In another attempt to dust off the cobwebs and stretch the trousers we embarked on a walk around Juniper on New Year’s Day; it was a dull morning threatening yet more rain across the Shire.  Juniper is a delightful, rural hamlet which achieved some local notoriety in 2010; this article appeared in the the Hexham Courant on 1st April of that year:

A Hexhamshire hamlet is changing its name in order to cash in on the millions of a sixties superstar. The tiny community of Juniper will in future be known as Jennifer Juniper, following a request from hippy hero Donovan. Cash-strapped Northumberland County Council is understood to have agreed to the name change in return for a £5 million donation to council coffers. The denim-decked singer made a fortune in the 1960s from songs like Catch the wind, Universal Soldier, Mellow Yellow and Sunshine Superman, but his personal favourite was always Jennifer Juniper. He took a tour of Tynedale whilst staying at Slaley Hall and fell in love with the quaint hamlet of Juniper. He spotted a dappled mare grazing in a field and just wanted to be part of the place. Villagers have reported being offered large wads of cash for their properties but no-one was prepared to move out of the close-knit community. A consultation exercise on the name change is being carried out by the county council, but comments had to be in by noon yesterday.

It was a quiet morning, just one horse and rider struggling up the steep bridle path from Devil’s Water and in the woods, evidence of avian tragedy:

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(click on images to enlarge)


  1. Cate Franklyn · January 2, 2014

    Luv this post. Jennifer Juniper was my favorite Donovan. The photos are beautiful as always.

    • northumbrianlight · January 3, 2014

      Thanks for your generous comments Cate. A great track, can’t believe it was released 45 years ago! Just looked it up on Wiki – I never realised it was written for Patti Boyd’s sister, Jenny Boyd who maried Mick Fleetwood.

  2. RobynG · January 3, 2014

    Truly fantastic images! Thanks for sharing your day with us! Happy New Year!

  3. elisaruland · January 3, 2014

    Thanks for the blast from the past! I haven’t thought about Donovan much in years, now I cannot wait to hunt down some of his old tunes. Jennifer Juniper has a nice ring to it… Hexhampshire could have done a lot worse as far as quirky artists and town-naming requests!

    • northumbrianlight · January 3, 2014

      He wrote some lovely stuff in his early days but then lost his way, unlike Dylan who is still producing works of genius.

      • elisaruland · January 3, 2014

        I’ve been singing Jennifer Juniper all morning, except with a lot of la la la’s because I can’t remember the words!

      • northumbrianlight · January 3, 2014

        I have been subjected to the same 🙂 except Pam can actually remember the French verse in full – too clever by half 🙂

  4. elisaruland · January 3, 2014

    P.S. Beautiful photographs, love them in black and white!

    • northumbrianlight · January 3, 2014

      Many thanks, it was a very dull morning and especially in the woods – they looked very flat in colour.

  5. Sreejith Nair · January 3, 2014

    Nice images and monochrome adds to the feel of wilderness.

  6. LaVagabonde · January 3, 2014

    Love the tinting on these. Very atmospheric. As for the name…it could have been worse. They wanted to name a bridge in Bratislava after Chuck Norris. 😉 Happy New Year, Robin.

    • northumbrianlight · January 3, 2014

      They needed a bit of gold to pep them up a bit 🙂 A very Happy New Year to you as well Julie. I had to Google Chuck Norris – shows what I know…..which prompts a question on cultural differences – did you get the significance of the 1st April date in this post or is that purely a UK thing? (apologies if you know only too well)

      • LaVagabonde · January 3, 2014

        I totally spaced on the April Fool’s joke. But I usually get fooled. 😉

      • northumbrianlight · January 3, 2014

        Thanks, me too. On reflection, it seems like a daft question but I am worrying about cultural differences at the moment as my next post will explain.

  7. Malin H · January 3, 2014

    I really enjoy all of them… Great work Robin!

    • northumbrianlight · January 3, 2014

      Many thanks Malin, all the best, Robin
      PS – I am getting hooked on trees 🙂

      • Malin H · January 3, 2014

        Getting hooked on trees, that is something good. 🙂

  8. Dave · January 3, 2014

    Lovely photos!

  9. greenmackenzie · January 4, 2014

    What beautiful photos….trees can be hard to do well…..and you did 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · January 4, 2014

      They are quite easy really – they stand still, unlike your dogs 🙂

      • greenmackenzie · January 4, 2014

        …and in the standing still they can all look a bit samey 🙂
        I think it’s the way you processed them, you’ve sort of highlighted some of the trees so they really catch the eye amongst the others.

  10. bentehaarstad · January 5, 2014

    A very good series. Happy New Year, Godt Nyttår!

    • northumbrianlight · January 5, 2014

      Many thanks Bente and a very Godt Nyttår! (my first Norwegian phrase 🙂 )

  11. Malin H · January 8, 2014

    I know I’ve already commented this post… but I had to like the post too 😉
    And I still love these images, a lot…

    • northumbrianlight · January 8, 2014

      Many thanks Malin – it is always good to hear from you.

      • Malin H · January 8, 2014

        Always good to hear from you too Robin.

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