My gorgeous guinea pigs

The girls have now claimed the leopard print dressing gown and like me to make it into a nest so they can sit on the desk next to me as I work. I wish I had the ability to re-fashion it into a fabulous piggy palace but as I barely manage to sew buttons on, this isn’t going to happen!

Instead, they’ve been promised a snuggly bed for Xmas and I’ll cut the dressing gown up and try to make a little cover.

If you’re wondering why I don’t take many pictures of Rosebud, it’s because she is still painfully shy. I only take pictures of her when she’s happy for me to do so and I never use the flash, as I know it would petrify her.  Photographs don’t do her justice anyway – she even more beautiful in real life.  I have no idea why she is so shy but she is getting a bit braver as time goes on. Fern, on the other hand, is an utter diva and demands to be picked up, cuddled, photographed and generally fawned over! So of course, I oblige!

I hope you enjoy these pictures of my beautiful guineas. Have a great weekend!

Look how cute I am!

Look how cute I am!

Kiss my nose!

Piggy nose

Fern & Rosebud do their best yin yang impression

Fern & Rosebud do their best yin yang impression

Beautiful little Rosebud

Beautiful little Rosebud

Piggy kisses

Piggy kisses

I want to be in the picture too!

I want to be in the picture too!

Why do we write?

Someone asked me today about why I study English literature.  My answer was very simple: because I love writing.  I love to read what other people have written, learn from it and write things of my own.  For a long time, I saw writing as something I would do in the future but I’ve recently realised that I am already a writer.  Any one of us sat in front of our laptops, turning out blog post after blog post is a writer.

When I started this blog a couple of months ago, I had some idea about what I wanted to write about – books, art, vintage stuff and of course, guinea pigs.  Even over this relatively short time, the blog has adapted, much as I have changed myself.  I made the conscious decision to use this blog as a channel to celebrate different subjects, whether it was a review about a book I really enjoyed or a couple of cute pictures of my fish!  I’m a realist and I fully understand that life is not all rainbows and unicorns and that sometimes we need to talk about things that are uncomfortable or difficult in order to bring them into the public consciousness.  However, I want to write posts that make me smile and (hopefully) make others smile too!

Taking part in NaBloPoMo has been quite difficult for me in a number of ways – primarily through managing my time effectively.  When I first started, I assumed that all blogs needed to be planned well in advance, be of a certain length and had to include an image.  Ironically, some of my most popular posts this month have been ones I have come up with on the spot or snapshots of my day.

My question for all you fabulous bloogers out there is: what you have written that really makes you proud?  Was it a thought-provoking discussion piece?  Was it posting a really amazing image, photograph or drawing?  Was it being brave enough to say something heartfelt that you have never admitted before?

Irrespective of what it was about, remember that it was something you created and be proud.

Book Review: The Hamster Ballet Company by Janis Mitchell

Yes, you did read that title correctly!  Today’s post is part book review, part sheer indulgence…

I was in the library on Monday returning my books, when I spotted this amazing little book on the ‘for sale’ shelf.  I am trying very hard to downsize my possessions at the moment but there was absolutely no way I could resist this little treasure, especially as it cost a mere 50p!

hamster ballet company

Upon opening the book, I discovered that it had been in circulation during the late 1980s to early 1990s, so there is every chance that I may have borrowed it once when I was a child.

The book is full of delightful pictures of adorable anthropomorphised little hamsters enacting scenes from famous ballets, such as La Sylphide, Giselle, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.  Each illustration is accompanied by a short description of the scene and the principal ‘dancers’.  The Hamster Ballet Company itself was founded by Igor Gregorevich Hamster – a rather dapper little chap in a top hat and monocle.

If you know someone who likes hamsters and the ballet – and let’s face it, that’s a winning combination in my mind – this would make a fantastic little stocking filler.  It really is a charming little book, which made me smile on a rainy afternoon.  Mitchell has also written/illustrated The Hamster Opera Company and The Hamster History of Britain – I’ll certainly be adding these to my Christmas list…