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

Swanning around


Whilst out and about on our first excursion in our new campervan, we called in at Hopton Hall, we admired the snowdrops, said hello to the mossy lady. It wasn’t the most pleasant of weather whilst we were there, sleet is never quite as pretty as a light dusting of snow, so we ate cake and drank tea whilst it passed.

We admired the pair of swans on the lake, swans mate for life.

 Swan 1

Overseas readers might like to know that in the UK there is an ancient ritual called ‘swan upping’,  this isn’t it.  This is  a swan feeding.

Swaning around 2

Swan Upping is actually all about an audit of the queens stock of swans and takes place on the river Thames.  Could you ever own a swan? I imagine they please themselves? No, look,  I’m wrong again,

The Queen has a prerogative over all swans in England and Wales. The Swan Keeper also despatches swans all over the world, sent as gifts in the Queens name

They do look regal.

Swaning around 3

It got me wondering, how they keep their necks clean? I mean there is only so far  round that a beak can preen?

Swaning around 4

It all looks very high maintenance to me

Swaning around_

well worth the effort though.


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.

11 thoughts on “Swanning around

  1. I did not know that about those lovely mute swans belonging to the Queen. We have some of them Around Here, and they have been quite rude to the (allegedly) native trumpeter swans. They were probably gifts to some 19th century version of Donald Trump. Personally, I’m inclined to think a pretty swan is a pretty swan, so I’m glad to have whichever ones want to show up. If, however, the Queen regrets the gift and wishes to have her swans returned, I will go along with it, so long as she takes Donald Trump as part of the deal. It’s only fair.

  2. Your swan is beautiful and elegant!

  3. Swans are such amazing creatures, I love your wonderful photos.

  4. Beautiful photos. I suppose they have their mate groom their neck…

  5. A most enjoyable post, lovely pictures and interesting links. xx

  6. Yes, the swans are so very regal. Beautiful photos.

  7. By the way, I don’t think you should mention Trump. It only encourages him.

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