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

The Further Adventures of Spud the Dog 17th February 2013


This week we’ve had snow and gales, sunshine, fog and everything in between.

Spring however is just starting to peek out from behind its lace curtain. Look here is a kitten-cat, some snowdrops and dappled sunshine.

kitten cat snowdrops -1

This week is half term, and I’m very much hoping to extract this blog from its winter stupor. A visit to The Yorkshire sculpture park is on my radar. But it looks like we’ve missed the Mark Hearld exhibition, which is annoying.

But, where is Spud the dog? That is all you want to know.

Domestic bliss-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.

12 thoughts on “The Further Adventures of Spud the Dog 17th February 2013

  1. That first photo, lovely as it is, is tough to look at as I sit here looking out the window at snowdrifts as hard as concrete. Soon enough we will enjoy spring, but sometimes it just seems to take so, so long.

  2. I wish Spud and Coffee could meet one day. Could be so much fun to see them together!

  3. Good to see Spud, always makes me smile 🙂

  4. My environment is much like Martha’s, but your lovely kitten cat and snowdrops in dappled sunlight gives me hope that spring is coming.

  5. If photographs are to be believed, I believe you are several weeks ahead of me on spring. We are still buried under snowpack. I will only start to complain by the end of March. Until then, I am as content as Spud looks.

  6. I like the first picture. Spud obviously had a busy day! xx

  7. To all previous commentators: we are having an unusually early spring here north-west England. I wouldn’t be surprised if winter came back and took us all by surprise. In fact, we are still waiting for winter the first time round. Here, at any rate, we only had a few days of half-hearted snow, and that was it. It is lovely to see the snowdrops but I hope they don’t get hammered by a late fall of snow.

    • Even though you’re just a few miles down (down=key word) the road from us, I think you are experiencing a rather different climate from ours. There has been sunshine for the last two days here (BLISS), but before that, four weeks of snow, rain, frost, snow, rain, frost, snow, rain, frost, snow, rain, frost. I don’t think I’d describe spring as early here!

      P.S. Come here and see for yourself (after all it’s half term week) and bring the hound with you.

  8. Spud is the man, or dog….

  9. So how did those snowdrops smell Jammy/Dodger?

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