Paratrooper’s Bicycle – One Picture, 500 Words

Posted on 17/11/2019 By

One Picture … 500 Words We were staying with Chris and Angie down in the Cotswolds last February, when Chris showed us a picture that really caught our imagination. We remembered how successful BBC Radio 2’s “500 Words” competition for children had become. And thought how about “One Picture… 500 Words” for Mindfully Bertie? Not…


Fireworks and Bonfire Night.

Posted on 10/11/2019 By

Bonfire Night. Well, dear readers, you may have concluded that Bobby has an obsessive nature. Currently split between writing stories and cardiac rehabilitation. The latter including an element requiring him to get thinner. Lose weight. Not for aesthetic reasons, but a desire to stay lucky and alive. And I have found one answer for him….


Autumn on a West Somerset Railway Steam Train.

Posted on 03/11/2019 By

West Somerset Railway Autumn in Somerset on a Steam Train. Many of our heritage railways stage special events in October. Galas, or for the Bluebell Line, “Giants of Steam“.


The Last Day of Summer at Duxford.

Posted on 27/10/2019 By

The Last Day of Summer. Would it be wise of Bobby to even consider going to an Airshow just six weeks after a ‘Very Serious Event‘? He couldn’t ask anybody, in case they said “No”! He couldn’t ask me, as I was 300 miles away in Wales. Preoccupied with learning Welsh. Was it that important…


Eamonn and The Landsker Line.

Posted on 20/10/2019 By

The Landsker Line. During my “genius period” with Rosemary, I wrote one or two stories. In Welsh! To celebrate and close our season of stories from West Wales, I have translated just one into English for you, my admiring readers. It is very appropriate, as this story is all about “Language”.


The Return of Bertie

Posted on 13/10/2019 By

The Return of Bertie. Bobby: “We have missed you so much. Nine weeks altogether. One of our readers did suggest having you posted back by Parcelforce. But that would be sacrilege for a bear like you. So here we are. Bobby and Eamonn. 300 miles on the train. Six hours in all. Rosemary very kindly…


Erik Adolf von Willebrand

Posted on 06/10/2019 By

Erik Adolf von Willebrand What is an eponym? Well, it is a word derived from the name of a person, real or fictional. A medical eponym is thus any word related to medicine, whose name is derived from a person. It seems to Bobby that many people have heard him mention von Willebrand’s disease. Or,…


I Feel Quite DiscomBOBulated!

Posted on 08/09/2019 By

DiscomBOBulated. Bertie: “I feel quite discomBOBulated. It’s very nice down here in Whitchurch. Just above Solva, near St David’s in West Wales. Rosemary is lovely. It’s very quiet. Peaceful. But I miss being part of everything that is happening in Laurel Cottage. Bobby will ‘rescue’ me when he is allowed to go on a long…


A Letter from Skomer.

Posted on 01/09/2019 By

A Letter from Skomer. When we wrote “Belonging“, we told you of Bobby’s love of the two islands off the west coast of Pembrokeshire. A love affair that started at quite a difficult time in Bobby’s life.


Memories on the Bedside Table.

Posted on 25/08/2019 By

The Bedside Table. Mindfully Bertie started as a kind of bereavement therapy for Bobby. As you know, I had been best man at their wedding and chief mourner at Diddley’s Funeral. It’s now over three years since the blog started and we have covered every subject imaginable. Never forgetting that each week we would end…


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