Monday 7 October 2019

Getting closer to Germany....

I must apologise. When I told you that Gail and I were setting off for Germany on Friday, I did not disclose the full itinerary.

First off, Gail and I have been staying with our lovely friend Janet in Nottingham for a few days before catching the ferry across to the Netherlands.

In fact, I'll let you into a secret. Gail has been saying to Janet that we are having a holiday in Nottingham with a wee side trip to Bavaria!

Whichever way you look at it, I want you to know that I was a 'Good Boy' on the train down from Aberdeen, with only a short period of trying to access the crumbs from under a fellow passenger's feet.

And of course, as always when staying with Janet, there have been fun outings. These have included a walk along the Cromford Canal in Derbyshire (featuring a peek at an old restored steam pump),

And a nose around Human Grandad's old rugby club.

(Regarding which, Gail says the clue is in the name. At least in HGD's time, the team was apparently not of World Cup standard, rather they prioritised the social aspect of the game...)

I also always enjoy relaxing at Janet's and listening to practice her newly acquired jazz piano skills.

But later today, we are off to catch the ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland and then the 'real' holiday begins.

Just don't tell Janet I said that...


  1. Hari OM
    Loved the piano snippet, Bertie lad - who wouldn't relax to such mellow sound?! Just the right sort of preparation for your overseas trip, methinks.

    Do I deduce from the photo of you on train that it was the brand new Azuma??? Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  2. Dear Bertie...thank you for the update on your full travel plans. You know I'm quite nosy and like to be kept in the loop!! BOL I trust there were no escape attempts by you on the train Platform. That and Hamish's Scone Caper remain in my mind's eye.
    Thank you for Janet's piano video...I sang along. The title escapes me but I remember "in other words I love you" I think.
    Hugs and safe travels to Holland's Hook

  3. I would have been scarfing up the crumbs too, Bertie. The grass on the rugby field looks so lush and green. You could run for miles and miles!

  4. What a great start to your big adventure! You have such wonderful walks and adventures...thanks for letting us tag along in a way! Is this your first boat trip?

    Kiki and Rosie

  5. Sounds like a great way to get into the 'holiday mood'. And we applaud you trying to keep the train clean!

    Love the Rugby team....more people might get out if sport was more social rather than competitive.

  6. You are such a big do to go on the train. Did they let you blow the whistle.

  7. It looks like you are having a great time on your trip. We hope the rest goes just as well.

  8. What a great adventure you are on Bertie! Enjoy!
    Mabel & Hilda

  9. Oh, Bertie, it is a wonderful thing in life to have so many lovely friends. You and Gail are very fortunate.