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

Spud on Sunday Part LXIXI


Spud the dog has stepped aside this week to bring you  a special, very personal  post, that features a new canine member of the family, let me explain…

It is two weeks since I last posted*, since then the Uphilldowndale family have been riding a roller coaster of emotions, there has been, and still is, much  shock and sadness at the unexpected death of Mr Uphilldowndales mum: its a loss for which we all grieve.

However there has also been much joy and celebration this weekend (which I’m sure is just what my mum-in law would have wished) for the marriage of her youngest son, Mr Uphilldowndales little brother, my brother –in -law BiL, to his lovely bride. 

The brides dog, Mr B (a Lurcher/Labrador cross) played a pivotal roll in the proceedings, carrying, on cue, the wedding rings up the aisle. Now can you imagine Spud the dog, carrying that one off?. No I thought not.

Mr B did it perfectly. Here is in his wedding attire.

Mr B-1

Spud the dog would have ricocheted off the pews, done a couple of circuits of the font and slobbered all over the bridesmaids before he’d made it anywhere near the chancel, and that’s not to mention  putting muddy paw prints on the vicars vestments.

I don’t often post family photos, but these are exceptional circumstances, ladies and gentlemen, the bride and groom, Mr B the dog, family and friends.

Lych gate -1 

I need to remind you this is the UK, in September… So much sun,  blue skies, an even bluer sea and  miles and miles of smiles

Reception 3-1

The bride and groom travelled to the Galapagos Isles last year, they fell in love,  with  each other and the blue footed booby birds;  the are birds are special to them, as you can see from the exquisitely made wedding cake

Reception 5-1

The detail (with edible pebbles!)

Reception 4-1


Through the tears and the smiles,  I bring you the dance of the blue footed booby.



*thank you all for your kind messages after my last post xx


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.

14 thoughts on “Spud on Sunday Part LXIXI

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. How beautiful to have so much complex love in the air.

  2. Sad that your MiL couldn’t be there, but may your BiL and his bride have many happy returns of the day.

  3. Thanks for a lovely blog about an amazing day.

  4. Condolences and congratulations at the same time. As a coincidence my sister got married this past Saturday in Bodrum, TR and our springer Coffee was the bestman at the wedding with his black ‘papillon’, too.

    Bestman & the Bride

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    Lucky dogs, lucky families.

  5. Ooh, lovely to have a dog involved in the proceedings: a much better symbol of a happy home than little bridesmaids and pageboys! 🙂

  6. Life is sad and joyous and blue booby birds are so cute, as is the dog.

  7. I wish a lifetime of good things to the new bride and groom – and their canine companion.

  8. What a lovely post, and terrific photos, about such sadness and joy.
    I’d guess that Mr B is not only more sedate, but also more senior than Spud. xx

  9. Best wishes to your BiL, new SiL, and Mr. B in their new life together. (Loved the video — glad your BiL was more successful than the male blue footed booby!) 🙂

  10. Lovely post! I remember my Granddad hung on till our wedding day, sang lustily at the service, went back home to Dublin and was gone before we’d returned from the honeymoon. So I know the mix of happiness and sadness that can bring

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  12. I am pretty sure that life is all about forging ahead through the tears and into the joy, learning to dance the dance of the blue-footed booby, keeping a good dog or two at hand. And family, of course. Blessings on yours, and peace.

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