Frank’s Walk.

Posted on 20/05/2018 By

Frank's Walk: Tiptoe through the bluebells...

Frank’s Walk.

The fun and laughter of the Teddy Bears’ Picnic was wonderful. But a quiet and pensive mood has its devotees as well. A time to think about life and the world we live in. A time to appreciate the beauty of that world and those who have shared it with us. And enjoy Frank’s Walk.

Frank's Walk: Sonnet 18. William Shakespeare.

Sonnet 18. William Shakespeare.

Diddley - Frank's Walk 2014.

Diddley – on the Walk 2014.

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Posted on 13/05/2018 By

Teddy bears' Picnic: Here they come...

Welcome to the 2018 Teddy Bears’ Picnic. The sun will shine and we shall have fun.

Teddy Bears' Picnic: 7 May 12-4pm.

7 May 12-4pm.

And we certainly did enjoy the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. On a glorious May Bank Holiday Monday, the cricket field at Abinger Hammer in Surrey became a sea of colour, picnics and teddy bears. The River Tillingbourne flows right through the middle. Just a few inches deep, it is the ultimate “catch a stickleback and put it back” stream. Amazingly, with so many human beings invading their habitat, there were lots of sticklebacks, and other tiny fish, in jam jars and buckets. (more…)

Teddy Bears' Picnic


31 Fournier Street.

Posted on 06/05/2018 By

Fournier Street Tour.

31 Fournier Street.

31 Fournier Street. I wonder what is going on behind that front door?

I wonder what is going on behind that front door?

On a cold grey day on April 4 2018, we stood outside No 31 Fournier Street. I could see Bobby was deep in thought. Almost mesmerised by how we had come to be standing outside this front door in Spitalfields, East London.

31 Fournier Street.

31 Fournier Street.

Not so long ago he knew virtually nothing about East London. Nothing, that is, except the media driven negative impression of a down trodden, criminal element, dodgy area to be avoided. Liverpool Street, trainspotting in the fifties, and Petticoat Lane with his mum and dad shopping were probably the limit of his knowledge. Oh, and a brief foray in the mid fifties to bus spotting… that took him to all the east end bus garages at just ten years old. On a bike from North Cheam. (more…)

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Three go to Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Posted on 29/04/2018 By

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Three go to Dunsborough Park Gardens.

We absolutely loved Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Bobby, me and Anne.

Bobby, me and Anne.

I loved the statues (see Information below).

Anne and Bobby loved the flowers.

We all loved the “Secret Gardens” which are hidden seemingly round every bend. Through each gap in a hedge.

And… we really loved the refreshments provided by the day’s charity. Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice Care.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Festival of Tulips Poster.

Festival of Tulips Poster.

These opening times were for the National Garden Scheme. (NGS) special openings. There are other openings during the season that can be found on the Park website.

www.dunsboroughpark.com/events-functions

For those interested in the history of this beautiful garden, the following also came from the website:

DUNSBOROUGH PARK RIPLEY : GARDEN HISTORY AND INFORMATION

Welcome to Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park, Ripley, Surrey dates back to the dissolution of the Monasteries when the lands of Newark Abbey were given to a local nobleman. The farmer taking over the land built a farmhouse around a single central brick chimney which has now grown to become Dunsborough House. The gardens were laid out in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Re-opened to the public in 1997 after being restored by garden statuary dealer , Dolf Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh and his wife, Caroline, this magnificent 100 acre estate comprises a series of historical gardens brought to life by vistas and garden architecture.

The Gardens

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Whaddya reckon, Bobby?

Whaddya reckon, Bobby?

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Sit here and enjoy the view!

Sit here and enjoy the view!

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Just look at these blooms.

Just look at these blooms.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Ere, Bobby. What's he doing?

Ere, Bobby. What’s he doing?

Dunsborough Park Garden: Glorious Tulip Bed.

Glorious Tulip Bed.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: More Tulips Blooms.

More Tulips Blooms.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Not Tulips!

Not Tulips!

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Ah. More Tulips. Just look at that colour!

Ah. More Tulips. Just look at that colour!

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Ere - fancy a bath, Bobby?

Ere – fancy a bath, Bobby?

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Glorious orange tulips set off by an edging of muscari (grape hyancinths).

Glorious orange tulips set off by an edging of muscari (grape hyancinths).

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Think the orange ones are my favourites.

Think the orange ones are my favourites.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Sometimes I sit here and think, others times I just sit.

Sometimes I sit here and think, others times I just sit.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: More multi-coloured tulip artwork.

More multi-coloured tulip artwork.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Do you think he's seen me?

Do you think he’s seen me?

Dunsborough park Gardens: More yellow and white tulips.

More yellow and white tulips.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Pastel Colours.

Pastel Colours.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Orange tulips again. Magnificent.

Orange tulips again. Magnificent.

We have just so many wonderful pictures of Dunsborough Park Gardens. Sit back and enjoy the rest of the show!

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Phew! How about a cup of tea before the secret gardens?

We went last Saturday, on a glorious sunny day when the refreshments were provided by Shooting Star Chase Children”s Hospice Charity.

 

Now Anne and Bobby have a legendary appetite for cakes. You should have seen the look on their faces when they saw a sea of home made cakes set out for the visitors to enjoy while supporting the charity. They were so popular, and the scene so reminiscent of a posh garden party, that we half expected Her Majesty to walk round the corner. It was so warm that they had to indulge in elevenses, onesies and threesies! In cake!

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

 

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

The Secret Gardens.

This is my interpretation of what came next, and not called “Secret Gardens” by the owners.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens. “Hello Linda Utting". Bobby’s workfriend from days gone by.

“Hello Linda Utting”. Bobby’s workfriend from days gone by.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens. Nice smell, Viburnum.

Nice smell, Viburnum

And the glorious mixed tulips meadow:

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Lighting a Candle for Diddley

You will see from “information’ above that Dunsborough Park is built on the lands of Newark Abbey. The ruined abbey can still be seen close by across the water meadows of the River Wey. So this week, we are lighting a virtual candle looking back over the centuries.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Lighting a Candle for Diddley - Newark Abbey ruins.

Newark Abbey ruins.

Dunsborough Park Gardens. Newark Abbey Ruins.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Lighting a Candle for Diddley.

Lighting a candle for Diddley.

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Trevor and Henry.

Posted on 22/04/2018 By

Trevor and Henry: Lighting a Candle for Diddley - St Pancras New Church Statues. No Comment!

Trevor and Henry.

Trevor and Henry: Trevor.

Trevor.

Bobby: “Watcha mate. You’ve cheered up me old cock sparrow!”

Trevor: “Whatever gave you that idea, you idiot! I can hardly breathe with this contraption on.”

Bobby: “Look here. Your problem was saggy bits due to your filling. We could have paid to have you filled up, but Fliss reckons you are meant to be like that.”

Trevor: “May I ask who Fliss is and what business is it of hers?”

Bertie: “She is my mate and has bears and cats galore. I like it over at Fliss’s.”

Trevor: “Sounds a little crowded! (more…)

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Sir Cliff Richard.

Posted on 15/04/2018 By

Sir Cliff Richard: The London Palladium Reunion Album Cover with the Shadows in 1979.

In Praise of Sir Cliff Richard.

A young Sir Cliff Richard.

A Young Cliff

Diddley did not like Sir Cliff Richard. His squeaky clean image did not suit a sixties art student heavily into Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Neil Young and the rest.

Over the years, she introduced Bobby to all her music. He grew to love artists he had never even heard of. He went to see Ute Lemper one memorable evening. Even saw Shane McGowan and the Pogues one irreverent evening at the Fairfield Halls. And finally Leonard Cohen. What a performer he was!

She enhanced his musical outlook for all time. (more…)

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Life as the Other Half of an Alcoholic.

Posted on 08/04/2018 By

Alcoholic: Al-Anon poster.

Life as the Other Half of an Alcoholic.

Mindfully Bertie commends the Daily Telegraph for publishing the article below. In doing so, we see an opportunity to also commend an organisation whose sole purpose is to help those who suffer from other people’s drinking. Those affected by an alcoholic.

Al-Anon. Does not promote itself, but offers you and everybody else reading this blog the chance to find serenity in the mad world created by alcoholism. It may not be for everyone. All we suggest is that you give it a try. Bobby is convinced that the combined affects of his own anxiety (GAD), and his beloved Diddley’s drinking, would have been unsustainable had he not found the rooms of Al-Anon.

We urge you to read the Daily Telegraph article that follows. And consider if you or someone you know is struggling with life in the way in which the writer so eloquently describes it. Situations so familiar to members of Al-Anon.

Alcoholic: Al-Anon UK Website Homepage.

Al-Anon UK Website Homepage.

Daily Telegraph Article

This article is about the affect of one person’s drinking on another. In reality it goes far beyond that in affecting a whole raft of people. Family and friends. Even after you have lost the alcoholic the affects of their disease will continue to affect their loved ones long after. This is the case in Bobby’s family.

Diddley would have hated her name being used in this manner. She didn’t have a problem. For she was a functioning alcoholic. She didn’t hide drink. Really! Never humiliated Bobby. Really! Always loved him and never meant to hurt him. Even when declaring that life was not worth living when told officially that her body could no longer survive alcohol. So Bobby says sorry to the love of his life and hopes that by telling the story that others may gain some comfort and knowledge.

Alcoholic: Telegraph Article.

Alcoholic: Telegraph Article.

Alcoholic: Telegraph Article.

Alcoholic: Telegraph Article.

Alcoholic: Telegraph Article.

Alcoholic: Telegraph Article.

Alcoholic: Telegraph Article.

Alcoholic: Telegraph Article.

 


Alcoholic: Al-Anon poster.

Al-Anon poster.

Lighting a Candle for Diddley.

This week’s candle is lit in St Anne’s church, Soho. Just a few yards from Shaftesbury Avenue and Theatreland. A church founded in 1686 and destroyed by a German bomb in 1940. Leaving just the steeple. For years, the church grounds were used as a car park and complete demolition forecast. Until a committed set of determined people re-founded the church by building modern rooms within the grounds and turning the remainder into a garden. It’s a remarkable story of fighting adversity. One that I doubt I would ever have known had it not been for writing a blog dedicated to those l love and their memory.

Alcoholic: The Church of St Anne Soho. The garden. Entrance in the street behind.

The Church of St Anne Soho. The garden. Entrance in the street behind.

Alcoholic: The original interior around 1890 (bottom left), the tower, from a sketch in 1840 (bottom right), and the bombed exterior in 1940.

The original interior around 1890 (bottom left), the tower, from a sketch in 1840 (bottom right), and the bombed exterior in 1940.

Alcoholic: The new sanctuary.

The new sanctuary.

Alcohol: Rebirth - new foundation stone laid March 1990 by the Princess Royal.

Rebirth – new foundation stone laid March 1990 by the Princess Royal.

Alcohol: Lighting a Candle in St Anne’s Soho.

Lighting a Candle in St Anne’s Soho.

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Just Two Hours.

Posted on 01/04/2018 By

Just Two Hours: "Wowwww can I go round on this?"

Just Two Hours (on 15 March 2018).

Just Two Hours: Hellebore.

Hellebore.

Bertie: “Ere Bobby. The ‘Beast from the East’ is coming again!”

Bobby: “When?”

Bertie: “Tomorrow. Snow, ice. Seriously taters, mate.” (more…)

Wisley    


Continental Railway Journeys: Paris.

Posted on 25/03/2018 By

Paris: Nice hotel. And view.

Continental Railway Journeys to Paris. 2017.

Paris: Place de la République.

Place de la République.

We treated you to Salzburg recently… (Salzburg blog). We treated you before on our first ever continental railway trip to Paris in 2016. But we didn’t tell you about our short stay last year. (more…)

Railway Journeys    


The Special One.

Posted on 18/03/2018 By

Special One: And finally, or rather now at last, a Princess in that wonderful car. Treated like royalty by Tim and Susie in front. The King is thereabouts in the back, acknowledging his subjects. In case anyone came from Mauritania.

The Special One.

Special One.

Don’t worry about that Portuguese football manager. I am the Special One! It says so on my new membership card for the world famous Brooklands Museum. (more…)

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