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

Tell It To The Trees


We’re still here, the boys and I have been on holiday this week, Mr Uphilldowndale has been dipping in and out of the day job.

It’s been not so much a week of rest and relaxation, more a case of downtime, which was much needed.  Sadly news keeps reaching us of family, friends and colleagues who are, for a host of reasons, not having the best of times at the moment. I’m tempted to think that if I’d been on holiday on a desert island, with nought but a couple of palm trees a hammock and cold drink, a message in a bottle would have washed up on the shore.

It was suggested earlier in the week I should go out and hug a tree, and its true to say some of the most restorative time this week has been spent in the garden.


A good place to count our blessings and breathe…


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 “Tell It To The Trees

  1. It’ll take a while to get back to normal, if there ever is such a thing, perhaps more so at this time of year. Take care. xx

  2. That is an artful photograph. I like looking at it – it reminds me of a modernist poem that just is. Miss Sadie, the Cowboy and I will go out and find a likely tree to hug. Then we will go for a very brisk walk on the beach, where it is darned cold today, but the sound of wind and waves takes us out of ourselves just for a bit and lets us just be. (OK, it does that for me. I believe that is the perpetual state of being for spaniels and terriers who can trust that their kibble will arrive on a daily basis.)

  3. I feel with you, and I’m afraid I can’t tell some encouraging stories from here, unfortunately. But I use very much nature with all its wonderful plants, flowers (not many right now!), trees, colors, sceneries, —- when I need encouragement and reflection or meditation.

  4. These things do come in battalions, don’t they? I hope you manage much restorative gardening time.

  5. I LOVE that photo. If you’re thinking of Christmas cards then this would be just perfect. Even if you emailed it.

  6. That is a lovely photo ~ here’s hoping that the rest and change of scenery have given you a chance to breathe in solace ~

  7. I hope that the bright and warm colours of your picture has brought some some comfort in your heart. I agree with Truels, Nature has a unique way to heal one’s soul.

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