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

Out early, and down the dale


I decided to set out to work early this morning, so I could factor a walk into my day.

I met a bunny before I could get the camera out of the bag

Walk to work bunny_

The majority of the cows were still in the milking parlour

Walk to work cow

There some beautiful bees and colourful thistles

Walk to work bees

It was all rather glorious

Walk to work 2

The walls meandered as much as I did

Walk to work walls

a view down  the dale, Chee Dale to be precise

Walk to work Chee Dale_

I’m still after that elusive crisp wagtail shot.

Walk to work wagtail


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.

9 thoughts on “Out early, and down the dale

  1. Beautiful images. I find wagtails almost impossible to get sharp. They will wag about all the time.

  2. So very picturesque!! Beautiful photos! I really enjoyed your walk too.

  3. Yours is such a lovely place. Thanks for sharing.

  4. It looks like you could walk for mile and miles ~ such beautiful scenery to share with the local plants and animals ~

  5. What a lovely walk to work. Despite being happily retired, I envy you your commute!

  6. Thanks for taking us all with you! A rather sad thought occurs though, a hundred and one years after the outbreak of the first world war. This landscape must have looked almost identical back then. How on earth did they cope with it, the returning soldiers, or those on leave, or those recovering from injuries? How did their minds adapt to stepping into heaven, straight from hell? It’s no wonder there were so many mental health problems in the years after both wars.

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