adventuresofalgy:

ALGY’S VERY OWN BOOKSHOP!

Algy is delighted to
announce that you can now buy SIGNED COPIES of his books – with personal
dedications in your own choice of words – from his very own online bookshop on his own
web site. Here’s the link:

Algy’s Bookshop

A signed book with a personal dedication makes an ideal Christmas present for a child!

Algy’s first book “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird” is ideal for children aged 7 to 10 to read for themselves, or as a bedtime story to be read to 5 and 6-year-olds.

Algy’s second book “The Tree with a Golden Heart” will be added to his shop when the paperback edition is published in December.

Books can be shipped to most countries of the world, but Algy has to charge for shipping costs as he can’t afford to pay them himself. So if you don’t want the book signed, it is likely to be cheaper to buy from Amazon or The Book Depository.

Algy’s books are in stock for immediate despatch 🙂

Visit Algy’s Bookshop

The weather had taken a turn for the worse, but Algy was in high spirits because his second book was very nearly ready to publish. So he fluffed up his feathers, perched on a wet rock, and sang a happy song, while the wind blew rain, hail and sleet into his face with considerable gusto…

Algy hopes that you will all be in good spirits this weekend, and will be able to sing a happy song in the face of any adverse weather conditions 🙂

Algy sat on the damp sand, and gazed far out to sea. Some days the ocean seemed very wide indeed, and he reflected that it was undoubtedly much better to be perching safely on the shore, watching the breakers roll in, than to be adrift somewhere in the middle of that vast expanse of water. He wondered how long it would be before the waves washed over his toes…

Although it was only November, there had been several winter gales over the past two weeks, and the sandy beach was already covered in seaweeds torn up from the sea bed by the storms. The rotting seaweed did not smell very nice, but Algy didn’t mind, because many of the other birds loved to forage among it.

Algy wishes his American friends good foraging today too, and a very happy Thanksgiving to all those on the far side of the ocean he is staring at 🙂

There was a respite of just one calm, bright, sunny day in a period of very stormy weather, so Algy lost no time in flying down to the sea. Even though it was November, the ocean looked very pretty in the cool sunshine, and after many dark and dreary days it seemed as though the world was full of light again…

ALGY’S VERY OWN BOOKSHOP!

Algy is delighted to
announce that you can now buy SIGNED COPIES of his books – with personal
dedications in your own choice of words – from his very own online bookshop on his own
web site. Here’s the link:

Algy’s Bookshop

A signed book with a personal dedication makes an ideal Christmas present for a child!

Algy’s first book “A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird” is ideal for children aged 7 to 10 to read for themselves, or as a bedtime story to be read to 5 and 6-year-olds.

Algy’s second book “The Tree with a Golden Heart” will be added to his shop when the paperback edition is published in December.

Books can be shipped to most countries of the world, but Algy has to charge for shipping costs as he can’t afford to pay them himself. So if you don’t want the book signed, it is likely to be cheaper to buy from Amazon or The Book Depository.

Algy’s books are in stock for immediate despatch 🙂

Visit Algy’s Bookshop

The weather had turned very chilly, so Algy decided to fly back to the woods, where it was considerably more sheltered than on the exposed coast. In between showers of hail and sleet, there were moments of bright sunshine, and despite the brisk, northerly breeze, it was pleasant perching on a branch beside the waterfall, watching the constant stream of water tumbling down in never-ending motion.

Algy wishes you all a happy and peaceful weekend, well sheltered from cold winds xoxo

Algy perched on a wee branch overlooking a rainwater pool, and stared at his reflection in the water. This was the dreariest time of year, and soon the north wind would blow, the last of the leaves would fall from the trees, and the sleet and hail would sweep in across the sea on a bitter north wind. But for a moment it was calm, and Algy’s reflection was quite still. It reminded him of a rhyme that made him smile:

Each time I see the Upside-Down Man
Standing in the water,
I look at him and start to laugh,
Although I shouldn’t oughtter.
For maybe in another world
Another time
Another town,
Maybe HE is right side up
And I am upside down.

Algy hopes that you will all have a calm and peaceful weekend ahead, and that something good will make you smile 🙂

[Algy is quoting the short poem Reflection by the 20th century American writer Shel Silverstein.]

At times the world seems covered in darkness, and Algy knows that many of his friends are struggling against the darkness at this especially dark time. But light can always conquer darkness, so Algy perched on a rock by the wild ocean, gazing at a pathway of light, and sang some verses by Goethe for his friends.

Des Menschen Seele
Gleicht dem Wasser:
Vom Himmel kommt es,
Zum Himmel steigt es,
Und wieder nieder
Ewig wechselnd

The human soul
is like water:
it comes from heaven,
it rises to heaven,
and again it must descend to earth
in an eternal alternation.

Listen to this beautiful recording of Gesang der Geister über den Wassern by the Vienna Vocalists and the String Ensemble of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

[Algy is singing Gesang der Geister über den Wassern (The Song of the Spirit over the Waters) by the late 18th/early 19th century German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. You can read the full text of the poem in German and English,
but Algy feels that the English translation given there does not do
full justice to the original.]

Algy is thinking of all his friends in France, and especially in Paris, during this dark weekend of shock and mourning.

A candle would blow out in the wind, here in the wild West Highlands of Scotland, so Algy lit a sparkler for you, to bring you light in the darkness. He sends you all lots of very fluffy hugs xoxo

p.s. Algy is running a special exhibition of posts for Paris on his sideblog @lovefromalgy all weekend.