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

Friends Old and New


Happy New Year dear blog buddies.

I don’t know about you, but it’s  a while since I’ve seen a  nice sunset, here is one from stock,  just to tide us over until this relentless wind and rain abates.

three trees december


I’m delighted to see that our dear friend Gerry has reappeared on the blog scene, I’ve missed her  wisdom, musings and whimsy so very much.


WordPress provided me with their  annual number crunching review of my blog, the gist of the ‘feedback sandwich’ was that 2013 wasn’t a vintage year for my blog. But then, I knew that.


I’ve been missing my blogging opportunities, and have resolved to ‘do better’ in 2014. Not because blogging is something I ‘should do’ but something I want to do,  my life is richer for it. I’ll need to get out more, in real world mode and in blogging mode.  So with that in mind, this weekend I’m aiming to zip off into Manchester, to catch, an exhibition by the skin of its teeth (it ends on 4th of Jan, just missing an exhibition is a reoccurring theme in my life). It’s ‘no photography allowed’ but as it  entitled  ‘Brains. The Mind as Matter’ I’m sure it will give me something to think about.


I’ve taken stroll out around the blogging world too, over the holiday, and fell upon this delicious blog, enjoy.


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 “Friends Old and New

  1. I hope you have time to take your camera out in the countryside around you as I have missed your wonderful landscapes. By coincidence, I was thinking about Gerry only yesterday and trying to find out out what had become of her.

  2. Happy New Year, Mrs. UHDD. 🙂

  3. Being Gerry’s neighbor across the water in Wisconsin I often think of her, too! And it was a wonderful surprise to see that new posting pop up in my email!

  4. That was incredibly nice of you to give me a shout out or should I say a link!

    I’m ready to support you on your quest to blog more! Bring er’ on, I like your style!

  5. Thanks for digging through the archives for a sunset. Our evening wasn’t colorless, but it wasn’t spectacular either. Here’s to resolutions and more blogging/adventures for you 🙂

  6. It’s nice to see that your outlook on blogging is the same as mine. Happy New Year. xx

  7. Happy New Year. What a wonderful drawing you are using as new header. I wish you a good year of blogging. 🙂

  8. Happy New Year to you and your family of people and critters 😉 Looking forward to more of your wonderful photos and seeing your amazing countryside…and of course Spud.

  9. Thank you for the kind words. I’ve missed dropping by here, too.

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