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

Packing Some Summer Colour


As a family we lack the ability to pack light, and as ever we arrived here by different routes, Mr Uhdd went to pick up Joe from Southampton University, where he’d a high old time  on a course for year nine pupils (age 14)  in marine technology (he wants to do another course next year with the Smallpeice Trust)

So with two cars, mountain bikes (x3), boats (x3) I felt I need to bring something just for me. I brought a pot plant (no not that sort of pot plant, someone has made that joke already) I brought my pot of  mesembryanthemums


it was too pretty leave behind, and it would be past its prime by the time we get back.  I think taking a plant on holiday is something my family would describe as one of my Miranda moments (I have many, it seems).

Mrs Ogg brought her colouring pencils on holiday

Mrs Ogg brought her colouring in set-1

This is what she made

Salcombe (c) Mrs Ogg-1

And she does other stuff too

talking on the beach (c) Mrs Ogg-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.

7 thoughts on “Packing Some Summer Colour

  1. A pot plant is better than the kitchen sink! I like Mrs Ogg’s drawings. xx

  2. I’m getting better at packing light – especially since the airlines started charging per bag! If I can get away with fewer cases, I have more wine tokens to spend on holiday – that’s my kind of incentive.

  3. I always have some flowers when on holiday, even if it is only buttercups and daisies, as was the case two weeks ago. We were in Norfolk visiting family. We now live in Manitoba, Canada.

  4. What a wonderful drawing! Wait, wait – make that two. Nothing like a day on the beach with a longtime friend to lift the weight of daily cares.

    I had to go find out about Miranda of course – amazing the things I learn following your links – and guess what? The BBC-2 video has a band across it saying “Not available in your area.” That is so funny on so many levels that I may have to work up a whole post about it.

  5. Lovely idea to take a colourful plant, and your dear friend, Mrs. Ogg is very talented. I think many of us wish we could create such wonderful art…what a super way to record and remember holidays in a journal 🙂

  6. I’m in love with the one titled Talking On The Beach. Very lovely!

  7. I love that you chose a plant, as your a thing just for you. 🙂 I am sure you had it all by yourself, while your men were having fun with boats and bikes. I think I know about cars crowded with all kind of equipment, outside and inside, my own place in the car gets smaller and smaller, this year I almost had to leave my rubber boots at home – LOL, – a very important footwear if one have holidays in Denmark.
    The drawings are very talented made.

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