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

A Fine Winter Coat


I should be carful what I wish for, after the relentless rain, this morning dawned dry and bright, but the light came with a high wind-chill price tag.

I took a trip out to the recycling centre (formerly known as the tip, goodness, I’m a girl that knows how to have a good time!) en-route I paused to admire some fine winter coats.

Highland cow -1

There was a camouflage version

Highland cow winter coat-1

One of the problems of pulling into  field gateways when driving a Land Rover is that, as they are still the farmers vehicle of choice around here, every beast around thinks you bring food*.  I attracted some attention; coming down the hill at speed was the leader of the herd, if it were summer you’d  have described him as gadding.

Highland bull-1

You may notice this photo is not that sharp, sorry, but never mind fiddling with the camera, I wasn’t going to stand the other side of a pile of loosely assembled rocks  with that hurtling towards me, all beef and horns, a steep hill and a muddy field under hoof, I stepped swiftly behind the Landi as he skidded to a halt. 

I don’t think there was any malice in him.  See he is rather sweet (I do want to liberate him from under that fringe though maybe he has to run fast to see where he’s going).

Highland bull 2-1

Then there was the horse, equally well wrapped up.

Horse coat -1

It’s a beautiful spot, but one that gathers the wind, by this time I’d lost, sensation in my fingers, and my hat.

* This has happened before, I once pulled over into a gateway in our old Land Rover  (a Defender 110) to take an important business call. I was immediately surrounded by about thirty heifers all mooing loudly, demanding to be fed. Fortunately the client had a sense of humour and was tolerant of my country ways

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.

15 thoughts on “A Fine Winter Coat

  1. I love his portrait! And I think I also would have hidden behind the vehicle. Great shots!

  2. Lovely shots, lovely post!

  3. Beautiful photos.

  4. These are the sort of coats that are truly appreciated by their owners! What a sweet face on that guy (what you can see from around the fur hood!)

  5. I bet they are thankful of those winter coats! A charging bull would have had me heading for the hills, or out of the hills, at full speed! I was once chased by a cow (that I thought was a bull) when I was a child, and had nightmares for years 😉 Anyway, they are fantastic photos, and really love the one of the horse on the knoll, with the countryside of rolling hills behind.

  6. It was bright but rather chilly here yesterday morning so I can imagine just what it was like there. Terrific photos. xx

  7. …and a Happy New Year! xx

  8. Your blog’s new look is very nice. Happy 2013!

  9. Great pictures, it’s hard not to like the Highlanders.
    Happy New Year

  10. You were right about the wind chill! But my new dog-walking coat proved its mettle and kept out every draught. I’ve already tested it in the cold, the wind, and of course the rain and am very pleased with my present. Regatta makes brilliant stuff.

    I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year. Love to all the family.

  11. Fine winter images. That bull is regarding you exactly the way the Cowboy peers at me when I wander into the house looking as if there might be a treat somewhere about my person. I would have been tossing Milk Bones through the fence before I’d thought it through. We’d have been recycling me.

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