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

The Bare Bones of Winter


The snow has gone, for now, these images were taken as it took its leave.

Winter fields 2-1

The houses at the foot of the shot  above must get no sun all winter… we have often thought how lucky we were to end up with a house on sunny side of a hill,  mind it was more through good luck than good management; buying as we did, at the height of summer it was something that never entered our busy little heads.

At this time of year its a landscape that is lean and emaciated or textural and fine boned, depending on your point of view.

Winter fields -1

Note the ugly white industrial building, bottom left of shot. When the snow is on the ground  it is at least it camouflaged, the other 50 weeks of the year it stick out like a sore thumb. Planners please note.


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.

7 thoughts on “The Bare Bones of Winter

  1. Let’s not celebrate too soon because I have known the snow come back right up to Easter.

    It does feel a little warmer, though, which is hopeful…

  2. THIS is why I LOVE to follow your blog! Again you have shown a coupple of stunning landscapes from your area. It almost seems that you have taken me up on a helicopter tour. Dizzying beautiful!

  3. These look nearly like paintings. Wonderful!

  4. Great pictures. You seized the moment. Our snow has gone completely and nothing like so picturesquely.

  5. As I was coming from a house that was very shady, the lie of the land was top priority when I bought our present house. Even then, though, you can’t really have the sun in the morning and also in the evening. Not at all in the winter months would be unbearable.

  6. Looks as if the winter is fleeing to Scotland in a cloud of snow and a thunder of hooves. What a magnificent perspective. Truels is right – it does look as if you’re up in a helicopter. (That bottom shot would make a fine jigsaw puzzle. Maddening, but absorbing.)

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