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

Buds, Birds and Blue Sky.


Darling buds of March seems a little premature and the frosty mornings have served as a little reminder that it is still early in the season. But we shall make the most of what we have. It’s beautiful.

Buds and blue sky-1

Spud has been getting hot and bothered, yesterday whilst Tom and I were sat by the pond, he took a cooling dip, and swam right through the gloopy remnant’s of the ‘frog spawn jelly’ before clambering out.  And what do dogs do when they get out of water? They shake. Bleuughhhhh SPUD! You revolting dog!


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 “Buds, Birds and Blue Sky.

  1. The flowers are beautiful and just what I needed.
    Pets keep us grounded, don’t they?

  2. Oh yes, the revolting doggie shake. Been there, done that!

  3. Now THAT would have made a good picture! I’m wondering if our little tadpoles caught cold two nights ago. They were very still this morning. The frogs might have to come back and start again. I wonder if they realise what’s happened.

  4. My neighbours’ Staffie spent yesterday afternoon sprawled, on his back, in the kids’ paddling pool. The kids declined to share the water with him, which left him pretty contented. I can’t believe the paddling pool was out in March, in all my life I can’t remember having this much heat this early. I’m wearing flip flops instead of slippers, for goodness’ sake!

  5. I love the early flowers of this bush, Forsythia. In Denmark the Danish name for it is “Vår-guld” – in English: “Spring-gold”. What a wonderful name!!!

  6. Dogs. Why are they always attracted to the nastiest . . . Well. The forsythia is cheerful. We have some in bloom, too – and it is going to get snowed on, too.

  7. A brief, and vivid, post with a lovely photo…what more could I ask for! xx

  8. Just catching up with Spud and Buds….gosh the image of Spud slithering through slimy spawn jelly has stuck with me (pardon the pun) since reading this a couple of days ago….Perhaps when the tadpoles hatch, they’ll recognize Spud as their new dad 😉

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