flashbackfriday logoKevin and Percy did the A to Z Challenge in 2017, as had Victor and Dylan before them. They used to run the George’s Guinea Pig World website, now it’s under Roscoe and Bertie’s control. They are doing the AtoZ this year, but only once a week. I’m afraid I am addicted to talking about my guinea pigs. They are very lovable and distinct characters, and provide the basis for many of the characters in my Princelings of the East books.

This year my theme is Flashbacks, in honour of the A2Z’s tenth anniversary. Read on for the flashback of Kevin’s post on my blog in 2017, when my theme was… my blog.

a to z KK is for Kevin and Percy (2017)

If you haven’t met them yet, get over to George’s Guinea Pig World and see what their favourite thing today is.  Although, as it starts with K, I know what it is, and you may not find it awe-inspiring.  Each to his own.

Kevin and Percy are blogging from A to Z this month.  They usually only do Mondays

kevin percy birthday cake


So, welcome, Kevin and Percy, to my blog.

How are you today?

K: very well, thank you, Jemima

P: yes, thank you, Mummy.

K: psst, call her Jemima.

P: why?  She’s called Mummy.

K: Oh, never mind

For our readers, would you like to tell people who you are…

… what you look like, and anything else you’d like to say about yourself.

K: I’m Kevin, I’m six years old, which is pretty old, really.  I’m ginger and white with a swirl in my hair between my ears called a crest.  I was born on Jersey, in the Channel Islands, and I came to live with Mummy, sorry, Jemima, along with my friend Colman, in 2012. And Colman lived till he was seven, which is very old.

P: I’m Percy, I’m black with a few ginger hairs, and I came to live here a little while ago (how long, Mummy? J: eighteen months, Perce) Eighteen months ago. And I might be about three. We don’t know. I’m a mystery pig, really. And I can shout very very loudly when I want to.

K: That’s true.  I hear him upstairs, no trouble.
kevin percy garden

What are you blogging about this month?

P: Our favourite things.

K: Yes, our favourite things.

P: Mostly your favourite things.  Some of the things you blog about I don’t like.

K: Really?  What don’t you like?

P: Well, I’m not that keen on kale…

K: But kale’s delicious – especially straight from the garden.  What else don’t you like?

P: Celery, broccoli, funny salad leaves, coriander, corn, beans, bean leaves…

K: But they’re all delicious!  Mummy gets those for special treats for us.

P: Yes, I wish she wouldn’t.  Oh, I don’t like tomatoes either.

K: (sigh) I’ll have yours.

P: I wish she’d give me carrots more often.  I like carrots.  They’re my favourite.

K: She gives me carrots.

P: There you are then, it’s not fair.  Just because you’re skinny and need feeding up, and I’m the heaviest piggy she’s ever had.

K: You don’t look heavy, though.

P: No, it’s all muscle.

Er, boys, thank you, this is great, but the readers may be getting bored with your bickering.

K: Oh, we’re great friends really.

P: Yes, we are.  And we’re very cuddly, especially if you’ve got some nice fresh cucumber to give us.

Whose birthday cake is that in the picture at the top?

P: Mine.  I was three.  We guesstimated my birthday and had a party in the garden with Midge and Oscar.  I love parties.  And cake, made of mushed up pellets and herbs.  It’s delicious.  Can we have another?

J: Not till July, when Midge and Oscar will be three.

P: That’s a long time to wait.

K: Is it time to go into the runs out on the grass yet, Mummy?

Kevin with cover for Willoughby the Narrator Yes, I think it is.  Thank you for appearing on my blog today.  I hope my readers enjoyed it.

K: So do I. I forgot to tell them that I’m in your books, especially books 5, 7, and 8.

Well, you squeezed that in all right!  Say goodbye now.

K: Bye!

P: Bye bye!

First posted on 13th April 2017.

If you enjoy flashbacks, why not join in with Flashback Friday?

Flashback Friday is with K for Kevin and Percy, two guinea pigs, interviewed for the #atozchallenge in 2017 #guineapigs Share on X


Kevin died on 9th May 2017, having become ill during that April, and handing over the last few posts to Percy.  The day after Kevin departed, I realised Percy had a huge lump on his jaw, which turned out to be an inoperable sarcoma.  Despite that, he managed another year with me, and died on 31st May 2018.  I miss them both.

Kevin with Joint Support

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9 thoughts on “K is for Kevin and Percy #atozchallenge

  • 13 April, 2019 at 4:36 am

    How sad to lose both of them like that.

    • 13 April, 2019 at 10:08 pm

      Yes, indeed. Kevin was quite old by then, and Percy was a mystery pig, but he bore his trouble well. He was a super chap. Nothing fazed him.
      I was a bit nervous about letting the current group do the A to Z this year since the others who’ve done it seem to have done so when reaching their dotage. I hope these boys are young enough to manage the strain of it all!

  • 14 April, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Sad but sweet characters – even when bickering. RIP Kevin and Percy.

    • 14 April, 2019 at 11:16 am

      They all tend to bicker, except those truly ‘bonded’ so they are best mates (only two pairs of brothers have managed it, out of my four brother pairs). Actually, even George complained at Fred if George was sitting comfortably somewhere and Fred wanted to get past him 🙂

  • 14 April, 2019 at 5:10 am

    That was a great read and I’m intrigued by this flashback Friday.

    • 14 April, 2019 at 5:12 am

      Oh I just read the postscript. Wish I hadn’t. RIP then Kevin and Percy.

      • 14 April, 2019 at 11:18 am

        I tried to indicate their time had passed in the intro, but they get you so drawn in… Roscoe and Bertie are finally getting to be able to talk to each other without real arguments breaking out, I’m pleased to say!

    • 14 April, 2019 at 11:17 am

      Do join in – we usually do the Flashback on the last Friday of the month, so get ready for May!

  • 20 April, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Lovely back and forth – they do have great personalities, but they forgot the cucumber. Don’t they all like that?

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