Sunday 26 February 2017

Short but sweet

So several passengers could have slipped unnoticed through the ticket barrier at Aberdeen station while two of the staff kept me entertained and another disappeared for a few minutes and came back bearing shortbread..

It is a long train journey to Nottingham. For the first part of the ride, the Edinburgh and Newcastle bound Hen Parties kept me entertained...

But after light refreshments kindly provided by Virgin trains at Newcastle (although where were the complimentary dog biscuits Mr Branson?)...

...I settled down for a wee snooze. Which Gail assures me is the best way to travel through Doncaster.

Of course I was impatient to visit Human Granny...

And we enjoyed a mutually satisfying half hour together comparing notes on poorly paws.

Then Gail spent some time - actually quite a long time - instructing HGY in use of the laughably named 'EasyCall' device linking her hearing aid to her mobile phone...

And all too soon it was time to depart.

We head home to Aberdeen tomorrow. Gosh I hope it is not too long before I visit Nottingham again.


  1. Have you notified everyone that you're travelling through, so there will be shortbread ready? HGY is lucky that Gail can EVEN hook a hearing aid to a phone. It would be beyond HER!

    Enjoy your little holiday.

  2. Treats and travels, sounds like a lot of fun! Enjoy time with HGY and give her a lick from us.

  3. Do you always get SHORTBREAD on Virgin trains Bertie????
    'cos I've just noticed Mum book some tickets and I LUFFS shortbread!!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. What a lovely photograph of Human Granny, Bertie! Of course, you're looking handsome, as well. And I particularly like your (plural) 4-paw photo!

  5. SO nice of HGY to commiserate with you about poorly paws! We're glad you got to sneak in a quick visit.

    -Otto and Osa

  6. Crikey Bertie ..... sounds like you had a nice visit with HGY and it was good you could compare foot troubles. It's always hard when you have to leave them, aye? Me and Mum know all about that. We hated leaving our Nan when we had to go back home. HGY is looking good! Is she keeping well.

  7. What a lovely photo of HGY. She certainly looks well. Looks like a lovely trip on the train. You just will have to get a season ticket so you can pop down there more often. You being the boffin that you are could manage it on your own I am sure.

  8. Shortbread - oh wow ! Bertie, you're such a smooth operator, you know how to twist everyone round your paws. How do you do it ?
    Glad you had a good time with HGY -she looks very well. A kiss from me, because I don't have a HGY.

    Inca xx

  9. wow that's a fabulous service you have at your train stations... it's nearly like riding on simplon orient or british pullman... maybe the french sncf-crew will read your post and they will learn a little bit? Glad to see your bestest HGY, love her smile... bet it was not because of the phone, it was because of YOU ;o)

  10. very good to see HGY looking well...and also to Gail for helping her with the technology link to here hearing aid.

    Do you think the two of you could come and help the muzzer with her "Smart" Phone

  11. Bertie!!! WooHoo obviously train staff recognized Prof. Boffin Bertie and paid you proper attention!! OMCs what a pretty 'refreshing' station.

    Bertie and Gail your HGY is a most beautiful lady and what a smile. Mom loves the royal blue sweater she is wearing too.
    Hugs madi your bfff and mom

  12. Sounds like you've had a lovely time and especially enjoyed those shortbread biscuits. I bet you were a wonderful treat for those ticket officers.

  13. That sounds like the perfect trip - lots of attention, biscuits, refreshments at the station and a chance to catch up with HGY and share paw experiences. Nose licks and love from Moth xx

  14. Hari om
    Crikey...blink and you miss it! Glad there was some quality time with HGY. Hugs and wags from a tadly jet lagged YAM-aunty xxx

  15. We are glad you had a good visit. Your hooman g'ma looks in good health!
    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  16. What a wonderful visit with HGY!! We are so happy to see you are being treated as the first class terrier you are!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  17. Your HGY looks so nice...and Bertie, you are such a grrreat traveler. I luff watching your adventures.
    Your Furend,
    Louis Dog Armstrong

  18. Those devices for seniors require a tec youngster to install. Lee went through all of them with her Dad ~ what a pain in the backside! Wish I could take the Amtrak here in the states. You are so lucky.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  19. Human Granny is looking so elegant and you cut a very smart figure yourself, Bertie. You should be treated to shortbread wherever you go.

  20. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! I wish all people who disappeared came back bearing shortbread! That should be a new rule!