Algy perched on a rock, and watched the evening sun go down. The summer – such as it was – had almost ended, and the nights were growing rapidly longer. At such a northerly latitude, the amount of daylight varied hugely over the year, with only a few hours of semi-darkness at midsummer, and very little light at all in midwinter. This meant that in spring and autumn Algy could watch the hours of daylight alter perceptibly from day to day, as the change was so rapid. Although he knew that spring would come again, it seemed a very long way off, and between now and then lay a long, dark winter, for which folk were very poorly prepared in the West Highlands this year, owing to the unusually dismal summer…

So Algy dedicates this post to all his friends in those northern countries for whom the approaching autumn will bring long, long hours of darkness, and a slow, arduous struggle through the winter until the sun returns again. Algy is thinking of you all, and sends you extra special fluffy hugs xoxo

Blog recommendation of the week

This week’s recommendation is a bit different but very special. Oh, did I mention fluffy too? On this blog we can see and appreciate the beauty of Scotland through the eyes of a fluffy bird named Algy, with the help of his assistant, Jenny. His adventures end with him staring at beautiful landscapes, dramatic skies and mesmerizing waters. Playful but with a sincere love for nature photography, this blog is really worth seeing. Oh, and fluffy!

PWS – Nikos

Lots of fluffy thanks again to @photosworthseeing for recommending @adventuresofalgy this week – and a special fluffy hug for Nikos 🙂




There was still a very strong, cold wind blowing from the north-west, but as it was April 1st, Algy thought that he would have a wee bit of fun, playing with the waves on the rocks 🙂

Blog recommendation of the week

Follow-up exhibition

PWS – Pop Up

Algy won’t forget that particular adventure in a hurry! The waves almost caught him that time, but it was a lot of fun 🙂

He sends lots of fluffy hugs to the kind friends at @photosworthseeing who have been promoting his adventures this week, and have chosen some of his own favourite images to reblog – thank you all very much indeed xoxoxo



It was Earth Day, and a huge wave of dense white mist was rolling in from the sea again. Soon it would cover everything, and both land and sea would be obscured. Algy perched at the edge of the dunes, watching the mist approach, and wondering whether human beings would manage to avoid destroying their own home. Their ways bewildered him; all he could do was hope for the best, because he rather liked the Earth himself. As he felt the first cold droplets of the mist tickle his feathers, he thought of a poem by a particularly talented and thoughtful human, Mary Oliver:

    a black bear
      has just risen from sleep
         and is staring

down the mountain.
    All night
      in the brisk and shallow restlessness
         of early spring

I think of her,
    her four black fists
      flicking the gravel,
         her tongue

like a red fire
    touching the grass,
      the cold water.
         There is only one question:

how to love this world.
    I think of her
         like a black and leafy ledge

to sharpen her claws against
    the silence
      of the trees.
         Whatever else

my life is
    with its poems
      and its music
         and its glass cities,

it is also this dazzling darkness
      down the mountain,
         breathing and tasting;

all day I think of her—
    her white teeth,
      her wordlessness,
         her perfect love.

[Algy is quoting the poem Spring from the collection House of Light by the contemporary American poet Mary Oliver.]

Blog recommendation of the week

Follow-up exhibition

PWS – Pop Up

Algy is so thrilled to see his adventures being featured on @pws-popup as a follow up exhibition to the PWS recommended blog feature. He can remember every single adventure that PWS have chosen to show, and they bring back many happy memories, so he will reblog his favourites from the pws-popup exhibition during this week 🙂



Uh-Oh! More stormy weather ahead…

Algy hopes that your weekend won’t be as stormy as his is forecast to be 🙂
Have a lovely weekend, everyone xoxo

Blog recommendation of the week – interview

1. Tell us something about yourself for a start:

For a start, I’m a unique fluffy bird
There is no other fluffy bird quite like me anywhere in the real or
virtual world, so far as I know. I live on the wild west coast of the
Scottish Highlands, where I was cast ashore after a long ocean voyage on
a raft, and I have many adventures.

2. Tell us something about your wonderful assistant Jenny and how you met?

day, when I was perching on a rock in the sea, close to my cliff-side
nest, two human creatures came walking along. They perched on another
rock nearby, and I noticed that the female human was taking lots and
lots – and lots! – of photographs. When I was sure that they were
harmless, I flew over to talk to them, and that is how I met Jenny and
her husband.

Jenny told me that she was a multimedia artist and a
writer, and she had always loved fluffy birds and animals. I learned
that she had spent years studying animation and illustration at art
school, and she had also been taking photographs since she was first
given a Kodak Instamatic as a little girl. When I heard that the very
first photos she ever took (as a chlld) were of a fluffy white baby
goat, and a beautiful white peacock, I knew at once that she was the
right person to photograph me and my adventures. The rest is history

that day, Jenny and I have had many exciting adventures together in the
rugged landscape of the West Highlands of Scotland. She started posting
photos and GIFs of my adventures on Tumblr in March 2012, and in 2015
she began to produce illustrated stories from my adventures in
children’s books too.

3. You’re a really brave (and fluffy) bird, what was your biggest adventure so far?

some ways my bravest and fluffiest adventure is the one that is being
recorded in my second book “The Tree with a Golden Heart”, due to be
published soon. This new adventure needed more courage than the others,
and was undertaken to help a sick friend. In other ways my biggest
adventure was one that happened by accident – my dangerous journey
around the world on a raft, and arrival in the Scottish Highlands,
washed up half-drowned on the beach. That adventure is important to me,
because it reminds me of all the little refugee children who are making
dangerous journeys to new lands by sea, and I hope very much that they
don’t get washed up on the beach too, but arrive safely in new homes and
make new friends.

4. You’re writing your second book, what is the biggest challenge about this?

biggest challenge about this is sifting through all those million or so
words in the English language, to choose only the ones that will fit
together nicely, and then putting those ones in the right order and the
right place to tell the story. I have heard that many people want to be
writers, but watching my assistant struggle day after day with that
enormous tangle of words, I often wonder why!

5. And now a personal question, but I think many people want to know that too: How can Algy always be so fluffy?

is a question which many people ask, and I don’t really know the
answer. But the West Highlands of Scotland is an exceedingly wet
environment, where it rains most days of the year, and it is also a
very, very windy place. So I guess it may be the result of frequent
washing with soft rainwater and blow-drying!

Thank you so much
for featuring my adventures on PWS. This is so exciting, and I can’t
tell you how much I appreciate it! I’m sending you, your PWS colleagues,
and all the wonderful people on Tumblr who follow my adventures, lots
and lots of surprisingly fluffy hugs.

Thank you, Algy for the great interview

PWS – Stephi

Algy quite often surprises other folk, but this time it was his turn to be surprised – in fact he was absolutely astonished when Stephi wrote to him to say that @adventuresofalgy was going to be featured as the PWS @photosworthseeing recommended blog of the week.

Algy doubts whether any fluffy bird has been honoured in this way before, and he feels terrifically excited and truly honoured. He thanks all the wonderful members of the PWS team very much indeed!

The PWS interview mentions Algy’s books. Please visit Algy’s own web site for more information about Algy’s unique illustrated chapter books for children, and lots of supporting material and activities for the kids 🙂

There were still some bumble bees buzzing around the last of the summer flowers, so Algy decided to conceal himself in a hydrangea bush in order to get a closer view of his fuzzy friends.

Listen to the sounds of the bees buzzing around Algy.

As he watched a pretty bee going round and round in front of his beak, Algy reflected on the recent upsurge in the number of his Tumblr followers. He guessed that his Adventures had been featured as a “Recommended Blog” for a couple of weeks, although he really wasn’t quite sure. In any case, everything had returned to normal now, except that he had lots of lovely new followers. If you have started following Algy’s Adventures very recently, Algy thanks you kindly, and offers you a warm and very fluffy welcome. He hopes that you will stay in his world awhile :-))

Algy couldn’t help wondering what it would be like to become really famous, and he was inevitably reminded of Emily Dickinson’s short poem:

          Fame is a bee.
          It has a song—
          It has a sting—
          Ah, too, it has a wing.

This post is dedicated to the mysterious Tumblr god(s) who helped Algy find so many new followers, and also to his special Tumblr friend in Australia veganmarley who loves every kind of creature and wants to know more about the West Highland bumble bees xoxo

[Algy is quoting the poem Fame is a bee (1788) by the 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson.]