Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Boots, Beeston and remembering HGD

Well I am pleased to report that I did eventually get to visit Human Granny on Sunday, and found her quite cheerful despite her wobbly knees, bent back and ever slower movements.

Gail and I are staying in Nottingham for the whole week. We are hoping our host Janet does not subscribe to that thing about house guests being like fish and smelling after three days. Although Gail has just pointed out that I was, in her words, "stinking to high heaven" (see previous post) when I arrived. So where does that leave us, I wonder?

I want you to know that I have now been bathed and shampoo'd VERY THOROUGHLY.

On to other matters. The part of Nottingham where Janet lives is called Beeston, home to Nottingham University and former HQ of well known UK company Boots the Chemists.

Yesterday morning Gail and I walked over to the Boots 'D6' factory building, where Human Grandad worked for the best part of 30 years.

Apparently D6, constructed in 1938, is now a 'listed' historic building, considered to be an icon of British modernist architecture. Oh I could have shown you so much more if Gail and I had been allowed past the security gates, but a very rude man shouted at us and called us back when we attempted to saunter casually through...

So if you want to learn more about D6 (and I'm sure you do!) then you will need to click here.


  1. Hari OM
    Oh I do and am off over to read all about it... even before I read down I was gazing at that building and hoping against hope that you were'nt about to tell us it was scheduled for destruction for immediately it was apparent to me it was that iconic 30's design... what a relief to know it's pawtected.

    Glad you to see HGY... I must remind my brother you are on 'his patch' and get him to look out for you on his runs -yeah, he's as kerazy as Mac1... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  2. Sending many Kisses for Human Granny, and lots of kudos for not knocking down that cool building.

    teka toy

  3. Yummmy Bertie you smell quite manly and look fine! We are glad your HGY was well. I bet Janet loved every single minute you and Gail were there.......after you bath. LOL
    Mom loves the Boots Enhalers. Once years ago when she landed in London her nose was all stopped up from the flying. The first thing she did was to stop at a shop to look for some relief. She found Boots
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. Mum remembers Beeston well, although she know the Arnold area better....well, that and the Victoria centre, wonder if it still has the wonderful fabric stall?
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. Glad you finally had a nice bath and were able to see Human Granny.
    It's good to know that the Boots building is being preserved, and not going the same way as so many iconic buildings.

    Inca xx

  6. You should have told that rude man you were a bomb sniffin canine
    Lily & Edward

  7. Bertie - 'Bathed and Shampooed'!!! We send our condolences.

  8. The security guy stopped you and Gail? What the dog? Was it Donald Trump? He likes to close gates on people.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  9. Hmmmmmm...SHE was once escorted by a man with a huge automatic rifle from the CIA headquarters at Langley. They don't like tourists either. Sorry your aroma therapy wasn't appreciated. Bet HGY was overjoyed to see her best boy.

  10. How rude! You should get to take in the icon.

  11. Bertie, you and Gail should have been ushered in as honored guests. So glad you finally got to have a good visit with Human Granny and that she is well.