A very strange week

It was a very strange week, because it was very hot, and yet Mummy was out playing golf every other day, and usually she likes to sit in the shade when it’s hot.  I’ve noticed this, and Kevin says it’s generally the case.  Anyway, on Tuesday we went out on the grass and I went in with Midge and Kevin, as we have been for a while now.

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We went out again on Wednesday when Mummy came back from golf.  She tends to come back just before it clouds over, which is good, she says. It means we can go out because the clouds make it not so hot.  I thought it was very nice.

Then on Thursday she said it was time I had a bath!  Last time I had a bath was when I was in the rescue place, so I hoped it wasn’t a bad thing.  She put me in the big white thing upstairs, and ran water over me, and then soaped me.  And she laughed and said I look like a tadpole.  I’m taking it as a compliment.  Then she ran water over me again, and took me out and put me in a small white thing and mopped off most of the wet.  Then we went downstairs and I had a lovely cuddle and watched television with her.  Then it was still hot so I went out in the garden with the others.

Well!!!

They acted like they’d never seen me before!  Midge was rumble-strutting and poking his nose at me, and then he started telling Kevin he was boss.  Then Kevin asked me who I was, and I told him I’m Percy and I’ve had a bath.  He said I must have been very dirty because I’ve had the lice shampoo and I smell very peculiar.  Well, I thought I smelled nice, and I didn’t think I had lice, although I had been a bit itchy.  Scurf and dry skin, you know.

Anyway, everyone was grumbling at each other and Mummy couldn’t work out what the problem was, and eventually she took Midge in, then put me in with Oscar, who was just as bad so she put me back with Kevin.  Then she brought us all in.

Friday was just as bad, so Mummy moved the runs around so we each had a small space to ourselves.  Then Saturday and Sunday she moved the runs and we had a large space each.  I’m a bit sad about it, because I like running around with Kevin and Midge, and even Oscar when he’s in a good mood.  Mummy says when the smell of the shampoo wears off they’ll be fine again, although she say Midge might get a bath next week, and I can get my own back on him.

Sigh.  It gives Mummy more work setting out all those runs, though.  Poor Mummy.

Big Breakfasts

Since I arrived in November, I got used to the things Mummy takes out from the white box for our breakfasts.  There’s usually celery, a few varieties of lettuce, or some cauliflower or broccoli, and there was dark green kale which was rather nice.  And carrots, and peppers and sometimes some other root vegetables. Sometimes Mummy would go outside and find us some fresh kale, which was really yummy.  And sometimes a few other leaves.

The last month we’ve been getting less and less from the white box, and more from the outside.  I have to say, I really like the leaves that come from outside, because they aren’t as cold and they’re much fresher.  Once we started going out in the garden I realised why.  They grow there!  They’re all around our runs, some of them under netting, some up poles and some against the fence.

The past three or four weeks we’ve been getting everything from outside.  And since Mummy said Midge and I needed to diet, we’ve not even been getting carrots, although there have been some carrot-like things on the end of some of the yummiest leaves we had.  I’m not sure what we’ve been eating, so I asked Kevin to explain.  Here he is with two breakfasts from last week.

On the left, the top leaves are runner bean leaves, which I love, but Percy and Oscar say they’ve had enough of.  There’s some lavender lying across, and some of one of the types of mint Mummy has.  There’s a pea shoot, and some oak-leaf lettuce from the garden, and an apple leaf, and I think we had a rudbeckia leaf as well.  That’s a big yellow flower with a brown cone in the centre (not a flat one that’s even bigger, that’s a sunflower).  We also had raspberry leaves that day but I must have eaten them.  The next day (on the right), Mummy rather overdid the pea shoots.  I think she pulled up a whole plant for us.  I ate quite a lot of it, but she eventually took the rest away.  We also have one of the other types of mint, swiss chard with its red stem, strawberry leaves, salsify leaves, lavender again (she knows I can’t get enough lavender if it comes in small portions) and I think she gave us a slice of carrot that day, which wasn’t from the garden.  The next day the carrot tops were from the garden with very tiny carrots, and we had curly endive, too.  Oh, Mummy also gave us a wildflower called nipplewort which grows wherever she wants to grow grass, but it’s very tasty and tastes a little like dandelion.  She gives us that too, when she has some nice leaves handy.  And a special treat is cucumber leaf, but at present she says there are cucumbers growing, so we mustn’t steal too many leaves or the plant will starve.

We also get fennel, parsley, oregano (two  types), and more wildflowers from the garden outside, like red clover and wild basil, and sow thistle (yum), and wild carrot, and vetch.

Is that okay, Percy?

Yes, thank you, Kevin.  With all that variety, I bet you’re not surprised I needed help describing it to you.

Midge won a prize

He won it for Piggy of the Month on Rodents With Attitude.  Mummy says that’s a lovely guinea pig forum where everyone’s very friendly and help each other out with guinea pig problems, and have a lot of fun too.

Sounds great, can I join?

Anyway, the topic of the month was ’50 shades of piggy’ and mummy got Midge to wear her sunglasses and go as ’48 shades of Midge in shades in the shade’.  And people liked it and he won – but only just.

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Well, he does look good, doesn’t he?  I love the look he’s giving Mummy – ‘do I have to?’

And now we know where Kevin got all those rosettes he has on his cage.  They are his winnings for POTM!  He’s been going in for it for years, though, and the first one (which was for the Jubilee Seven) he  won in 2012!  Wow!  That’s a whole front foot of years ago!

Mummy said everyone would like to see his nice rosette, so she took a photo of him with it – and his new tunnel.

Oscar and Midge are two years old

Oscar and Midge had a birthday on Saturday.  It was very exciting, because a new lady came, I hadn’t met her before.  Everyone else had, and she knew everyone who’s ever been here.  Auntie Vikki.  She tickled my nose and my head but I felt that was enough on first meeting and moved away before she tried the full body cuddle.  Maybe next time.

Then she and Mummy went and sat outside with Oscar and Midge.  They got lots of cuddles, and they don’t often go out at the same time, so they must have been on best behaviour.  Vikki gave them a card and some presents.  We had some of the present for breakfast next day.  It was okay.  A breakfast cookie.  Mummy says there’s two more, each, with different flavours.  That’s good, I wasn’t excited by the flavour of the one we had yesterday.

We also had birthday cake in the garden in the afternoon.  That was great!!!  I loved birthday cake.  Mummy took photos of us, then took the candles off the cake and we just enjoyed it while we had a run on the grass.  I enjoyed the cake very, very much.  Kevin got a bit stroppy with me at one point.  I don’t know what he was fussed about, just because I’d taken over his tent and ate more of the cake than anyone else.

We all got presents for Oscar and Midge’s birthday – new cagewear.  Oscar inherited George’s hammock, which I never worked out how to use; I got a new bed, which I’ve tried out and it’s very comfortable; Kevin got a new snugglesack which he says is ace, and Midge got a new tunnel which he likes so much he doesn’t want to leave.   He also got a rosette for the Piggy of the Month photo, but I’ll talk about that next week.

It was a very busy weekend, and I need a rest, but I have to wish our American friends a Happy Independence Day.  I hope you enjoy it.

Thunder and lightning, and heavy, heavy rain

Percy here, again.  I’m going to ask Kevin some questions, though, because I didn’t really understand what went on last week.

Oh, nobody really understood what happened last week, Percy.  I just know that Mummy kept going out and staying out. Read more of this post

Busy last week

We had a nice day out on the grass on Thursday, and then the visitors started arriving.

Of course, I was very polite to them all.  I sat quietly and let them tickle my head, or my chin, and even stroke my back.  I’m always very polite to strangers.  They all seemed nice, and knew Mummy, so I thought I was okay. Read more of this post

It’s Princelings Day again

Happy birthday George and Fred.

Percy asked me when we were out in the garden on Thursday what he should post about today.  I said “Fred and George of course.”  He came back a while later and said “Who are they?” Read more of this post

Roland

We are very sad about Roland, who went over the Rainbow Bridge yesterday.  He lived in New York with Auntie Dawn and Uncle Wayne, and had many, many pigtures on Facebook, for his #WolandWednesday theme. An awful lot of them had him taking food from his daddy’s lips while standing on his daddy’s chest.  Awful is a carefully chosen word there.  I wouldn’t do it, not even from Mummy.  But it shows what a polite and trusting pig Roland was.

Sending love to Auntie Dawn and Uncle Wayne.

Boring week but nice yesterday

It was a very dull week.  There wasn’t any sunshine till Saturday.  Mummy was out till very very late on Saturday.  She said she was going to Norwich, but she was very late home, like she is when she goes to London.  She said the car park was gridlocked.  I don’t know what that means. Read more of this post

Sorry I’m late to celebrate Victor’s day

I was going to be a day late, anyway, because Victor’s leaving day was yesterday, two years ago.  It does seem a very long time.  But now I’m late because we couldn’t get onto WordPress yesterday, and we guess nobody could because we couldn’t see Auntie Noelle’s page, or Uncle Lord David’s page either.  But we’re back now, and I expect they are too (wave).

The Jubilee Seven

The Jubilee Seven: Dylan, Dougall, Kevin behind Colman and Hector, Humphrey and Victor

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