Watching nature take it’s course, from the top of a hill in northern England.
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 and photos where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ a bit.
On the other hand I may just be adding more words to the cyberspace compost heap. Only time will tell!
Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.
We live in what was once a working farm, it’s the area of Northern Derbyshire where I was born and raised, as as the Scots would say it’s not just where I stay, but ‘where I belong’ we have a few acres of land, hens, a dog, cats, a duck pond and a leaky roof. We consider ourselves to be very lucky indeed.
This blog has been bobbing along for fifteen years now, its pace and tempo has changed with the passing of time ( with a very slow tempo of late) but it still has nature and curiosity at its core. The interaction with the outside world of other bloggers and readers across the globe has been an added joy.
I’m rather possessive and protective about my words and photos, they belong to me! All original content is © drop me a line if you wish to discuss the matter in detail!
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This is no economy wash Uphilldowndale! The look of your blog is great! Well done! 🙂
Am looking forward to your writings as I,ve followed some of your comments on other peoples blogs and I concur with most of your sentiments. Theres a rich seam of humour within you….
Welcome to the wonderful world of blogs….kingmagic .
Thank you for your kind words and link; you said in your post you were studying history, all or a specific period?
I,m studying 19th and 20th C history. Mainly British political history and WWII German history.
Its something that I loved at school but unfortunately had a crap teacher who tried to make it as boring as possible.
I,m also very interested in the “Sharp” books and the early history of the British Army.
My wife says that I,m turning into an anorak!
I,d rather say that I,m a cagoule!
I loved geography, I think it was because we had a very dynamic teacher who got us out (and lost) in the peat bogs as often as he could, (maybe it was a front and he was trying to get rid of us.) Ahh hanging valley’s, drumlins limestone pavements, when he took us to Chamonix I thought I was in heaven; happy days. I could learn so much more from seeing and doing, than stuck in the class room.
On the subject of cagoules when were they invented? I seem to remember the teacher kitting us all out with bin liners for an expedition to Malaham Cove, (holes cut for arms and head) to wear over the top of our anoraks.)
My family have concluded that I am morphing in to a bit of a train spotter, as I have started a collection photographs of dry stone walls. I think they are fascinating, I must post about them. (Click away now, before its to late!)
Off to look at digital SLR cameras today, there will be no stopping me then.
Back at work…computer at home down.
Am also buying new digi SLR…the wife is going crackers!
Half a story!; what SLR? we are trying to look at Nikon D40x, Canon EOS400D, or OlympusE410.
I say trying because I can’t find a shop with the Olympus on the shelves.
It’s a long time since I have been in camera shop, but I can see it is an industry in a state of flux, if you are competent enough to handle digi images, you can cope with buying your kit on line…. so who needs a shop except to get a ‘feel for it’ then go home and but it on line 😦 I may have to go to a CITY next week, yuk!)
On the subject of competency, do you do tutorials in images for blogs! not got the hang of it yet, where do I start to look for a gargoyle?!
good luck with the PC, we have had our BT bill today and the end of our relationship with them is nigh; not looking forward to the ‘interruption in service.’
I cant remember the stats for the camera…but its expensive!
Will have a look at what I,ve ordered when I get home and let you know.
Look in WordPress for the tutorials on images, its a case of trial and error at first but it gets easier.
I usually Google most of my images or use my own collection of weird and wonderful stuff (but I have not got a single one of an anorak or a cagoulle!)
p.s. nothing wrong with drystone walls…I,ve got a collection of stones, rocks, pebbles and other assorted bits of hard stuff accumulated over twenty years which I intend to build a life size replica of Stonehenge in my back garden (planning permission allowing)
p.p.s. if planning permission is turned down then I am going to return all the above stones to the dark recesses of my mind from whence they came…off home now.
You should have submitted the PP on the solstice, for good vibes, I thought in returning your stones from whence they came you were going to live your life in reverse and so discover immortality.
ah – a chicken keeper – thank you for reading and posting on my blog – I shall keep an eye on yours now! I too work term time only, write and have just finished studying for a while.
Hi Anne, welcome aboard.
Love reading your posts. And the farm sounds lovely, my kind of place to be. Ill come back to read more 😉 H
Welcome to my blog Hanie
Hello out there –
stumbled across your wonderful words (great Blog BTW) via Stonehead’s Musings.
Well, if you’re a drystone wall ‘cagoule’ you’ll truly love some of the distinctly unusual examples we have here – we’ll try & post some on our Blog for you although we’re not sure we have an SLR (as being ex-military, to us that abbreviation means a Self-Loading Rifle – but a camera is a lot less terminal unless in the hands of a tabloid photographer, methinks…?!).
Anyway, by way of introduction we’re former RAF Officers turned fellow ‘downshifters’ (never worked harder) & in Jo’s spare – ahem – time she writes articles for ‘Smallholder’ magazine whilst Tony is an airline pilot (paying off the mortgage!).
Meanwhile we’re just about to launch our goat dairying business here in South West Wales: our 36 acres is home to a herd of pedigree British Toggenburg goats; a flock of Shetland/Ryeland ewes running with a Greyface Dartmoor ram; a pair of Shetland carriage ponies; two Welsh Cobs (one as a logging horse & one as a quadruped because we don’t believe in environmentally-unfriendly quad bikes); a flock of hens; a trio of ducks; a gaggle of geese; & of course, our three fearless Maine Coon rat-cats & our Greenland Guard Dog. I’d also mention the piggies; but alas, they’re in the freezer!
Hope you’ll be happy to pop the kettle on for an intentionally regular visitor: & please feel free to warm your welllies against our Rayburn whilst indulging in honied homemade Welsh Cakes & of course, a goodly cuppa…made with fresh goats’ milk, naturally!
Jo, Tony & Ffarm Fach (aka LittleFfarm Dairy) menagerie.
Hi Jo and Tony, and welcome, I’ll be round for a brew, although I expect being ex RAF, you can probably rustle up a jug of perfect gin and tonic in the blink of an eye and that would be nice too. 🙂
Oh no, I can feel an addiction to uphilldowndale coming on…
Greetings from a hill in Somerset, where the view is lovely (when the mist lifts and it isn’t raining like this morning) although not in the same league as yours….
I’ve just discovered your blog (followed the link from Stuart McBride’s blog), and I love it. You make me quite homesick, as I am originally from the north of England.
My husband and I lived in California for 9 years before deciding to “downsize” our lives (and our expenses), and move to a rural area of Oklahoma. Put the kettle on, I’ll be back.
The teas in the pot.
Kudos for the Dr Seuss widget, (up-up-up with a fish!)
Your photos are amazing, the colours are so vivid. I really like “Flight” and…actually I realised I’d be here forever, they are all great – the clouds set is particularly atmospheric. Just like those arty greetings cards, that I keep buying and refusing to send to people because I like them too much!
i love your place…i think to live in a farm is truly wonderful experience than living in a city wherein pollution is rampant….thanks for sharing the wonderful photos on your site and i must say they are truly great…
My partner is a dry-stone-wall specialist and worked a lot in the LD. I love your photos – they remind me of the first and only time that I have visited the area – simply stunning.
I aim to go back – and hopefully, soon.
Technical question: How did you add the falling snow to the blog?
Hi Jim, its a WordPress option, available till the new year, more info here
Lovely site. Thank you.
Thanks for stopping by
Having grown up in Macclesfield and lived in Bollington for several years I’m trying desperately to work out where you are. I know you won’t want to publish it online but would you be willing to put me out of my misery by e-mailing me and telling me the general area ? I have two possibilities in mind, one begins with K and the other with R, so many of the scenes look familiar but I can’t quite place them.
Best wishes Rowan
Hi, Ma’am. Country boy from the east here. i added you to my blogroll. i miss farm life:-)
Hi! Found you through flandrumhill blog of Amy-Lynn.
Your blog is so beautiful and photos are amazing!
Have a nice day!
thank you very much for your picture comment on my easter egg! HAPPY EASTER and take care,
yours daria 🙂
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Dear Sir Ive been inspired by one of your photographs of a derbyshire farm in winter. I am an amateur artist and would like to paint my interpretation of this scene in oils. Therefore I am asking for your approval of the use of your photograph. I will obviously credit you. on my label. Thanks in anticipation Dave Thompson
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Thanks for your photo’s and thoughts through the year.
I wish I had your time, skill and commitment to capture and share my surroundings and daily goings-on.
(Although I doubt everyone would find reports of some of the things I have to do, or some of my opinions palatable).
Thanks Doug’s Dad, its always great to get interesting comments too! 2016 will see Mr Uphilldowndale and I travelling around the country quite a bit. We plan visits to many a blog worthy place, so watch this space. It’s the things I’ve learnt from blogging, and the knowledge and observations brought in comments that have given me the most blogging pleasure over the years.
If you’re passing, or indeed if you can make a minor detour, may I highly recommend The Ship at Dunwich, Suffolk which is an excellent dog friendly proper pub with rooms, and excellent walks on the beach, the marshes and the forest – you know who would love it – Doug does!!!
The Beigel Bake at 159 Brick Lane, London E1 (you must have the hot salt beef) and The Brown Eagle caribbean restaurants in North London (brown eagle.co.uk).
Landguard Fort and Common at Felixstowe for a bit of history and a mind-boggling view of the container port and perhaps spend a few pennies in the pier slot machines – very old school.
Safe travels and I look forward to your reports.
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Thank you happy to help 🙂