Thursday 18 February 2016

Now We Are Six

When I was One,
I had just begun.

When I was Two,
I was nearly new.

When I was Three,
I was hardly me.

When I was Four,
I was not much more.

When I was Five,
I was just alive.

But now I am Six, I'm as clever as clever.
So I think I'll be Six now for ever and ever.

from 'NOW WE ARE SIX' by A.A.Milne.

Yes that's right, it's my birthday today. Yippee! Oh and it's going to be just the bestest of days!

Gail is taking me down to Nottingham on the train to visit Human Granny.

We will be away for a few days and may not be spending much time near a computer. But before I go I must show you this wonderful 'bouncing frog' card that arrived yesterday, all the way from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Isn't it fun? And look what it says inside.

Thank you so much Madi (and your kind and lovely Mom). You have made me feel really special.

Oh and one last thing. The wee poem at the top of this post comes from 'Now We Are Six', a collection of verse by 'Winnie the Pooh' author A.A. Milne. Human Granny was given the book by her 'Mummie and Daddy' on her sixth birthday, in 1936. Later, in the 1960's HGY used to read to it Gail when Gail was just a wee pup.

So I like it that Gail read me this special poem on my sixth birthday, although (between you and me) I am rather hoping for some treats too when we get to Nottingham.


  1. Hari OM
    HAAPPPPEEEE BAAAARRKKKKDDDDAYYYY TOOOOO YOUOOOUUUUUUUUU... oh Darling Bertie, 6 is a grand age to be indeed!!! That AND to be getting a train ride to Notts - well, that's the cherry on top. Safe and happy trip to you and Gail. Extra special huggies across the etherways to you lad, and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  2. Six!!! It doesn't seem that long ago you were just a young pup. Happy birthday Bertie.

    Great frog card.... one of my humans used to travel from Auckland to Raleigh for work but he never brought home anything like that.
    Love and woofs,

  3. SHE remembers HER mum reading the book to HER at bedtime! Happy Sixth Birthday. We think Human Granny would like a cake to share with you....just sayin'.

  4. Happy birthday Bertie! 6 ... That's a Big number. Calls for a BIG ICECREAM! You and Hgranny could share it. My Nan used to love ICECREAM. Have a great day!

  5. Oh Bertie I just love that poem....Mom is searching her hard drive storage to see if she remembers ever reading it. What a treasure you have in HGY's 6th bday book. I bet there aren't many copies out and about.

    Happy Birthday again good buddy woohoo your bday trip to Nottingham sounds like such fun.
    Hugs to you and Gail and HBY...I bet there will be treats too
    Madi your bffffff

  6. Treats there will be, perhaps not in the abundance that you and I would choose, but in a sufficient and generous amount, and all of them delivered with love.

    Please deliver this pile of hugs and kisses to HGY for us:


    Gus n Teka

  7. Happy happy birthday Bertie - what a wonderful age to be

  8. OMD you are SIX???
    ♫ HAPPY BIRFDAY BERTIE ♫ We love that poem and OH how SPECIAL that our beloved Madi sent you that GRAND card..
    You and Miss Gail have a super time visiting with HG... and tell her we said HELLO...

  9. Happy birthday, Bertie - May year six be the best yet!

    Edgar and his mum

  10. Happy Birthday, Bertie!!! Mom still has the book she had as a child and remembers that poem so well. Your wirey pal, JH.

  11. Oh Bertie, 6 is such a grown-up age! A very happy barkday to you, and enjoy your visit to HGY!

  12. Happy Barkday, Bertie!!!!! That is a very coo poem...but we also hope you get some treats too!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  13. Happy Happy Birthday Bertie!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  14. Happy Birfday Bertie! We always knew you were clever!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  15. Happy birthday Bertie.
    I really really wish that i could celebrate with you. Have fun on your trip.


  16. Happy Birthday Bertie - we are honoured to have made your acquaintance.

    Abby Lab

  17. Happy Birthday, Bertie! So wonderful that this family tradition was shared with you, too!!


  18. Happy happy birthday!! 6 already!!
    Lily & Edward

  19. How can you be 6 already Bertie!
    Happy Birthday to you and many more to come! Have a really nice time at HG's. Mum has a few special books from her Granny with nice writing in like that too, but for some reason she never read Winnie the Pooh.
    ~lickies, Ludo!

  20. Happy Birthday Bertie!! I hope you have the best day ever.

    Ziggy OUt!!

  21. Happy Birthday Bertie!! You don't look a day over 3. Must be that sea air and all those lovely walks!

    ♥♥ Wyatt and Tegan

  22. Dear Bertie,

    Happy birthday! Six is a good number! That is all of your paws, plus both your ears. A very good number indeed!


  23. You're six and I am six so I think we'll be Six now for ever and ever. If that were just true. Happy Birthday Bertie
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  24. Bertie you really are a very grown up boy now. Happy Barkday.