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

Whatever the Weather


It has been a very odd mix this week, lashing rain, sultry heat, high winds that have dumped a fine layer of sand over the car (and even the lily pads in the pond) goodness know from whence it came.

Yesterday evening I was pottering around the hills south of Buxton, it was warm and rather pleasant. I don’t know who this little bird is (answers on a postcard please) but they were rather sweet and willing to pose briefly.

bird on fence -1 

Tom has been in the Lake District completing the expedition  section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. I’m much relived  that he is safely off the hill, given the storms and flash flood there have been (he tells me the thunder and lightening they experienced was ‘awesome’ I’m sure we will get the finer detail on his return this afternoon).

I’ve a stack of posts in mind, some of them about quarrying, some about the limestone and gritstone landscape around here.

Limestone -1

For starters, the lay of the land. Quarrying is big,  it’s a big employer, it has a big impact on the landscape, lumps of rock on an industrial scale..

Quarry Derbyshire-1

Half a hill, near Harpur Hill

Quarry Derbyshire 3-1

(and if you are looking for the so called ‘Blue Lagoon’ don’t) go to Iceland please.


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.

6 thoughts on “Whatever the Weather

  1. The sand is apparently from the Sahara. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZYVmzfSuow4

    I ought to know the bird but I’m having a blank spot at the moment. I’m sure one of your commenters will tell you soon!

  2. I look forward to your pictures of the surrounding countryside.

  3. Good Grief. Mama Nature on a tear indeed. My sympathies to you all. May you keep safe and well. At this point we don’t know whether to rummage around for directions for ark construction or camel-riding, do we?

  4. It is violent interventions we do in the nature to procure raw materials for our consumption. And just as violent actions when we in the easiest way want to get rid of some of all the things … Btw: Is this blue lagoon not more green? (I saw a VERY blue lagoon in a vulcano Australia last year, which I will show photos of later this year !)

  5. That sandy rain sure got around then! We had the same dusty cars down here in Cardiff.

  6. I recollect getting red Sahara sand here years ago which covered the cars. I’m not sure what that bird is.
    An interesting post, and thanks for the links. xx

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