Uphilldowndale

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


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On the tide

An elegant arrival in the harbour yesterday afternoon.

Tall ship 3

A ship with presence Mrs Ogg and I decided, galleon like we thought (you can tell we are the none ‘boaties ‘ of our party). Which in turn brought to mind to our minds  the Joyce Grenfull’s sketch

 

Tall ship 2

It is the Stavros S Niarchos, part of the Tall Ships Youth Trust, signing up on ships like this can be life changing events.

In has a draft of over 15 feet, so there is not  a lot of space to spare in the harbour. She was deftly manoeuvred into place by the crew and two harbour launches

Tall ship 4

This afternoon Mr Uphilldowndale and I walked around the coast path, just before high tide she glided out, past Bolt Head, back out to sea. 

Tall ship 5


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Sea and Sand

We’re back again, in south Devon, for the 14th consecutive summer. Its just as beautiful as ever

East Portlemouth ferry

Mr Uphilldowndale snapped these fish on his way to get the morning paper.

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As ever we have joined with a large extended group of family and friends, our children are growing up now, they come and go, but they all want to get here if they can. Which is just lovely.

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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

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The walls meandered as much as I did

Walk to work walls

a view down  the dale, Chee Dale to be precise

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I’m still after that elusive crisp wagtail shot.

Walk to work wagtail


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Precipitation

The Met Office said the precipitation  probability was around 10% this morning, for our part of the world. The 10% found us, it poured down, at least it refilled the water butt.

wet grass

It took a wee while for everything to dry off.

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But it’s been a lovely afternoon, I spent most of it in the garden, I’ve always enjoyed that.

In the garden

Goodness knows how my parents found time to raise flower beds like this

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Not only was there livestock to look after, he worked full time in construction, It must have broken their hearts when we had to leave the farm.


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Thirty days wild. June 24th

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.

watching me_

I’m not sure who was watching who?


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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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