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

Tidying up the Scraps


Storms and gales persist. Mr Uphilldowndale is feeling a little restless, it maybe the six hours we spent traveling yesterday, the lack of running of late, or the cumulative affect of so much foul weather but he is very twitchy. Today, in spite of the weather, he was determined to carry on with his master plan to  clear out  the barn, and visit the scrap yard to weigh in the last of the spoil from the installation of our new heating system.

I was tasked with going along too, as my ID is already on their books;  going to scrap yard is altogether a more formal affair that it used to be, as of October 2013, our payment will be arriving by BACS, no cash in hand, in an attempt to reduce the theft of metal.


        • all scrap metal dealers must verify the name and address of the seller at the point of .sale, which is recorded and retained by the dealer
        • the cashless offence will apply to all scrap metal dealers including ‘mobile collectors’ who collect door to door
        • there will be a single national publicly available register of all scrap metal dealers


( and OK, so I’m also willing to admit I’ve a  certain curiosity about the total randomness of what is lying around there). 

scrap yard 

Oh look, that’s a dolly tub, right of shot; I’ve a blog post  I can write about that, if only I can find the dolly blue.  Time for more clearing out.


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 “Tidying up the Scraps

  1. Oh yes fully agree with the complexity of a scrapyard visit as we too go from time to time with the left over metal turnings Jon produces in the workshop. Now a local foundry chap takes them away. Happy New Year. Dxx

  2. I remember my mother having one of those – with a mangle fitted on top. And then we got a tub with an electric paddle and an electric mangle. The dolly tub was exiled into the garden shed to be brought out on dog washing days! But not with the mangle attached!

  3. Looks like you took a trip to garners in doveholes

  4. My grandad still did his washing with a dolly peg and dollytub until recently

  5. Oh the scrapyard looks like a treasure-trove of endless possibilities and great subject matter to photograph!

  6. It wasn’t too deep for a dog standing on his back legs with his paws hanging out over the top and only half full of water!

  7. One sister was engaged with discussing the world at the head end and the others dealt with the ablutions!

Come on, join in.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s