Brompton Revival.

Posted on 12/07/2020 By

Brompton Revival. We live in extraordinary times. The last time Bobby’s life was in such a turmoil was in 2015, when he lost Diddley. The weeks and months that followed that were very difficult. But they had one certainty. She wasn’t coming back.


Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 5: Westcott to Denbies Hillside.

Posted on 08/07/2020 By

Number 5: Westcott to Denbies Hillside. This is a short walk full of interest. The road section up Hole Hill has very few cars. Please note that beyond the cattle grid onto National Trust land is a private road. No entry to vehicles. It’s worth noting that for all these Covid-19 walks we describe the…


The Narrow Gate by Ivan Tucker.

Posted on 04/07/2020 By

The Narrow Gate. This week we are delighted to welcome our friend Ivan Tucker. A true wordsmith. Instead of pictures we ask you to imagine the scene as he walks along the bank of the River Mole near Dorking.


The Yarnbomb Sisters of East Preston

Posted on 01/07/2020 By

East Preston’s Yarnbomb Sisters. Do you remember the very first regular mid week story that appeared in Mindfully Bertie? We had decided that during the pandemic there might well be an opportunity for an extra shorter story each week. Three months later they have been very well received and we shall carry on.


Missing You. Bobby’s Railway Adventure.

Posted on 28/06/2020 By

Missing you. Bertie: “Bobby… will it always be like this? Will we ever go to those places we love again? I really miss all those adventures.” Bobby: “I am sure we will, Bertie. But a lot of people like me will be too nervous to go for quite a while. All we can do is…


Bobby’s April Breakfast Birdwatch.

Posted on 21/06/2020 By

Breakfast Birdwatch. Each year, the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) organise a Big Garden Birdwatch. Taking place over the last weekend in January, we are asked to spend an hour watching birds in our gardens and recording what we see. And then entering those results on the RSPB website. If you haven’t…


The Spotted Flycatcher.

Posted on 20/06/2020 By

The Spotted Flycatcher. Each morning we read the Skokholm Island blog. Written by wardens Richard and Giselle it is, of course, largely bird or natural history focussed. After all it is, in company with its equally illustrious neighbour Skomer Island, world famous for its seabird colonies. Both have been featured regularly in Mindfully Bertie. On…


The Chief Scout

Posted on 14/06/2020 By

The Chief Scout. In the early part of the twentieth century, a movement for young people was started that quickly swept the world. The Boy Scouts. In time, this also included the Girl Guides and the Wolf Cubs for younger boys. Millions of people today have fond memories of their young days in this organisation….


Angels Wings

Posted on 10/06/2020 By

Angels Wings As the years went by, we got used to Diddley’s idiosyncrasies. When her mother, the lovely Sarah, died, she developed a new one. If she found a single white feather in front of her she would say… “That’s my Mum, telling me she is alright.” We thought it a nice sentiment. She told…


Charles Rolls – Aviation Pioneer

Posted on 07/06/2020 By

Charles Rolls. Aviation Pioneer. Back in 2007, Bobby took part in a walking holiday with his office friends. It was the heyday of the Adventure Club he had helped to form that has been featured in these stories before. They stayed in Ross on Wye and one day walked a length of the River Wye…


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