Today is ten years since George wrote his ‘Hello’ greeting to readers of his brand new blog. I thought we could celebrate with a recap and a giveaway, which closes on 13th June.
George was a modest chap, very keen on new technology, and on engineering his surroundings to make them more comfortable for Fred and himself. He was appointed Forum Mechanic of the Rodents With Attitude Forum (sadly no longer with us), and amused many people with his matter-of-fact way of solving their piggy problems. He also mentored them on using the site.
I could never understand how he knew so much more than I did about subjects like Computer Games when we were quizzing.
There’s plenty in this blog that gives you the story behind George, including his memorial post, which you can find on the drop-down menu above “Life chez George”. The menu is repeated in the side bar near the bottom, as the balloons this month make it difficult to see!
When Percy was doing the 500th post he gave a good run-down of George’s successors as managers of this blog. You can read that here.
I think George wouldn’t want the anniversary to pass without mentioning all the guinea pigs who have passed through our world here in the last ten years:
Fred, George, Victor, Hugo, Hector, Humphrey, Dylan, Dougall, Colman, Kevin, Oscar, Midge, Percy, Bertie, Biggles, Roscoe and Neville.
George’s other friends
But George considered all the guinea pigs he knew as part of his world. Auntie Dawn’s pigs: Mariusz, Saku, Atticus, Willoughby, Roland, Augustus and Digby… Uncle Bob and Auntie Doris’s pigs, too many to name, but we remember Blackbird, Lupin and Baden most of all. Auntie PigPog brought us all together, and her pigs sadly were dispersed in the Great Escape from Jersey which is when Colman and Kevin joined us to make up the Jubilee Seven. We still honour the Great Vladimir, Willow, Pogo and Mr Smallweed, among the others.
All these guinea pigs form the basis of characters in the Princelings of the East series, by Jemima Pett. You can read more about those books here.
Please leave a comment about your guinea pigs or other pets. We have a special place in our world for degus, and look forward to featuring an interview with Auntie Tori’s Joshua when the boys blog J in a few weeks time.
Blogging from A to Z #atozchallenge
Bertie and Roscoe are still blogging from A to Z once a week through to September. They’d be delighted if you’d join them on their journey. Bertie posted on F yesterday.
And now for the Giveaway. As promised earlier in the year, I am putting together an illustrated Notebook, with plenty of space for writing, drawing and squiggles, as well as beautiful photographs of George and his friends. I haven’t quite finished it, but there is a Princelings of the East Notebook available if the winner can’t wait.
There is also one runner-up prize of a Gift voucher.
Click the link below to enter (opens on a new page):