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

Winter Walk


Nothing finer than a  winter walk for  the restoration of equilibrium, Mr Uphilldowndale and I were both in need the other afternoon. We went down by the river, always a good move.

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Up through the woods and across the fields.

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Spud had a high old time, you can just see him here, heading off  towards a rather handsome wall, that’s topped with snow.

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At the moment freezing rain is hammering against the windows and the rising wind has been piling snow back into the lanes this afternoon. The forecast is for the weather to get warmer over the weekend and for the snow to melt; we’ll be glad to see the back of it for a while I think. The weather conditions have led to tragedy.

We walked back past the church, not a bat or a bear in sight.

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I saw some photos of ‘ zombie snowmen’ in the press this week, I had to admire the skill in their making, their location was described as a disused graveyard in Bristol,  it led me to wonder, how can  graveyard be disused? Its not like a factory is it? Isn’t always going to be ‘in use’ by its residents?


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.

4 thoughts on “Winter Walk

  1. I suppose “use” is a relative term, depending upon whether you are referring to the “residents” or those of us yet to join them. Beautiful photos. Glad you were able to enjoy the snow. I am way past that point here.

  2. I wondered that as well, also what the relatives might think! I suppose they meant no fresh burials are being carried out – or perhaps it was in the grounds of a disused church? The graves looked old enough that it wasn’t likely anyone was going to find Grandpa apparently climbing out of the ground…

  3. Very atmospheric photos! Interesting looking at the links as well. xx

  4. Having fallen off the blogging wagon for a month, I nonetheless have been viewing and admiring your beautiful photography. I especially loved the one of Spud in the snow. I think a print of it would look wonderful hanging in your home 🙂 You live in such a picturesque area and seeing it through your lens, is just wonderful.

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