Some Benches

Posted on 31/03/2021 By

Bertie: “You OK, Bobby?” Bobby: “Not really Bertie. Bit fed up.”

Terence Cuneo

Posted on 28/03/2021 By

Cuneo is quite simply our favourite artist of all time. He may not be the greatest artist that ever lived, but he painted what we liked. Steam engines. He had an enormous portfolio of every subject under the sun. He was employed to paint commercial pictures for board rooms.

Sing Blackbird Sing

Posted on 24/03/2021 By

There are many exotic songs in the bird world. For many, the Nightingale is the pinnacle. But for many others, the chance of hearing a Nightingale sing is slim. To be honest, we think the best song of all is the Blackbird. Early morning – late at night, they bring joy to your heart and…

A Year With Covid-19 Gone By

Posted on 21/03/2021 By

Covid-19 Reflection This week we are taking the unusual (first time ever) step of reposting an earlier story. For the very good reason that it is exactly a year since we wrote SID (Self Isolation Day) and it is interesting to look back and remember our thoughts. This was the start of our mid-week blog.

The Mental Health Circus

Posted on 17/03/2021 By

We are deeply saddened by the current media circus using mental health as a weapon to attack whose ever side people may choose to be on. Our own stance on the subject has always revolved around Bobby’s own struggles with GAD (General Anxiety Disorder).

Wotton Church (and John Evelyn)

Posted on 14/03/2021 By

Wotton Church We are very fortunate here at Mindfully Bertie to have a growing band of loyal friends who support our endeavours to entertain you each week. Some of those friends offer ideas of their own. Two weeks ago, Bernard and Aldith reminded Bobby of the “secret snowdrops” at Abinger Hall. In doing so, we…

Wot’s in an ‘at

Posted on 11/03/2021 By

Bobby and I love ‘ats. They keep yer bonce warm. They keep it dry… hopefully. Some keep the sun out of yer eyes. Some are totally practical. Some not. Some reflect your mood. Others your ego. Just one or two are very old friends. Maybe only one is. “‘at Par Excellence”. So here we offer…

It’s a Beautiful World – The Bluebird

Posted on 07/03/2021 By

The Happiness I’ve Discovered in my Own Backyard Dear Friends of Mindfully Bertie. Once again we are indebted to our English Rose Janis, who keeps her eyes open for words of wisdom from across the pond. From her home in Arizona, she found this article in the New York Times inspirational. So do we. The…

The Rolls-Royce Wildlife Garden

Posted on 03/03/2021 By

Bringing Nature to Life at the Home of Rolls-Royce A Children’s Competition We are privileged through Andrew (Bobby’s son) to have an insight into what happens at Rolls-Royce Motor cars beyond building ‘The Best Car in the World’. And now, we are excited about his latest project. Bringing Nature to Life at the Home of…