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Dreaming

Bertie: “Gor blimey, Bobby. Wednesday’s story about 2013 and the Samaritans was a bit heavy. Did it upset you writing it?” Bobby: “Not at all Bertie. When I walked over that railway crossing with David, I knew it was an opportunity to put a couple of things straight. And also to close the book on…


Mindfully Arundel

Bertie: “Bobby… Why are you cleaning the bathroom at three in the morning?” Bobby: “And the downstairs loo!” Bertie: “Why?” Bobby: “Can’t sleep…” Bertie: “You told me you had had a wonderfully relaxing afternoon at Arundel. So why were you going through those boxes of memorabilia at midnight?”


Emmylou Harris

Memories of California Emmylou Harris


One Foot in the Grave

Thoughts for Today. The Duxford Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary Airshow this coming weekend has just been cancelled. It was inevitable. Leaving Bobby airshowless for the first year since 1954. But then, as you will discover during the next few weeks, his heart attack and subsequent cardiac rehabilitation has led him to a joyful place…


Angels Wings

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…


A Letter to Myself

A Letter to Myself These words are from Bobby. To himself. I was a helpless observer.


Kate

Kate Artistic people find all sorts of ways to express their creativity. Some paint wonderful pictures. Others find their love of music by making it or composing it. Some draw pictures of exquisite detail. Photographers find true beauty in their art. And, of course, writers love writing. Whether it be Dickens or a blog. Our…


Lost in a Dream

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

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…


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…


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