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

Moving meadows


The field, continues it’s journey into summer, never has it provided more pleasure than this year, and it’s always been a delight, but being on our doorstep, it is a wonderful distraction from the woes of the world.

The weather we have had since lock-down has made it quiet magical. So many insects and butterflies  After the heavy rain of the last few days, when the clouds clear and the sun breaks through, the bugs and butterflies rise up with the warmth from the ground. It makes me smile.

This was yesterdays treat, a dark green fritillary  

The name comes, if you are wondering, from the colour underneath the wing.


They like to feed on knapweed 

Knapweed is a plant we introduced to the field, about eight or nine years ago, having had work done to remedy a problem from theoutflow of the septic tank ( sorry you weren’t expecting that were you?) we took the opportunity to reseed the area with a native wildflower seed mix,  some of the species decided the field wasn’t for them, but the knapweed liked the neighbourhood and flourished


The bees are delighted.

knapweed 3

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.

11 thoughts on “Moving meadows

  1. That knapweed really is pretty. We have a nice fritillary, too — the Gulf fritillary, which has lovely silvery spots. I could do with a little less heat and humidity, but I’m eager for the next days, when the Saharan dust cloud will move away. Sometimes it provides pretty sunsets, but this year has been less than spectacular, so I’m ready for it to move on.

    • It is a very strange time indeed, are Saharan dust clouds an annual event?

      • They sure are. It has to do with the way the jet streams arrange themselves, I think. We actually don’t mind them, because if there are heavy dust clouds over the Gulf, they can help to lower water temperatures a bit, and so help to suppress hurricanes. They come and go: sometimes farther north, sometimes south.

  2. How wonderful. Since childhood I have had a hankering to own a field and have day-dreamed about how I would spend my time there. Nice to know that someone has realized that dream.

    • Thank you, we are indeed very lucky, it is 29 years this week since we moved here, we didn’t set out to own a house with a field, nor did we know what we were doing with it, but we’ve had good advice and support from family and our neighbour farmer over the years.

  3. Lovely post and pictures. Lucky you having that on your doorstep. xx

  4. Your posts are always a breath of fresh air! Head over to my place – there’s a nomination for you (hope you don’t mind?). C

  5. Hello. I thought you had stopped blogging, only to find out that WordPress mysteriously dropped my following. This has happened with other people from time to time. I’m looking forward to seeing your posts again.

  6. Best wishes to you and yours for the coming New Year 2021.

    I hope you are all faring well and that you will perhaps find time and energy to uodate the blog at some point.

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