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

A Quiet Christmas


Seasons greetings to you all. We’d planned a quiet Christmas at home, just the four of us; which was just as well as Mr Uphilldowndale, Tom and I have all been unwell, coughs, achy limbs, headaches and fever.

Last night it started to snow, bringing the sort of dawn today that I’d normally leap out at all blue sky and crispy snow clad trees.

snow fields 2

But I didn’t feel like venturing far from home.

icy twiggs_

Just around the field

snow fields_

The garden, where the trees looked particularly elegant.

snow trees_

And a peek down the lane.

snow lane

For those of you missing Spud the dog, here he is, after a burst wrapping paper shredding on Christmas day.

Spud Christmas day


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.

10 thoughts on “A Quiet Christmas

  1. Did he unwrap his presents outside or is that a grass coloured rug?

  2. I hope you are feeling better when the next snowy photo opportunity comes along though you made an excellent job of this one. Happy new year.

  3. Just gorgeous and that includes dear Spud. Hope you are soon feeling better and able to get out and enjoy the season more fully.

  4. I never tire of your beautiful landscape. Hope you all get better soon to enjoy time together.

  5. Ugh. Being sick in a holiday is just not fair. Love Spud’s handiwork. Looks as though he did a great job on that shredding.

  6. My sympathies on you feeling unwell, and hope that you’re all now on the mend. Terrific photos. xx

  7. So sorry to hear you have been feeling unwell ~ good that you didn’t have any travelling plans, and were able to rest and recover at home. The animated snow on your blog adds a wonderful touch to your beautiful wintry scenes. Looks like tearing the paper to ribbons was hard work for Spud, who seems to be enjoying a rest after such exertion. I hope you are all feeling much better by now and can enjoy the rest of the holidays. Your photos capture the season perfectly…could look at them for hours (and may do so 😉 All the best to your family as the New Year approaches!!

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