We’ve reached F, which was a very difficult letter to think of something interesting to write about.
I mean, there’s FOOD, and FRED, who is a very important guinea pig indeed. And FLEECE, which we have on the floor of our cages with pads underneath, to give us nice bedding.
But when Mummy put the calendar on the wall onto May, I saw that there were FOUR legends of our world, whose pictures occupied one day each. That means these are special days for those pigs. It can be birthdays and Gotcha days, but these are all Rainbow Bridge Days.
These are our FOUR May legends
Kevin went over the Bridge on the 9th, two years ago. We met him and ran around with him in the garden in the April. We’d only been here a month. He was very patient with us. He had just FINISHED doing the A to Z with Percy. I think this is why Mummy told us we couldn’t do the A to Z every day, because everyone that had done that went over the Rainbow Bridge soon afterwards. It’s too much hard work for us.
Then George, who went on May 13th a long time ago. He’s the FOUNDER of this blog of course. He was an engineer and a legend. He worked very hard on the FORUM that is no more. It seems like most of the things George did were part of history now.
Victor went when he was very old, and he was ill in the morning and went over the Bridge at lunchtime. Mummy knew because she had a premonition when she was playing golf. She says it was very spooky, but she wasn’t FRIGHTENED, just surprised.
And Percy, my mate, who I still miss, but I’ve got a bit used to not having him around. He was very wise. He went on the last day of May, the 31st, last year. I miss him. It was FUN playing with him.
So those are my FOUR legends of the George’s Guinea Pig World for May.
And please come back tomorrow because we’re celebrating a very SPECIAL DAY, and you can enter a competition and win prizes.
Mam’s been saying she’d give us a bath and the other day she did it. It’s not fair, really, since it’s only a few months since our last one. I don’t think Bertie and Biggles have had one since we’ve been here! (Mam just said they’d be having their’s this week, probably today.)
I don’t really mind having a bath, once it’s inevitable, like. I was running, or rather, splashing, around the big white bath until Mam caught me and made me all wet, and then I waited for Nev to get wet, then we got all soapy, and having it all rubbed into our coats, all over. It’s a really good feeling. I like it anyway. I’m not sure I like the funny spray thing that washes the soap out after, but it’s soon done.
Roscoe and Neville in the Bath
Mam wrapped us each in towels and we went and sat on her lap to get dry. Then after a while, when we were nearly dry, she put this very noisy warm wind on us, and made us drier. Then we came upstairs to our nice clean run. Even the cagewear had been washed.
Bertie’s been talking about doing the alphabet each week. I like the idea. Mam said something about finding when we’d first done it on here. It was 2012, and Victor did it. That was three years after the A to Z started. Then Mam discovered it was three years after George’s Guinea Pig World started. So it’s our tenth anniversary this year, too.
So as well as doing the alphabet, we’re going to have something special around 7th May, which is the anniversary of George starting this website up. He did this post to welcome everybody, and it all went from there.
We’ve only filled nine letters, so far. We’ve thought of two things for A, six for B, one for C, three for G, one for K, for each for M and N, two for P and one for R. We’ve got a lot more thinking to do. Oh, Mam’s just suggested ‘degu’ for D…
And that’s a reminder that Bertie is being interviewed by Joshua the Degu on Friday, on Auntie Tori’s website. You’ll be able to find the interview here, but it isn’t alive until Friday (22nd March).
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! 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.
T 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.
Midge in his tunnel
George and Fred 6 weeks old
Hector’s tartan tunnel
Snuggly Dylan & Dougall
Hugo takes a break
Kevin in the tent
Fred and Victor
Oscar in the old green & purple tunnel
Fred and George with new chubes
Tents and tunnels in the garden
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!!
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”
L 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.