Sunday, 18 December 2011

My 2011: by Bard Bertie

The year begins with shocking cold.
With long dark nights. The sun stays low.
The snow is deep, but in the home,
Soft laps, warm hearts and fires aglow.


February’s time to celebrate,
And bake my birthday cake.
But Gail finds it hard to eat
My replica, such a mistake!


In March a new experience,
A true test of my social skill.
A house party with fifteen guests,
For whom I finally sit still….


So April is the cruellest month,
Old T.S. Eliot had it right.
How mean of Gail to leave me home,
And go with friends to France by bike!


In May, in Britain, some were pleased
To cheer along our Wills and Kate.
Did you stay in and watch TV,
Or climb Munros to celebrate?


The month of June, my chance to shine.
A village fete (Feis Alligin).
When I am jumping through the hoops
Those collies don’t get a look in!


July and down to Nottingham
To visit Gail’s Mum and Dad.
We go by train, the passengers
Think I am such a bonny lad.


Not everybody's quite so charmed.
In August Michael comes to stay.
I really did not mean to harm
Him but, bare legs? What can one say…?


Month nine, it is my turn to show
My heartfelt patriotic zeal,
Go Scotland rugby team, go go!
Win the World Cup! Or not. Oh well.


October comes. In Torridon,
I'm simply horrified to see,
The kayak, made by Florian


Can you believe it? I cannot,
November saw this lovely chap,
Gail’s Dad, turn ninety, that’s a lot
Of years, (he often needs to nap).


So here we are, year at an end,
It’s now the season of goodwill.
So bouncing love to all my friends
And may your lives be joyful still.

Merry Christmas to all my dear readers! 

PS I'm off with Gail to Nottingham shortly and I will be concentrating all my efforts on trying to cheer up Human Grandad, as Gail tells me he has suddenly taken a turn for the worse. But never fear, I shall be back, and as ever with plenty to say, in the New Year!


  1. You are a fine poet Bertie. Have a lovely Christmas with Human granny & Grandad. I too will be spending Christmas with Ganny! Deccy x

  2. Will you be singing with the piper to pipe in the haggis?

    Great poem to describe the year!!!

    XXXoOO daisy, Bella & Roxy

  3. Bertie - Safe journey . To see you both will be HGD's best Christmas present ever !

  4. What a wonderful poem and it was lovely to look back on your year with you.

    We will miss you.

    Have a lovely time and do your best cheering-up. I'm sure it will be the greatest tonic.

    Love and licks, Winnie

  5. What a great post Bertie - be sure to brighten up your human Grandpaw!! I'm sure you will!

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie

  6. Do your best with human Granddad. I think your little face should help him to feel happier.

    That was quite an epic poem. So many adventures.


  7. Safe journey and best wishes to your grandad! Have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!

  8. Merry Christmas Gail and Bertie! Safe travels and we look forward to hearing more poetry in 2012.

  9. Wonderful post dear Bertie. Wishing you, Gail and her family a wonderful holiday. Safe travels.

    Buzzy McDuff, wee Pippa and Camille

  10. I believe I shall call you the BARD of Blogville. What a wonderful Year in Review.

    I wish you the Most Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    I am sure that you will bring Cheer to your Grandpa...

  11. Dear Bertie and Gail,
    What a fabulous round-up of your year. I just LOVE your blog!...and remain your faithful fan.
    I also wanted to wish you all a very happy Christmas. I know that Gail will enjoy the special time with Granddad. Please send them our love to.
    Cheers to live, love, laughter and the amazing friendship in blogville!.
    (Your parcel will be posted tomorrow morning :))
    Lotsaluv too,

  12. Bertie and Gail, Merry Christmas and safe travels. We love your poem!!

    -Bart and Ruby

  13. Hi Bertie and family, what a fabulous round up of the year. We loved getting to know you and wish all in your family a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. Special hugs to your Grandad. Take care all. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  14. Masterful versifying, Bertie, Masterful!

    Have a fine Christmas Holiday and Wish your Grandad and Grandmom a fine Holiday and Happy New Year.

    Cheers and hugs,


  15. Ah Bertie the Bard your words wrang so true.

    I have to say that I enjoyed your month of August. You are so right, who can resist a bare leg? Not I!

    I hope that your Grandad feels better, I am sure he will once he sets eyes on you!

    Have a Pawsome Holiday Bertie my furiend!

    woos, Tessa

  16. hey Bertie,

    That was pawsome! You are so very talented! I loved it, and what a brilliant idea to do a month by month poem to end the year. :->

    Sorry to read of your Grandad and my paws are crossed and we (my human K and I) send lots of love and prayers and healing for him. But I know once he sees your bright and cheery face he will bounce back to health!

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year! We are thankful for your friendship and look forward to a new year of following your amazing adventures!


    Suka and K

  17. If anyone can cheer him up then it will be you Bertie!! Have fun and have a Merry Christmas!!

    Jazzi and Addy

  18. Lovely poem Bertie! A question: What did you do to Micheal's legs?? We hope you do good at cheering your grandpa. 90years. Wow. Merry Christmas Little one, to you and your Gail!

    Smooches from pooches,
    BabyRocketDog and Hootie

  19. Brilliant postie my boy. A whole year of Bertie...smashing.

    Sending well wishes for your HG,I bet you and Gail will be the best medicine for him.

    Squillions of wiry love and kisses for you Bertie and an overload of excited jumps and licks for Gail.

    Merry Christmas dearest boy! Your devoted Uncle Eric. xxxx

  20. Ah Bertie, you are a wonderful bard. You have done yourself proud. I am sure you will do loads of cheering up - sure, just looking at your photos makes my Two Legged Ones chuckle out loud! Good luck, safe travels and we look forward to reading all about your Nottingham adventure upon your return.

    Happy Christmas


  21. Bertie the Bard: we love it! Have a happy Christmas, and may HGD be feeling much better for your presence. And your presents, of course.

    Jed & Abby

  22. Merry Christmastide Bertie! Our Mum has been back in North Carolina as her Dad has taken a turn for the worse too - he is under Hospice care and most comfortable at home now.

    We just want to say how much we enjoy reading your blog...nay your insightful review of life and the broad discrepencies and commonalities of life in the old country as compared to us in the colonies.

    We think your Mum's prose rocks.

    We wish you glad tidings this Christmas and our best wishes for the New Year. And more treats.

    Love, Dozer and Cooper Edwards of Oregon, USA

  23. Bertie..we hope your human Grandad is soon feeling much better.

    Have a great Christmas. We hope Santa Paws is good to you!

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  24. Hey Bertie!
    Wow, this was such a wonderful post! I loved the walk down your memory lane. Healing vibes to your Granddad Hoping your whole pack has a wonderful holiday season!
    Grr and a Merry Woof,
    Sarge, Furiend

  25. Oh did you ever miss your barkday cake??? Mumsie has also made replicas, but only of Scruffy's head....

    You are a fabbers poet dear boy....

    Looking forward to more adventures in the New Year....

    Kisses and more,

    Miss Lacie Cakes

  26. What a year. We're so glad you shared it with us.

    And now ... we are oh so hoping that HGD is doing better.

    Jake and Fergi