Guinea Pigs…

I keep starting to write blog posts, but then never get around to finishing them or I don’t get the¬†photos together to support the writing (and goodness knows, my writing does need supporting ūüėČ ). ¬†In fact, I spent some of yesterday writing a bullet point post just to get my news together, but it sounded so moany and depressing I’ve scrapped it (I must have seen the new moon through glass again as I’ve never had such a crappy run of bad luck). ¬†Let’s forget all that and talk cute fluffy animals instead.

boysguineapigsThe boys got a guinea pig each for their Birthday.

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Oh my goodness, how have I missed knowing how adorable little piggies are?!  I had hamsters growing up but these little critters top them by far.

(I had planned to take nice arty photos for the post, but I’ll never get this published if I try that, plus iPhoto has totally changed and I can no longer edit the way I could, that’s going to be a problem, I might even have to learn Photoshop properly!).

Nuzzle

Sadly, Nuzzle¬†died after only one week ūüė¶ ¬†No idea why, by the time I took him to the vets (I noticed he wasn’t quite as perky as he had been on the Saturday, but it was clear by Sunday that he really wasn’t well and I managed to get an appointment ¬†in the store we bought him from) he was dehydrated and they advised me he was in pain and it was kindest to have him put to sleep.

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Big shout out here for our local Pets at Home now, they paid for the vets bill, and allowed C to choose another piggie. ¬†They were also amazing with advice and help when we went to originally choose a pet. ¬†Incidentally, considering the reason we chose guinea pigs was partly because C couldn’t stand the idea of a pet dying on him after only a couple of years, and piggies live for about 8, he wasn’t nearly as upset as I was at the demise of Nuzzle. ¬†Oh and the new guinea pig¬†is named ‘Cuddles’…..I might have to intervene¬†in future pet naming!!

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I can’t think of guinea pigs without thinking of¬†Miss Bumbles¬†and her needle felted creatures.

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I’ve shown all of these photos before, but Ruth’s work is spot on and well worth another mention.DSC_0043 DSC_0029

Guinea pigs also make me think of Racey Helps, who I know I also mention a lot on this blog,

DSC_0161mainly because of ‘Guinea Pig Podge’….oh how I wanted to call one of the new little furries Podge.

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This is one of the few of his illustrated books where the animals don’t wear clothing, but it’s the one I remember best from when I was a child and Gran used to read his stories to us.

I am busy sewing, things for this summer, and also for next winter (trying to get ahead before my first long holiday as a single parent) I really need the shop to pay, it has to bridge the gap between part-time work plus the resulting cost of childcare and remaining flexible for the boys and at home and sewing, but I’m finding it a hard balance plus between that and all the other jobs that need my attention there just aren’t enough hours in the day. ¬†I think that might deserve a blog post all of its own.

Right, off to do a quick animal cuddle before cracking on with the day ūüôā