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

How Time Flies


I’ve been busy decorating, I’ve set myself a bit of a deadline, I’ve invited the neighbours round for a bit of a do, its in a good cause.   The British Heart Foundation is a charity close to our  own hearts, especially in memory of Daz H.

The invites have gone out.

ramp up the red

But it does mean there is no time for dawdling, but more haste can mean less speed: this is an old house, no wall is true, no plaster smooth, (I did succumb to a little plaster envy the other day) exposed  oak beams may brim with ancient character but they  are a fiddle to decorate around. Here is one on the landing.

oak beam

And this is my favourite beam, in the lounge, I love its rough and ready, vernacular style and wonder why a load bearing beam was placed over a window opening?

forked oak beam_


One day we’ll find out how old they are.


I was so busy at the weekend,I forgot about the The Big Garden Bird Watch.

Take a look at these birdy videos, mesmerising I really want to get to see a murmeration of starlings.

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.

8 thoughts on “How Time Flies

  1. Those beams are gorgeous – the crookedness of the one above the landing is especially appealing. If only they could talk . . .

  2. They are well worth seeing (no matter how many times that you have seen them before).

  3. An interesting, and informative, post. I will look at all the links over the next day or two. xx

  4. Bother, yes, I forgot it too.

  5. We too have been decorating our cottage in Essex removing 500 year old detritus from our beams with a wire brush on the end of an angle grinder – the resulting powdered filth is almost unimaginable – it finds its way into nooks and crannies you would have never expected, both in building and bodily terms!

    In a 12′ x 16′ room I estimated that whilst painting the ceiling I had ‘cut in’ around 200′ of the sides of the ceiling beams and I hate painting above my head at the best of times.

  6. Love your heart-felt red hearts ~ great idea for the invitation … such a good cause. What a treasure of a home you have! Also enjoyed reading about the visiting poultry and Spud’s awareness of their presence, in a previous post.

  7. I love seeing Freddy in a Frock in the header. I’m deeply envious of the beams. Mind you, I’m very fond of my little cottage, but those beams speak to me.

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