Monday, 21 November 2011

Happy memories

Gosh Gail took about a squillion photos of our big trip down south to celebrate Human Grandad's 90th birthday.  But she says I have to select only a dozen, maximum, and that I do not have much time on the computer to tell you all about the trip 'cos she is super busy this week. 

Well here goes. Rush rush rush. 

Of course we travelled to Nottingham by railway. As you know I am by now a seasoned train traveller. 

But I bet you didn't know that the train company supplies me with my own personalised crisps. 

A shame that they can't spell, but what's a dog to do?

Oh, Gail is saying to remember it's "not all about me" and that people will want to see some pictures of the Birthday Boy.

Well here he is, together with Human Granny of course (they have been together for fifty five years).

Do you like his birthday cake?

I did sample a wee morsel myself and am pleased to report that it was just delicious.

Oh and here we all are, out for the promised birthday walk by the River Trent
I expect you will have noticed that HGD is not wearing a hat. I am mortified to admit I totally forgot that I was not supposed to let him out of the house unless he was well wrapped up. In mitigation, I plead that the weather was unusually mild for November. And that HGD still has a covering of distinguished white hair, anyway. And that you will see I am keeping a careful eye on him.

The next day I went for a longer walk by the river with Gail, and contemplated swimming out to greet a swan.

But then I dipped my paw in the muddy water and thought the better of it, remembered that I am not a water dog, and retreated back to terra firma and the nice broad grassy path.

The perfect place for a terrier to tear around.

In the grandparents' house,  I of course made myself thoroughly at home. So many comfy spots to chose from.
But oh too soon it was time to come home.

I was able to read a few blogs on the journey back.

We changed trains at Edinburgh again.

I think Edinburgh might just be the dog-friendliest city in the world. We had a hour to walk around the city centre and if Gail's camera battery had not run out, I would have been able to show you pictures of all the many kind folk who stopped to admire me and give me a friendly pat as I performed an early evening promenade up and down the Royal Mile and Princes Street (still no trams). 

So many happy memories. Can we go back to Nottingham soon Gail?

PS I would like to assure my marvellous Aunties Martha and Bailey Basset that I also gave ninety barks for Human Grandad. Unfortunately, Gail seems to think that on the train between Doncaster and Durham was not the right place to do it, and that the rude gentleman who we overheard saying, as the train pulled out of Newcastle station, "oh I hoped the dog would be getting off there" might have had some justification for his comments....


  1. Bertie - You've given HGD a birthday to remember . Seems you gave that rude man on the train a journey to remember too !

  2. Sounds like you had a spiffing time all round mate! Deccy x

  3. What a wonderful trip! I love the cake and I am so impressed that you have your own chips!

  4. A wonderful trip and I can see that you were a perfect gentleman the entire way. Even being slow and not bouncy for your walkies with granddad.

    I am not sure what that human had to complain about regarding your conversation on the train. Momma says that the humans themselves are most annoying with their cell phone chatter.


  5. What a wonderful trip Bertie!


    PeeS...I agree with Mango. Our convos are much more interesting than humans on their cell phones!

  6. Bertie your HGP doesn't look a day over 50. What a wonderful time you had fur his birfday.

    I can't believe that they had BERT Chips on the train!!

  7. Hey Bertie!
    Wow, tell your Grandad Happy Barkday from me to him! Gosh, 90 is like furever...I bet he's seen lots of fascinating things in his life. Great pix of everyone! Love the cake and your own personal treats. I bet the train was fun! :)
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  8. What an awesome outing

    Stop on by for a visit

  9. 90 barks....naturally you had to start early!!! You certainly gave your grandad a fantastic birthday, Bertie...walks, cake and a little furry fellow to nap with!!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra, Bella & Roxy

    We wonder if the boyfriend was on his way to 'ex' after his mother's kookaburra performance...

  10. What a fun pawrty. Bet grampie was so Happee
    Benny & Lily

  11. Hey Bertie. I'd be real happy if I looked half as chipper at 90!! Many congrats to HGD.
    Horatio is most annoyed I missed your visit to Waverley. He really wants to show you round Edinburgh. He loves visiting the big smoke too... Not just for the attention. There lots of treats on the street... Half eaten pizzas, gregg's bags, coffee cups..
    Have a good week!

  12. Its so wonderful that you and Gail got to spend HGD's big day with he and your Grandmum.

    Your Dad and Mom are a very handsome couple, might we show some pics of them in their courting days?

    Very pretty cake and all else perfect too.

    Stella, Jo and Zkhat

  13. Bertie, sounds to us like you had the perfect visit. We can't believe you can go on a train? How amazing. We are glad you gave your Grandad 90 barks. Heres to many more for him. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  14. Hey Bertie bud
    Seems you are getting to be quite the traveller nowadays. I understand the need for 'pit-stops'.
    what a great birthday celebration for Human Granddad...
    Did you see Robin Hood?
    BTW Maxmom says she'd love to rub up that fluffy fur of yours.

  15. Bertie, we feel like we were there with you - what a wonderful milestone for HGD!! And our Mom says that if she didn't have Scotties, she might have to have a WFT!!

    The Rocky Creek Scotties and Ivy

  16. Nice cake! And you had to give 90 barks, he shouldn't have been so rude.
    Kisses and Tail Wags,
    Dachshund Nola

  17. Bertie..sound like you had a brillo paws trip.

    Big Nose POkes
    The Thugletsx

  18. Bertie, how cool that you got to celebrate HGD's birthday in style with him. I think that you were probably supposed to do the 90 barks in his presence but it do be the thought that counts.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  19. Spoilsport. That man on the train.

    We're thrilled that the birthday celebration was grand! And we were VERY impressed with your watchful eye, Bertie.

    Happy for good memories ...
    Jake and Fergi