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

The Further Adventures of Spud the Dog 6th April 2014



Have you missed Spud? Here he is, his leg is much better, but not quite right yet.



He got a bit excited today, Jimmy the farmer turned up in his big red tractor, with blade harrow in tow, to do a bit of remedial work on the field, where the pipes for the ground source heat pump were laid*.

big red tractor


Jimmy  jumped out of the cab for a natter, leaving the engine running. Time passed we carried on, nattering , putting the world, and the meadow to rights. When somewhat startlingly, the big red tractors engine went ‘Vrooooom, vrooom as only the engines of big red (and possibly green) tractors can.

‘Ahhh’, said Jimmy, knowingly,without missing a beat, ‘the dog will be ready for off then’.

big red tractor dog

Just as well, that as bright as they are, border collies can’t quite mange the clutch and the handbrake as well as the accelerator. A working dog has no time for idle chat and needs to put his paw down firmly from time to time.


* I will eventually get around to telling the full story of our magical heating system

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.

14 thoughts on “The Further Adventures of Spud the Dog 6th April 2014

  1. I look forward to the story of your heating system as it seems like a wonderful thing.

  2. Lovely post and pictures. Did we know about Spud’s leg as I don’t remember you telling us? Anyway good to know that he’s okay. xx

  3. Yes, what happened to Spud? Love Spud! Sure enjoy your blog!

  4. I would imagine that Spud and the border collie would make quite the team of farm dogs. One for business and the other for a bit of fun.

  5. It is good to do work tha you love – and to love the work you do. I must add my voice to the chorus wailing, But what did happen to Spud??? We were too polite to ask when he just disappeared. After all, it has been a difficult winter all the way around; perhaps he was having a long winter’s nap. But, no – he was doing something he wishes he hadn’t. What happened to his leg?

    • No panic, the shortage of Spud photos has been down to the lack of time I’ve been spending mooching around outdoor with the camera. He also has been lame, and was under vets orders to ‘stay calm’ and not run about… You can imagine how unsuccessful we were at that!

  6. Are you sure that Spud hasn’t been having tractor driving lessons? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bg0zr7mIYAAe7jm.jpg

  7. Great to see Spud with his favorite toy and glad to know he’s feeling better. I got a kick out of the impatient border collie letting Jimmy the farmer know it was time to get a move on. Smart creatures! (the dogs, that is) 😉

  8. Hahaha! Love that story. It reminds me of an advice list for owners of Patterdale terriers, where the last item was “If you leave your dog alone in the car, don’t leave your keys in the ignition.” They’re clever dogs too, although nothing like collies. Lucky my Patterdale doesn’t know which is the accelerator pedal because she couldn’t see over the steering wheel.

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