Perky & Friends

The place for random penguin musings and the home of the Linkin Park Penguin

Tenpence roams around Rome! (Trip 2)

Following his trip to Alton Towers and me acquiring a new personal assistant, you wouldn’t think I would have any better news than that, but Tenpence stowed away on an even better trip.  The first reason for this was because he actually flew there – see, penguins can fly.


Tenpence is flying!

The hotel room to start with was pretty amazing – it had a big comfy bed and a bar included…





When he got there he was amazed at all the wonderful things he got to see and after seeing them all he now reckons he is a more cultured penguin than me.


View from Il Vittoriano


St Peters



Maybe he is a little bit more cultured now, but I am still the Linkin Park penguin, so he’s not perfect is he?


Tenpence’s date with Rita and a new penguin pal called Percy (Trip 1)

I have been very busy recently looking after the house and the zoo because the humans, accompanied (unknowingly in most cases) by Tenpence, have been on some travels.  I will tell you all about the big trip Tenpence stowed away on another time (Trip 2), but first Tenpence had a date with Rita.  Apparently she was a bit like Pebbles – a little loud and scary.


Tenpence wasn’t that impressed so he said he would keep looking.

In the mean time the humans found out Tenpence had accompanied them on their trip to Alton Towers (in order for him to have his date) and in due course Tenpence managed to convince lady human that it would be a good place to find me an assistant.  She said that I was becoming a little popular and agreed I could have one.  Man human was a little more difficult to convince, but when we found the right penguin for the job even he was easily convinced and my new assistant joined Tenpence on the trip home…


So let me introduce you to my new ‘penguinal assistant’ -the very wonderful Percy Alton:



Perkty Perfection – Thank You Pals!

Thank you to everyone who made #perkty such a wonderful occasion last night.  As you probably already know I was late to my own party cos humans had to go to a BBQ and I wasn’t allowed to the party without a chaperone.  But as Bear Bill said, I was allowed to be late to my own party because I’m a true celebrity.  I have now forgiven the humans because there was a pinata at the BBQ and that begins with the letter P.

Particular thanks go to Olly Ted for keeping the music going all night long and in true perkty spirit everything began with P or was by Linkin Park – well done Olly.  And your costume was pretty pawesome too, so I am more than happy to grant you honourary penguin status!

olly penguin


There were some other great costumes too as Tabitha came as a princess, Reddy came as a pirate and Pink Ted dressed as a pumpkin (although being pink she didn’t really need a costume).


Great costumes from Tabitha, Reddy and Pink Ted

Dr Red also had a pretty cool costume, but I am not sure he thought it through cos we all kept mistaking him for the real pizza!

red pizza

om nom nom!

Other food was available, like German Pinkel sausages from Toddy and lovely peas from Jeremy bear (I like peas you know ;-D).  Growler bought some penguins and Reddy added some pretty spectacular cheese – pina colada flavour!


Plenty of food to go round from Toddy, Jeremy, Growler and Reddy

His human also joined in the #perkty as they seemed to be eating his prawn and pesto pasta.

prawn and pesto pasta

Prawn and pesto pasta – YUM!

Other pals that came, but not mentioned so far include Sunny Bunny, Spencer Teddy, Crispy T Dog, Chalkybear and Cuddles, and Teddy M. Bear – if I have forgotten anyone else let me know and I will add you to my list.  For being such great guests you get a prize!

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Perky’s Party (#Perkty)

  • So I’ve decided I am going to have a penguin party because I think it’s time I did some hosting and YOU are all invited.
  • So I hope you can all join me @perky_penguin on twitter on Sunday 19th May – 7pm (UK), for a party penguin style!
  • But there is a catch – you have to bring something/come something beginning with the letter P! And to be sure you can be admitted entry make sure you use the #perkty hashtag (i.e. short for Perky’s Party).
  • Note: the music we party to must also begin with the letter P (e.g. Parklife by Blur, or anything by Pink), but there is of course an exceptions (anything by Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise or Fort Minor is acceptable ;-D)
  • In case you haven’t got any ideas here are what some of my pals at home are bringing/coming as:
Tootsie is coming with his pillow

Tootsie is coming with his pillow

Tenpence is bringing a penny

Tenpence is bringing a penny

Pebbles is bringing a pebble

Pebbles is bringing a pebble

Pete is bringing a pea

Pete is bringing a pea

Whilst Minty is bringing a different kind of Pea

Whilst Minty is bringing a different kind of Pea

And finally Tatty bear is coming as a penguin (original!)

And finally Tatty bear is coming as a penguin (original!)

So get your pink and purple glad rags on and come and have a penguin party with Perky and his pals!


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Tenpence saw some brum brums (at Beaulieu)

What with supervising lady human I haven’t been able to tell you all about the latest trip Tenpence took with the humans (i.e. as usual he stowed away; this time in lady’s bag, and he prevented hunger by eating the Haribo he found there).

When Tenpence goes on these trips he doesn’t usually know where he’s going and being stuck in the bag for the whole journey he had no idea where he was going this time.  When he got there he found lots of cars, but then he realised it was the car park.  However, even when he got into the attraction there were still lots of cars, which confused him a bit, but then he realised that it was the motor museum in Beaulieu.

There were some really good exhibits and lots of cars from TV and film, like Top Gear, James Bond and Mr Bean, where Tenpence spotted a Teddy to befriend.


Top Gear ‘Nissank’


Car from the James Bond exhibit (can you tell I’m not a fan?!)


Flying car from Harry Potter

TP Bean

Tenpence’s new friend

I asked him what his favourite part of the day was, and given there were lots of telly cars like the ones above I thought he’d choose one of them, but no. In Beaulieu Tenpence was interested in fire and things that go bang! (Shouldn’t be surprised really).



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Tenpence didn’t go to Legoland

The humans went to Legoland recently and guess where Tenpence was?

silly penguin

silly penguin

So this isn’t actually a post about Tenpence, but one about the humans.  They tell me that there were a distinct lack of penguins, which is disappointing, but this monkey was cute.

small monkey


Whilst they were there they somehow managed to travel the world…

legoland pics

And intergalactic Star Wars space…


If that wasn’t enough they travelled back in time to meet the Egyptians and the dinosaurs!


But there were no penguins, so not sure what the point was penguinally?!

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Tenpence Takes Another Trip

I decided that, as I was doing such a rubbish job at blogging recently, I would let Tenpence show you his pics of a recent trip he took.  Well I say ‘took’ – as usual he stowed away in the human’s pocket, but apparently they didn’t notice as they were having such a lovely time themselves.

First he went to see some hay, but there doesn’t appear to be much hay there in my opinion – lots of books and bookshops though.  And apparently Tenpence is in this picture somewhere – can you spot him?

Can you spot Tenpence?

Can you spot Tenpence?

He was pretty pleased with the hotel that the humans had chosen to stay in .  They had a lovely meal in the restaurant, but they didn’t have any pockets for him to hide in then, so he had to stay in the hotel room and make do with cookies.  Whilst there he enjoyed the view and had fun playing in the windows.



And he certainly made the most of the peace and quiet whilst the humans weren’t there…


Apparently the humans are off to Legoland soon – bet he’ll stowaway on that trip too – I must admit, that does sound fun!

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Good Lucky Elephant No. 9

No it’s not the name of a new perfume, but my new efelant pal – ‘Lucky’ for short.


Man human has always said ‘no more penguins’, but it appears efelants are acceptable as he brought Lucky home to give Lady human extra support for her big day tomorrow. Number 9 is her lucky number so clearly this is where Lucky belongs.


However, they have mentioned something in the past about ‘eating the efelant’, so I was a bit concerned for him…But they seem to be treating him well so far so I don’t think it’s literal.  Lady was planning to wear he efelant socks tomorrow so there must be something very significant to it…(personally I think it should be penguin socks).

But I am glad he came today as I was struggling a bit with her – Lucky has helped so much! And we’ve been so good we’ve been rewarded with lots of treats!


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TenPence In Da Snow

I prefer to stay indoors....

I prefer to stay indoors….

But Tenpence is a very different type of penguin!

But Tenpence is a very different type of penguin!

At one point he got a little bit stuck

At one point he got a little bit stuck

But he did have lots of fun

But he did have lots of fun

And was ready just in case someone picked on him!

And was ready just in case someone picked on him!

Now he's drying off in the warm :D

Now he’s drying off in the warm 😀

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Cuddlies’ Song

I had an epiphany last night – R.S. Thomas wasn’t writing about Children at all, he was writing about us bears/cuddlies!

‘Children’s’ Song by R.S. Thomas

We live in our own world,
A world that is too small
For you to stoop and enter
Even on hands and knees,
The adult subterfuge.
And though you probe and pry
With analytic eye,
And eavesdrop all our talk
With an amused look,
You cannot find the centre
Where we dance, where we play,
Where life is still asleep
Under the closed flower,
Under the smooth shell
Of eggs in the cupped nest
That mock the faded blue
Of your remoter heaven.

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