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



I’ve been enjoying the multitude of birds coming to the feeder, something to brighten  very grey, wet,  bedraggled days.


Whilst  perhaps not enough finches to describe them as a charm,  certainly enough to lift the spirits.

charming finches_

When we did our recent building project, I came under pressure to cut this tree down,


‘Its in the way of the view’ they said. ‘No, it is part of the view’ I said.

goldfinch 2


Jammy and Dodger the cat haven’t been paying much attention to the birds, under floor heating and Spuds bed is obviously a more attractive option.



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.

8 thoughts on “Charming

  1. The tree is so pretty, what tree is it?
    The pink berries and the finches against the foggy background – a dreamy melody.

  2. I am glad that you resisted the siren call to cut the tree down. There is nothing like a small flock of finches to cheer up a grey day.

  3. Well done on keeping the tree, and lucky you seeing goldfinches like that. Love that last picture, talk about creature comforts! xx

    • I said if they thought it spoilt the view, nothing much was going to satisfy them! It also give lovely dappled shade on part of the patio on hot summer days (something that is difficult to imagine on a day as grey as today).

  4. That last photo has to go on tummy rub Tuesday 🙂

  5. Good call on keeping the tree…I love your response that it was part of the view! Such cheerful little birds, and they seem to love the Rowan tree. I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing your Christmas at Kew post. How beautiful that must have been and would really add to the spirit of Christmas. You really captured the dizzying movement of the ride Mr. UHDD’s inner child decided to go on. Good for him, but I’m with you…I couldn’t even watch it without feeling green. 😉 Wishing you, your family, cats and Spud a wonderful Christmas, all snug and cozy.

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