Wildlife


Three Little Boys

Once upon a time there were Three Little Boys. Jason, Jay and Bobby Jason is tiny and not yet two. Jay is little and nearly six. Bobby is huge and nearly 78. Jason doesn’t say much. He wouldn’t yet, would he? Thinks a lot. Jay is the live-wire that Bobby was told he was when…


The Allotment

Bertie: “It’s too bleedin ‘ot!” Bobby: “I know, Bertie. It might help if you took that scarf off!” Bertie: “No way. I’d feel naked without it.” Bobby: “You would be!”


Far From the Madding Crowd – Times Two

Far From the Madding Crowd: Part 1. Wisley. Far From the Madding Crowd at Wisley Gardens. Book your online ticket early. The timed slots soon get filled up. Choose an early one to avoid car park bedlam. But don’t be deterred, later is OK if you are patient. Late afternoon is a lovely time to…


We Saved the Moon Daisies… Year 2

Moon Daisies Yes! We saved the Moon Daisies again. This time in May/June 2021. By “we”, we mean collectively all those who cared about, were disappointed by or, in our case, dismayed that once again our memory of Diddley loving the Moon Daisies had been besmirched by Surrey County Council (SCC).


Wonky the Wagtail

This is a story of courage, fortitude and above all else a never say die attitude to life.


Grumpy Bob

When the first lockdown came just over a year ago, the naturalist Chris Packham set up a Facebook group called… The Self-Isolating Bird Club.


Sing Blackbird Sing

There are many exotic songs in the bird world. For many, the Nightingale is the pinnacle. But for many others, the chance of hearing a Nightingale sing is slim. To be honest, we think the best song of all is the Blackbird. Early morning – late at night, they bring joy to your heart and…


Wotton Church (and John Evelyn)

Wotton Church We are very fortunate here at Mindfully Bertie to have a growing band of loyal friends who support our endeavours to entertain you each week. Some of those friends offer ideas of their own. Two weeks ago, Bernard and Aldith reminded Bobby of the “secret snowdrops” at Abinger Hall. In doing so, we…


It’s a Beautiful World – The Bluebird

The Happiness I’ve Discovered in my Own Backyard Dear Friends of Mindfully Bertie. Once again we are indebted to our English Rose Janis, who keeps her eyes open for words of wisdom from across the pond. From her home in Arizona, she found this article in the New York Times inspirational. So do we. The…


The Rolls-Royce Wildlife Garden

Bringing Nature to Life at the Home of Rolls-Royce A Children’s Competition We are privileged through Andrew (Bobby’s son) to have an insight into what happens at Rolls-Royce Motor cars beyond building ‘The Best Car in the World’. And now, we are excited about his latest project. Bringing Nature to Life at the Home of…


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