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

Not Spud on Sunday


Spud the dog would like to apologise for his lack of appearance this evening. This was due in part to the pleasure of  my friend Joss ringing up for a nice long natter (we are rarely ladies who lunch, a phone call has to suffice) … suddenly it’s 10pm and not a post written. Ahh well.

I think instead we’ll report the status of the daisy-belle chicken (Spud has an appointment at the dog groomers this week, he promises to ‘make an entrance’  and ‘strike a pose’ next Sunday.)

The daisy-belle you might remember went broody some weeks ago; it is still resolutely sitting in the old washing up bowl in the barn in a sort of broody stupor come semi hibernation sort of mode. The blue-belle actually sits on top of the daisy-belle to lay her egg as it refuses to budge out of the favoured laying place. All we end up with is an egg broken under the weight of two chickens.

The swallows that were nesting in the barn have fledged, this year five chicks, with no Darcy or Dandy to decimate. The swallow chicks are roosting on a roof timber directly above the broody  daisy-bell. They do exactly what the young of most species do… they poo indiscriminately. All over the daisy-belle. She flinches not. She is a strange old bird.


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.

8 thoughts on “Not Spud on Sunday

  1. I’m sorry, I didn’t realise I was interrupting the creative process! If any of your readers are missing their weekly dose of Spud, they could either Google ‘springer spaniels’ for lots of pictures of these beautiful creatures, or they could follow this link to a ‘story’ about one: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-18051943
    Actually, it’s not much of a story, but it contains an amazing fact about the the spaniel’s nose. Just scan for ‘200’ if you don’t want to read the whole thing.

  2. That’s two weeks running there’s been no Spud…people will begin to wonder! And as for a post about a strange chicken and swallow chick poo…! xx

  3. Just imagine! If it wasn’t for the internet I would never have seen a picture of a poo covered chicken. My life is richer for the experience.

  4. I know exactly how that chicken feels. And I’m having approximately the same success with my own creative endeavors.

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