Friday, 30 December 2016

Janet and Bertie go exploring

For an intrepid terrier, nothing is more fun than exploring new territory.

Before leaving Nottingham to head back to Aberdeen, Gail and I went on a lovely winter walk with our friend Janet.

Of course, even if I had not told you, you would have guessed from the gently undulating fields of winter wheat and the electricity pylons in the background that we were still in the East Midlands, not Northern Scotland.

Janet is a very nice walking companion, although she did stop once or twice to say hello to sheep, which I thought unnecessary.

For me the highlight of the route was the Ticknall tunnel, part of a tramway built in 1805 to link an old limeworks with the nearby canal.

I was brave in the dark tunnel, and only stayed very close to Gail to make sure she did not get frightened.

PS We are now safely home in Aberdeen where, incredibly, the weather just now is much warmer than in England!!


  1. BERTIE... we actually think it was quite NICE of Miss Janet to Stop and Speak to the Sheep.
    OMD that TUNNEL... is quite a Fright if you ask US. If one squeezed out a BARK while In THERE... it might beat you up.
    WE are glad it is WARM fur YOU... HERE we have over 12 inches of SNOW and Frigid temps... would you care fur a wee bit of either?
    We want to wish YOU and Miss Gail a Wonderful and Magical 2017.

  2. Hari OM
    Oh yes, a lady after my own heart, Janet the sheep-whisperer... It certainly looks frosty under paw there lad... meanwhile up here I haven't even had the heating on all over Christmas. Craziness... Glad you are safely back on home turf. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. Bertie, from one brave male doggie to another, excellent protection of Gail in that tunnel. I find it necessary to guard my human from horses. they creep me out so they must bother her as well even though when I'm protecting her she keeps screaming "OTTO NO!! OTTO NO!!" I know she's just trying to be brave.

    -Otto and Osa, too

  4. Oh Bertie, I thinks you were very brave goin' into that tunnel, though I likes MY tunnel, I thinks I would needs an extra margarita to go into that one! ☺
    Ruby ♥

  5. Wow...what a very brave guy stick by Gail and keep her safe in that dark tunnel!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  6. Well Bertie, you finished the year on a high note - another new and exciting place to explore. We look forwards to all your adventures, and wisdom, in the coming year.
    Happy New Year to you and Gail.

    Petite-Chose and Inca xx

  7. wow Bertie that was very brave... you are a terrier-hero... I'm a chicken on that front... butt maybe when I'm a little older I can enter such places too? Have a wonderful 2017 Bertie&Gail, we hope it brings only good things...

  8. Replies
    1. Yeah, it looks like ya would get sum gud ahkoostix in dere if ya wuz as into barkin' as Brinley is!!

  9. Warmer than England??!!

    That was a top notch walk you went on. We would have been all over the place!

  10. Thanks to you and Gail for once again sharing your adventures. We wish the happiest of new Years to both of you, and HGY

    Teka Toy

  11. Bertie we are so glad you and Gail were able to enjoy a nice hike with Janet before heading back to Scotland. OHHHHHH mom loves tunnels and covered bridges. When the peeps drove to Indiana in June they went through lots of tunnels in West Virginia and a covered bridge in Indiana.
    We send you warm wishes for a healthy, happy and loving 2017
    Hugs madi and mom

  12. Good job protecting Gail! That looks like a fun place to explore. Happy New Year!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  13. That is a really good tunnel. Brave of you to protect Gail! Happy New Year.

    Abby Lab

  14. You are a very brave dog. Gail is lucky to have such a protector!

    Wyatt and Tegan

  15. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! I love exploring, that looks like fun! Happy New Year, and welcome home!

  16. Hey Bertie, Both my Mom and I love tunnels as long as you can stand up straight in them so it was no sweat in yours. A nice fun walkabout!
    Stella and Jo (Happy 2017 to you all!)

  17. Oh my, Bertie, you are one brave lad to escort Gail and Janet through that dark tunnel. I'm sure your heart never skipped a beat! Happy new year to you and Gail.

  18. What a grrreat walk!
    Your Furend
    Louis Dog Armstrong