Thursday, 22 December 2016

En route to Nottingham for Christmas

As Gail is a wimp about driving long distances, we are staying overnight in the little town of Appleby on the way down to Nottingham for the Christmas holiday. What a delightful place this is! Before checking into the Royal Oak we took a stroll around and ran into Sidney, pictured here.

Although I must say, Gail was a lot more interested in talking to his owner that I was to him.

Inspecting the hotel bedroom, Gail and I had a disagreement on the issue of muddy paws on white cotton bed linen. I asserted that the outcome of my walk across the quilt would ensure she got her money's worth from the £15 'dog supplement' but she failed to see my point.

Later in the bar I listened engrossed to the men sitting across the other side of the room. It is not often my privilege to eavesdrop on conversations amongst humans of my own gender, and I must say I was impressed by their capacity to recall the finer details of football games played many decades ago between clubs of no notable distinction.

For sure this ability must confer some evolutionary advantage on the human species, although precisely how is not yet clear to me.

An interesting scientific conundrum to ponder as I make myself comfy for the night. 


  1. how great that you meet a fab WHFT in Appleby...and don't worry for the bed sheets...they look much better with some pawprints... only white is boring somehow :o)

  2. Crikey Bertie ..... It was nice you met a fellow WFT. It's always special to meet one of your own kind, aye?? But I gotta say he's not a patch on you in the looks department mate. You make him look positively drab. Great name though. Shame he spelled it wrong. As for the paw prints. Hmmmmmmph .... I think they were an improvement to the boring old white theme. They should have paid you fifteen pound for the decoration, aye??

  3. Safe travels to you and your Mom, and please give your wonderful Granny some hugs from us

  4. Hari OM
    Struth Bertie lad... they could cut out those paw prints and frame them and add them to that 'interesting' decor... as for the retention of stats on soccer? I'll leave you with it... happy travels. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. You better get your money's worth from that hotel! Good job. We love eavesdropping too. Those humans have a lot to say
    Lily & Edward

  6. OMD you are going to Naughty Ham???
    We LOVE HAM and had NO Idea that there was even a NAUGHTY type of it... We wonder if NAUGHTY HAM tastes as good as Regular Ham???
    OMD you left your SIGNATURE on the White Spread... THAT is EXCELLENT... we think it says... BERTIE WAS HERE !!
    They will probably FRAME it fur All to See.

  7. You do have some splendid adventures, Bertie, and get to see lots of interesting places.
    Of course your paw prints add to the character of the bed linen - it looks much better with them !
    Have a super Christmas with Gail and Grandma. Our peeps are going out to eat on 25th in the evening, and leaving us all alone ! Not so much as a turkey leg in sight ! AND they are going out on 26th too !

    Petite-Chose and Inca xx

  8. We are glad this is an entertaining trip! Safe travels for the rest of your journey!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  9. Bertie please give Human Granny a kitty kiss and a mom hug from us.
    OH my cats did you open a can of worms concerning the manly conversation you over head. Dad is the same way about sports etc but he often forgets what mom says to him 2 seconds after she says it. Of course it has nothing to do with the fact that mom SAYS a lot in 2 seconds.
    Hugs Madi your bfff

  10. With a dog supplement of that amount, you should have ROLLED on the bed....just sayin'.

    Have a wonderful time with HGY and exude your usual charm for all the people in Nottingham!

  11. Bertie and Gail, My mom hasn't sent lots of cards, but we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! Just Harry (and mom, Joan)

  12. Your muddy pawprints aren't bad...that just means you left your mark!

  13. What an interesting journey! We also think it is amazing how our Mama can remember American football games played 30 years ago...but can't remember if her team won last week!!

    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

    PeeEss...We love your paw artwork!

  14. You do get to see lots of interesting places Bertie and why not leave your mark wherever you go? BOL Have a fun Christmas- nose licks and love from Moth xx