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

Meadow Muse


I hope you are all keeping safe. It’s a long time since I posted, time seems to have taken on a different dimension, I’ve little comprehension of what day or date it is. Sometimes this state of affairs seems to have been forever, then I’m surprised that another week has passed.

The lifting of restrictions on travel and social meetings, seemed premature to us, so we’ve pretty much carried on as we were. We count ourselves very lucky not to live in the vicinity of some of the most popular beauty spots in Derbyshire, and other places that are not beauty spots, but that seem to attract people with very little in the way of common sense .

We have been able to keep ourselves to our selves.

The garden, pond and field have been a rich source of pleasure. The pond seems to have relished the prolonged dry sunny period, in spite of the spring that feeds it drying up. With the irises bursting into flower it had a showy ‘Ta Dah’ kind of moment.

There have been droves of damselflies, I tried to identify them, and rapidly brought it down to the following categories, red

and blue.

It was enough information for me.

We are relieved that our son Tom, is safe and well in the happy place called New Zealand. We’d be lying if we didn’t admit to being more than a little envious of how quickly the New Zealand government have been able to lift their restriction. I fear we are in this mess for a long time to come.

So I’ll keep on watching the grass grow.

And try and workout the new WordPress editor. I’m reminded of a washing machine that has about 30 different program options, when you only ever use two or three at most.

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.

6 thoughts on “Meadow Muse

  1. I am using the new editor but I haven’t tested the new facilities for fear of losing what I know and can do. I share your view of the need for caution and the difficulty in working out what day of the week it is. It has been a very strange time.

  2. Do you know how to continue using the Classic editor? It’s possible. I’m using the Classic while I learn how to manipulate the blocks. The Classic will be around for a while yet — maybe a year, or more. I heard 2022. Anyway, that seems best for me. I can keep posting on a more or less regular schedule and learn the new process at my leisure.

  3. I think you are right to stay close and not accept unnecessarily the blandishments of the easing of restrrictions. I think there is a real danger of a second wave of infections if people don’t behave sensibly and daily observation tells me that many people do not behave sensibly.

    Your rural world provides an enviable environment away from the city crowds where we live. Your photos and descriptions speak of beauty and peace in a time of anxiety and selfishness. We can enjoy them too at secondhand and I particularly like your photos of the damselflies.

  4. Lovely post and pictures. I’m okay thanks, happily plotting almost every morning and like you losing track of the days and weeks. I don’t blame you for keeping on watching the grass grow, I’m doing likewise.
    I don’t like change and not looking forward to using the new WordPress editor, which doesn’t look better to me.
    Take care. xx

  5. FWIW from my days doing the LDNP I’d say that’s a Small Red and an Azure Damselfly….and we have both of them flitting around here too at the moment. Good to hear you’re OK, so glad we’re no longer in London with its nature or not.

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