very different ones are no exceptions. That tree is really beautiful, and the composition, colors and DOF in the second is so fine.

  6. Terrific photos! Well done on fours years blogging, and here’s to a good few more as this is one of my favourite blogs. xx

  7. Belated happy blogday!

    My eldest is envying Tom’s subject – she would have preferred that to dissecting a poem that depresses her!

  8. It always makes me happy to ramble around here. Maybe it’s the drystone walls and the bluebells and the assorted livestock, but probably it’s the company. Yes, I’m pretty sure that’s it.

    Happy fourth!

  9. Happy Fourth, Mrs. UHDD. I know what you mean about having one’s head stuck and how the best un-sticking is going out in nature to really see the beauty around us. You found some beauties!

  10. Happy 4th birthday! Can’t wait to see the photos that come next.

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