When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano.

They left Huntingdon Beach (Surf City USA) on a glorious morning to drive south down the Pacific Coast Highway. It was the last day of a week exploring the California Coast in the middle of a three week holiday with friends Dave and Mar. Old schoolfriends of Diddley’s, who had settled in California years before….

It’s a Beautiful World. Sand Martins and Serenity.

It’s a Beautiful World… The Purple Martin.

The Purple Martin. Some of our readers live a long way away. One such is Janis. Sister of our friend Rob. An English Rose, living with her husband in Arizona, US. Whilst retaining a love of the Surrey Hills, she embraces the wonders of American wildlife and, now and again, is able to share with…

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…

A Letter from Skokholm

Bertie: “Stop it Bobby! It’s going to your bleedin’ ‘ead!”


August is a month of anniversaries. Some happy. Some sad. All unforgettable. We have named our first anniversary “Puffin“.

Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 5: Westcott to Denbies Hillside.

Number 5: Westcott to Denbies Hillside. This is a short walk full of interest. The road section up Hole Hill has very few cars. Please note that beyond the cattle grid onto National Trust land is a private road. No entry to vehicles. It’s worth noting that for all these Covid-19 walks we describe the…

Bobby’s April Breakfast Birdwatch.

Breakfast Birdwatch. Each year, the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) organise a Big Garden Birdwatch. Taking place over the last weekend in January, we are asked to spend an hour watching birds in our gardens and recording what we see. And then entering those results on the RSPB website. If you haven’t…

The Spotted Flycatcher.

The Spotted Flycatcher. Each morning we read the Skokholm Island blog. Written by wardens Richard and Giselle it is, of course, largely bird or natural history focussed. After all it is, in company with its equally illustrious neighbour Skomer Island, world famous for its seabird colonies. Both have been featured regularly in Mindfully Bertie. On…

The Beautiful Adonis Blue Butterfly

The Adonis Blue Bertie: “Cor. I dunno. First of all, Bobby says he wants to tell the story of a beautiful butterfly. Then he asks bleedin Trevor to write it! I mean!” Trevor: “Look, Bertie. Let’s be perfectly honest. You do write most of the stories.” Bertie: “It’s my bleedin blog!”

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