Walking to St George’s – Charles Holden.

Posted on 26/01/2020 By

Walking to St Georges – Charles Holden This is the third and last of our trilogy centred on those weeks of walking to and from St George’s Hospital in the latter part of 2019. Why Charles Holden? Well there is a pub named after him opposite Colliers Wood Underground Station. But who was Charles Holden?…


Walking from St George’s.

Posted on 19/01/2020 By

Walking from St George’s. Pt 2 of a trilogy. For over four months we travelled twice a week to St George’s Hospital in Tooting. 32 times maybe. Many incorporated the previous walk to or from Morden Hall Park. Tuesdays always start at Al-Anon in Islington and then the Northern line from the Angel to Tooting…


Lost in a Dream

Posted on 12/01/2020 By

Lost in a Dream. It’s the morning after New Year’s Eve. Bobby is sitting bolt upright in bed. He has had a shocking dream. Everly Brothers 1960, when they were the greatest. It wasn’t a nightmare, because most of it seemed OK. Just the end when he woke up. So, he had a cup of…


Church of St Botolph without Aldgate

Posted on 05/01/2020 By

St Botolph without Aldgate When we began writing Mindfully Bertie in August 2016, we started with a clean slate. A void in our lives had been created by the loss of Diddley the year before. A void that could provide opportunity for creativity, whilst never forgetting the love and affection for the person we missed…


Finding Peace at Christmas in Birmingham

Posted on 29/12/2019 By

Finding Peace at Christmas Birmingham Cathedral People like Bobby see life as a series of adventures. Big ones. Medium ones. Small and tiny ones. Even a shopping trip to Waitrose can be turned into a little adventure. To be an adventurer you need certain things. Finance, of course. Ideas, which he has in abundance. Energy….


A Peaceful Christmas to you all!

Posted on 22/12/2019 By

Wishing you a Peaceful Christmas from Mindfully Bertie Cara Dillon  Standing by my Christmas Tree (or sitting on a sledge) Standing by my Christmas tree. Wishing you were here with me. The snow is falling everywhere But it’s not okay that you’re not there. Lonely footprints in the snow And where they lead, nobody…


Walking to St George’s

Posted on 15/12/2019 By

Walking to St Georges “Everything in Life is an Opportunity” said Bobby. “Even snuffing it, for an undertaker” he added. Well, it seems that he now views the ‘very serious event‘ as an opportunity to live life in a more healthy way. It wasn’t unhealthy before, but did include quite a few cakes and fry-ups….


Christmas? ‘Appy Bleedin’ Krismus!

Posted on 08/12/2019 By

‘Appy Bleedin Krismus Christmas Here he goes again, I hear some groan. But Bobby has a mission. When someone you love dies too young from alcoholism there are those like Bobby who try to redress the balance with honesty. You may feel he is being disloyal to Diddley telling you her secrets. But, of course,…


Feeling a bit Wordsworth.

Posted on 01/12/2019 By

Feeling a bit Wordsworth. Bertie: “You OK, Bobby?” Bobby: “Not really, Bertie. I feel quite discombobulated. Certainly a little pensive. Maybe a bit vacant at times.” Tim: “I hope you’re not feeling at all maudlin, Bobby. I felt you were quite chipper when we met up just a few weeks ago. You really seemed to…


Three Lions, the Lionesses and some Cubs.

Posted on 24/11/2019 By

Three Lions, the Lionesses and some Cubs This is a story of hope, excitement, thrills, disappointment and reflection. It is told through the medium of three football matches. But don’t worry. The football is incidental to the stories and all the games were lost. What we gain from team sport in terms of winning and…


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