GAD


I Feel Quite DiscomBOBulated!

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…


Memories on the Bedside Table.

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…


Belonging: 150 Stories from Mindfully Bertie.

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…


Flirting with GAD.

Flirting with GAD. Bertie: “Bobby! Why are we sitting on this bench? It’s taters and freezing me bleedin’ nuts off!” Bobby: “Errr…where did you get that expression from Bertie?” Bertie: “You!” Bobby: “Ohh… Well, since you asked, I am flirting with GAD” (Generalised Anxiety Disorder)


Apricot Village.

Apricot Village. Me? I rely on “flashes of inspiration.” Often precipitated by Bobby’s fond memories of years ago. A classic tendency for “Peter Pan’s” (old men in Sarf London) who can remember the bus ticket on the 93 to Putney Bridge in 1959 but not why they just came upstairs.


Small Talk Saves Lives.

Small Talk Saves Lives. Hasn’t it been a wonderful autumn! Here in the Surrey Hills that surround Laurel Cottage, the beech trees take your breath away. But, as I write this, the temperature is dropping, the wind gathering, followed by the leaves. Or as Eva Cassidy sang… The falling leaves Drift by my window The…


A Great Success (Over GAD).

A Great Success! Gor blimey … ere we go again. We were going to tell you about our latest trip to “ee by gum country”. But, instead, his mind has been hijacked, and he wants you to know about his Great Success. Just over a week ago. What I am about to tell you, with…


GAD Update: Out of the Darkness.

Out of the Darkness. Into the light… Relax, cheer up, it’s a big day. Bobby came out… (more than one way)


A Day in the Life of GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder).

GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder). PS… Is “postscriptum”, written after. A letter, maybe, or on this case, a blog. This PS was written after the story that follows. The story of Bobby’s battle with mental health. Written a few days before Prince Harry revealed to the world’s media that he too had suffered mentally years after his mother,…


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