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



Tomorrow men and machine arrive to start the groundworks for the ground source heat pump. You might remember we had some serious digging going on in the field last year, after that job was completed we wanted to sow some seed, to heal the scars, we didn’t want to just use pure grass seed so we purchased some general purpose meadow mix from The Conservation Volunteers website


A little seemed to go a long way, which is a relief as it is not a cheap option. I’m just loving the flowers that have flourished,

meadow daisy


The seed contains fifteen native wild flowers and six species of grass.


I wondered if in a way, we were tinkering with the balance of plants we already had in our meadow, which is, I think we established is a wild meadow.


oxeye daisy_

But one of the flowers that has flowered is yarrow, and I remembered that years ago it used to flower in the field, but somewhere along the line, it has disappeared unnoticed, possibly subsumed by more bullish plants? So welcome back yarrow.



Edit, for Rupert, to show Spud is alive and well.



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 “Groundworks

  1. Has Spud died?

    “and last but not least a young dog named Spud who has his own post every week ‘Spud on Sunday’.”

    my Sundays never see his posts!

  2. I have missed Spud too. An excitable dog is fun to watch but is always better in my view when someone else is looking after him. I hope your ground pump comes up to expectation.

  3. The pump idea is a very sound one. Read about them. Weather is aweful here so enjoying the Rayburn xxx

  4. Well done on sowing the meadow mix which is clearly already showing that it was worthwhile. I don’t think that you’ll up upset the balance of plants as nature usually seems to sort itself out. xx

  5. Beautiful flowers. Of course, it is always wonderful to see Spud. Good luck on the project.

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