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

New Neighbours


We’ve new neighbours bouncing around in the field next door.


They are as playful as spring lambs should be, doing their level best to do jumps with vertical take off; Tom commented ‘it’s just as well fully grown sheep don’t bounce around like that; the countryside would be mayhem’.

I always think their fleeces look two sizes too big for them at this age, a bit like the jumpers of school kids returning for the Autumn term.

I took these photos last week, when the sun shone, briefly.

sheep and lamb

This evening we have a weather warning for high winds, and rain is lashing down.The lambs have taken shelter in the lea of the walls, the ewes keep on with their relentless grazing, backs to the driving  rain. There are mouths to feed.


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 “New Neighbours

  1. Such a lovely site to have new neighbours such as these! Very cute. Hope your weather warms up soon.

  2. You’ve captured that look on the ewes faces that is difficult to determine if they are looking quizzical, surprised or perhaps even smiling at you – sheep are a bit ‘Mona Lisa’ whereas cows always just look appealing.

  3. Tom m ight like to google the sheep fences on the motorway going over the Pennines to , I think, Huddersfield. I seem to recall that they had to put 9 foot fences up to stop the sheep jumping on to the motorway.

  4. why has Spud stopped his Sunday soliloquy?

  5. Nothing like having a gambol on the turf.

  6. Wonderful images of Spring, even if the weather is not cooperating. I can’t get the picture of fully woolly grown sheep bouncing all over England, out of my mind 😉 Thanks Tom. Hope the weather warms up. Sorry I haven’t been commenting much during this busy month, but I have been reading 🙂

  7. They were out last night?!!! It was wild here, so it must have been ten times worse where you are. I hope all the lambs have been accounted for this morning. There was more flooding in my garden this morning than I saw all winter. At least the sun is shining now.

  8. Nice post and pictures. xx

  9. Tom’s comment is hilarious!

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