Sibling affection …

Today was my birthday, yet another in a series which seem to repeat with remarkable frequency. Among the amusing cards these were my favourites – the one on the left from one of my golfing buddies (so he speaks with authority) and the one on the right from my sister:


So now I know exactly what she was thinking – as she correctly points out, maybe it is just as well that eBay had yet to be invented back then.  We love each other enormously but that was not always the case – as she well knows, as a pre-teen boy, I would have enthusiastically sold her into slavery 🙂  Not so long after our first encounter:


I know the exact spot where this photograph was taken and thanks to the power of Google Earth, here it is – the window in the background is highlighted in red:




  1. harrienijland · June 15, 2015

    Congratz, Robin.

  2. Sue · June 15, 2015

    Happy Birthday, Robin…

    • northumbrianlight · June 16, 2015

      Many thanks Sue – sorry I have missed many of your posts but we have been ‘off the grid’ on the canals these last few weeks.

      • Sue · June 16, 2015

        Oh, don’t apologise Robin – it’s good to get away from blogging sometimes! Real life surely should take precedence…😀

  3. restlessjo · June 15, 2015

    Phew! Just in time to wish you a happy birthday, Robin 🙂 Though I’m sure you’ll be in the club house by now.
    I love your sister’s card but she was seriously misguided. However much did she think she could sell you for? 🙂

  4. Pit · June 15, 2015

    A most happy birthday to you,

  5. kiwiskan · June 16, 2015

    love your sister

  6. noellevignola · June 16, 2015

    Happy Birthday!

  7. easyweimaraner · June 16, 2015

    Happy Happy Birthday to you :o)

    • northumbrianlight · June 16, 2015

      … squashed tomatoes and stew
      bread and butter in the gutter, happy birthday to you.

      Ta Dah!
      Thank you, thank you 😀

  8. LaVagabonde · June 16, 2015

    Happy Birthday, Robin. 🎉 The cards are great. I think the one on the right could work for most families. The photo of your sister and you is sweet. Hope you had a marvelous celebration. Just because they come around more frequently these day doesn’t mean they’re any less momentous.

    • northumbrianlight · June 16, 2015

      Many thanks Julie – from now on I celebrate and ignore the numbers, indeed, I might just do a Benjamin Button 🙂

  9. socialbridge · June 16, 2015

    Happy Birthday, Robin. Love the photos!

    • northumbrianlight · June 16, 2015

      Many thanks Jean – not sure I should have broadcast my birthday but couldn’t resist responding to my sister’s card 🙂

      • socialbridge · June 16, 2015

        I’m not surprised! My brother always sends me very ‘interesting’ ones.

  10. Su Leslie · June 16, 2015

    Congratulations; hope you had a wonderful birthday.

  11. Mél@nie · June 17, 2015

    bon et heureux anniv’! happy belated b’day! 🙂 my very best, tons of inspiration and good luck in all your endeavours… long and happy life! cheers, Mélanie

  12. Thom Hickey · June 22, 2015

    Many happy returns!

  13. MJF Images · June 28, 2015

    Happy belated birthday. I hope this year is a great one!

  14. Malin Ellisdotter H · July 13, 2015

    Happy belated birtday, Robin.

    • northumbrianlight · July 13, 2015

      Many thanks Malin – another year older and none the wiser 😉 ❤

      • Malin Ellisdotter H · July 13, 2015

        The trick is growing up without growing old. (Casey Stengel)

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