Wednesday 16 June 2021

Bertie and Gail compare holiday experiences..

So Bertie, I see you are enjoying the exercise area area at Fairways Pet Haven. Did you have a lovely holiday here? Renea the owner tells me you've been a Good Boy. Is that really true?

(Bertie summons his best 'butter wouldn't melt in my mouth' expression.)

Naturally Gail. I am always good. I trust you were well behaved during your Orkney cycling trip too?

Well Bertie, you will have to ask my companions Yvonne and Kirsty about that when you next see them. Did you make any new friends in my absence?

Of course! And before you ask, yes I did 'play nicely' with the other dogs. But please tell me more about Orkney. I gather the weather might have been rather windy for cycling.

I can tell you quite honestly that on some days we were blown away. Literally as well as metaphorically. Oh but Bertie, do let me show you a photo of the handsome dogs we saw on our day trip to the island of Hoy.

Hmmm. I see that whippet has a tartan fleece underneath his purple raincoat. And you know what? It's been warm and sunny all the time here in Aberdeen.

So I'm told Bertie. So I'm told. But we enjoyed seeing Orkney's world class archaeological sites - including Skara Brae, Europe's most complete Neolithic settlement, standing stone circles of the same age, plus Iron Age and Viking era ruins and much more besides. And then there were all those beautiful seascapes and pristine white sand beaches, and the abundant wild flowers and bird life.

Gosh, some of those Neolithic places must be even older than you, Yvonne and Kirsty then... Though to be honest, I am more interested in talking about the Orkney food. Tasty I trust?

On the whole yes Bertie. However I definitely do not recommend the Chinese takeaway in Stromness...  And how was your appetite?

Tip top as ever Gail. I would note that when giving me my medication, the Fairways staff wrapped the tablets in a far more generous quantity of grated cheese than you tend to use. I hope you'll follow their example henceforth, 'cos I do believe, very scientifically, that more cheese enhances the efficacy of the pills...

Possibly Bertie, possibly. But don't push your luck. Oh but I'm so happy to see you again. Do come here and give me a cuddle.


  1. sure all WHFT are as goooood as gold... that is law ;O) we love that orkneys a lot... the mama said she could live there forever (we are not really sure about that)

    1. Year round average wind speed c 30 km/hour?

  2. Well, it looks as though both you and Gail had very satisfactory holidays, Bertie. Though I think that if you got extra chees with your tablets, you actually had a more enjoyable time - and better weather!

    Inca xx

  3. I have never been to Orkney but really must - Jane would love Skara Brae. And now that I see they have whippets (ha ha) then Oscar can perhaps come too.
    Nice bikes! I am mid move and without mine at the moment but hoping to pick one up next week - my thirty year old Dave Yates MTB which is now a sort of hybrid tourer - I love bikes with a personal history

  4. It sounds like both you and Gail had wonderful times on your holidays, Bertie! The photos are just beautiful!

  5. I love beagles and whippets and especailly Big Black Dogs, and beaches are high on my list of likes also.. so glad you both had great vacations and i am picturing you cuddling as I type.. love you Bertie and happy your mama is home safe with you

  6. Hari OM
    OMD Bertie lad, it is so good to see you and Gail back online and what a wonderfurs discussion and comparison between your respective break-aways. I have very fond memories of Orkney - including the blasting winds!

    Now you settle back into your routine together and, lots more cuddles. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  7. It sounds like boy you and Gail had a lovely time on your separate vacations. Those look like very interesting places to visit. It's too bad Gail couldn't take you along.

  8. We are happy to hear the two reports and that both you and Gail appeared to have had good vacations. Extra cheese sounds like a very good thing.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  9. Sounds like a good time was had by all!
    Rosy and the Gang

  10. The best part of being separate is the reunion.

  11. OMD, sounds like you both had a FABulous vaca!!!
    Nows Bertie, I thinks you really do need to INSIST on extra cheese...refuse to take your meds without it ~ it works! ask me how I knows....🤣
    Ruby ♥

  12. Hidey Ho Bertie and Gail!! I purrsonally think you both had an A+ experience on your days apart.
    Absence does make the heart grow fonder and apparently the mind sharper and most of all you were both able to get out and about mingling and making new friends.
    Thankfully you both behaved or at least as we like to say what happens on vacay stays on vacay
    Hugs cecilia and Bryan

  13. Cheese does enhance the efficacy of medication. And steak.
    For us who can only read about Skara Brae…..Gail is lucky or just makes good plans. We wouldn’t ever have thought of ordering Chinese in Orkney.

    1. Gail says: with several businesses still closed due to the pandemic, but plenty of visitors around, the only 'proper restaurant' in Stromness was fully booked. Hence the Chinese. (You even had to reserve a slot in advance at the fish and chip takeaway, although in retrospect that probably would have been the better option...)

  14. We are so glad that everyone had a good little vacation and saw new places, but it's always the best to come home and be reunited, right?