Algy Listens to the Sea-Wash

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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.

[Sea-Wash by Carl Sandburg originally appeared in the February 1920 issue of Poetry magazine. Listen to Sea-Wash at the Poetry Foundation.]

13th March 2012

On this day, six years ago, Algy’s adventures began… here on Tumblr @adventuresofalgy

As you can see, Algy was a much younger bird in those days. Like most birds, Algy’s appearance was somewhat different when he first hatched out of the egg, but in due course he acquired his adult plumage 🙂

Even as a very young chick, however, Algy loved poetry, and he loved the sea, which washes up on the beach beside his home in the wild west Highlands of Scotland. So his very first post for The Adventures of Algy featured a photo of him perching on a rock in the surf close to his home, reciting Carl Sandburg’s poem Sea-Wash.

Algy has been sharing his adventures on Tumblr for six years, and although they are now published on other platforms too, Tumblr is his first love and his true home, and the place where he finds the majority of his friends. Over time, Algy has acquired many thousands of friends, from all around the world, and it has been his great pleasure to get to know you, to share this Tumblr world with you, and to see all your wonderful images and your unique points of view.

Algy hopes that this happy situation will continue for a very long time to come 🙂

He sends his fluffiest thanks and hugs to you all – for your friendship, your “likes” and comments and reblogs, your enthusiasm, and for brightening his life with your own wonderful images and thoughts. He loves you all, and so now…

Let’s Party!

Algy’s Amazing Tumblr Birthday Party is just about to start over on his sideblog @lovefromalgy 🙂

The party will include a fantastic exhibition of images and greetings from Algy’s friends, a very special offer on all Algy’s books, and many fluffy surprises…

To join in the fun, submit an image to lovefromalgy, or send Algy a message or a link to a post on your own blog.

It’s Algy’s birthday – Let’s Party!!

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. ]