As most of Algy’s friends will know by now, Algy has been spending this weekend celebrating three years of The Adventures of Algy on Tumblr. (Join Algy on lovefromalgy for his all-weekend dance party.)

Algy’s very first adventure was posted on Tumblr on 13th March 2012. On that day, young Algy perched on a rock in the sea and quoted this poem, which he repeats now from a different rock, to celebrate three incredible years:

          The sea-wash never ends.
          The sea-wash repeats, repeats.
          Only old songs? Is that all the sea knows?
                     Only the old strong songs?
                     Is that all?
          The sea-wash repeats, repeats.

Algy thanks you all very much indeed for your wonderful kindness, congratulations and good wishes on the occasion of his 3rd Tumblr birthday xoxo

One of Algy’s Tumblr friends asked Algy to tell his assistant that “we want to celebrate with all of you the 100th birthday of those adventures“. Even 3 years of adventures is really quite a lot for a fluffy bird, and 100 years sounds quite alarming! But who knows, maybe Algy’s adventures will still be carrying on through his books – if not on Tumblr itself – in 100 years time! He hopes so 🙂 Perhaps, like the sea-wash, Algy’s adventures will never end…

[ Algy is quoting Sea-Wash by the 20th century American poet Carl Sandburg; the poem originally appeared in the February 1920 issue of Poetry magazine. Listen to Sea-Wash at the Poetry Foundation. ]


Algy was absolutely delighted to find that his birthday was an unusually calm and sunny day, and he was able to spend a wonderfully happy afternoon by the sea. Once he had admired the view from the higher ground on the headland, he flew down to his own special beach. The March sun was almost warm, so he leaned back happily on a barnacle-covered rock and watched the waves playing merrily in the sunshine.

Algy sends a huge THANK YOU and lots of fluffy hugs to all the kind friends who have wished him a Happy Birthday today xoxoxo He has indeed had a very happy birthday, and he hopes that he will be celebrating many more birthdays on Tumblr in the future 🙂


Algy’s birthday was unusually sunny and calm, and Algy spent a wonderful birthday afternoon out on the headland, watching the waves rolling in from the Atlantic ocean causing turmoil around the rocks. In this one area only, breakers form (on the right) although this is deep water and there is no beach in sight. The rock out in the water on the left is in fact an inaccessible island – inaccessible, that is, except for birds and seals 🙂

[ This video was produced in a hurry, and Algy did not bother to edit the sound. He decided to leave the soundtrack on, as he thought you might like to hear the sound of the waves crashing, although they are quite distant. But you can also hear the wind hitting the mic and some extraneous noises, for which he apologises 🙂 ]

This is full HD video and so best viewed in HD (click button lower right in video window) and full screen, but it may take a wee while to load…