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

Not So Blue Monday


It was more white than blue around here; well, white with a dollop of grey. I walked to work.

Walking to work-1

This view is never blue, the myth of today being blue Monday can be explored here.

Walking was easier and safer than driving, I was passed en-route by one of the local farmers who is contracted to go out and plough the lanes. (He is straight talking about those who drive the lanes when they should know better)  I thought he might offer me a lift but he ploughed by with a cheery wave, but then he’d probably assumed I was just out with the camera having a photo jolly rather than commuting, it’s an easy mistake to make.

But I was grateful for his work, it made the walk easier, that and my Yaktrax

Walking to work 2-1 

I passed by a flock of sheep, who seemed reluctant to rise from their slumbers, maybe they think it is blue Monday?

Some had hunkered down in the lea of a bank.

sleepy sheep-1

All were snowy

sleepy sheep 2-1


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 So Blue Monday

  1. These are really fine photos. Like pencil sketches. Lovely.

  2. Good to see you have some of the white stuff; I hope you got to work ok, and back?
    Great pictures as ever I will have to use them to convince people in Poland that sheep do stay outside!

    • Yes Eddy, there and back.
      Do sheep in Poland spend the winters indoors? Or are there not sheep! I can think of a people in the UK that think sheep are brought indoors each evening…

      • The funny thing is that when we kept our sheep outside in the summer last year, people thought we were strange? Maybe because most people in rural Poland don’t bother tagging and tracking livestock, I’m not sure. You should have heard the reaction when I said I wanted to keep pigs outside!

  3. The austerity of winter is absolutely beautiful. Now, to convince the sheep…

  4. I waste more time than I should wondering what sheep are thinking about on days like this. Nice pictures.

  5. Terrific photos and interesting links. Now that’s what I call snowy conditions not the rather paltry amount we had here that can never seemingly be coped with! xx

  6. Because it was a balmy 72 degrees F here in Houston yesterday, your gorgeous images look like they came from another world entirely. Never having lived where there’s a proper winter, much less snow, I can only imagine what it’s like; we grumble when it gets down to 50 degrees F and we need a light jacket! I’m so glad the sheep have a nice heavy coat.

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