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

Taking Stock


Thoughts On Five Years of Blogging

It’s five years ago today since I started this blog… That’s half a decade for goodness sake!

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I don’t think in that time it has been harder than it has over the last few months to give time to my blog, much as I want to. Looking back at some early posts and photos I can see they were more pampered than they are now. But I still enjoy the process and the comments as much as ever.  My blog could do with a bit of a make over, and now I’m clear of the plaster dust from my ‘office’ make over I shall do just that.

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Whilst there are many active blogs (and dear blog buddies) in my blogroll there are many that have been  ‘resting’ for a little too long and should perhaps now formally retire. I’ve not added  new  blogging discoveries to my feed for far to long.  There is work to be done. But first there is the day job…

(And if you think the blog is a bit rough around the edges, you should see my garden. It’s run away from me already and it is only May).

Spring has parachuted in commando style  whilst I’ve not been looking.

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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.

20 thoughts on “Taking Stock

  1. Well, I’m fairly new to your blog, so I’m happy to read you are going to keep blogging.

  2. Ah entropy. Things do get away from us so quickly. Happy makeover 🙂

    • Entropy – a measure of disorder in the universe or of the availability of the energy in a system to do work
      Sounds like a good title fro a blog, if any one has the time!

  3. Congratulations on your 5th blog anniversary! I look forward to each of your blog posts and getting the chance to admire your eye-catching photos. Glad to hear your office ‘dust’ has settled, and, yes, spring is sproinging all over the place here as well.

  4. Happy 5th Anniversary – and many returns. I would like to find better words to thank you for all the new things I’ve learned here, for all the good laughter, for all the astonishing beauty as nature takes its course . . . but I keep coming back to Thank You. (I am limited. Fee will likely drop by and put it much better in Scottish.)

  5. Happy blogiversary, and here’s looking forward to the next five years.
    I believe that I’ve been a blog friend since the very beginning and I’ve always enjoyed your posts and photos. xx

  6. I look forward to you having enough time to delight us with your skilful photography.

  7. Congratulations on 5 years! Love your blog!

  8. Five years is a great accomplishment. You still keep coming up with great photos and interesting posts. Thanks for hanging in there for us.

  9. I’m so glad this didn’t turn out to be a ‘goodbye’ post, although it seemed at the first that it was going to be one. But that is why I like reading your blog: you’re a master at creating suspense and, as I’ve said before, you tell a good tale. I love the way the pictures tell the story: from tears to a new life blossoming. Congratulations on your fifth birthday. It’s a real achievement.

  10. Happy birthday to your blog. I very much enjoy viewing the photos from around where you live as well as your travel photos. And of course, Spud on Sunday.

    As it turns out, May 16th is also the anniversary of my blog, All the Pages Are My Days (http://www.allthepages.org/). It turned 10 years old yesterday!

    Here’s to us, may we continue to blog for many years to come!

  11. Congratulations! You have an interesting, lovely blog (and family, and dog…) 🙂 Thanks for sharing with the rest of us — I enjoy dropping by.

  12. Happy Blog Birthday! 🙂

  13. Congratulations, wow 5 years, I’ve only just started blogging and have not reached 5 months. I loved your post and look forward to reading the next 5 years worth.

  14. Congratulations with your 5 years of blogging! I will enjoy following you during the following 5 years – and more 😉 I love your landscapes and nature photos – like the fine ones above!

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