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

Spud on a Sunday Part XLV


What a treat, what a bargain, I’ve mentioned before how spud needs an endless supply of tennis balls (as many end up on the barn roof). So  you can imagine Spud I were in high glee this week when I found a whole box of tennis balls for sale at the modest sum of 10p each in a charity shop. I bought thirty five balls. What a result, I was happy, Spud was happy and the charity shop was happy, game, set and match.  Mr Uphilldowndale is a bit anxious they will all end up in the gutter of the barn roof at once, so they are to be rationed out, but not before we had a play with the lot of them.

More balls than most-1

Spud was very keen to see how he might field a whole tea tray of balls at once.

More balls than most 4-1

It wasn’t as easy as he first thought, so much choice.

More balls than most 6-1

But it was fun

Balls 1-1

The throwing technique took a bit of practice and  my ‘prop boy’ had the off duff serve.

Balls -1

After last weeks school girl error with the Roman numerals, I’m hoping for full marks this week.


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.

16 thoughts on “Spud on a Sunday Part XLV

  1. A wonderful set of pictures. I particularly enjoyed Spud gazing at the small swarm of tennis balls.

  2. Such fun to see! I like the last photo, even though it is not with Spud. The tray is useful in the up and down!

  3. This post had me laughing out loud! These pictures would be good for ‘caption this’ competitions.
    So why do you use Roman numerals, which certainly confuse me! xx

  4. So funny! The last picture is so hilarious!!!

  5. Haha! Nice one! Last week there was a post over at Torch Lake, with a photo of the snow-covered shore that seemed like it was from another planet. Now this, a world with so many more moons than our own. What must the tide tables be like there?

  6. Most excellent post. Spud always looks so happy.

  7. Love the photos — they’re beautiful and funny! (And my Scottish DNA loves that you only paid 10p each for those balls!)

  8. That is very funny. Looks like fun, too–at least to me. I might be able to get my son to help with the props (he’s a bit like his mother, and will do almost anything for excellent treats) but the dogs are singularly uninterested in chasing tennis balls. Perhaps they’re broken?

  9. Looks like everyone had a blast with all those balls. How mant wound up struck in the gutters? Love that shot of Spud and all the balls above him.

  10. These pics are fantastic! If only Spud lived closer to me — I have an endless supplies of balls at my tennis club and one time brought a huge bag home to my golden retriever. When I dumped at least 100 balls at his feet all at once he almost stroked out!

  11. Absolutely wonderful ~ agree that the photo of Spud looking up at the balls in the air is priceless, as is the head protected shot of your son!

  12. I’m quite sure you already know this but thought I’d mention it, just in case. If Spud is a chewer don’t allow him to swallow any of the ball covering. Those fibers aren’t kind to the digestive tract. (Sorry, I’ve continued to think about this since this post went up and felt I had to say something on the off chance you hadn’t thought of it…… love my dog and wouldn’t want anything to happen to yours.)

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