Uphilldowndale

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


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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thirty Days Wild. June 4th

June 3, 2015
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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.

 

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.

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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.

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And the wild garlic

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

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

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

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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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Flashes of Light

How it has rained, and rained this week. The occasional burst of sunlight was very welcome.

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I can report that the  neighbouring lambs are ‘growing up with the grass’, or in this case the nettles, as this nettle bed seems to be a favourite haunt.

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This morning the sun brought out the bees, to the vetch ( in my head I could hear the theme to 633 Squadron as this bee swooped in)

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And the winberry flowers 

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Remember I was given a Trophy Cam for Christmas? Well its only taken us five months to actually set it up (blame the DIY) but look what we ‘shot’ on the second night.

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Brock the badger, we’ve always thought he was around, from the scrape marks and poo pits in the field; but other than one sighting in the lane (which must have been many years ago now, because Mr Uphilldowndale and Joe were coming home from Beaver Scouts) we’ve never seen him (or her) in the flesh.

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