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Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 10: Abinger – the Secret Snowdrop Walk.

Number 10 : Abinger – the Secret Snowdrop Walk This walk was sent to us by Bernard and Aldith. Past guest contributors. The snowdrop photographs by Bernard. The route by Aldith. We walked the route last Tuesday and it is a lovely walk of considerable variation and interest. Originally just intended to see the snowdrops,…


Ashes to Ashes

It was the 15 February 1999. The light was starting to fade across the Severn Estuary. A middle aged couple were sitting alone in a bird hide at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. Watching the scene developing in front of them as wild Ducks, Geese and Swans descended upon the lake…


Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 9: Gower – the Walk over Rhossili Down.

Number 9: Gower – The walk over Rhossili Down This is probably the simplest walk ever described in Mindfully Bertie. On a day like that one in September 2020, it is quite simply sensational. It is a walk that really demands a fine day to take advantage of the spectacular views in all directions.


A Wet and Windy Weekend

Wet and Windy Saturday Bertie: “Cor blimey, Bobby. It’s chucking it down out there!” Bobby: “I’m still going walking, Bertie.” Bertie: “You must be bleedin’ mad!”


Conceptulution, Evolution, Revolution, Bertielution.

Evolution. When we attended the Gentle Author’s course in Spitalfields in 2016, we had no idea about blogging. The course was entitled “How to write a blog that people will want to read”. For us, we felt a need to express ourselves. A desire to honour the memory of Diddley. To have fun. We had…


Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 7: The Watercress Walk

The Watercress Walk. Everyone is affected by the pandemic. Some far worse than others. Many have had to change their lives completely. Find new ways of enjoying themselves. Keeping sane and, most importantly, keeping fit. One thing we have done here at Mindfully Bertie is share our love of the beautiful world in this series…


Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 6: The Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way Each of those Whitby holidays was two weeks with grandchildren in August. The agreement was that Bobby had one day completely to himself. To walk along The Cleveland Way from Whitby. Either north towards Staithes. Or south to Robin Hood’s Bay and Scarborough.


Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 3: The Bluebell Walk

Number 3: The Bluebell Walk Bertie: “Cor, I dunno! First of all he tells us he hated Holmwood Common. Then out of the blue (literally), he discovers he loves it. Writes a whole blog on it, that lots of people liked. Then he comes home and declares “That’s bleedin it. I‘m not going over there…


Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 2: Holmwood Common.

Number 2: Holmwood Common Bobby grew up in North Cheam. Surrey then. Greater London now. In his young days, he loved cycling south to the Surrey Hills at Boxhill and Dorking. He made friends with a young lady. They were both still at school, but shared a love of walking in the Surrey Hills. Many…


The Day They Cut the Moon Daisies Down.

Moon Daisies. Corr… I dunno. I have never seen him so bleedin angry. Smashing the front door shut and storming upstairs to vent his wrath on the computer keys. I hid inside Bobby 2 with the other bears and hoped he would calm down. Next thing he is shouting on the telephone and we stayed…


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