Hello, Percy here. I hope you enjoyed the posts from Bertie and Roscoe in the past couple of weeks.
I’ve been sitting comfortably on my pile of hay, thinking deep thoughts. Sometimes I sit in my tent, or my tunnel, or on my bed. I now have both beds. The newest one, which Midge and I got last autumn came back from the cleaners and I slept in it for a week, because it was Midge’s favourite, but I haven’t slept in it since.
Sometimes I go over to the place where Bertie’s cage starts and sit and watch what he’s up to. But then I go back and sleep on my pile of hay. Bertie is funny because he rarely sleeps in his bed. He sleeps half in and half out. Sometimes he puts his head on the bed and his body on the floor, and most times he puts his body in the bed and leans his head over the side. As long as he’s comfortable!
I don’t know why I don’t fancy sleeping in either of Midge’s and my beds at the moment. Maybe they just remind me of him. Maybe it’s because he’s not sleeping on top of the tunnel, facing me. It’s only just gone three weeks since he left us, but it seems like months.
Then again, it’s a year since Kevin left us, and that seems like forever. Sometimes I wonder where he is and then I remember. I do that with Midge too. It’s funny to think I’ve had my lump all this time since Kevin left us. Dr Sally thinks I’m a wonder. I think that’s a good thing.
I’m fed up with my lump, though. Mummy always gives me a big cuddle when I have to have my meds but I’m fed up with having my meds. The chewy ones are okay though. I find it easier to bite things that stay in chunks rather than things that wrap around my teeth, like lettuce. Mummy’s noticed I leave a lot of my breakfast. I can’t really be bothered with it. Bertie usually finishes it off, I think. I like the herbs, though. And the strawberry leaves. And my special pellets.
Why does time go fast, and then go slow? Why does it go fast when I’m sleeping, or when the sun’s out? Why is there more time for cuddles in the morning than in the evening? I don’t know the answer to any of these questions. If you know, do tell me.
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.
Percy here today. It’s been a difficult week. Mummy spent a lot of the time out – even stayed out two nights (Wednesday and Saturday). She left us lots of food so we were fine, but we got a bit tetchy and nervous.
Bertie was a pain, particularly on Friday. Mummy was in then, and told him to behave. He kept chattering at Midge; then Midge got upset and started jumping on me. He’s not as heavy as he was, but he’s still too heavy for me and, besides, I don’t need the attention! So I got cross with Midge. Mummy took him out of the run and put him in a carry box to cool off. He was a lot better for a while, then after Mummy said goodnight, he started again. Mummy came in to us and put him back in the box till morning! He grumbled about that, but he was fine in the morning.
Bertie was still being a pain on Saturday, but we put up with him a bit better. Mummy says he’s going through “a stage” and he’ll grow out of it. He’d better do that soon. Mummy threatened to swap him over with Biggles, who we get on with much better.
Another thing he did on Saturday: he went out of the back door! Only Hugo has ever done that before. Mummy heard a noise out on the patio while she was cuddling Oscar. She went to look, and saw Bertie coming back in!
Well, at least he was back inside. She’ll be keeping a good eye on him in future.
Dylan used to roam the garden, checking up on everyone, but he never went outside on his own. He knew it is Not Allowed. I just hope Bertie has learnt that now. He’ll get into real trouble if he’s not careful.
We come out of mourning for Kevin tomorrow. It’s been seven weeks already. It seems a long time in some ways. Mummy says she still misses him loads. But we might have birthday cake on Wednesday – that’s Mummy’s birthday.
Percy here. Sorry I didn’t arrive last week. It was all very busy and I forgot. Not having Kevin around to keep an eye on things has unsettled us all a bit.
Mummy’s been sad because he was the last of the Jubilee Seven, as she called them: Hector, Humphrey, Victor, Dylan, Dougall, Colman and Kevin.
Before them there was the Fabulous Four: Fred, George, Hugo and Victor.
Victor was in both groups. He joined Mummy in 2008 and was only about eight months old then, and lived till he was six years and four months. His anniversary is next Monday, although Mummy says we don’t have to do a memory post for that. We mostly remember birthdays. Although some people don’t have birthdays, so we find a special day for them somehow. Mummy knows how, I don’t. I have a ‘Gotcha’ Day, which was the day Mummy got me from the Adoption place.
Colman and Kevin had birthdays which were estimated, according to Mummy, because Auntie Kate had an idea of when they were born. That’s how Colman got to have a seventh birthday cake, and he’s our oldest piggy so far.
I asked Mummy if all the Jubilee Seven have gone, what are we now, and she said “The Famous Five.”
That sounds good to me.
By the way, I have a lump on my chin and I’m having medicine for it every day. Mummy says I might have to have tests done on it tomorrow. But I’ll be in Dr Sally’s good hands. She’s the best. So I’ll be okay.
PS Do you like the dark colour scheme? It’s because were in mourning for Kevin, and will be for seven weeks. That takes us to the 27th June, which is the day before Mummy’s birthday.
Percy: We’re supposed to say what we thought about the A to Z Challenge today. Mummy helped me record this conversation with Kevin last week. What did you think about it, Kevin?
Kevin: I thought it was a lot of hard work. It was okay setting the posts up ahead of time, but it was hard going to see people. I could say something to the people who visited us, but I didn’t know what to say to anyone else.
Percy: Did you remember to go to the A to Z post and link us up?
Kevin: No, although Mummy did it for me sometimes. I think when she did that early in the morning we got new visitors. I stopped noticing when I wasn’t feeling well.
Percy: I know, but I did that for you. You did a lot of the posts. I had a nice time chatting to people, especially to Kristin, Noelle, and Hilary. And Nick came sometimes, he was nice.
Kevin: yes, we got to know our Aunties and new Uncle well. I’m sure when Dylan and I did it last time we had far more visitors.
Percy: I think Mummy’s saying the same on her blog. Would you do it again?
Kevin: No, but then, I feel too old to bother with it, really.
Percy: It does take a lot of time. Then again, if the weather is cold like it was last week, we haven’t got much else to do.
Kevin: That’s true. Well, I’ll leave it in your capable hands, Percy. I expect young Bertie will soon get the hang of it. I’ll be here if he needs any advice.
Percy: He’s not much of one for asking advice, Kev. He reminds me of Dylan, even though I didn’t know him very long.
Kevin: I think Mummy thinks so too. Good luck if you do it again.
Percy: Thank you. And thank you for blogging for all this time, too. Happy retirement!