Z for Zebra stripes #AtoZChallenge

Hello! I’m Kevin.  I’m a ginger and white guinea pig and I look after both George’s Guinea Pig World and our Facebook page.  Percy and I have been sharing the workload for our A to Z Challenge this year, and I’ll be doing this last week.

Our theme is “Our Favourite Things” – and I hope you’re not tired out from all this blog-visiting (I am)!


Zebra striped snuggle sack

Our zebra snuggle sack is everyone’s favourite.  It’s quite old, but it’s worn really well, especially when you consider it gets sat on, sat in, and washed quite often too.  It’s got cotton fabric outside and thick fleece in with an extra bottom layer to make it even comfier.

Mummy got it originally for Hugo, who was black and white with a Zorro stripe on his side, just like Auntie Dawn’s Mariusz.  They were pretty hard to tell apart, which is why, when Mummy wrote her books, Hugo and Mariusz were the same person!

As far as I know, Mariusz never hid in the zebra snuggle sack, which Mummy calls the camouflage sack.  All our black and white pigs use it to hide in plain sight.  Humphrey’s and Hector’s white noses disappear very well into the general stripeyness.  The grey and white piggies have used it too, and at the start of the A to Z it was Percy’s, although Bertie & Biggles put in a strong bid for it.  Mummy eventually gave it to Percy and Midge, and they’re very pleased.


This is the end of our A to Z 2017 and I hope you enjoyed learning about Our Favourite Things.

Did you see the interview we did on Mummy’s blog?

Apparently we have to do something called Reflections on Monday week.  Come back and see us then – and every Monday.  We’ll be here, probably with a new apprentice!

Y for Yawning #AtoZChallenge

Kevin's carrotHello! I’m Kevin.  I’m a ginger and white guinea pig and I look after both George’s Guinea Pig World and our Facebook page.  Percy and I have been sharing the workload for our A to Z Challenge this year, and I’m finishing it off this weekend.

Our theme is “Our Favourite Things”


yY is for Yawning

There’s something very satisfying about yawning.  We all do it, and I’ve seen Mummy do it too.  Most yawns are unscheduled, but I’ve realised I often stop for a yawn just as Mummy suggests it’s time to stop having our breakfast cuddle and I climb up onto her arm for the trip back upstairs.

Mummy has often said she’d like to get a picture of us yawning, but she hasn’t managed it yet.

Auntie Dawn is a wizard at capturing yawns.  So here are a selection for you, all of the late great Atticus the Kind.  Thank you for lending us your pictures, Auntie Dawn ❤ ❤

Tomorrow is our last day, even though it’s Sunday.  We might not post on Monday.  We’ll see.

 

 

X for eXtras #AtoZChallenge

First grass of 2017
First grass of 2017

Hello! I’m Kevin.  I’m a ginger and white guinea pig and I look after both George’s Guinea Pig World and our Facebook page.  Percy and I have been sharing the workload for our A to Z Challenge this year, and I’ll be doing this last week.

Our theme is “Our Favourite Things”


xX is for eXtras

Our normal food is hay and pellets, with fresh veggies for breakfast, and grass if we’re lucky.  Sometimes we get extra treats.  That includes special herb mixes, or things to gnaw on, or special hay with herbs or dandelion.  We used to get yummy herb & grass rolls covered in paper but the makers stopped making them.  That was a shame because they were the best extras ever.  Mummy says she has to read the ingredients carefully, because even though the label says ‘for rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas’, some of the sticks have egg and honey in them, which we don’t want.  She gets the ones where it doesn’t say those things are in it.  She says she’d be very cross if they were.

I asked Mummy if birthday cakes count as xtras and she said no, they are birthday cakes. Of course, our favourite xtra is a pile of freshly picked grass.

Mostly we get xtras as a Christmas present, but sometimes we just get them because Mummy loves us.  I love Mummy too.

W for Wheeking very loudly #AtoZChallenge

Hark the Herald Kevin Sings
Hark the Herald Kevin Sings

Hello! I’m Kevin.  I’m a ginger and white guinea pig and I look after both George’s Guinea Pig World and our Facebook page.  Percy and I have been sharing the workload for our A to Z Challenge this year, and I’ll be doing this last week.

Our theme is “Our Favourite Things” – and I hope you’re not tired out from all this blog-visiting!


wW is for Wheeking very loudly

Wheeking is one of the noisiest noises we make.  It’s a very loud squeak, calling for attention, preferably with food attached.  Mummy says most of us haven’t been very noisy pigs, and her friends all say their pigs wheek a lot.  We whicker a lot, or chatter, or mutter, and Midge has a very private conversation with Mummy every morning when she picks him up for their cuddle.

But Percy!  Percy is the loudest piggy there’s ever been here.  And he wheeks a lot.  Although perhaps Dougall wheeked just as loud when he wheeked, which wasn’t often, and it usually meant he was confused about something.  I think he wheeked loudly because he was deaf, so he didn’t know how loud he was.  Percy just wheeks to get attention.  He is very noisy when he thinks it’s cucumber time, or breakfast time, or Mummy’s late for something else.  I tell you, he’s loud even when I’m upstairs and he’s down in the kitchen.  He’s THAT loud.

Percy
Percy

If we can find any videos where someone is wheeking, we’ll let you know.

Tomorrow it’s the letter X.  That’s Xciting!

V for Vets #AtoZChallenge

Kevin and his morning meds
Kevin and his morning meds

Hello! I’m Kevin.  I’m a ginger and white guinea pig and I look after both George’s Guinea Pig World and our Facebook page.  Percy and I have been sharing the workload for our A to Z Challenge this year, and I’ll be doing this last week.

Our theme is “Our Favourite Things” – and I hope you’re not tired out from all this blog-visiting!


vV is for Vets!

Our vet is Dr Sally at All Creatures Health Care.  I like Dr Sally, even when she squidges my bottom. They really do look after all creatures. We’ve often seen lizards and parrots and tortoises when we’ve been there. I must admit I don’t like having to stay there and Mummy going home, but I’ve always come home again eventually.

screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-21-46-15Sometimes people don’t come home again, which is very sad. Mummy doesn’t usually take photos at the vets, although if we’ve got something wrong with us she sometimes takes close-up pictures and puts them on the Rodents With Attitude forum for people to look at.

Here’re some old pictures of Hugo at the vets, with Nurse Amber fixing up his special oxygen for his lungs.

Tomorrow it’s W.  I think Percy really ought to write it tomorrow, but he says it’s still my turn.

 

 

U for Under the cages #AtoZChallenge

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Hello! I’m Kevin.  I’m a ginger and white guinea pig and I look after both George’s Guinea Pig World and our Facebook page.  Percy and I have been sharing the workload for our A to Z Challenge this year, and I’ll be doing this last week.

Our theme is “Our Favourite Things” – and I hope you’re not tired out from all this blog-visiting!


uU is for Under the Cages

One of our favourite places to run around and explore is underneath things.  I think it’s because our ancestors spent a lot of time in tunnels underground, and of course we are prey species, so underneath things is safer.  Our cages in the kitchen are mainly on tables, with things like boxes, feedbins and things like that underneath them.  But there’s also plenty of room for us!

This video must have been in about 2012, soon after Colman and I came to live here. Colman pokes his nose out between Dougall and Dylan, who look quite young, less than a year old. Victor and Humphrey and Hector are wandering around too.  The Jubilee Seven ride again!  I’m the only one left 😦

Tomorrow it’s letter V – and you’ll never guess what we’ve chosen for that!

T for Tunnels #AtoZChallenge

Kevin's new tent

Hello! I’m Kevin.  I’m a ginger and white guinea pig and I look after both George’s Guinea Pig World and our Facebook page.  Percy and I have been sharing the workload for our A to Z Challenge this year, and I’ll be doing this last week.

Our theme is “Our Favourite Things” – and I hope you’re not tired out from all this blog-visiting!  I’ve had an upset tummy for the last couple of weeks, but I’m feeling a lot better now.


tT is for Tunnels…

… although it could also be for TENTS.

We have lots of tunnels, some soft and cosy ones, some cardboard ones, and some covered with dry grass which we can nibble.  There’s also a blue fabric one, the same as our tent fabric, which we use out of doors.  Tunnels are lovely to snuggle up in or run through, and they make a great shelter when we’re in the garden and fancy a snooze.

When Mummy first got guinea pigs, that was Fred and George, she used to carry them around in the cardboard tunnels called chubes, which she thought might be safer if she ever tripped over.  Later when she got the tents, she realised that not only are they good for sheltering from the sun (and rain if she forgets to bring us in and it starts raining), but also, for carrying us from the house to the garden and so on.  And then when she did that, we all knew what was what, so when she shakes our tents at us we come and get in them to be taken in (or out).  Mostly.  Sometimes if we really don’t want to come in she has to be a little stern with us.  But we know when she really means it.

She’s learnt from our Looks at her when we want to come in.  I think Fred taught her to watch for his Look, and I managed to give her the same Look, which she understands.  So we’ve done quite well at training Mummy over the years.

Here’s a moving picture of Dylan playing with his tent and tunnels in the garden, and Dougall too.

And here’s a picture of Midge coming into his tent at the end of floor-time in the morning.

Come back tomorrow and see us doing something Unusual!!

M for Mummy #AtoZChallenge

IMG_3004Hi, Kevin here.  We’re into the second week of the A to Z Challenge, and in case you’re just visiting, I’m a six year old ginger and white guinea pig.  This blog was started by Fred and George, Mummy’s very first guinea pigs.  She writes books about them too.

Our A to Z Challenge theme is “Our Favourite Things”


mM is for Mummy

Well, Mummy is definitely our favourite thing, but it’s very difficult to know what to say about her.  She’s pretty reliable, very kind, good to cuddle, and keeps an eye on our health and welfare.  And she loves us, and we love her.

She also writes books about us.  You probably know that.  They are called the Princelings of the East series, and they are sort of fantasy science fiction adventures, because we live in castles and do interesting things in a world without humans, and there’s a time tunnel involved.

  • George is an engineer who invents a new energy source from strawberry juice, and then gets into flying and builds planes.
  • Fred is a king, although he starts out as a princeling.
  • Hugo is the baddie, although he’s quite nice really, just has different ideas from everyone else.
  • Victor is the cute kid at the inn in the middle of everything and he grows up to become a business guru and bartender.
  • Humphrey is a loner, very shy, who has a big adventure and eventually finds friends.
  • Hector is a troublemaker but his bit of the story hasn’t been written yet.
  • Colman is a baddie, and takes control of Deeping Castle because its prince is too young to take charge
  • and I’m the prince of Deeping Castle, and I get my revenge in book 8, which Mummy has written but won’t be out till at least Christmas
  • Dylan and Dougall have short stories in each of the BookElves Anthologies, and they are the Princelings of the North, which is the title of book 8, and they help me claim my inheritance back
  • Midge, Oscar and Percy will get involved at some stage.  Percy is apparently already in there as a king of a castle, and Midge and Oscar’s father is Willoughby’s friend in book 7, but they aren’t in it yet.

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You can read the proper details about the books in the menu page above – Books, but you can also get the first one free for your ebook reader, or the first three for a special offer price, or enter a competition to win them on Mummy’s blog Jemima Pett, Author.

L for Lavender #AtoZChallenge

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Hi, Kevin here.  We’re into the second week of the A to Z Challenge, and in case you’re just visiting, I’m a six year old ginger and white guinea pig.  This blog was started by Fred and George, Mummy’s very first guinea pigs.  She writes books about them too.

Our A to Z Challenge theme is “Our Favourite Things”


lL is for Lavender

Oooh, lavender!  I adore lavender.  Mummy has some bushes growing in the corner of one of the vegetable patches, and when are runs are next to it during the summer I try to sneak some pieces off and eat them.  She doesn’t seem to mind, she says something about pruning doing them good.

Sometimes she uses pieces of lavender in things, and gives us a little with our breakfast, or as a treat.  She sometimes decorates summer birthday cakes with it, too.

Yummy!!

 

K for Kale #AtoZChallenge

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Hi, Kevin here.  We’re into the second week of the A to Z Challenge, and in case you’re just visiting, I’m a six year old ginger and white guinea pig.  This blog was started by Fred and George, Mummy’s very first guinea pigs.  She writes books about them too.

Our A to Z Challenge theme is “Our Favourite Things”


kK is for Kale

We love kale.  It’s one of the plants in the cabbage family, but it’s much nicer than cabbage.  We like it better than broccoli and cauliflower, too. And pak choi is okay, but I wouldn’t say we like it.  Mummy grows a variety called Cavolo Nero or something like that, in the garden.  It grows all through winter so we can have some fresh leaves even then.  We don’t get many things from the garden in winter.  Kale, celeriac leaves, maybe chard or strawberry leaves, if we’re lucky. Kale’s delicious.

 

Winter broccoli and kale
Winter broccoli and kale

It has to be sown in the spring, so we watch it grow when we’re out in our runs during the summer.  The stalks get too hard to eat, so we ignore them.  Grass is much nicer – in summer.

Kevin and Victor
Kevin and Victor

Tomorrow it’s letter L.

PS.  Mummy has a recipe for linguine with kale pesto (I don’t know what that is).  She says she’ll put it in the comments if anybody wants it.