Monday, 13 September 2021

Bertie's verdict on the Tour of Britain

I'll be frank with you, I wasn't so very excited yesterday morning when Gail announced our plan for the day.  Apparently she wanted us to go and watch the final stage of the Tour of Britain bicycle race.

You probably know by now that I do not share my owner's enthusiasm for cycling in all its forms, and I was about to suggest perhaps we should stay at home on the sofa and watch a repeat of the US Open Women's Singles Final.

Until, that is, I heard the magic words. 

"We're meeting Muriel and she says she's bringing cheese and haggis scones."

OK I'M IN!!!

First we had a nice walk through the woods and fields from Potarch to Ballogie, where we found Muriel and a smattering of other humans eagerly anticipating seeing their cycling heros whizzing past, plus a gang of black Labs generally failing to look interested in any activity that didn't involve eating.  

Gail claimed it was rude of me to start pawing at Muriel in a 'where's my scone' sort of a way no soon as we'd said hello. Almost as if I was one of those Labradors, Gail said. But I'm pleased to report that my strategy delivered results. 

Replete with yummy home bakes, I consented to posing nicely for a 'selfie' with Muriel and Gail while we waited for the racers to arrive.

A few minutes later, the lead group of cyclists passed by in a flash, inspired no doubt by my noisy encouragement.

In no time at all, it was over and we were heading home, with Gail saying wasn't that wonderful, such a great atmosphere, aren't you glad we came?

Between you and me, it would all have been a bit of a waste of time were it not for the cheese and haggis scone...


  1. tht was a good strategy ;O) can you imagine us watching a bike race... oh well better not, it's moanday 9 am LOL

  2. Oh Bertie, you had a lovely walk, but it was a bit of a waste wasn't it - just for one cheese and haggis scone - no matter how tasty!
    I wonder if those black Labs managed to scoff most of the scones before you arrived?

    Inca xx

  3. Oh but that scone looks so yummers, Bertie, and we love the selfie with you and Gail and Muriel!

  4. I vote with you Bertie, I will do anything for a scone, even though I have never eaten one. the thing is I might be a reincarnation of a lab. I love food and will scoff up just about anything. this is Beaus mama talking, but Beau is the same as I am.. we both love food. love your USSIE of the 3 of you... better than staying Home Alone, right?

  5. BOL BOL BOL Bertie you are so funny!! It appears Black Labs are quite popular in Scotland...but it goes w/o saying my very favorite is YOU! You look outstanding....out standing on the bike route. I think Bryan would agree with you some events are only worth the effort because of the FOOD!
    Thanks for the fun today
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. Hari OM
    Well, Bertie lad, I am glad you tagged along, as it made the images of the cycles all that much more interesting!!! Besides, there worse places for a picnic... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  7. Wonderful photos, Bertie (I particularly love nos. 5 (you three) and 7), and so exciting to see such delicious looking scones and the cyclists.

  8. That sounds like a lovely day out, Bertie. The best part was the scones and cheese from your Muriel.

  9. We're glad you had such a good day with friends and yummy treats too!

  10. That was an exciting adventure, but we are more interested in hearing more about the treats! Haggis Scones sound incredible! You are one lucky pup for all the adventures you get to go on!

    Rosie and Redford

  11. Sounds like another wonderful compromise. You enjoyed your haggis and cheese scone while Gail enjoyed a bit of bicycle watching!

    I think I would have loved to cheer the racers on...although Mama says my cheerful(and high pitched) enthusiasm most likely would have caused an accident.

    Sunny and the Gang

  12. Look at it this way, Bertie. Mom could have left you home to watch that tennis match alone, and then there would have been no cheese or scone. We are glad you went along and had such a nice time. Great photos.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  13. You did great. I bet you wanted to chase the bikes Whenever you are with mom it is better than being alone.

  14. Hi friend, Ojo here! Scones make everything worth it! Hurray for scones!

  15. What fun!!! I love professional cycling so I would've loved it! I'm so glad that the scones made it worthwhile for you, Bertie!