Trees and Nature


Puffins Galore

The National newspapers have been full of the news that Puffins have come back from the ocean to the Welsh islands of Skokholm and Skomer in large numbers. As you knowm we are regular visitors to both and last stayed on Skokholm in August 2019. 2020 was abandoned and our booking carried forward to this…


Bobby’s Big Garden Birdwatch… Mindfully

Garden Birdwatch Each year, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) organises the Big Garden Birdwatch. Always the last weekend in January, we take part and send our results to the RSPB on their dedicated website. A few months later they publish the results. A lot of the 2020 story is covered in…


An Afternoon Well Bunked Off.

Ivan Bunked off. We welcome back our friend and visiting contributor Ivan Tucker. He bunked off the other day while we were still basking in the Indian summer. Walking locally, just west of Dorking. Denbies Hillside, The National Trust estate and Westcott. Just a record of late summer heading towards autumn.


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 4: West Park, Wolverhampton

Bertie: “‘ere, Bobby. Tim, our Technical Director, says we can have this weekend off. He says he wants to show you that you are not the only one who can go out for a walk and take lots of photographs! Apparently there are green spaces even in somewhere they call the Black Country.”    …


We Saved the Moondaisies!

We Saved the Moondaisies. “We” being all those people who contacted Surrey County Council Highways to express their dismay at the destruction of the wildflower verges on main roads last year. Individuals, local council officers and not forgetting Plantlife UK, whose roadside verge campaign has created a national impetus to stop needless mowing in May….


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…


The Rolls-Royce of Honey

The Rolls-Royce of Honey   Luxury cars may not be your priority at the moment, but where are they made? Rolls-Royce Motor Cars are made at Goodwood, in a futuristic assembly plant surrounded by a large countryside estate. Andrew would like to tell you a little known fact about Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Over to you…


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…


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

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…


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