It was Hogmanay at last, and Algy was trying to blow up balloons for his New Year’s Eve celebrations, but fluffy birds are perhaps not very well adapted to this particular task…

If you live in a part of the world where it is already 2015, Algy wishes you the fluffiest possible New Year xoxoxo

If you live nearer Algy’s own home or in the massive continents of the Americas, please join Algy at midnight GMT to celebrate the coming of the New Year :))

Algy’s personal “top 5” selection of animated GIFs from 2014, for Gray-Card gray-card by kind invitation – thank you!

Algy found it very difficult to choose five favourites from so many diverse adventures, but these are certainly among the best from 2014, showing various aspects of Algy’s fluffy life and his West Highlands environment :-))))

To see more of Algy’s adventures in the wild West Highlands of Scotland, follow adventuresofalgy. And please don’t forget that Algy still needs help to reach the target in his crowdfunding campaign to publish his series of children’s books, Tales from The Adventures of Algy.

Wishing you all a very fluffy and wonderful year ahead in 2015 xoxoxo

(Note: sadly, these GIFs display blown up in poor quality on Algy’s blog – a feature of the photo set. But they should look OK on the dash, he hopes!)

adventuresofalgy:

Once upon a time…

Algy and his assistant met to discuss the production of his long-awaited series of fluffy children’s books, Tales from The Adventures of Algy.

There was just one wee problem: publishing projects cost money, and money is something which is very rarely seen in the West Highlands of Scotland…

[The music included on Algy’s video soundtrack is the first two minutes of the famous Singin’ The Blues, recorded on the 78rpm Okeh label in 1927 by Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra, and featuring Bix Beiderbecke. The song was originally composed in 1920 or earlier, with the first known recordings released in 1920.]

In case you missed it the first time round, here is Algy’s campaign video once again. Enjoy!

Algy’s crowdfunding campaign runs until Wednesday 7th January 2015.

So Algy flew over to his assistant’s house, and offered to help with the Christmas decorations. As the weather was a wee bit brighter, Algy’s assistant suggested that perhaps he might like to sort out the tangled tinsel… outside in the garden. It sounded like a simple and pleasant job, but in the event it didn’t seem to be quite as straightforward as Algy had supposed…

If you are taking time off Tumblr over Christmas, Algy wishes you a very, very Happy Christmas – or a happy holiday time, if Christmas is not part of your culture xoxoxo

Algy will be online and on Tumblr throughout the holidays (electricity and telecomms permitting!), so if you would like to join him and share a fluffy bird’s Christmas, please stay tuned… :-)))

As it wasn’t really raining very much, Algy asked his assistant if he could please borrow her laptop for a moment, to check the progress of his Sponsume crowdfunding campaign.

When Algy opened the computer and looked at the screen, he could hardly believe his eyes. His campaign had passed the half-way mark and was now 57% funded. Algy was so excited he didn’t know what to do with himself!

Algy sends a huge thank you and a million fluffy hugs to all his friends who have already contributed and helped the campaign reach this exciting point xoxoxo

If just 10% of Algy’s Tumblr followers who have not yet contributed could spare the price of a cup of coffee, Algy’s campaign would reach its target. Could you spare a couple of pounds… or dollars… or euros… or anything… to help fund the production costs of Algy’s children’s book series Tales from The Adventures of Algy?

Please help Algy reach his target – there are lots of lovely rewards available :-))) Every contribution really does help, no matter how small.

And please signal boost – on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, anywhere at all… to help spread the word to more people. Thank you!

N.B. One of Algy’s friends asked what would happen if the target was not reached – would the books still be published, and would people who had contributed still get their rewards? Of course they will! A fluffy bird never goes back on his word. If the target isn’t reached, the first book will be published as planned, but Algy’s assistant will have to dig deep into whatever pockets she can find to make up the shortfall as best she can…

It was St. Andrew’s Day, so Algy forgot about his crowdfunding activities for a while, and flew up to the highest point on the headland with his wee saltire under his wing. He erected the tiny flag on a cairn of stones which some visitors had constructed over the years, and there he perched, on top of the world, singing Scotland the Brave at the top of his voice…

Algy wishes all the people of Scotland, at home and abroad, a very Happy St. Andrew’s Day :-))

Algy was fascinated by his jigsaw puzzle, and made excellent progess with the central part of the image that showed himself :-)) 

But he seemed to be having a wee bit of difficulty finding the right places to put all the less interesting pieces that made up the background of the picture. Maybe it was because the sun was so low in the sky at this time of year that it was difficult to distinguish the pieces clearly… or perhaps it was  just because it is really rather tricky to manipulate jigsaw pieces accurately with fluffy feathers…

Algy hopes that you are all enjoying a relaxing – and not too frustrating – weekend xoxo

[Algy’s 60-piece jigsaw puzzle for children is available to buy from Algy’s crowdfunding campaign page at Sponsume.]

When Algy and his assistant finally managed to launch their crowdfunding campaign for the forthcoming Tales from The Adventures of Algy, they were feeling very happy, but completely exhausted. So they went down to the beach together, to rest on the sand dunes in the golden afternoon light and discuss how the project was going.

It got off to a great start, and Algy and Jenny would like to offer a HUGE THANK YOU and lots and lots of fluffy hugs to everyone who reblogged the campaign launch post, and especially to those very kind friends who have already contributed to the fundraising. All of your efforts and kindness are truly appreciated xoxoxoxo

A Fluffy Hugs page will be published soon :-))

And if you haven’t done so yet, please…

Check out and share Algy’s campaign page at Sponsume – there are lots of nice things there, including some beautiful calendars, cute mugs, and children’s jigsaw puzzles for Christmas gifts :-))

Once upon a time…

Algy and his assistant met to discuss the production of his long-awaited series of fluffy children’s books, Tales from The Adventures of Algy.

There was just one wee problem: publishing projects cost money, and money is something which is very rarely seen in the West Highlands of Scotland… They agreed that it was essential to find some cash somewhere, to pay for the up-front costs. And so they decided to launch a special kind of rewards-based crowdfunding campaign, which will also act as Algy’s 2014 Christmas Gifts Market.

Algy is just waiting for the campaign to receive moderator approval, and then he will publish the link, so that you can buy his beautiful 2015 calendars, children’s jigsaw puzzles and mugs, as well as the more usual kind of “rewards” associated with funding a publishing project, such as signed copies of books and prints of the illustrations.

In the meantime, here is a sneak preview of Algy’s campaign video…

Algy is terrifically excited about all this, as he has never done anything like it before! He hopes that you will all share in his excitement :-)))

And if you haven’t got any money – or don’t want to spend it – please just wish Algy luck in this exciting new venture. Thank you xoxoxo

[The music included on Algy’s video soundtrack is the first two minutes of the famous Singin’ The Blues, recorded on the 78rpm Okeh label in 1927 by Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra, and featuring Bix Beiderbecke. The song was originally composed in 1920 or earlier, with the first known recordings released in 1920.]

Algy was tremendously excited about the plans for his forthcoming series of children’s books, and very keen to help his assistant with as much of the production work as he could. So, when he found an unfinished painting in one of his assistant’s watercolour pads, Algy decided to lend a hand…

This post is dedicated to one of Algy’s very oldest and closest friends, who has just had a minor eye operation and will now see the world in beautiful new colours – and to his sweet friend veganmarley in parched Australia, who wanted to know whether Algy would be helping with the illustrations for the books :-))