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

Here, There and Not Quite Everywhere; Yet


We’ve been bouncing around the country like a pinball this week, the trusty family estate car (station wagon) clawing through the miles*, since the wedding in Oxford last weekend, destinations have included, Aberystwyth which is as difficult to get to as it is to spell, London, Manchester, Bakewell, Matlock and Bangor. And it’s not over yet, Stirling and two trips to Manchester have still to be chalked up this week.  Whilst we’ve had some rainy trips, we’ve managed to avoid the worst of the flooding that has blighted great swathes of the country, it is all to do with the Jet Stream apparently

At dusk tonight Spud  the dog and I went out for a spot of bat watching, no hope of capturing them on camera I’m afraid  they are too swift and agile for me to manage anything other than admiring them.

Another summer evening pleasure to my mind is the scent of the garden, however this year, to my nose the honeysuckle’s perfume seems rather diluted by the lack of good weather,


but closer inspection of an image taken with flash shows that as far as insects are concerned the honeysuckle is as attractive as ever.

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*We tried to travel by train, but the cost of fares and scheduling of trains put the mockers on that plan.


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.

4 thoughts on “Here, There and Not Quite Everywhere; Yet

  1. We’ve had the same dilemma regarding train fares in the US. Pity, it would – maybe, since I’ve never done it – be a great way to see the country.

  2. Fortunately our family estate car, although long in the tooth and with approaching 280,000 miles on the clock, manages 800 miles on a tankful of fuel on journeys like this. With more than one passenger, rail fares almost always struggle to compete with the car’s running costs.

  3. There is something not right in the transport policy which looks irreparable unfortunately. In Scotland they can’t find any money to upgrade the railways but can easily find enough money for a new Forth road crossing and two major trunk road improvements.

  4. Goodness you have been doing a lot of travelling, and were lucky not to get caught up in the flooding.
    I see that you’re off again, so take care and have a good week. xx

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