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



This week is my blogs eighth birthday, fancy that, eight years ehh? A long time in the blogosphere I suppose?

This week also saw the hundredth anniversary of my fathers birth, now that really is a long time ago.


As a teenager I remember being amused by a waitress telling Dad he had ‘laughing eyes’, it wasn’t something I saw in him then, but I can see it here…

Dad baby

His mum died of TB when he was seven, he was raised (and indulged, so my Mum said!) By  maiden aunts, post the First World War, there were a lot of Maiden aunts.


Blanche Marian Joseph Ford 002

He didn’t like school at all, reading and writing did not come easy for him; but as an adult he could read an engine like a book ( he’s on the back row, eighth from the left)


 school 1926

He was one of the first Scouts of a Group that still runs  in the village to this day, his hat was so big they he to pack it with newspaper to stop it falling in his eyes.


Dad 1926 scouts

Turning heads as a young man, clock the girl on the far right, on a grand day out.

Dad 1932

And off to war…


Joseph Ford, off to war

After service in Burma, in the Royal Engineers, home to love.

Mum Dad

Dad died, eighteen years ago, when Joe was just a few weeks old.


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 “Anniversaries

  1. happy blogversary, and thank you for sharing your family story


  2. Happy blog anniversary. I’m also celebrating eight years with Flighty’s plot.
    Thanks, as always, for a most enjoyable, and interesting, post. xx

  3. Happy anniversaries! I hope you manage to keep the blog going for another eight years. It’s always a pleasure to read you posts. Love this one. You look the spitting image of both your dad and your mum.

  4. Eight years for a blog makes it one of the elders of the blogging world. Glad to have found you when I started blogging a mere 5 years ago!
    Both of your parents have laughing eyes, at least in that photo.

  5. Lovely memories and photos! You paint such a clear picture of a special man.

  6. Happy 8th blog anniversary!! That is a huge achievement. Love your posts, and am so enjoying getting to know you.

  7. Sorry for such a late reply! What a wonderful tribute to your dad 🙂 Nothing better than sparkling laughing eyes ~ thanks for sharing such special photos.

    Congratulations on your blog-iversary!

  8. Lovely post and pics, family histories are fascinating.

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