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

Growing Old Gracefully


The gathering of moss is no bad thing… 


At Hopton Hall, we went to see the snowdrops.


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 “Growing Old Gracefully

  1. No stylist could have made her look better.

  2. Looks much more interesting than if it was pristine. xx

  3. I may have acquired entirely too much moss. Today as I was conducting an oral history interview a participant asked me “How old are you?” I told her how old I would be on my upcoming April birthday and she said, “Hope you live that long.” I bought a bottle of wine on my way home. I’m drinking a glass now, and pondering mortality.

    • I’m on my way over, with a glass, more bottles and treats of a high calorie nature… (it reminds me of the comment made by a young man I worked with, when I mentioned we’d celebrated my mothers 80th birthday that weekend ‘Oh’ he said ‘she’ll be dying soon then?’ its fair to say he struggled with many of the social graces

  4. As I read your blog from my desk in the porch overlooking the garden, I am watching Mabel the brown hen eating moss from a weathered stone. Lovely morning snack – she likes her greens.

    • Our chickens ruthlessly turn over a mossy area of the garden each spring, I can only think there are some tasty grubs in there that are just right for the eating. I usually clear away a couple of barrows on moss, which is welcomed in the compost heap.

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  6. She is beautiful, moss adds lovely textures and shades to her age. i am glad you took this picture. Thanks.

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