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

Gilding the Lily


Lilies do not need gilding, nor do orchids really. But I couldn’t quite stop myself  from adding this art deco brooch to an orchid plant. The colours are just magnetically drawn to one another.

gilding the orchid

I‘ve spent the afternoon, surrounded by magazines and scraps of paper and glue, in an arty collage workshop event, I had a lovely time. I do need to play out more,things have been far too serious of late.  I need to feed my soul.


I’m told it is my blogs seventh birthday today, my blog would like me to play out more too.


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 “Gilding the Lily

  1. Souls do need feeding to grow and thrive, just like those orchids.

  2. Gilding is lovely and adorns so perfectly. Enjoyment in the moment, good for you! And a very happy blog birthday!

  3. That unusual combination makes a wonderful picture. Happy blogiversary, it’s always been one of my favourite blogs. xx

  4. So here I am at the library using the broadband when what to my wondering eyes should appear but an orchid wearing a brooch. Astonishing. Happy anniversary and many more. Playtime is called for all around, I’d say.

  5. Here’s to seven more years….and some more of your excellent landscapes when you have time to get out and about.

  6. As a long term visitor and occasional commenter I also wish you a happy blogversary. Keep up the excellent work and I will try to interact more – as should more of your readers I’m sure.

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