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

Seasonal Selection


Striding out in the light and fresh air, can be a challenge on short winter days.  I’m lucky that I can flex my work a little, so as to grab the best of the day, for a cobweb blowing yomp up the hill.  My was it chilly today, the wind was biting.

A seasonal selection of photos.

Banks of cloud sit on the hills

low cloud December-1066

I find it interesting how some fields at the same altitude seem ‘hold the snow’ more than others, I imagine it is  to do with how they have been grazed

Berry Sky Snow-1088

So nice of the drystone walls to underscore the beautiful view

Rushop Edge -

Feasting sheep,

Hungry sheep

and no place like home at dusk on a snowy winters day

Home -


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.

5 thoughts on “Seasonal Selection

  1. Good pictures, I especially like the first one. xx

  2. Luckily in semi-retirement, I can also take the opportunity to break in the middle of the day to walk up to the top of the hill opposite us and get some wind up Doug and Guinness’s fur and my trouser legs.

    Rather pathetically though (in comparison to your dizzy heights) my hill is a grand total of 62 mtrs high, but does afford me a 360 view of a lot of scenery painted by Gainsborough and Constable, so it’s not all bad.

    How’s Spud?

    • Spud is good. He can now consider himself not to be a patient (although I am not sure he ever did) He did however eat something he shouldn’t have done at the weekend, I’d like to know that has safely ‘passed’ before I can relax!

      • Pleased to hear it. We’ve been there – contents of a ladies bathroom bin when we lived in a house with no mains drains. I hope you don’t incur similar vets bills.

  3. That photo with the rock wall is splendid. It’s hard not to pick each of them as “favorite,” but I dearly love rock walls, and so up to the top it goes!

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