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

Seasons Greetings


We seem to have skipped along a season since I last published a post.  Which is a shame, its not that there hasn’t been anything to blog about, there has been plenty.

Lets start with an easy win…

A beautiful thrush, feasting on the berries of my pink rowan. 

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He’s quite protective of this crop, I can’t quite work out if he expends more energy chasing off the blackbirds than he gains in berries he could have eaten.  Surely there is enough for everyone?



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.

7 thoughts on “Seasons Greetings

  1. Nice post and pictures. Happy Christmas! xx

  2. Such a cute bird, and such a lovely post. Welcome back!

  3. Happy Christmas I hppe that we get to see a few more of your beautiful photographs in the coming year.

  4. That thrush is a beauty. The spotted breast is so charming. You do live in a Christmas-card world, and I hope your Christmas is lovely. Best wishes for the New Year, too. I’m hoping to keep 2018 from flying by quite so quickly as 2017 did.

  5. Yep, beautiful thrush but what about Spud?

  6. Wishing you and your family a most delightful Christmas!

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