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

Sheep and Neeps


I wouldn’t like to hazard a guess if these sheep are eating turnips, swedes or something completely different,  as the more I tried to work it out the more confused I became.


I rather like the  unexpected, delicate pinkness that’s going on here.


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Excuse the focus on this one, I should have looked closer at what I’d got before driving on.


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I was on my way to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, to see the Angie Lewin exhibition. An artist that taps into my  childhood love of a nature table, actually, something I’ve never grown out of, I’ve a bowl of cones, shells and feathers, on my desk as I write…

I thoroughly enjoyed myself and did a blast of Christmas shopping in gift shop to boot. Winner.


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.

7 thoughts on “Sheep and Neeps

  1. Rules of thumb

    1. Turnips in the north are swedes in the south.
    2. Turnips in the south are small and white. Turnips in the north (i.e. swedes) are large and coloured as above.
    3. Swede is short for Swedish Turnip.

    All of which reminds me, there’s a frozen haggis in the freezer that I need to defrost. Many thanks!

  2. Thanks for the link to the Angie Lewin website. I’d never heard of her before but I love her stuff now! Gorgeous colours and detail and composition. I wish I could afford one of her prints. Might have to put some more stuff on Ebay to manage that!

  3. A good post with some interesting links. xx

  4. After our previous discussion, I wouldn’t hazard a guess either! But, I have decided that I like parsnips far better than what passes for turnips over here 🙂

  5. Swedes are called rutabagas on this side of the pond. Mmm…mashed with lots of butter, salt & pepper…tasty, whatever you call them! 🙂

  6. Hmm, so what are mangel wurzels then? I always thought those were something like Swedes

  7. Pingback: Two for the price of one, part two | Uphilldowndale

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