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

Maiden Voyage


Mr Uphilldowndale and I took our first trip out in our  recently purchased camper van yesterday. It’s all very exciting.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  However Spud the dog was a little disappointed in the lack of sofas, or at least sofas he was allowed to lie on.

First though we spent the morning trying to figure out what and where we wanted ‘stuff’ in the van. Had we got everything we needed? My friend Mrs Ogg would rightly say it is a lot of faff.  However in the end we threw stuff in and set off. This plan worked at treat. Historically we do tend to over engineer things.  We didn’t travel far,  just down into the soft landscape of the White Peak and camping at the fabulously named Foufinside Farm at Parwich which was just the ticket.

It had been a glorious day, and I suppose I was a wee bit sad to have missed the best of the day with our faffing, we stopped by at Magpie Mine,  near the village of Sheldon, an ancient lead mine that was last worked in the 1950’s. I’d stumbled upon it before a long time ago, in fact  it was a very early post  on this blog.  But in the way proper adventures, you never know what you might find,  and the late afternoon light turned out to be rather fab and flared through an old window, just for me.

Magpie Mine_

Spookily, I first posted about this somewhat eerie place on the 11th Feb 2008 …


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 “Maiden Voyage

  1. That’s a great shot! I love how the flare is coming through the window.

  2. Ah, but fortune favors the prepared faffer on the way to Foufinside Farm . . .

  3. I have been trying to persuade Mrs T that a camper van would be just the thing but she fears condensation so much that she can’t even contemplate one. I hope that you enjoy yours.

    • LOL… condensation? Nothing that a bit of bracing ventilation can’t sort out! We’ve told the boys they don’t need to worry about finding us a nursing home, we’re just going to rock up at their homes and park on the drive, just like ‘The Lady in the Van’

    • Sadly 5 years living in a 16′ caravan whilst we built a house by ourselves has put Doug’s mum off of ever setting foot in a camper or caravan ever again.

      I envy the UHDD’s enormously, there are 101 places in the UK I would love to visit but will have to resort to B&B’s or similar to do so.

  4. How very exciting – the maiden voyage. I look forward to reading about more of your trips.

  5. Interesting post, wonderful picture and good links. I’m with Spud on the matters of sofas, and I’m not one for faffing about so agree with Mrs Ogg. Happy motor homing. xx

  6. have I missed the wedding photos? Fill me in!

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