Uphilldowndale

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


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Out early, and down the dale

I decided to set out to work early this morning, so I could factor a walk into my day.

I met a bunny before I could get the camera out of the bag

Walk to work bunny_

The majority of the cows were still in the milking parlour

Walk to work cow

There some beautiful bees and colourful thistles

Walk to work bees

It was all rather glorious

Walk to work 2

The walls meandered as much as I did

Walk to work walls

a view down  the dale, Chee Dale to be precise

Walk to work Chee Dale_

I’m still after that elusive crisp wagtail shot.

Walk to work wagtail


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Thirty days wild. June 30th

The best thing that you can do for nature is too make it part of your life. That’s why we’re asking thousands of people to make room for nature in their everyday lives this June. Please spread the word amongst friends, colleagues and family and get them to sign up, too! After all, all our lives are better if they’re a bit wild… ‘

I’ve signed up to 30 Days Wild with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust,  with the aim of blogging each day, a little bit of the nature of my world.

That’s it, its a wrap. We’ve arrived a little hurriedly, at the 30th of June.  The long summer days have cast their light through the north facing windows each evening, just for a few minutes; we call it the ‘sun on the lintle’ moment’.

longest day

The meadow is cut and basks in the hot sun. Just as it should.

I took this photo at dusk the other evening, just after they had finished mowing.

Hay down_


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Thirty days wild. June 29th

The best thing that you can do for nature is too make it part of your life. That’s why we’re asking thousands of people to make room for nature in their everyday lives this June. Please spread the word amongst friends, colleagues and family and get them to sign up, too! After all, all our lives are better if they’re a bit wild… ‘

I’ve signed up to 30 Days Wild with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust,  with the aim of blogging each day, a little bit of the nature of my world.

I particularly like this grass,  there is something about the rhythm of it, it reminds me of a zip fastener…

zip grass


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Thirty days wild. June 23rd

The best thing that you can do for nature is too make it part of your life. That’s why we’re asking thousands of people to make room for nature in their everyday lives this June. Please spread the word amongst friends, colleagues and family and get them to sign up, too! After all, all our lives are better if they’re a bit wild… ‘

I’ve signed up to 30 Days Wild with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust,  with the aim of blogging each day, a little bit of the nature of my world.

Oh dear, I’m behind with my posting, if not my communing with nature.

It seems to be a fine year for foxgloves, especially white ones.

Fox glove header_

I do have a very fast new laptop, I’m not sure it will be quick enough for me to catch up before midnight though, and I have misplaced the lovely daily graphics that Derbyshire Wildlife Trust sent me.


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Thirty days wild. June 9th

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The best thing that you can do for nature is to make it part of your life. That’s why we’re asking thousands of people to make room for nature in their everyday lives this June. Please spread the word amongst friends, colleagues and family and get them to sign up, too! After all, all our lives are better if they’re a bit wild… ‘

I’ve signed up to 30 Days Wild with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust,  with the aim of blogging each day, a little bit of the nature of my world.

 

I think she’ll be glad when they’re weaned.

30WD ewe twin lambs_


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Thirty Days Wild. June 4th

June 3, 2015
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TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_04

The best thing that you can do for nature is to make it part of your life. That’s why we’re asking thousands of people to make room for nature in their everyday lives this June. Please spread the word amongst friends, colleagues and family and get them to sign up, too! After all, all our lives are better if they’re a bit wild…

I’ve signed up to 30 Days Wild with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust I endeavour to bring you a post everyday.

 

I’ve been zipping about the county a lot this week, Alshbourne, Bakewell, Derby to name but a few places I’ve been. I certainly noticed how much more advanced the flora and fauna were as far south as Derby, the roadside verges were full of ox-eye daises, whist further north the wild garlic and butterbur seem to be having an especially good year.

I zipped into the Wyedale car park this morning, to see if I could  safely photograph them for you, the A6 is rather an unforgiving road to stop for a photo call.

It was all looking rather splendid. The hawthorn is just coming into flower.

DW30 Wyedale-2

The butterbur are showing off their seed heads, which  I think are far prettier than the flowers, I can only think the deep dale saved them from being spent by this weeks strong winds.

DW30 Butterburr-2

And the wild garlic

DW30 Wild garlic_

(I  must say I prefer the sight to the smell, but they always reminds me of a special holiday)

DW30 Wild garlic view_

I think I saw a female black cap, flitting amongst the trees.

DW30 Wyedale 3

And  then after a twenty minute fix of nature, off to work I must go.

DW30 Wyedale

I can’t grumble.


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Thirty Days Wild. June 1st

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The best thing that you can do for nature is to make it part of your life. That’s why we’re asking thousands of people to make room for nature in their everyday lives this June. Please spread the word amongst friends, colleagues and family and get them to sign up, too! After all, all our lives are better if they’re a bit wild…

 

I’ve signed up to 30 Days Wild with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust I endeavour to bring you a post everyday, given my recent blogging performance this will be a bit of a challenge, but I’m up for it; 30DW (not to be confused with WD40) bring it on.

30DW Rowan_

 

As this is to  be a multisensory experience, I can tell you that what I’ve discovered today is that rowan blossom is perfumed. When I was gardening yesterday afternoon I noticed a sweet smell, I couldn’t work out what it was (even though I was beneath  a rowan!)  This morning Spud the dog and I went down to the copse of trees at the bottom of the field where there are three rowan trees full of foaming blossom, the scent was glorious.

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