Hi there, Percy here again. This is the five hundredth post on George’s Guinea Pig World. I am very honoured.
I suppose I’m honoured to be part of the worldwide blogging community. Well, that’s what Mummy calls all the people who blog, everywhere in the world. We don’t know everyone that blogs all over the world, but we do know some of you 😀
I thought I’d better give you a run-down of who’s been posting in George’s Guinea Pig World (with their funny usernames), although you probably know them better than I do, because you have a longer memory than me.
Our authors on the blog
George started it all. I don’t know if Mummy suggested it or he did. You can still read his original introduction to the blog. He first blogged on 8th May 2009, with two posts, one about favourite foods, and the other about having his grease gland cleaned. He did 63 posts, the last one was on 1st May 2011, which was about Hector’s first birthday. A lot of his posts are about visits to the dentist, because George had bad teeth and lots of operations. Mummy says I remind her of him sometimes, especially when I’m being stoical. I had to look that word up.
Fred was George’s brother, and he took over when George died. He’s a little more intellectual than George. He started some new posts about the way the world works, and left one to be published on the spring equinox. That surprised Mummy because he died the November beforehand. He just missed George too much. It seems to be that way with brothers that live together. Fred did 51 posts including his memories of George on the day before he died.
Victor took over from Fred, after 18th November 2011, although he’d stepped in once before when George couldn’t post because he was in hospital. He had a style of his own, but he settled down to proper English eventually. He did 93 posts, including an AtoZ Challenge on the theme of food (good theme!). He alternated with Dylan for a while, then Dylan lost interest for a bit. Hm, sounds a little like Bertie. Then Victor continued on his own until he died in May 2013. I think Victor did lots of interesting posts.
Dylan’s first post was a very short introduction when Victor was doing the A to Z Challenge in April 2012. Dylan was only four or five months old then. He blogged off and on until Victor died, when he took over. His posts are really very good; he puts a lot of his personality into them. He got to report on the Jubilee Party in the Park, which we’ve never managed to replicate because there’s always someone who will pick a fight (Bertie). He also reported on his ninja capabilities (probably outside the ninja code). He did an AtoZ Challenge with Kevin, talking about guinea pig friends, which is useful because a lot of them are in Mummy’s books. He did 110 posts in all, so he was very industrious in spite of forgetting several times.
Kevin joined in just before the Ato Z Challenge with Dylan. Kevin always sounds very reasonable, but then he was. He was clever without being a cleversticks (Dylan). He had an amazing life, like Colman, and he told us about it a few times. In fact his first post was Colman for the AtoZ Challenge, but he’d been looking after the Facebook page before that, so he knew how to talk to people. He only blogged 58 times, but they were really good posts, including guest interviews with people, like Auntie Dawn. Maybe I should do some more. He died in May, after getting a lumpy neck after Colman died. I’d started to help out, and we did the A to Z together on the theme of things we liked. That was only last year. I still miss him.
I was the next Blogger to take over. I first posted on 4th April 2016, and got Kevin to check it for me. I did a post called The Last of the Jubilee Seven when Kevin went over the Bridge. This is my seventy-third post! I wonder if I’ll manage to get past Victor?
Sigh. What to say about Bertie? He’s a nightmare, although he can be very sweet. So far he’s done sixteen posts, and most of them are me, me, me. He’ll probably improve as he grows up, and maybe he’ll be back again in future.
Roscoe has only just started, as you know. He’s a nice chap. I like him. I could do with spending more time with him, in truth, but I expect when we get grass time we’ll get more time to chat. That shouldn’t be long now. Although it was snowing again last week. Roscoe’s done three posts so far, and they’ve all been interesting, haven’t they.
So that’s us, and I hope the posts add to 500. Well, they don’t, because sometimes Mummy posts things (32), especially memorials, and occasionally other things.
People who’ve lived here who haven’t posted are Hugo, Hector, Humphrey, Colman, Oscar and Midge. I wonder why. I’ll ask Midge and tell you next time.
Oh, and I’d just like to thank Auntie Vikki for coming in and seeing us this week. It’s been great.
Hello, Percy here. I hope you’re not too tired after the A to Z Challenge. Apparently we have to say what we thought of it next week, so I’ll be doing that too.
The big news here is that Kevin has decided to take a back seat from the blog and the Facebook page. He says it’s time he retired and made way for a younger chap. But he’ll be here for advice and counselling, and to help me mentor our new apprentice – Bertie!
As you can see, Bertie is much bigger than he was in the photo yesterday of him and me and the snuggle sack. He’s nearly three months old now, and learning fast.
He’ll probably turn up on Facebook soon, and the blog occasionally.
Did you see what I did there? I did a M M sound. It’s got a clever name for it, but I can’t remember what it is. I’m only a guinea pig, and I haven’t been to school. Well, not school where they teach writing and grammar. I have learnt how to blog ‘on the job’ as they say.
Kevin and I had a long chat and decided some things:
we would try to blog every Monday in future
it might get boring for you if we just told you what we did each week
we could interview people
we could tell more stories about our friends
we could tell you what silly things Mummy has done this week
we could ask you for ideas
We think those last two are quite clever. What would you like to hear about? Have you got ideas for us?
would you like us to interview you?
Leave a comment below with your suggestions and whether you would like to be interviewed. Mummy will send you our questions when we’ve thought of them. They might be different each time. We’ve never interviewed anybody before but you’re part of our world, so why not. We also have started a list of people we think would be fun to interview and we might ask them.
We’re going to show you how difficult it is next week, when we interview Mummy!
I’m very glad I did the A to Z Challenge. Victor did it and now so have I. Kevin helped me a lot. I couldn’t have done it without him.
We spent lots of time looking for pictures of our friends, and finding the best ones. Sometimes we couldn’t decide which to use so we used them all. Well, not all, just all the ones we couldn’t choose between. Sometimes Mummy did all the hard work about finding photos and putting them in the system because we’re not much good at that. George could do it, but he was super-clever.
I did try to go round other blogs. There were so many of them! Mummy said to stick to the ones with AN after their names because that meant they were animals. I did that and found most of them were dogs. I’m sorry, dogs are very nice, especially Dixie and Dillon (hey, great name even if you can’t spell, mate!) but we are programmed to run away from dogs, so I found them very scary. There was one blog about frogs, but it didn’t have AN on it. Mummy found it and showed it to me. After a few days of visiting I got tired, and it was tiring enough blogging, so I’m afraid we stopped visiting. I know we should, and Mummy says she’ll let us know if there are some more blogs we’d like and we can go visit them later in the year, when we’ve recovered.
We had some nice new visitors and it was lovely meeting them. Especially Val Bale, Sabina Ayne, Katie thecyborgmom, That’s Purrfect, Dixie and Dillon, Alex Hurst, Darla M Sands, JeremyH, Hannah G, Susan Kane, Auntie Rebecca, KaTy Did, Auntie Doris, The Hatching Cat, Antonia Hurst, Geoff, Eunice, Tawnya, Chrys Fey, Li, NotAPunkRocker, Shawn, Julie Fisher, Sarah Fergusson, eclecticalli, Catwoman, Cherdo, NJMagas, CompgeekDavid, Gene’O, Jeanne Melanson, Veronica, Liz Young, Natasha Duncan-Drake, Amy Fahrer,Venus Marie Lay, Helen Hollick, Romi, Clicksclan, Jen, and of course Auntie Dawn and Mummy. And a special mention to Sarah Wathen, BMLilith, Russell Deasley and 5 Piggies in a Pot who are also following us.
We wouldn’t have this blog, or a facebook page, or the upstairs run, or strawberry juice power plants, probably not even the Princelings of the East, although that really is both him and Fred.
Yesterday I told you that Fred was the natural philosopher, the thinker. Well, George was The Engineer. He was even the Forum Mechanic on the Rodents with Attitude forum. He took his duties very seriously, and when people asked for his advice he generally started his answers “well, I’m only a guinea pig, but…” He was very polite and very wise. So was Fred, but Fred didn’t really get into blogging and forums. Not like George. And George’s engineering genius is one of the key things (Mummy says use the word ‘cornerstones’ but I don’t know what that means) of the Princelings of the East series.
You think I’m exaggerating? Well, look at the page on redesigns for grassy hutches. He did that. Have you seen the enormous run he designed, with ramps and different levels and room for lots of pigs? He did that. Vic and Dougall and I lived in for a bit, until Kevin and Colman needed it. But he designed it and he and Fred enjoyed it for a whole six months before George died.
He had a lot of illness, George did. Mainly abscesses on his neck and under his teeth. He had very bad teeth. That’s why Mummy went on dental course to learn how to help him. He was so good – there are loads of pictures of him when he’s recovering from operations, still looking happy and enjoying life. He used to just lie back and let himself be wrapped up, too. I hate lying on my back.
Everyone says George was the best pig anyone could ever know, and you know something – I’m not even jealous. Maybe he was. I wish I’d met him.
George and Fred 6 weeks old
Tug of war over salsify leaf
George uses the hay houses with a new view
Wrapping George 1
George with his rosette
George 13.06.2007 to 17.05.2011
George in the loft
Our run with all the matching cagewear
Fred & George take grass on the way back from Devon