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

Top Coats


I can’t keep up, I haven’t posted last weekends snowy photo’s and today we are taking our ‘top coats’* off, because it is + 12c

Never mind, I shall force last weeks snowyness upon you.  because it was pretty, and a very welcome change from rain and grey skies.

Does that not look like a happy sheep? Must be its warm woollen coat, you can see its insulating properties.

 sheep header_

I like the patterns in the fields, where the snow has fallen in the tractor tyre tracks, it reminds me of the tracks on an LP, which dates me.

two horses_

*Top coat, not sure if this an old Derbyshire expression, but it is how my father referred to winter weight coats.  He was fond of saying ‘Buxton is always a top coat colder than everywhere else.’ And it is true.


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 “Top Coats

  1. A top coat is familiar to me. The term always makes me think of a Regency buck though for some reason.

  2. For some reason I think of a “top coat” as a dressier sort of coat – one to wear over a business suit, with a hat . . . which dates me. As opposed to, say, a barn coat (an insulated canvas jacket) or a raincoat (OK, that one’s obvious). The coat in “Let me grab my coat” is a nice puffy down coat at this time of year, when we have not been having anything like your tropical day. Those sheep look really, really fleecy and warm. Not unlike the Cowboy, although they are much tidier.

  3. Good pictures. I’m with Gerry regarding the meaning of a topcoat. xx

  4. Oh yes very definitely a happy sheep!

  5. In Iowa, in the 1940s -1960s, men wore topcoats, but not the ladies. I can’t remember what we called our coats. As far as I remember, I had a coat, and a “good” coat, and that was it. And of course we had boots, overshoes, and rubbers. I think one of those would be called “Wellies” over there.

    I discovered your blog through your recipe for a bread pudding that you posted over at Gerry’s. I was looking at her recipe for scalloped pineapple, and saw you mention the bread/fruit/egg/milk combo. It sounds very good.

  6. Top coat for me is like an overcoat, so the same thing I guess.

  7. I think I’ve found the answer…
    ‘In the late 1890’s my grandfather who ran away from home when he was 12 years of age, went to Longnor Hiring Fair, and was ‘took on’ as a hired farm worker for £5 a year and a new ‘working top-coat’
    (F Philip Holland, Words of the White Peak)
    So not a posh coat, but a working coat, which makes more sense as far as my father is concerned!

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