Diary of a Heart Attack.

Posted on 18/08/2019 By

A Very Serious Event: Diary of a Heart Attack.

Bertie: “Can you see over there across the bay, Eamonn? That’s Skomer Island.”

Bertie and Eamonn looking over the sea to Skomer Island.

Eamonn: “Ahh, Bertie. Oi would love to go tere.”

Bertie: “Well, Eamonn. When you came to us from Alice’s Bear Hospital, we did promise you adventures. How would like to take my place this Saturday on a trip to Skomer Island and on Monday for a week on Skokholm Island?” (more…)

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A Heatwave in Worthing.

Posted on 11/08/2019 By

A Heatwave in Worthing.

Headshot of Bertie.

Bertie: “You must be bleeding joking, Bobby. ‘We’ are going to the seaside in a heatwave? You can count me out. It’s nice and cool here in Laurel Cottage. It’s supposed to be even hotter tomorrow and I am definitely staying put.”

Bobby: “Look, Bertie, it’s the only day I can see Jasmine before we head for Wales on holiday. It’s only the morning, but if you don’t want to come suits me!” (more…)


A Morning with the National Trust Volunteers.

Posted on 04/08/2019 By

A Morning with the National Trust Volunteers.

Landbarn Farm. National Trust Headquarters for Denbies Hillside. Set at the foot of the Hillside. Once the farm for the Victorian estate of Denbies. Now where the volunteers are based.

Landbarn Farm. NT Headquarters for Denbies Hillside. Set at the foot of the Hillside. Once the farm for the Victorian estate of Denbies. Now where the volunteers are based.


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Believe in Tomorrow Garden, Hampton Court Flower Festival.

Posted on 28/07/2019 By

Believe in Tomorrow

“Believe in Tomorrow” Garden. Hampton Court Flower Festival.

Seonaid Royall’s garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Festival.

Bertie: “Bobby, I thought you ‘bleedin’ ‘ated’ the Hampton Court Flower Show!”

Bobby: “I do!”

Bertie: “So why are we going then?”

Bobby: “You’re not!”

Bertie: “Oh! Thanks.” (more…)

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Sometimes Always Never. Memories from a film.

Posted on 21/07/2019 By

Sometimes Always Never.

Picture of a beach on a grey day. Several loan people standing dotted around in the distance. In the foreground, a man in a coat, satchel over his left shoulder, holding an umbrella in his left hand.

There is a “box” at Laurel Cottage. It has a lid. On the lid is the inscription…

“Bereavement”. (more…)


30506 (SR S15): Tony’s Engine.

Posted on 14/07/2019 By

30506. Tony’s Engine.

Tony and 30506 …..1997 before withdrawal for rebuild.

Taken in 1997. Tony, in front of his locomotive before withdrawal for rebuild.


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A Midsummer’s Day in the Surrey Hills.

Posted on 07/07/2019 By

Midsummer’s Day in the Surrey Hills.

A view across the Surrey Hills on a Midsummer's Day.

The Surrey Hills.

It’s Midsummer’s Day in the Surrey Hills. Not that Bobby would know. Listening to Robert Elms on Radio London, we will be lucky to see him vertical by lunchtime. (more…)


Belonging: 150 Stories from Mindfully Bertie.

Posted on 30/06/2019 By

150 stories from Mindfully Bertie!

Yes dear, loyal friends, this is our 150th story. (Bobby prefers “story” to “blog”). Who could have thought that when we wrote the first one that we called a “preview”, we would still be going strong at 150? I should read that preview now… and see if we have kept our promises. Since it is 150, and Bobby has something special to get off his chest, the blog “belongs” to him this week and is all about:


Bobby sat on a groyne on Ferring Beach looking out to the horizon over the sea.

Seeking serenity at Ferring by Sea.



Guest Writer: Bernard Bruty, Inspired by Flowers.

Posted on 22/06/2019 By

This week we are delighted to welcome back our visiting contributor Bernard Bruty. Remember “Ernie’s War“? Here he tells you about his mother’s passion.

Inspired by Flowers

This can mean so much in many ways. My mother Doris was no exception…

Head and shoulders photo of Bernard's mother, Doris Bruty.

Doris, 1948.


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The Secrets of Worthing Gardens.

Posted on 16/06/2019 By

Worthing Gardens.

Ambrose Place Back Gardens.

Worthing Gardens - Ambrose Place Back Gardens Open Day Website.

Each year, the secret back gardens of Ambrose Place in Worthing are opened to the public in aid of the National Garden Scheme. The Yellow Book to many. Last year we went with Merrill and wrote a story about it, which never saw the light of day. So here it is. These gardens are open this year on Sunday 23 June. Details above. We will be there and maybe you? (more…)


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