Time it was …

… and what a time it was …

… a time of innocence

It has been a tough week, saying a last goodbye to my big sister.  The service was held in the small church at The Lee, near Great Missenden.  A lovely place but, it came as some relief to return to the peace and quiet of deepest Northumberland.  There is always hope to be found in the wild places.

And so, the night falls …


  1. anthony brown · January 21, 2020

    Darkness, sorry to hear of your loss regards Tony

    • northumbrianlight · January 21, 2020

      Many thanks Tony, much appreciated. The compensation is that Pat led a great life and was surrounded by her many close friends and family at the end.

  2. Jennifer J. New · January 21, 2020

    I am so very sorry for your loss of your big sister. The music was beautiful and your post really touched my heart. ❤ Jen

  3. petergreyphotography · January 21, 2020

    I send you my condolences.

  4. Sue · January 21, 2020

    My thoughts are with you, Robin

  5. J.D. Riso · January 21, 2020

    So sorry to hear that your sister has passed on, Robin. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    • northumbrianlight · January 21, 2020

      Thanks Julie – Pat had been ill for some time but she was always upbeat and I wouldn’t acknowledge anything but a positive outcome. That it failed to happen, has rocked my foundations.

  6. brenda · January 21, 2020

    May you find comfort within family and friends

  7. restlessjo · January 21, 2020

    So sorry to read this, Robin! I hadn’t realised… Sending hugs!

  8. Aviationtrails · January 21, 2020

    My condolences, so sorry to hear of your loss.

  9. sustainabilitea · January 21, 2020

    My thoughts and prayers to you and your family and friends, Robin. What a lovely remembrance post with a poignant and perfect title.. So glad you have those photographs.

    Long ago
    it must be
    I have a photograph
    preserve your memories
    they’re all that’s left you.


    • northumbrianlight · January 22, 2020

      Many thanks Janet x – The subsequent lines you quote have haunted me ever since I first heard them. I have dreaded the days when they would come true. In my sister’s eulogy, I included a line from another haunting song, Tom Paxton’s Icarus – “something good just slipped away”. Too obscure for anyone to pick up on but, I knew.

  10. Livonne · January 24, 2020

    I’m so sorry for your loss 😦

  11. Thom Hickey · January 24, 2020

    Very sorry at your loss.

    Regards Thom

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