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




How long have we been home from the seaside? It seems like an age, the blog has been drifting, we’ve been rather busy.

I’ve just about managed to stuff everything back in the cupboards from whence it came. The airing cupboard* was a particular challenge. Mr Uphilldowndale (Mr Uhdd) if far more competent at such things than I am, its all that folding of sails he’s done over the years. He can make it look like an up market shop, I  can only ever achieve something at the jumble sale end of the retail spectrum


On holiday Mr Uhdd had an exciting time sailing his new boat, watching him from the beach it looked more like he was playing Buckaroo than sailing.


The general consensus of the deck chair critics was that Mr Uphilldowndale needs to eat more pies (or Devon pasties) as a little weight for him, unlike the rest of us** would be a good idea as it would help him keep the boat, an RS100, upright, she’s a feisty little number. (There  did seem something inherently wrong in the suggestion of a weighted lifejacket)

I would add, that we, the deck chair critics know very little about sailing, and that our extensive knowledge of the state of the tide is only founded in the need to know if it is low enough to make it possible to walk along the beach to the Venus cafe to buy ice cream, or if it is so high its necessary to take the less picturesque route along the road.


*Not sure why I’ve bothered, the whole lot will have to come back out again in a few weeks time during the installation of our new  central heating system, a ground source heat pump, watch this space.

** How annoying is it that Mr Uhdd lost weight on holiday, however he did gain a lot of bruises.

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.

13 thoughts on “Drifting

  1. Why else would you need to know the state of the tide? Or have I deeply misunderstood something about family holidays?

  2. My seaside holiday ends tomorrow, and I’ve no doubt I’ll be going home a bit plumper! Gorgeous photos, as usual.

  3. It’s good to see that you enjoyed yourselves, what with you relaxing and MrUhdd hopefully having fun in spite of the bruises! xx

  4. Make sure the central heating people don’t steal any of your airing cupboard shelves with a bigger hot water tank, or you’ll never get everything back in (I speak from bitter experience…..)

    • There will be more space in the airing cupboard, tank removed and replaced by a radiator. The down side is in the ‘plant room’ that is required. The washing machine, tumble dryer, three cupboards and the cats bed will require re-homing!

  5. That looks a bit too exciting for me. I’ll have a nice doze in the red boat.

  6. Men have this disgusting habit of being able to lose weight in situations where we female types would be futilely attempting to fend off a 5-10 weight gain with silver crucifixes, wooden stakes, garlic, boat hooks …. so truly annoying.

    • I’ll admit I didn’t do anything like the exercise that he did though. Mind you it’s 138 very steep steps from the beach to the holiday cottage, you’d think that would be enough wouldn’t you?

  7. We had our holiday away in June – Isle of Man. We do try and get away to France every other year – sadly this year wasn’t one of them as we had so much on. High hopes for Next year however!!!!!!

  8. I love your concept of holiday. We here in the US have lost all ability to relax and enjoy it, and we usually have only a week at most. Glad you enjoyed yours….deck chair critiquing should be considered a sport!

    • Two weeks is more usual than three, but yes I think you’re right, holiday allowances in the UK are more generous than the USA. I notice a lot more people taking and making business calls on the beach these day’s. Maybe it means they can stay away from the office longer, or maybe it means less folk are getting a ‘true’ break from work.

  9. Glad you opted out of the weighted life jacket 😉

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