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



Sunshine and showers, heavy at times.

It’s been a relief to get some rain, after the exceptionally dry weather we’ve had since lock-down began.  Earlier in the year I’d high hopes for the foxgloves, the young plants were so abundant, they obviously loved the very wet early spring, its hard to please everyone. But after the dry spell they were starting to suffer, looking somewhat stunted and under par. 

But with a good dousing of rain they have risen to their full height and glory! 

It’s turned out to be a vintage year for foxgloves. 

Fox gloves bank_

Much to the delight of the insects. 

Fox gloves bee

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.

4 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I did notice that there was a lot of banging going on in the sky this morning, accompanied by the usual downpour. It’s ironic that a couple of days before, I saw our neighbour giving his back garden the hosepipe treatment.

    Here in the city, we tend to look on rain as an inconvenience (and more than that if you happen to be flooded as a result) so it’s nice to see that our country friends are actually pleased with the stuff and see it being put to good use.

    Levity aside, I like the picture of the bee on the foxglove – nicely caught.

  2. We have had some welcome rain too but we weren’t so happy to be caught in a thunderstorm when we were out walking yesterday.

  3. There’s been welcome rain here today since the early hours. I’m not keen on foxgloves, but it’s certainly a good flower for insects. xx

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