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

Tincture of Sunshine


The sun shone today, what  a welcome sight, what a tonic. It’s a shame we can’t bottle its essence,  make sunshine tablets or simply stuff it a box and save it for the rainy days.

There was sunshine  beaming in on the jug of tulips on my desk this afternoon

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In the garden the birds were basking in the stuff.

A nuthatch at the bird feeder, not the sharpest shot in the bag, but I like the  beak and the  bullet shaped sunflower seed.

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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 “Tincture of Sunshine

  1. Lovely. Thank you for that nice blast of color. Very gray scale here in Wisconsin.

  2. Getting sharp pictures of fast-moving animals and birds (says one who has a whole collection of blurred squirrel pictures!) is as much a matter of luck as of skill. Let’s just say that the “soft focus” of your image suggests movement and vitality.

  3. Lovely photos, and that’s another bird I’ve never seen! xx

  4. “A weekend to grab your winter woollies!” words just spoken on the weather forecast as I sit here in the lounge! Yes it looked good here but boy is it cold! Brrrrrrrrrrr! North Yorkshire could see -7!!!!

  5. Who knew that a nuthatch and a pot of tulips could produce euphoria? Really, I think modern medicine should take note.

  6. I’m glad you got your sunshine at last.

  7. What a day: Sunshine tulips – and a bird that is armed to the teeth 😉 (is that term also used in English about a fully armed person?!)

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