We had a nice new year. I’m not sure what new year is, but it was nice. Mummy stayed up late one night last week because she said there might be fireworks, but there were only a few and they weren’t too noisy.
Something exciting happened this week.
Mummy received an email asking if Joshua could interview me for his blog post!
We’re always very happy to read Joshua’s comments on our posts. I’m sorry I’m not very good at answering them. Mummy has to do complicated things so I can do that, so I just click the ‘like’ button. It says liked by Mummy, but it’s really me.
Anyway, Joshua sent all his questions across and I answered them, and Mummy helped me find the best photos for it. I wanted one of me with Percy. Mummy said “wouldn’t you like one that shows you off in all your glory?” And I said, “no, the one of me and Percy on the chair would be good.”
I miss Percy. But I’m not missing him as bad as I used to. Mummy says that’s normal, and she feels the same way.
Soo, you’re going to have to wait to read my interview, because it’s going to be out on Friday 22nd March. That’s a long time away yet. I’ll remind you nearer the time. I’ll try and get a picture of Joshua to show you some time. He’s not a guinea pig. Mummy says he’s a daygoo, but apparently that’s spelt degu. Well, I suppose guinea isn’t spelt ginny, so I’ll let him off.
Have I shown you the picture of me with cousin Dani? I look extremely handsome in this one. Dani looks extremely pretty too. We make a great couple, don’t you think? Even if Dani does have ratties, not guineas.
I’m very sad at the moment. I was all alone upstairs in the run when Mummy took Percy to the dentist last week. Then I was all alone again when she took him somewhere else for a couple of nights. She did tell me what she was doing, but I didn’t understand, except for her coming back after two darks.
When she left, Percy had been wobbling about his cage a lot. He told me he was feeling very funny. Mummy said he’d had a funny turn at the dentists and she was glad he’d pulled through. He wasn’t all right though.
Then when she came home after the two darks Percy had gone over the Rainbow Bridge. I think I knew he’d gone after the first dark. There was a sort of shimmer in the fabric of guinea pig space. That’s what Percy told me about when Midge died. It’s the way we guinea pigs communicate across time and space. That’s what he said, anyway. I told him I didn’t understand and he said I would in time.
Then I asked what is time, and he said he wrote about it the other day. Fred wrote about it too. I said I didn’t know Fred, and he just said ‘you will’ in that funny way he did when he talked about time.
So I’m very confused and I’m on my own now.
I was very lonely and then Mummy brought me downstairs to the kitchen for my run and when she picked me up I went in a new cage in the kitchen. It’s not as big as the upstairs run, but it has got a little ledge for me to sit on and I can look out of the window and at Roscoe and Neville and Biggles. Roscoe stands up at the edge of his cage and looks back at me. I don’t really like it, but it’s better than being on my own upstairs when Mummy’s out.
She says she still talks to me when she’s upstairs as if I’m there, and she misses me, but it’s best if I’m with the other piggies. I have spoken to Neville during floor time. He’s very nice. I am still not talking to Biggles, though. Neville said I should because he’s nice too. Roscoe’s a bit scary on the floor and Mummy picks him up before she puts me down, but leaves Neville for a while so we can chat.
I miss Percy. And my upstairs run. Mummy says I’ll be back in it some day, probably in winter when I can’t go outside. It’s easier to go outside from here.
Mummy reminded me to tell you we’ll now be in mourning until mid-July. We were going to come out of mourning for Midge this week, but now we have seven more weeks, because that’s the right number for mourning.
But Mummy says we can still have a cake for Princelings Day like she’s been planning. That’s 13th June. Percy would have explained it all much better. I miss him.
We’ve had some lovely days of weather, and some lovely grass time too. Mam brought us in last night when we’d only been out a wee while, but then she came back after bein’ out at golf all day. She did that Friday too. But she’s been givin’ us an hour or two in the garden each day, and that’s nice. She’s also been givin’ us some nice fresh leaves from the garden each morn’n – yum!
Mostly we’ve been runnin’ in a nice large area between the veggie patches and the patio thing. I think we’ve done a grand job of mowin’ that, so I hope we go out to a new patch today.
Bertie has had his own little stretch of grass that goes around the corner to meet up with Biggles and Percy, then their bit comes back alongside the veggie patch to meet us. I like bein’ able to speak to all of them. I spend a fair few minutes each day standin’ at the bars, whifflin’ at them to come across and chat. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. Depends how busy they are with the mowin’, I’d say.
I reckon Bertie isn’t eatin’ anywhere near enough of his grass. It’s easy to say well, he’s only one person, but he’s done less than half what Biggles and Percy have eaten. Then again, Neville and I have a patch that’s more than twice Bertie’s, and we’ve been ‘very diligent’, as Mam would say.
I don’t think Mam’s taken any photos, though, so you’ll have to make do with old ones.
Did you notice that young Bertie blogged again last week? Percy says he’s right grown-up since Midge died. Aye, it’s an experience to be with a pig near the end of his life. Makes you think.
Apart from Percy’s lump, we’re all fine here. Percy says sometimes he’s fine, sometimes he’s not. He gets by though. He’s a bonny lad.
See you next time.
PS Percy reminded me that it’s Kevin’s anniversary on Wednesday so we might be a bit sad that day. But I never knew Kevin, so Neville and I will just be respectful, like.
Percy didn’t feel like blogging today. He’s okay, he’s eating, which he wasn’t at the start of last week. Mummy is much happier about him. He’s on morning and evening meds because his lump has come back. It’s moved though. It’s now behind his jaw. I can’t tell the difference but Percy says he can. Mummy can feel it too.
We miss Midge. He was fun to live next door to, because I could tease him. Percy’s not so easy to tease. Mummy says I shouldn’t tease anyway because he’s not well. But Percy’s missing Midge, even though they did a lot of bickering recently. Percy says Midge probably wasn’t well and we didn’t realise. Okay.
First day out
Third day out
Bertie sits with Biggles
First day out
We haven’t been out in the garden this week. Mummy says it’s been cold and wet. But it was sunny one day when we had visitors. Mummy was pleased because it helped the house and garden look nice. Mummy’s been clearing all the boxes from our room, and tidying up her desk and our things. It looks pretty good now, I can tell you.
Apart from that, I’m looking forward to going outside again, because I like the feel of real grass on my feet. The birds all sing at us too, and tell us off if there’s something they want in our run. A squirrel came and swung on the tube that hangs on a post nearby. She was nearly as big as us, but had a long bushy tail. I thought it was very clever the way she used her hands to take the pellets from the tube. I just eat mine with my mouth, which she did too, but she also put her hand in the hole and pulled out some to put in her mouth. Maybe I should try that. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Apparently today’s the anniversary of the Great Escape from Jersey. Percy says Kevin used to talk about it. He came with Colman to live here and a lot of other piggies went all over the place. I think someone still lives with Auntie Doris and Uncle Bob. Here’s a photo of Kevin and Colman when Col was getting old.
And here they are on the day they arrived here. Percy has that white and red thing in his cage with him at present. It’s to keep him company.
Hello everybody. Happy Easter from me, Percy, and all the others here at George’s Guinea Pig World.
We had a nice couple of days last week and Mummy brought us in a little bit of grass on one of them. She said the grass isn’t growing as much as it did before the snow, though. And then, guess what? It snowed again last night! It turned to rain agin, but it’s still too cold out there for us to go outside.
Mummy’s been very busy cleaning and tidying. She stands by her box of paper and tears it up for hours on end, then she takes the box downstairs and comes back with it all empty. Then she fills it up again. It’s funny to watch her, but I suppose it’s a bit like eating hay. As soon as you finish, more arrives.
I’ve stopped taking my metacam for a bit. Mummy says there’s no sign of my lump, and if it comes back I can have the metacam again. I’m having the nutrimed instead, which is also supposed to help keep the lump down. Nutrimed is better for me because it’s not so strong and better for my kidneys. But sometimes metacam is the right thing to have, and sometimes nutrimed is better. I’m happy if Mummy’s happy. She’s giving me and Midge both a Joint Support tablet in the evening, and I think that is doing both of us good. Midge seems much less grouchy now he’s having that. It has something called glucosamine in it, and it’s good for our joints. This is Kevin with the Joint Support bottle.
Bertie gets very jealous if he doesn’t have something, so Mummy gives him a few pellets of our Pro-Fibre. He loves them! Well, so do we. We have a small scoop each in the evening. It helps our digestion. Midge likes them because it means we’ve got more in our foodbowl. He loves eating out of his food bowl. I do too, but not as much as Midge does.
Anyway, we’re all well, and everyone downstairs is fine, too. I know, because I usually get to have a quick chat to Neville in the morning before Mummy puts me back after my run. See you in a couple of weeks.
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.