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

Domestic Upheaval


One of these days I’ll give you the full story, which must run to  a couple of dozen posts, but for this evening I’ll just say there has been a lot going on around here, especially for the last week; so much so that Dodger the kitten cat left home for three days, in disgust. His belly led him back, just as I’d drafted the ‘lost cat’ email to the neighbours. We are relieved to see him.

There have been moments of great beauty,  rolling mist framed by alpine blues, ebbing in and out of the valley

trees mist


Branches, twigs, encased in ice

oak apples

Oak apples

Ash tree ice_

An ash tree, where the ash keys once were.

But for the most part, it has been grey, muddy; and oh yes, very dusty. There is nothing quite like ancient dust, it has a  penetrating power of its own. The haze in this photo, is not poor image quality, oh no, it is dust.

This is the kitchen.

dusty kitchen_ 

can you see why my blog lies unattended?

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 “Domestic Upheaval

  1. I can indeed. Our end wall has been demolished this week but fortunately with a lot less dust.

  2. I’ve had no snow or ice of any consequence and am quite jealous of your beautiful winter scenes.

    I suspect you may perhaps have been spending too much time on designing a new kitchen to blog?

    Was Spud of any help in the demolition process?

  3. Oy! You have captured wintry scenes beautifully ~ what an artistic eye you have. As for your kitchen, I hate to tell you, but it’s ….. gone! Oh my ~ upheaval is an understatement. Sending you patience, many dust masks, and forgiveness for not blogging. .. and welcome home, cat!

  4. I like the first picture and as for the last one…! I don’t blame Dodger for going AWOL for glad to see that he’s returned. I hope that everything gets back to normal soon and you can resume a dust free life. xx

  5. Oh my! Good luck with all that. You’re not doing it yourselves, I hope. If you only have to make cups of tea for the men it would be alot easier.

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