A Message from Oakley the Guide Dog

Posted on 08/01/2022 By

A Message from Over the Rainbow Bridge

Oakley the Guide Dog


Hi, this is a message from Oakley the Guide Dog (retired) from the never-ending carrot patch. I am the happiest pupster ever here! I know I left a lot of leaky eyes back in life-as-you-all-know-it, but you just have to know it is a million times better here! I wish I could come to slurp your eye-drips away, but I’ll have to leave all my fellow left-behind pup-pals to do that on my behalf. Yesterday, 8 January, would have been my 11th Birthday. But now I am not getting any older! (more…)

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A Perfect Day

Posted on 02/01/2022 By

Perfect Day

This story started as ‘Coming Home’. Then became ‘How Important is it?’. Almost declared at ‘People’. But definitely rests now at ‘Perfect Day‘.



Merry Christmas from Laurel Cottage 2021

Posted on 24/12/2021 By

Merry Christmas

All the team by the tree to wish you all a "Merry Christmas 2021".

“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”

Bertie: “Bobby … Can you tell us a story?” (more…)


There is No Such Thing as ‘Never’

Posted on 18/12/2021 By


Bertie and Bobby looking at each other. Never say Never.

Bertie: “There is no such thing as ‘Never’, Bobby. I told you that in 2015, when you vowed to never go back to the Royal Opera House (ROH).”

Bobby: “And I really meant it, Bertie. Years of wonderful memories had all been ruined in my eyes by the fateful night of 27 January 2014. Not ruined by Diddley, but by alcoholism. I would never go again ever. You need to read the story “The Ballet” to understand exactly why.” (more…)


Finding “Serenity”

Posted on 12/12/2021 By

A Robin, who Bobby has named "Serenity".

This little Robin Redbreast is hereby christened ‘Serenity‘. Over twenty four minutes on Holmwood Common he transported Bobby to another world. A world where nothing mattered. No anxiety. No tribulations. No expectations. No exhortations. Nothing but serenity. For twenty four minutes. The time between the first and last photographs. (more…)

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Railway Children 2021

Posted on 08/12/2021 By

Railway Children Logo: Fighting for Street Children

Railway Children 2021

Dear Friends of Mindfully Bertie. Each year we post an extra story about our chosen charity. Railway Children. We hope you will read last year’s and the charity’s website this year and contribute if you feel able to do so. (more…)


This Service is Cancelled

Posted on 05/12/2021 By

(Includes Landscape Photographer of the Year).

Two coaches of a Southern Railway train covered in graffiti. Service cancelled due to an incident.

The train was an art gallery too.

This service is Cancelled

This service is cancelled. There has been an incident at West Croydon. Please leave the train and return to the concourse.”

We all did as we were were told, apart from one chap in the corner with noise reduction headphones who had to be tapped on the shoulder to join the real world. (more…)

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A Tribute to Rosemary

Posted on 27/11/2021 By


Rosemary holding Bertie.


Bobby’s mobile phone rarely rings away from Laurel Cottage. His endless communication with the rest of the world being by all those other means at our disposal now. So when it rings it is usually important. Just twice in fact in nearly three months. Both, by coincidence, while sitting in the sunshine at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Wisley Gardens. (more…)

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I Have a Dream

Posted on 21/11/2021 By

"Here is the dreamcatcher," he said. "Every day I is going out and snitching new dreams to put in my bottles." (From the Big Friendly Giant.

Bobby: “I have a dream.”

Bertie: “Do you keep it in a jar?” (more…)


Parham: When the Americans came to Suffolk

Posted on 14/11/2021 By


Parham Airfield Museum.

Parham Airfield Museum.

Bertie: “You OK, Bobby? You look a bit Uncle Dick!”

Bobby: “Cream crackered Bertie. The buses and Sutton United yesterday were brilliant, but I’m knackered.” (more…)


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