Railway Children

Posted on 25/11/2020 By

Railway Children Logo: Fighting for Street Children

Mindfully Bertie is proud to announce that Railway Children is its chosen charity. We encourage all our readers to read what follows and consider if they can support this wonderful organisation. This is how the charity started:




Posted on 22/11/2020 By

What a wonderful season Autumn is. In the past we have treated you to a cornucopia of golden leaves. This year it’s a little different for a million reasons. We desperately miss London. Ask us what we miss most about London and we would have to say St Martin in the Fields. A wonderful church, of course, but also a world famous music venue. Add to that the simply scrumptious apple crumble and custard in the superb Crypt Café and our loss is all the worse. (more…)


Sherrylea’s Story.

Posted on 18/11/2020 By

Sherrylea gave us her email. It didn’t work. Oh well. Maybe she will pick up on Mindfully Bertie. That would be nice. The story that follows was told by her to Bobby. It was to have been checked by her, but is now entirely from his memory. Transcribed that evening like all the other Gower stories lying on a bed at Swansea Premier Inn. The story was a response to hearing about the adventures of a certain teddy bear.

The Lost Dolly

Sherrylea's Story - The Lost Doll (more…)

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Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 8: Gower – the Walk over Rhossili Down.

Posted on 14/11/2020 By

Number 8: Gower – The walk over Rhossili Down

A kitesurfer over Rhossili Down and beach looking north over Llanelli Bay.

Rhossili Down and beach looking north over Llanelli Bay.

This is probably the simplest walk ever described in Mindfully Bertie. On a day like that one in September 2020, it is quite simply sensational. It is a walk that really demands a fine day to take advantage of the spectacular views in all directions. (more…)

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Ty Dwr

Posted on 11/11/2020 By

Bertie sat on the post of a gate to Ty Dwr.

Back in 1982, Bobby was told of a cottage that could be hired on the Gower Peninsular. A friend of a friend knew an affluent family who owned their own holiday cottage and hired it to friends and those who could be trusted. It was still the family’s main holiday destination. The cottage was called Ty Dwr, which means Water House in Welsh. (more…)


YMCA… A Tribute

Posted on 07/11/2020 By

YMCA East Surrey Annual Review 2020

YMCA East Surrey Annual Review 2020

The full review is available here and we urge you to read it. The YMCA really is a marvellous power for good in the community. (more…)


A Wet and Windy Weekend

Posted on 05/11/2020 By

Wet and Windy

Wet and Windy


Bertie looking out of the window on a wet and windy day.

Bertie: “Cor blimey, Bobby. It’s chucking it down out there!”

Bobby: “I’m still going walking, Bertie.”

Bertie: “You must be bleedin’ mad!” (more…)


Wisley Titbits.

Posted on 01/11/2020 By

Where once we charged all over the place: Up to London, to the cinema, to the theatre, the BFI, St Martin’s in the Fields, riding on our senior railcard, luxuriating with our free bus pass – we now realise that many pleasures open to us over many years have been neglected due to the absence of time.

Many people are realising that their memberships of numerous organisations may well give them “free access” throughout the year. Those membership cards were there, but way down the “to do” list until now. For us, the RHS at Wisley Gardens are now a weekly visit. Apart from half term, when it was fully booked in advance. So we still went in the pouring rain to buy spring bulbs. The shops are, of course, outside garden entry. (more…)


Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 8: Gower. Rhossili to Mewslade Bay.

Posted on 28/10/2020 By

Gower. Rhossili to Mewslade Bay.

And so we finally got to the Gower. Driving west from Swansea as far as you could go to beautiful Rhossili. Memories of the early eighties came flooding back. The weather was glorious and we decide to do the simple walk to Mewslade Bay that we had done half a life time ago.

The walk starts in the National Trust car park at Rhossili.

Map of the Gower Peninsula and the walk to Mewslade Bay. (more…)

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Rolls-Royce Young Designer Competition – The Results

Posted on 25/10/2020 By

The Results

Rolls-Royce Young Designer Competition - The Results

Back in April, Andrew announced this very special competition. (more…)


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