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

Spud on Sunday Part XXXXVII


Spud having  a fun run

Spud, run-1

Gerry left a comment over on her blog about the nature of dogs…

One of the nice things about dogs is that whenever you get around to taking them for a good walk they are glad to go and joyful at the discoveries of the day. They do not waste time being resentful that yesterday’s walk was short on amenities. They do not spoil today’s pleasures with yesterday’s grievances. I should pay more attention to dogly virtues.


Mr Uphilldowndale and I were looking for  the ‘Roving Lunch Box’, that moves around Derbyshire on a monthly mission to confuse and challenge: we never did find it. The Lunch Box is a long story, but it is sort of geocaching for fell runners, only with less of the satellite navigation and a lot more in the way of mind bending riddles. Spud didn’t give a monkeys that we never found it, everything is an adventure for Spud. In the end Spud and I retired to the car whilst Mr Uhdd continued to pit his wits against the clues; for entertainment  whilst I waited, I read the only available thing, the A-Z of Derbyshire and  I marvelled at the richness of place names in this county. Who wouldn’t want to live at a farm called ‘Puddingpie Farm’. Delicious.


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.

11 thoughts on “Spud on Sunday Part XXXXVII

  1. Oh no – I feel quite bad now as I didn’t take Freida out today – must get well wrapped up tomorrow and take her up the lane – Spud – adoreable!

  2. I should add that whilst we didn’t find the lunchbox on this outing, we did find the clue to lead us to it. I’ll go out again on Tuesday to visit the lunchbox itself now I know where it, is before it moves again on Wednesday/Thursday.

  3. The Cowboy begs to inquire whether Mr. Uhdd is certain that the Roving Lunch Box was not, perhaps, hidden away at Puddingpie Farm? Because to the Cowboy’s way of thinking, that is the perfect place to secret a treat. Miss Sadie, of course, does not give a rodent’s, and is ready to go wherever Spud is going. (She is secure in the knowledge that wherever she wanders, she is greeted upon her return with excellent treats, some of them even hers.)

    It would appear that you are having a fine weekend, and for that we are all glad.

  4. I could take a lesson from dog virtues too. I find that I like to harbour a grudge a bit too often for the good of my soul. Good to see dog and husband out and about.

  5. Having been a cat person all my life, I’ve recently discovered dogs and the lessons they teach. I’ve learned some of those lessons from your Spud on Sunday posts. Thank you. 🙂

  6. Those dogly virtues sound good to me. xx
    As you can see Carlie the cocker spaniel agrees –

  7. Lo, the graceful spaniel in full flight … legs going like mad, ears flapping and tongue lolling. Such elegance. Okay, maybe not, but I’ll take enthusiasm over glamour any day of the week!

  8. Yes, a great reminder to live in the present, lapping up every moment. Go Spud! Love the name Puddingpie Farm ~ it sounds like a homey place that would welcome visitors with a welcoming smile and a steaming bowl of puddingpie. Good luck with the search today 🙂

  9. Glad Mr UHDD is up and about after his really nasty injuries, especially the knee one. If you find the roving lunch box, do you get to eat the lunch?

    • Yes, I’m pretty mobile again now thanks.

      Well, I found it yesterday …eventually – it wasn’t easy! There’s usually food of some sort in it, just a few sweets yesterday, but often there’s a whisky miniature to take a taste from. The idea is that you sample its delights and place something in it in return.

      Just the December location to find and that will make a full house. There aren’t any clues as to where it will be yet.

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