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

Thirty days wild. June 17th


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The best thing that you can do for nature is too make it part of your life. That’s why we’re asking thousands of people to make room for nature in their everyday lives this June. Please spread the word amongst friends, colleagues and family and get them to sign up, too! After all, all our lives are better if they’re a bit wild… ‘

I’ve signed up to 30 Days Wild with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust,  with the aim of blogging each day, a little bit of the nature of my world.


Hawthorn of a pink hue,

Hawthorn pink_


My dad wouldn’t let us bring hawthorn flowers into the house, he said it was unlucky.

Its a superstition that is rooted into a time when people were more in touch with their senses,  than we are today, I don’t imagine many of us would recognise the scent of   trimethylamine?


‘In Britain it was believed that bringing hawthorn blossom into the house would be followed by illness and death, and in Medieval times it was said that hawthorn blossom smelled like the Great Plague. Botanists later learned that the chemical trimethylamine in hawthorn blossom is also one of the first chemicals formed in decaying animal tissue, so it is not surprising that hawthorn flowers are associated with death.’


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 “Thirty days wild. June 17th

  1. Lovely picture and interesting fact. xx

  2. I love hawthorn blossom so it is probably a good thing that my sense of smell is very poor.

  3. Fascinating. Sounds like something from Breaking Bad.

  4. Hmm. Now I feel like I need to track down some hawthorne to sniff!

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