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

The Further Adventures of Spud the Dog, October13th 2013


It goes without saying that Spud the dog has been missing Tom since he went to university. We were a bit worried he’d pile on some weight without Tom around to whack  tennis balls for him, for hours on end; but having the door open all day every day and a continuous stream of guys working in the field, yard  and house has meant he has had more  time outside and exercise than he might otherwise have done*.


Here is Spud in the car, watching and waiting for Tom to come down from his room in halls, no dog allowed in halls I’m afraid.

Spud student spotting_


He had a splendid time on the beach, swimming in the silvery sea

Spud sea_


And playing ball in the dunes, we took the winger dinger and a tennis ball, we still have a few  left from our bargain buy.

Tom and Spud_


*We are wondering just how many of the windfall apples Spud has managed to drop in the kilometre of trench that was dug  in the field, for the pipes to feed the ground source heat pump, we may have an orchard rather than a meadow next year. 


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 “The Further Adventures of Spud the Dog, October13th 2013

  1. It’s good to see that Spud enjoyed himself. Terrific photos, I especially like the middle one. xx

  2. Wow, that is some deep trench! A most effective photo with Spud peering down. Funny about the apples 🙂 Spud looks like he thoroughly enjoys himself, and doesn’t miss a thing!

  3. What a boy! Spud, I mean, although Tom seems to be thriving too. I mis-read that first sentence as “Spud the dog has been missing since Tom went to university” and was reaching for the tissues when I realised I’d just had a dyslexic moment! Phew!

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