Welcome to BarberSASA.co.uk
This is the homepage for the Barber family. We live in
Coquetdale in Northumberland, England. Please feel free to have a look around
and contact us if you have any queries or points you wish to add.
Simon works as a Computer Database Consultant
for companies around the UK. In his spare time (which he seems
to have a lot of) he likes to spend money, redecorate the
house, work in the garden and play with things photographic.
He is well accomplished at complaining that his computer is
never fast enough - or that it does not have enough disk space
- for the image software he wants to run. Simon decides that
'Overseas holidays with lots of sun and beach are not for
us' and has compiled notes and pictures from the years spent
on the Scottish West Coast into a web site.
Digital photography has now arrived and opened up entire
new horizons for spending the cash. All new pictures for the
web site are now selected from the (literally) hundreds taken
on holidays and day walks, and folders and walls are filling
up with printed examples. Images that have proved popular
as Desktop Backgrounds are included so that there is no need
for you to miss out either!
Dentistry still occupies Angela through the week and
she is kept busy most days at various places around the county. Outside of work
Angela enjoys buying borders for the garden, planting vegetables and weeding.
All part of a grand scheme - as yet un-achieved - to get the right type of
greenery in the right place. Her unrealised ambition is to meet the great
Dermott - the grand garden plans are there - she watches all his shows. Another
helper with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme expeditions. She enjoys walking in the
hills - but can perfectly do without the high, narrow ridges that are favoured
by other family members. Hates coming downhill.
As far as IT literacy goes she is reasonably knowledgable
but claims she can never get on her laptop computer when needed
- an accusation firmly denied by both Andrew and Simon. To
fill the spare minutes Angela can be heard 'footling' on the
piano, reading or planning the next bit of planting. Now that
the two children have left home there should be ample time
to develop these hobbies - but this has yet to be realised.
School years spent at Thropton (First School),
Rothbury (Middle School) and KEVI, Morpeth (High School),
Susan moved on to Sheffield to study Mechanical Engineering
at the University. Now that student life has passed she has
found gainful employment based in York.
The move from Sheffield has not imposed on her busy social
life. To Susan a night in doing your hair is a night wasted
- she would much rather be out in the hills climbing or walking,
playing the clarinet and can even - on the odd occasion -
be found in the local pub. As can be seen, Susan avoids any
risk of a boring social life!
Andrew is the youngest of the family and like
Susan progressed through schools in Thropton and Rothbury
before moving to KEVI in Morpeth for Year 9. He has now finished
with school and moved on to Southampton University for a course
(also) in Mechanical Engineering. For sport Badminton features
a lot in his spare time along with games in the suster racquet
sports of Squash and Tennis. Music - other than the down-loaded
form - has faded from the active list since his move to the
mild climes of Hampshire to be replaced by traditional student
Andrew still spends too much time on computers - he just
has to have the best computer around. Although he is found
to spend inordinate amounts of time on the Internet he maintains
it is all due to a good (if unspecified) cause. He has an
impressive knowledge of most things computery and has put
together a number of websites for others. And keeps the household
computer system running. He can cook a good meal though!
Sections on this site
After numerous holidays in Scotland exploring the high mountains
and moorland we have collected a large number of photographs
and recorded a short diary on our walks. Since 1997 Simon
has been compiling the text and photos into a series of web
pages and these are now posted at this web site. The project
is still ongoing with sections on Sutherland, Assynt, Coigach,
Loch Broom, Torridon, Skye, Mamores, Corrour and Rannoch already
part of Susan's Duke of Edinburgh Award (Gold) she compiled
a history on the Kidland Estate in the Cheviot Hills. Kidland
lies just above Alwinton, a few miles up the Coquet Valley
from home. The hillsides are now largely forrested and many
of the smaller farms have fallen into ruin. Susan has compiled
the notes and some of the old photographs she found during
her research into the attached web pages.
from the collection of photographs that have found favour
as Desktop Backgrounds and Screen Saver displays. The images
are provide here to a slightly higher resolution than on the
main display pages.
Xmas 2004 Newsletter
the past few years BarberSASA has compiled an annual Newsletter
for circulation to friends and family at Christmas. Copies
of the newsletter are posted here - just in case you did not
get a copy!
02 January 2005