Tick Tock.

Posted on 31/03/2019 By

Tick tock. Look west. Swift's Hill, Gloucestershire, looking towards Wales.

TICK TOCK…

tick tock… tick tock… tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock.

Dear Friends of Bertie…

now and again, when the opportunity arises, we like to look at more serious, even difficult, subjects. Alcoholism and the part Al-Anon Family Groups play in helping those affected by the drinking of others is one important story.

Tick Tock: Al-Anon Family Groups poster.

Al-Anon Family Groups.

Another is mental illness and Bobby’s own struggle at times with GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder).

As you may have seen in past blogs, GAD sufferers can do a lot to help themselves. But then, we all are subject to the pressures of life that leave us vulnerable to mental instability. Bobby’s friend Rob sent him this article that had appeared recently in the Arizona Daily Star. (His daughter lives there). The article really resonated with us and we decided to incorporate it in a blog called “Tick Tock”. So set your clock ticking and we will begin.

Tick Tock - We Cheat Ourselves by Constantly Rushing Through Daily Life.

I hope that clock is still tick tocking. We can all embrace this philosophy. Slow down. Think how we can all use those precious seconds in a more sustainable way. This blog is being written on an iPad, with a phone and computer to match. They are all fantastic assets to modern life. Particularly the camera, for recording for us all to share how you can spend more time in those seconds you have until you shuffle off this mortal coil. What follows is off the cuff ideas when we switched it all off. After the pictures are taken. Yours could well be completely different.

Tick tock. Fall in love with the beautiful world. Pembrokeshire, Whitesands Bay.

Tick tock. Fall in love with the beautiful world. Pembrokeshire, Whitesands Bay.

Tick tock. Ride upstairs on a double decker bus. North Yorkshire Moors.

Tick tock. Ride upstairs on a double decker bus. North Yorkshire Moors.

Tick tock. Go to a beautiful garden and watch the world go by. Dunsborough Park, Ripley.

Tick tock. Go to a beautiful garden and watch the world go by. Dunsborough Park, Ripley.

Tick tock. Eat Apple Crumble and Custard in a crypt. St Martin's in the Fields, London.

Tick tock. Eat Apple Crumble and Custard in a crypt. St Martin’s in the Fields, London.

Tick tock. Smell the Queen’s roses. Regent's Park, London.

Tick tock. Smell the Queen’s roses. Regent’s Park, London.

Tick tock. Play a love song. True Love Ways. Buddy Holly.

Tick tock. Walk in the rain. South Bank, River Thames, London.

Tick tock. Walk in the rain. South Bank, River Thames, London.

Tick tock. Seek serenity at Kingston-upon-Thames.

Tick tock. Seek serenity at Kingston-upon-Thames.

Tick tock. Look west. Swift's Hill, Gloucestershire, looking towards Wales.

Tick tock. Look west. Swift’s Hill, Gloucestershire, looking towards Wales.

Tick tock. Have a "nuffin" day.

Tick tock. Have a “Nuffin” day.

Tick tock. Have a spiritual experience. St David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire.

Tick tock. Have a spiritual experience. St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire.

Tick tock. Practice Mindfulness.

Tick tock. Practice Mindfulness.

Tick tock. Take your great grandson out for a walk.

Tick tock. Take your great grandson out for a walk.

Tick tock. Write a blog.

Tick tock. Write a blog.

Tick tock. Share the space. Drop your pace.

Tick tock. Share the space. Drop your pace.

Tick tock. Life at 3mph.

Tick tock. Life at 3mph.

Tick tock. Gor. Luv-a-duck. Pintail.

Tick tock. Gor. Luv-a-duck. Pintail.

Tick tock. Daydream. Diddley and Jasmine.

Tick tock. Daydream. Diddley and Jasmine.

Tick tock. Look out of a train window, watching the world pass by. Little Jay, Bluebell Railway.

Tick tock. Look out of a train window, watching the world pass by. Little Jay, Bluebell Railway.

Tick tock. Love in a mist. Whitland Church, Pembrokeshire.

Tick tock. Love in a mist. Whitland Church, Pembrokeshire.

Tick tock. You’re my best friend.

Tick tock. You’re my best friend.

Tick tock. Love letters in the sand. West Wittering.

Tick tock. Love letters in the sand. West Wittering.

Tick tock. Over the rainbow. Whitby.

Tick tock. Over the rainbow. Whitby.

Tick tock. Say the Serenity Prayer.

Tick tock. Say the Serenity Prayer.

Tick tock. Watch the sun go down in your favourite place. Diddley's View, Abinger Roughs.

Tick tock. Watch the sun go down in your favourite place. Diddley’s View, Abinger Roughs.

Tick tock. Go for a paddle. Whitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire.

Tick tock. Go for a paddle. Whitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire.

Tick tock. Ride on a steam train to there and back again. Bluebell Line.

Tick tock. Ride on a steam train to there and back again. Bluebell Line.

Tick tock. Watch clouds. Look for pictures. Cloud Appreciation Society.

Tick tock. Watch clouds. Look for pictures. Cloud Appreciation Society.

Tick tock. Read a Frank Mansell poem.

Tick tock. Read a Frank Mansell poem.

Tick tock. Search a rock pool. Hermit Crab, Worthing Beach.

Tick tock. Search a rock pool. Hermit Crab, Worthing Beach.

And best of all, this movie. Taken by Bobby”s granddaughter, Jasmine, with Big Jay and great grandson Little Jay. Make sure you listen to the little boy’s commentary on a tiny bit of life on a busy beach.

Lighting a Candle for Diddley & Sylvia.

Tick tock. Lighting a candle in St Non’s Chapel, St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Tick tock. Lighting a candle in St Non’s Chapel, St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Tick tock. St Non's Chapel.

Tick tock. St Non’s Chapel.

Tick tock. St Non's Chapel.

Tick tock. St Non’s Chapel.

Tick tock. The seat outside St Non’s Chapel.

Tick tock. The seat outside St Non’s Chapel.

Tick tock. The full poem extracted on the seat. W H Davies:

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Tick tock. Watching the sun do down. Pembrokeshire.

Tick tock. Watching the sun do down. Pembrokeshire.

Sylvia. Bobby’s sister in law. Died 26 March 2019.

Sylvia. Bobby’s sister in law. Died 26 March 2019.

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  1. Avatar Anne Nugent says:

    They are really beautiful photos Bob x

  2. Avatar Justine Tabak says:

    Beautiful pictures and so true…. take a breath and enjoy the simple pleasures of life

  3. Avatar Nancy williams says:

    Wonderful photos of life and days and experiences and memories and you are so right about time ticking by and the need to value every moment.

    Nancy

  4. Avatar Nancy williams says:

    Wonderful photos of life and days and experiences and memories and you are so right about time ticking by and the need to value every moment.

    Nancy

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