Merry Christmas

This will probably be my last post until after Christmas Day so a very Merry Christmas to all my followers, many thanks for taking the time to like and comment on my ever random thoughts throughout the year and all the best for 2016.

Our plan had been to be lazy on Christmas Day and eat at the Boatside Inn, just over Warden Bridge.  Sadly, especially for the owners, the building was flooded in the recent storms and will not open again until the New Year. Consequently we are eating at home and chef will be catering for five, possibly seven – my normal limit is two 🙂

This year’s Christmas card reflects my passion for hitting small balls with unsuitable sticks in wild places – hopefully the snow provides a sufficiently seasonal touch.  This is the second at Allendale, a place you can now fly over at Aerial Golf Caddy.  When you have a spare moment between the main course and the pudding, take a look; you may begin to understand my obsession with the place (two of the best ‘flights’ are at the 3rd and 12th, both par 3s).

Christmas card ...



  1. Maureen Sudlow · December 19, 2015

    Great photo. A very Happy Christmas to you, and good luck with the cooking

    • northumbrianlight · December 19, 2015

      Many thanks Maureen – I will need it and so will the ‘victims’ 🙂

  2. socialbridge · December 19, 2015

    Happy Christmas, Robin.
    Smashing photograph, as always.

    • northumbrianlight · December 20, 2015

      Many thanks Jean, and all the best to you and yours – will you be swimming on Boxing Day? 🙂

      • socialbridge · December 20, 2015

        Thanks Robin.
        I’d love to be swimming every day at the moment as it’s so mild but the seas are far too wild. Hoping to get a dip in over the Christmas. Will be thinking of you slaving away at the cooking!

  3. west517 · December 19, 2015

    Merry Christmas!

  4. colorpencil2014 · December 19, 2015

    Lovely image and a very Happy Chritsmas to you too!

  5. Trini Lind · December 20, 2015

    Merry Christmas!! 💖😊🎅🏽🎄🌹🕊🎁👼🏻💝

  6. LaVagabonde · December 20, 2015

    Now that’s a signature Robin Down Christmas card. A golf flag rising above the land like a beacon. 😉 Your dinner may be hectic, but I bet it will be fun. All the best to you and your family for Christmas. May you see many such flags in 2016!

    • northumbrianlight · December 20, 2015

      Many thanks Julie – and I confess the rear of the paper version includes an ad for the book. The commercialisation of Christmas – dreadful 🙂 Have a great one, all the best, Robin.

  7. easyweimaraner · December 20, 2015

    Merry Christmas to you… and maybe once we will meet each other on the green :o) in case my mommas hellbow is back to normal once :o)

    • northumbrianlight · December 20, 2015

      Many thanks Easy and I hope so too – Allendale GC welcomes well-behaved hounds like your good self 😉

  8. Gillean · December 20, 2015

    Just completed 18 holes at Allendale via Aerial Golf Caddy. Himself he might just have to make a visit next year. Have a great Christmas – why not take a picnic somewhere on the west coast instead of cooking! That is, hopefully, where we will be.

    • northumbrianlight · December 20, 2015

      I recommend the virtual round today Gillean – I went up there this morning with two other optimists and didn’t get beyond the clubhouse – yet more horizontal rain. What a civilised Christmas, I am very envious – have a great time! All the best, Robin

  9. Cate Franklyn · December 20, 2015

    A Very Merry Christmas and a Fantastic Happy Healthy New Year, to you and yours!

    • northumbrianlight · December 20, 2015

      Many thanks and likewise Cate – I would love to experience Christmas in NYC but in the meantime one of your excellent virtual tours would compensate. All the best, Robin

  10. MJF Images · December 20, 2015

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours Robin!

  11. sustainabilitea · December 21, 2015

    Have a wonderful Christmas, filled with blessings and joy!


  12. restlessjo · December 21, 2015

    Sorry you’ve got to don the pinny, Robin 🙂 But then, I do too! I didn’t realise you’d had that much rain up there. Devastating for the pub! I bet you’ll still have a great Christmas. Easy on the egg nog 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · December 22, 2015

      Me too, doesn’t do my street cred much good 😉 Loadsa rain here – Cumbria got most of the coverage but Corbridge suffered too (at least south of the river). Have a great time Jo (I might be repeating myself but that now goes with the territory) and don’t waste that cake, all the best, Robin 🙂

  13. edithlevyphotography · December 22, 2015

    Merry Christmas. Have a great holiday.

  14. littledogslaughed · December 22, 2015

    Merry Christmas Robin and best wishes for the 2016! And I am sure the meal will be memorable 😉 I love the card-my father, who was an avid golfer well into his 80’s would have appreciated the golfing sentiment far more-for me though it is a most lovely landscape with beautiful light!

  15. anyone4curryandotherthings · December 23, 2015

    what a beautiful Christmas card, thank you Robin for sending this one. Snow looks good! 🙂
    looking forward seeing you again in the New Year. But for now, have a wonderful Christmas and …enjoy cooking (it can be fun, trust me) 🙂 🙂 Carina

    • northumbrianlight · December 23, 2015

      Many thanks Carina – I enjoy cooking, just not in high volume – a table for two is my usual maximum 🙂

  16. Malin Ellisdotter H · December 24, 2015

    Lovely Christmas card. I wish you a very Merry Christmas too!

  17. Dina · December 24, 2015

  18. Scott Marshall · December 31, 2015

    Love the edit with the perfectly placed Golf Flag – I trust you had a fabulous Christmas and a creative New Year

    • northumbrianlight · December 31, 2015

      Thanks Scott – I confess the flag was digitally relocated 😉 – all the best for a similarly creative 2016 🎆

      • Scott Marshall · December 31, 2015

        chorkle chorkle – i have asimilar shot but it isnt on the blog anymore – anyway time for a dram 🙂 slainte

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