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

On reflection


A world of blogs and blog buddies is a good place to escape to right now.

There is only so much of the Covid-19 news stream that can be taken at one time. We need to pace our selves for the long haul, when we can’t see what lies ahead.

NZ self portrait

I’m planning to continue  blog the journey through the photos of New Zealand, from November 2019, when things seemed simpler and more secure. I’m going to try and find things of beauty to share here, to bring a little fresh air to our days. To nourish and to salve.

We are all going to need to look out for others as well as ourselves. When I talk to people who are carers,  I often use the analogy of the drop down emergency oxygen masks on planes, and the instruction to put it on yourself first, before you can help others.  Let yourself breath. A little bit of mindfulness, some exercise if you can, a warm bath, a phone call to a good friend. Little things can make a difference.

Before I disappear into the beauty of New Zealand again,

NZ Lupin pink and blue_

Please be careful where you take your Covid-19 information and advice from, there is a lot of misinformation out there  

Overseas readers might be surprised to learn that Derbyshire has history when it comes to containment of disease, of sacrifices by a community to protect others.  Dating back to 1665 in  and the  ‘plague’ village of Eyam   It seems all the more extraordinary when you think about how little they knew about how disease is transmitted!

An outdoor church service at Eyam in 1666, from a display in the local museum.

Stay safe.

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 “On reflection

  1. Yes, I think we need to retreat to the world of positive, supportive and distracting blogging to cope with this.
    Like you, I too have spend time thinking about the villagers of Eyam who were so noble. I also have thought about how their sacrifice contrasts with tales I have heard from elsewhere of people in years gone past being forcibly boarded in their houses by their neighbours when they were suspected of being plague/ disease carriers.
    Let’s hope we all can continue to make positive choices that are good for everyone and not just ourselves.

  2. Just the kind of article I was wanting to read. Much interesting than looking it up on Wikipedia. Thanks for sharing about the Plague Village.

  3. A thoughtful post and good pictures. I shall carry on plotting and blogging as usual. Thanks, and you too. xx

  4. Thank you for the positive post and pictures.

  5. I look forward to seeing your photos from New Zealand. The lupines are beautiful. I agree, we do need to pace ourselves, and take care. Be well.

  6. We are all looking though a glass darkly at the moment.

  7. I just was introduced to the story of the village Eyam by another blogger, and found it extraordinary. I certainly agree that there’s nothing wrong, and a good bit right, about the mutual encouragement that our blogs can offer. In truth, posting photos and stories that we ourselves enjoy is a good first step away from the kind of corrosive obsessiveness that can destroy. If others enjoy them too? All the better!

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