A Midsummer’s Day in the Surrey Hills.

Posted on 07/07/2019 By

Midsummer’s Day in 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.


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…


The Secrets of Worthing Gardens.

Posted on 16/06/2019 By

Worthing Gardens. Ambrose Place Back Gardens. 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…


Sitting on a Bench.

Posted on 09/06/2019 By

Sitting on a Bench. Bobby looks forward to Tuesdays. A train ride to London. Usually Farringdon. A nice walk to Islington, through what turns out to be the design centre of London. He always leaves the Al-Anon meetings feeling better than when he went in. And looking forward to a myriad of choices of how…


Writing for Mental Health.

Posted on 02/06/2019 By

Writing for Mental Health. I am a writer. I write. I am a good writer. Bobby told me so I am a bad writer. Bobby’s mind told me so. I don’t care what you say. I do care what you think. I am a writer. I am writing this. I was always a writer who…


The Darling Buds of May… “Murdered by Surrey County Council”

Posted on 26/05/2019 By

The Darling Buds of May… “Murdered by Surrey County Council”. David Gilmour… (once of Pink Floyd): Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds to shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of…


The Isabella Plantation – A Journey Through Time

Posted on 19/05/2019 By

The Isabella Plantation. A Journey through Time. Sid and Dorothy (Bobby’s parents) loved The Isabella Plantation. It’s an abiding memory of a long time ago. Especially the day they took him there on the 213 bus. Bobby has been there many times in recent years, but never again by 213 bus.


The Handkerchief Tree.

Posted on 12/05/2019 By

The Handkerchief Tree. Bertie: “Gor blimey, Bobby. You do find out some interesting things!” Bobby: “Thank you, Bertie. I am just naturally inquisitive.” Bertie: “Well just think. This is all about a tree. A seemingly boring tree. A tree you have walked past, cycled past and driven past loads of times without so much as…


A Day out with Thomas.

Posted on 05/05/2019 By

A Day Out With Thomas. Play this: Dear Christopher, Here is your friend Thomas, the Tank Engine. He wanted to come out of his station-yard and see the world. These stories tell you how he did it. I hope you will like them because you helped me to make them. Your Loving Daddy


April in Paris – Pt 2.

Posted on 28/04/2019 By

April in Paris. Doris Day: She was 97 on 3 April. Bertie: “A Museum! We have come all the way to Paris to go to a bleedin’ Museum!” Bobby: “Careful, Bertie. You said that once before and you loved the London Transport Museum.”


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