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

On the home front



I hope you guys are all OK, I’ve not managed to find my blogging mojo through the last three weeks.  I’ve not really been able to concentrate on much to be honest, I’ve not read a single book.  I’ve made a lot of soup, which comforts twice I always find, its soothing to prepare and to eat, and fills the kitchen with homely cooking aromas.

Outside spring it carrying on a pace, and as far as the garden is concerned I’m not keeping pace!

We’ve Joe is home with us, from what was to have been his final months of study in Swansea, we did a round trip in a day, to gather  up both him and his worldly goods before lock-down. Poor Spud the dog, he was bewildered, he spent over 12 hours in the camper van, and ended up back where he started, without so much as a grain of sand between his toes.  Tom is locked down in Wanaka in New Zealand,  I try not to think about the fact we couldn’t get on a plane and go to him, or he to us if the need arose. But I know he’s in a good place with good mates, and a country that didn’t falter to put it’s citizens health first.

Here are some sunny New Zealand Lupins

Yellow Lupin_

We’re keeping our heads down, and feeling very lucky indeed to have the space both indoors and out for it not to be too claustrophobic.  We’ve been alarmed by the numbers of people that came to Derbyshire and the Peak District, we’d like to keep the numbers down.

Suspension bridge New Zealand

NZ bridge x10

Stay safe xx























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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.

8 thoughts on “On the home front

  1. I can quite appreciate the way that you are feeling. We have all been entered into a lottery where the winning ticket carries a very unattractive prize.

  2. I’ve been fine until recently. One by one, all my favorite parks and trails have closed, even though some of them have almost no visitors. Ah, well. I have some sympathy for those who have to deal with the public, too. I think things will be better once we get past Easter weekend. It’s a traditional time for packed beaches, and they just could have that. Actually, they could have, but there are people who can’t get the need for social distance into their heads.

    Here’s to better news in the next weeks. I did order myself a particularly nice face mask — it has Texas bluebonnets on it!

    • In the UK great teams of people are busy, stitching, scrubs and face masks. A friend and her teenage son assembled a kit 3D printer and are now turning out visors health care professionals on the kitchen table!

  3. I’m okay and still blogging as usual as I’ve been plotting along. You’re in good company about not reading much as that remark has been a frequent one on Twitter, I’m rereading a series rather than new books.
    Thanks, and you too. xx

  4. Do you know it’s quite nice in Somerset. I just miss being able to visit gardens or go for a drive. We walk for miles threw the levels, lots of wildlife enjoying itself. I have given up buying Chinese goods, it’s a small thing but it cheers me up. My muscles are huge from carrying out the recycling bottles.

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