It was twenty years ago today …

… Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.

Well, much longer than that but, it was twenty years ago today that we moved into our converted farm buildings.  Things have changed since those long ago days but, we remain the same 🙂

The first image was our first sight of the buildings which now comprise our home and the second image is Pam standing in what is now our main bedroom:

The Old Barn ... The Byre ...

These images were taken on moving in day, 4th March 1995:

The Old Barn ... The Old Barn ...
And these were taken this morning – twenty years later, 4th March 2015. Like the man says, things have changed:

The Old Barn ... The Old Barn ...


  1. kirkistan · March 4, 2015

    Nice work! What a lovely spot.

  2. Tish Farrell · March 4, 2015

    Happy Home Anniversary, Robin and Mrs Robin. What a lovely house, and looking blissfully free of big trucks. 😀

    • northumbrianlight · March 4, 2015

      Thanks Tish – no trucks nor Cheshire cats but there are some local hazards – as I am not sure if any locals read this blog I had better not say who/what they are 🙂

  3. Great conversion, thanks for sharing this with us Robin 🙂 I really like that photo of Pam in what was to become your bedroom! What views you have there. Rolling countryside for miles and miles 😀

    • northumbrianlight · March 4, 2015

      Thanks Sarah – we are very lucky. It is blissfully rural but Hexham and Corbridge are only a couple of miles west and east which ensures access to sufficient retail therapy for the beloved 🙂

  4. suej · March 4, 2015

    Fabulous setting, Robin

  5. Malin H · March 4, 2015

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post, Robin. I have to admit that I envy you (a bit) 😉 Such a lovely home! I guess you’ll post images again twenty years from now… It’s 2015 now… So that’ll be 2035 then…

    • northumbrianlight · March 4, 2015

      Many thanks Malin – if I am still clinging to the wreckage in 2035, you can depend on it 😀

  6. Cate Franklyn · March 4, 2015

    What a beautiful home! I wish you and your face another 20 plus years of happiness in your humble abode.

    • northumbrianlight · March 5, 2015

      Many thanks Cate – I cannot see us ever leaving this place, there too much of us wrapped up inside.

  7. milfordstreet · March 5, 2015

    That looks beautiful. It must have been a labor of love. Very nice.

    • northumbrianlight · March 5, 2015

      It was certainly an exciting project – and remains so, we keep adding bits 🙂

  8. LaVagabonde · March 5, 2015

    I just knew that you lived in an awesome place, shaped by your creativity. What a paradise, Robin. 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · March 5, 2015

      Thanks very much Julie – ‘shaped’ is exactly the right word. It looks like it does because of our choices but fortunately those with better skilled hands were responsible for the real work. I couldn’t lay a brick, let alone a stone 🙂
      The other nice thing is that the stones on the end of the barn/hemmel in the first image are still exposed and form part of the inner wall of the room I am sitting in now, I can pick out the dark ones and almost touch them from where I am sitting.

  9. Photographs by Peter Knight · March 5, 2015

    Wow what a lovely place to live! View looks really nice.
    Is that a ford escort? Always love seeing pictures with cars in them to bring back memories!

    • northumbrianlight · March 5, 2015

      Thanks Peter and well spotted, that is Pam’s Escort. I had a Calibra 4×4 turbo at the time – perfectly ok if you didn’t want go round corners quickly 🙂 I fell distinctly out of love with it when the core plug blew out one evening on the M6 😦

      • Photographs by Peter Knight · March 5, 2015

        Ah a Calibra was a pretty flash car back then! 🙂
        I had a Ford Orion Ghia at that time, I think. I saw an early 90’s one recently and it looked tiny! They make cars too big nowadays I think; which is why its so hard to park in 1960’s car parks these days!!

      • northumbrianlight · March 5, 2015

        I had an Orion for about 6 months – it was an inherited company car. As I remember it had some strange habits in crosswinds and when passing artics on the motorway – an alarming tendency to jump sideways – otherwise perfect 🙂
        You are right about size – the current Focus is the size of the original Mondeo which in turn is as big as a Humvee 😀

  10. restlessjo · March 9, 2015

    Beautifully so, Robin 🙂 No neighbours?

    • northumbrianlight · March 10, 2015

      We are almost surrounded Jo – people to the west, cattle and sheep to the north and east 🙂

  11. Mélanie · March 14, 2015

    très pittoresque et bucolique… 🙂 I also live in the countryside, 20′-drive from downtown-Toulouse… 🙂

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