The Beautiful Adonis Blue Butterfly

Posted on 03/06/2020 By

The Adonis Blue

The Adonis Blue Butterfly.

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!” (more…)


Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 4: West Park, Wolverhampton

Posted on 31/05/2020 By

Bertie asleep on a railway carriage seat with Bobby's hat over his face!

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.”



Number 4: West Park, Wolverhampton.

For those who are not aware, my wife (Tracey) and I live a nomadic life on a narrow boat. Well, almost. The nomadic life has been temporarily suspended due to Coronavirus, so the last 9 weeks have been spent in Wolverhampton. We do like it here. We are especially grateful to Aldi as, since we were last here, they have built a new store 5 minutes down the road from where we are moored (sorry, Bobby, no Waitrose round here!). However, we are beginning to get itchy feet now – normally we only stay in one place for up to a fortnight and then move on to explore somewhere else. (more…)

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We Saved the Moondaisies!

Posted on 27/05/2020 By

We Saved the Moondaisies.

We saved the Moondaisies - Bertie sat in a verge surrounded by 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. A few weeks ago, we were further encouraged by national headlines that the sound of council mowers would be replaced by birdsong. Local authorities would be so distracted by Covid-19 that mowing was off the agenda. (more…)

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The Story of Eamonn’s New Scarf

Posted on 24/05/2020 By

Eamonn’s New Scarf

Eamonn wearing a long yellow scarf sat on a table at Priory Road Café.

Oh how we miss the Priory Road café, North Cheam, before Sutton United home games.

Bertie: “Bobby. We have been stuck at home for weeks now, but you seem quite happy. If someone asked you ‘where would you rather be today, anywhere in the world’, what would you say?” (more…)

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A Letter to Myself

Posted on 20/05/2020 By

A Letter to Myself

These words are from Bobby. To himself. I was a helpless observer.

Letter to Myself: Bobby's handwritten letter to himself. See bottom of page for full transcript.

Transcript at the foot of the story for those struggling with Bobby’s writing. Remembering that Bobby was still a nervous wreck when he wrote this in 2013.



Covid-19 Guided Walk for One. Number 3: The Bluebell Walk

Posted on 17/05/2020 By

Number 3: The Bluebell Walk

Some beautiful Bluebells on a sloping bank underneath some trees seen on the Bluebell Walk.

Head shot of Bertie looking to the right.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 again for a while!”

It seems that the fine weather, the closeness of the common to local villages and the outskirts of Dorking had made it very popular during the Covid-19 crisis. The peace and beauty of the circular trail featured in Part 2 by the story had been ruined by too many cyclists and runners oblivious to the rules on social distancing or indeed common decency. Dogs seemed to be everywhere. But you know him. Here was an opportunity to walk a bit further in the opposite direction. Back to his favourite countryside in the Surrey Hills. This time to the hill country leading to Leith Hill and its famous tower. And the bluebell walk. Walking to the Landslip Car Park featured in Frank’s Walk. (more…)

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Two Hundred – Yes this the 200th story posted by Mindfully Bertie!

Posted on 13/05/2020 By

Two Hundred.

To celebrate, we have a short story for you. The Teddy Bears’ Picnic was due to be held on 8 May. As in previous years, we had been asked to write a story for the programme. By the time we did, the picnic was cancelled. Instead, they have a virtual Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Facebook and the story appears on that. You may also like to see the last time the Picnic appeared in Mindfully Bertie in 2018. A glorious day for the picnic…

Bertie outside Laurel Cottage (sitting on the fence) with Trevor and Eamonn sitting on a Bobby 2 behind.

And as you know, the VE Day street party was also cancelled and took place instead in the front garden of Laurel Cottage. It was in effect a Teddy Bears’ Picnic!


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VE Day. 8 May 2020. The 75th Anniversary.

Posted on 10/05/2020 By

VE Day.

Poster: VE Day 75

Photograph of VE Day parade with his characteristic V Sign.

VE Day Poster - four service people in silhoutte against aircraft hands raised with a V-sign.

The famous ’V’ sign so often attributable to Winston Churchill did in fact originate in occupied Belgium as a sign of defiance against the invaders. It was banned by the Germans, but still appeared everywhere you could scribble a V. (more…)

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The Rolls-Royce of Honey

Posted on 06/05/2020 By

The Rolls-Royce of Honey

Head shot of Bertie looking to the right.


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 Andrew. (more…)

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Goodbye Montana.

Posted on 03/05/2020 By

Goodbye Montana

We came to live in Laurel Cottage in 1999. Diddley already lived here. The house looked very different then.

Laurel Cottage.

Laurel Cottage left. Vitae Cottage right. 1998.


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