This is a wee bit closer to Algy’s experience on the headland rocks yesterday, although it doesn’t quite convey what it’s actually like to be there. In reality, the noise of the sea was much louder, crashing and booming on the rocks all around, and the noise of the wind was relatively insignificant (except to a built-in camera mic!).

Posted especially for all Algy’s friends who love the sea but don’t get to visit it very often 🙂

[Hand-held video recording with camera shake and plenty of wind noise to add authenticity 🙂 Algy’s assistants couldn’t manage to get the tripod to this remote location, which requires a steep descent (and subsequent ascent) at a remote spot on the headland – unless of course you are a fluffy bird and can fly there…]

p.s. Anyone know how to provide an adequate wind shield for a built-in mic on a still image digital camera?

The wind just would not stop blowing, and although Algy wanted to collect shells on the beach, he was feeling terribly sick of sand: sand stuck in his hair, sand all over his face, sand embedded between his fluffy feathers, sand flying everywhere… So he shook himself off again, and moved to the rocks, where there wasn’t any sand to blow about. He discovered a smooth, sheltered hollow where the wind couldn’t reach him, and leaned back against the warm rock, to soak up the last of the late summer sunshine, and listen to the water splashing on the rock and the waves breaking on the beach.

Have a happy, relaxing weekend, everyone xoxo

(Algy apologises for the wind noise on the soundtrack – the same wind that was blowing the sand everywhere – but he thought you might like to hear the sea. He also apologises for the compression artefacts.)

The gale had passed for the time being, and the world was calmer for a while. Algy perched on a seaweed-covered rock and watched the constantly changing pattern of the quietened waves swirling smoothly on the sand around him. In this very gently sloping area of the beach, the water was rarely very deep, so it remained semi-transparent, providing some beautiful sea colours in the right light.

Algy would like to dedicate this video to all his friends who need a calming, soothing influence in their lives just now xoxo

[Algy apologises for the wind noise on the soundtrack – it may be calm, but it’s not that calm!]

p.s.
Can any video experts out there – tvoom perhaps? – tell Algy’s assistant why all her videos appear much darker once they are loaded to Tumblr than they do when the same videos are simply played on her computer, on the same screen? So far, all attempts to compensate for this have failed.

lovefromalgy:

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…

lovefromalgy:

And now, to complete Algy’s Surprisingly Fluffy Party… Algy’s Surprisingly Fluffy Giveaway Prize Draw…
(With apologies for the slight delay!)

Here is the full list of the lucky winners, shown in the order in which Algy drew their names out of his hat. Algy will be contacting you shortly to confirm your postal addresses. Congratulations to you all – Algy hopes very much that you will like your prizes :))

This has been the very best and fluffiest party ever, with fantastic participation from so many of Algy’s friends, and the amazing achievement of passing Algy’s campaign target during the party.

Algy is just overwhelmed by your kindness – he sends you all at least a million fluffy hugs, and wishes you all a very good night xoxoxo

[Algy is listening to Body and Soul as performed by the Benny Goodman Trio in 1935]

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.

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.]