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

Grab it while you can


An hour of sunshine this afternoon.


It showed off the hazel catkins to great effect

Hazel catkins_

and left me wondering why the are called catkins.

Hazel catkins 5


Jammy the kitten-cat chewed over the same question

Hazel catkins and cat

and wondered if it was because they match his eyes

Hazel catkins and cat 2

Cat eyes are amazing, Dodgers in this case.

Hazel catkins and cat 3

A little sun seemed to send the cats a bit giddy, they were all over the place.

cat oak

Spud  the dog will be along shortly.


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.

6 thoughts on “Grab it while you can

  1. It looks so pretty in your neck of the woods. Beautiful photography too!

  2. I didn’t realize they were called catkins, and now I too wonder why. But more importantly: are those examples of fresh green growth in your neck of the woods?? (I’m feeling a bit socked in under all the snow we’ve been getting; thanks for the glimpse of real sunshine!)

  3. Terrific photos, especially the one of Dodger. xx

  4. I hope he found his own way down without the help of the fire brigade.

  5. Dull here today but a beach trip is calling – Bing needs his exercise.

  6. Oh, this makes me miss having a cat around the house. Not that I’d trade in the Duo, mind you.

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