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

The Further Adventures of Spud the Dog, March 24th 2013


Well you can guess who has enjoyed this weather, Spud the warrior dog with his icy  breast plate.

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The rest of us may be finding it all rather difficult, not Spud the adventure dog

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I know that in many parts of the world, this amount of snow is not a big deal. But it is here, and so late in the year,  I’ve not seen this much snow in the lanes since my childhood

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(which wasn’t 1947 since you ask).  It is the winds that have caused the drama, Tom  and Mr Uphilldowndale spent hours digging out the lane yesterday, it was all back again in a few hours. As Tom wryly noted, it won’t stop filling in until every field east of here is empty of snow or the wind drops.

We went to visit Mrs Bee and her boys, they are not  very happy. Mrs Bees road is worse than our lane, it is not going to plough out, it will be a snow blower, digger or a long wait for it to thaw.

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We took emergency supplies of cheese and wine (essential do you not think?) and Tom helped carry a bail of hay for the farmer whose sheep are in the next field. Brownie points all round.

The space between these two drystone walls is the road, the walls are about five-six foot high at this point, full to the brim.

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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, March 24th 2013

  1. Without question that is rough weather. Hold on to your hats when it all melts! Sounds like your tooth is better!

    • The tooth problem is much improved, I hope for you too? Thursday and Friday were grim… I’m on round three of antibiotics, the swelling has come down and I’ve not needed any pain killers today, a first in the best part of a month. It seems my problems stem from me clenching my teeth in my sleep, Bruxism. I now have a bite guard to wear at night.

      • Ohhh. My friend’s husband had that situation, bruxism. Knowing his wife I could easily see why he had that problem. And I’ll be mothery one more time- hope you are taking care of your gut!

  2. Loving Spud as ever, only a short while now before I’m kicking snow for our Jackie (Sproker Spaniel) I wonder if this crazy canine behaviour is unique to Spaniels?
    Only managed to get 15 or 20 miles out of the village this morning, before I hit the drift; many of the shops are running low on supplies, but we have a creamery in the village and a few bottles of red in the rack; most definitely survival food 🙂

  3. I admire Spud’s attitude. We are still buried in snow at least as deep as what you’ve got pictured. I’m glad you’ve shared photos – it makes it easier to remember that the white stuff is beautiful, even if I’m finally ready for it to give way to green again.

  4. Beautiful photos! Love the red coat in otherwise a colorless photograph. We had a few inches this morning ourselves… enough already! 🙂

  5. And just a few miles away where we are, there is only a sprinkling of snow, like you’d see on top of a Victoria sandwich. Amazing. Are you going to dig your lane out on Monday morning? I guess not, as it’s Easter holidays next week (for some, anyway).

  6. The icy breast plate made me laugh! Hope the thaw starts soon.

  7. You poor souls! As you noted, there are many places that regularly get that much snow – i.e. right outside my window – but we’re prepared for it, and don’t border the roads with dry stone walls or hedgerows that trap the snow. I hope that the UK doesn’t run short of essentials such as heating fuel. As for those who are snowed in, hopefully they will have neighbours as helpful as you!

  8. Goodness, that looks pretty but as for the reality… Even without any snow, or sunshine, here the wind has made it feel bitterly cold.
    Take care, and stay warm! xx

  9. Is that Spud being used as a husky in the last shot?

    We’ve had unaccustomed amounts of snow too – I think all the roads are drivable now, though not all cycle-able even with my spiky tyres

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