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

So Last Month


Look it’s the first of December, and I’ve not even posted photos from the beginning of November, sigh… Please excuse me, it’s due to circumstance beyond my control etc, etc.

The pink berried rowan is now devoid of berries, the birds have seen to that


and the wind has snatched the last remaining leaves.

ash tree-1

So the world from my window is less colourful and heading for a more austere, ‘sculptural’  sort of look. To photograph it would be a fine thing.


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 “So Last Month

  1. I love the bird photo! 🙂

  2. December 1st, and I’ve just posted photos from May! (hangs head in shame) Remember when the grown-ups warned us that time flies faster as we get older? They were right…

  3. What a sweet little bird, and a very nice photo. It almost remind of the light at spring.

  4. I empathize with your desire to photograph the coming seasons “more austere, ‘sculptural’ sort of look.” I’ve been without a useable camera since the end of August, not that the one I had was any great shakes, and I have been surprised by the intensity of the camera withdrawal I’ve been experiencing.

  5. Oh wow! That bullfinch photo is absolutely beautiful. It’s right up there with your very best. What else do you have tucked away on your camera’s memory card? We’d love to see.

  6. You’re excused! That first photo is great, and lucky you as I’ve never seen a bullfinch. xx

    • They tend to show up at dawn or dusk, at the bird feeder, which makes it a bit tricky to get a photo, because of the lack of light. Yesterday I saw a flock of red wings in the field and earlier in the week a goldcrest.

  7. It is very nice to go back a few weeks–or months–to see something so lovely as that little bird. And it will be very nice to see austere sculptures, too. Here’s to a few moments of peace and quiet and excellent treats, whenever we manage to acquire them.

  8. The colors and dof in the first photo are nice! Oh yes, I’m also in autumn photos still on my blog …………. – and now it’s soon Christmas 🙂

  9. It warms my heart to see such sights on this cold and windy night.

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