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

Spud on Sunday Part LXIX


Tom is home from the Alps, where he’s been mountain biking.

Spud the dog and the rest of the menagerie are very glad to have him home, we all are.

Tom is back -1

We’ve had a family bereavement whilst he’s been away.  Its the sort thing that makes you want to gather everyone in, safe and well, to be together. We are sad.

Yes, we are very glad Tom is home. I’m glad I didn’t know just how precipitous the routes they have been riding were.  I’m glad I didn’t know anything about his close encounter with the 200ft drop that left the guy who hauled him back  to safety ashen faced*.  I’m glad I didn’t know about being in the fresh snow and the ice. Yes very glad indeed. I do know that the the pile of dirty laundry he’s brought back with him, is as high as Mont Blanc,  but you don’t need to know how smelly it is.

Dodger and Spud check out Toms kit bag… with the thankfully, unused first aid kit.

Doddger and Spud -1

* this is independent eyewitness testimony, not teenage bravado!


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 “Spud on Sunday Part LXIX

  1. So sorry to hear you had sad news, and happy too that Tom is home safe. x

  2. I’m sorry for your family’s loss, but glad your boy came home to you safe and sound. (And your two-man team of investigators made me smile).

  3. That first photo is absolutely exquisite.

  4. No-one greets a returning wanderer quite like a loving pet … so sorry for your loss, so glad your wee boy (regardless of how old/big they get, they’re still our babies!) came back in one piece.

  5. Tom’s adventures sound exciting, and rather ‘hairy’ at times! Sorry to read about a family bereavement. I like the pictures. xx

  6. I’m so sorry about your sad news, but glad your Tom is home safe and sound. Great images. 🙂

  7. The Cowboy envies Spud, and wishes he could be carted around on the shoulder of Rob the Firefighter, or anyone else who’s up to the job. We’ll walk a bit with you, shall we?

  8. Days of sadness and days of gratefulness. Thinking of you.

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