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

Getting the Job Done…


On Monday morning (note the date, the 19th of December) Mr Uphilldowndale sat up in bed and announced he was going to decorate our bedroom before Christmas. The need to re-decorate our bedroom has been evident since the roofer put in his foot through the ceiling, in July 2010. The task was on a schedule of work that ‘slipped’ when Mr Uphilldowndale ‘slipped’ from his bike back in October. I’d long since given up hope of a coat or two of emulsion paint this side of Christmas.

Making Tracks-1

Given that Mr Uphilldowndale was also working a couple of days this week I thought he’d set himself quite a tight delivery date, but I wasn’t going to discourage him.

Sheep grazing snow -1

He did falter slightly yesterday as he’d seen  a chance to run off in search of the roving lunch box again: but I pointed out that if he delivered a half painted bedroom, I’d be reciprocating by delivering a half cooked turkey to the table on Christmas day. We’ve come to a mutual understanding.

The photos are from last weekend, I’ve been too busy  to get out and about and it has been wet  miserable weather during any moments that I’ve actually managed to get my head up.

Here is Mrs Bees boy, isn’t he handsome with his dusting of snow.

Alpaca  with snow -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.

8 thoughts on “Getting the Job Done…

  1. Great photos! We have no Christmas snow here…
    I hope you’ll have a Merry Christmas with a well cooked turkey and a long sleep after this in a nice decorated bedroom 😉

  2. Your snow photos are so beautiful, you almost make me miss the stuff! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family, and give Spud an extra pat for me.

  3. I hope that the decorating gets done and the dinner gets cooked!
    Lovely photos. Have a good Christmas! xx

  4. Nothing like a good incentive to get a man painting.

    Have a hugely Happy Christmas. May your kids stay in bed until a reasonable hour! I kind of miss the days of “No, it’s far too early, go back to bed” but will still relish a long lie tomorrow.

  5. Very cute Alpaca, have a good time, decorated or not, half cooked turkey or not….actually best skip the turkey if it’s only half cooked.

  6. hiya mrs uphilldowndale, yes lovely pic of alpaca, he or she looks so cute.
    i hope you all have a lovely christmas and a fab new year. Sara. :)xxx

  7. What a gorgeous looking fellow. Have a great Christmas

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