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

Did someone mention Spring?


Well, it came and went

snowing april_

Cold winds blew

snowing april lamb

Then the sun shone, but it seemed no warmer, although the sight of a curlew always warms the heart.


Then clouds blew by again, I’m fascinated by how different fields ‘hold’ the snow longer than others.

All kinds of weather_

Strangely the life force that is spring growth, has kept moving despite the chill of winds from the artic , you know I’m a sucker for larch trees

larch cones  3

The icy jewels were a very pretty adornment, that kept my rapt attention, for quite some time. 

larch cones  2_

Then it was drawn to my attention to the fact,

larch cones_

that I did promise I’d play ball….

larch cones  and spud


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 “Did someone mention Spring?

  1. Very clever to catch a curlew in flight.

  2. I’ve seen photos of larch trees in fall, when the color is so glorious, but I’ve never seen photos like these. They’re beautiful. And that little lambie in the snow — I so glad it has a wool coat!

  3. I’m so glad I move to the warmer climate of Poland!

  4. Good pictures. The last one of Spud made me smile. xx

  5. I love that first cold shot! We had cold days then too – but now I feel summer is coming here 🙂

  6. We had snow in May, too – and lambs, and dogs, and brave trees, so that was all right then. I guess the key to bobbing along is just to show up prepared for anything. Like capturing a curlew in flight!

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