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

Snow Surprise


Well it wasn’t a surprise, because it was forecast.  The amount that landed is generous by UK standards, but honestly, I feel the need to get on my snowy soap box here, why we do get our knickers in a twist over bad weather in this country. Severe weather is inconvenient to all, but why do we think the we have some divine right for all roads and paths to be magically cleared, so we can keep on with our day without so much as snowflake impeding our progress.  The weather, mother nature or the snow god,  call it what you wish;  doesn’t give a toss about our hectic schedules get over it.

sheep skull

Social media was full of ranting this afternoon, about the poor job the council were doing clearing the roads. I imagine if we want the sort of set up for snow clearance that countries who routinely get great dollops of snow, then we’d better start paying more for our services (how much do snow ploughs cost?) Sigh.


Look the trains were running on the Buxton to Manchester line.


buxton Manchester train,_


I could write about some of the shenanigans that have gone on in the lane today, it’s steep, andwhen it’s icy, it catches people out, it’s happened before. But lets just say if you pay an awful lot of money for a car, it doesn’t mean to say you know how, or more importantly  when to drive it.

As Tom would say ‘all the gear and no idea’.


Spud has had a great day

snow springer

Mr Uphilldowndale enjoyed himself too

this much


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 “Snow Surprise

  1. E very complainer should be asked to pay more taxes. I agree with your view that we should learn to put up with our weather with less moaning.

  2. Wonderful wintry pictures, I especially like the one of Spud. I agree with what you say, it’s always the same when it snows. xx

  3. Looks like you had a good load there, more than we have seen here in Poland so far at least. When it does snow they grit the hills, that’s it. The plough comes out when it gets deep, but even then it’s only the major roads and from experience so far no one complains, they just get on with it. Stay indoors and stay warm 🙂

  4. I think a lot of people worry about the snow because they are scared. Perhaps complaining about services gives them an outlet to focus their concerns elsewhere ?? It is interesting to see the reactions of people to snowstorms ~ there has definitely been a lot of it in various parts of the world. Happy to say that our month of January has been snow free. Although I love looking at it, I don’t like to dig out! Now just watch, February will find us snowbound 😉 Your photos are wonderful and capture your wintry conditions to a T. It’s amazing to see the ‘little train’ way down there chugging its way along 🙂 Has Mr. UHDD made any snow angels? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_angel

  5. Lots more Spud please – it will make up for the fact that I can’t walk the dogs at the moment due to having my leg in plaster, so don’t have the pleasure of watching Doug try to catch snowflakes or snow balls.

  6. Loving seeing all your snow pictures. This one of Spud is gorgeous. I am so going to enjoy following you and seeing the renovations, and life from the UK

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