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

Golden Hour


There has been little in the way of golden light over the last few days, here is my walk to work on Tuesday morning at eight o’clock.

Winter walk to work-1

I saw not a soul, the popular dog walking and view point was deserted, of dog and views, thanks to a passing snow squall

What, no view--1

I wore my new Yaktrax, I was very impressed. Not a slip or a slide and altogether pleasanter walking on the icy road. 

What, no hills--1

This morning I had a later start  at work and I managed to squeeze in a host of chores  in the hour before I left, very satisfying,  a golden hour; amongst others.

I cleaned  out and moved the hen ark (on my own, a heavy job, with, if I do say so myself, the ingenious use of rollers )  the ark was resting on a very muddy and squalid bit of field. The chicken were so delighted with the new grass in the run and fresh sawdust in the sleeping compartment that they took one look at the weather, felt the icy wind beneath their wings and went straight back in the ark for the day: so much for free range.

Re-filled the bird feeders, which are going down at a furious rate, I need to order some more feed

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.

9 thoughts on “Golden Hour

  1. We’ve been spared the snow, so far, but it’s a little breezy just now. Which is causing mayhem. My bird feeders are currently horizontal, and I think my feathered friends have more sense than to try and fly in this!

  2. Oh what lovely shots. Sometimes it’s good to be outside in a bit of weather, when everyone else isn’t. Your hens have got the right idea!

  3. I’m impressed with the invigorating walk to work and all that ark moving and bird feeding. The Cowboy thinks the hens are well within their rights. He says “free range” has no meaning if it does not include “free to stay snug and warm inside the ark.”

  4. Wonderful pictures! It’s been noticeable just how many more birds are now eating the food put out for them, which is a sure sign of winter. I don’t blame the chickens for staying in either! xx

  5. I love, love, love this post.

  6. I love your photos here – cold winter weather is also fine photo weather 😉

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