May 27, 2009

Greetings from Chastleton House

I took Glammy on a Cotswold Walk which started and ended at Chastleton House pictured here.  It was a splendid day spent outdoors.  

May 26, 2009

Stopping to Smell the Flowers

and cherishing some quiet "alone" time with my girl Glammy.  What a great life!

Hide & Seek

Glammy and I, enjoying a game of hide & seek with our new friend, Maybelle.

May 25, 2009

Glacier's visit to Moreton!

Here I am just after meeting up with Glacier at the Moreton-in-Marsh train station.  I am off to show Glacier the local sights! 

May 22, 2009

What a class act!

Glammy Glacier and I have really hit it off since our chance meeting in Gloucester Cathedral. I am the luckiest penguin alive!  Glammy Glacier fills my world in pink goodness.   We have SO much in common and I know I've met my soulmate for life.

She shares my deep love for adventure and here she is, striking up a conversation with total sheep strangers.  When these sheep saw Glammy walking along the fence, they both made a bee line to meet her, running across the field at record speeds, anxious for the opportunity to chat. Being the celebrated penguin that she is, this is nothing new to Glammy.  You would think she'd grow weary of always being the centre of attraction but of course Glammy Glacier is the most classy, friendly, caring and genuine penguin in the world, so it is perfectly natural that she would take  time out of her day to stop and chat with total strangers.  She is quite simply the epitome of penguin perfection!

May 20, 2009

Smitten Slappy

Imagine my shock when I came beak to beak with Glamourous Glacier in the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral (where coincidentally they filmed some scenes from Harry Potter)!  I was immediately smitten by her beauty.  I stood there for a moment, beak tied, until I finally plucked up the courage to say hello.  Standby for further updates ... 

Yours sincerely,
Smitten Slappy 

Salmon feast!

* drool *

May 18, 2009

Spot Slappy Challenge #3 - Revealed!

Here I am; smack dab in the middle of the pink clematis! 

I hear the train a comin....

I hear the train a comin'
It's rolling round the bend
Seems I can't find a new love since I don't know when
I'm stuck in "Moreton Prison"  and time keeps a draggin' on 

Ahh... but there's light at the end of the tunnel!  Did you catch that article in Penguin Life?   I am off to Gloucester!  Who knows?  Maybe I can bump into the famous Glammy Glacier and I'll be singing a new song!  lol  

May 16, 2009

Penguin Life - current issue

I picked up the current Penguin Life magazine.  Isn't Glammy Glacier simply beautiful?  She's way out of my league but a little penguin can dream, can't he?  


Bowls historians believe that the game developed from the Egyptians.  This has been determined based on artefacts found in tombs dating circa 5,000 B.C.  The game of Bowls soon spread across the world, taking on various forms.  The oldest Bowls green still played on is in Southampton, England where records show that the green has been in operation since 1299 A.D.  
Certainly the most famous story in lawn bowls is with Sir Frances Drake and the Spanish Armada.  On July 18, 1588, Drake was involved in a game at Plymouth Hoe when he was notified that the Spanish Armada were approaching.  His immortalised response was: "We still have time to finish the game and to thrash the Spaniards, too."   He then proceeded to finish his game (which he lost) before embarking on the fight with the Armada which he won.  Whether this famous story really took place has been heavily debated.   Think I'll have to give this game a go!

May 13, 2009

Spot Slappy Challenge #3

Can you find me?   Oh how I adore this beautiful pink clematis!  Why you ask?  The answer is simple:  Pink is my favourite color!!    It was quite a challenge posing for this photo ... you'd never believe how severely clematis can tickle!   

May 12, 2009

What a quacky little fellow!

Out and about on my evening stroll, exchanging pleasantries with one of the locals.   Oh, if only I had someone by my side to share my adventures!  

May 10, 2009

Tip Toe through the bluebells

Decided to check out the these reports I've been hearing about the prolific woodland bluebell populations, which I understand is a rather unique British spectacle because no where else in the world do bluebells grow in such abundance. 

May 7, 2009

Can you say Mad Hatter??

Not sure how he managed to escape Alice in Wonderland to attend the May Day celebrations!! 

Did you find me?

No surprise to find me sitting near the water! 

May 6, 2009

Hanging with the Rev!

after the cheese rolling event. 

Cheese Rolling!

ok, this is definitely a new one for the Slappy Adventure Book! Believe it or not, I took part in this cheese rolling ceremony in Randwick this past Sunday.  After the church service where the cheese was "blessed", the kids taking part in this age old tradition kicked, rolled and chased after 3 individual wrapped portions of double Gloucester cheese, rolling each cheese 3 times anti-clockwise around the church.  While I am a fearless penguin, I am not a stupid penguin.  There was no way I was going to jump into the fray with those crazy children!   However, I was definitely in the centre of the action - can you spot me in the top photo?    

May 4, 2009

Nice clouds!

Here I am, at the top of the Costwold escarpment on a clear day with the Malvern Hills in the distance.  Nice clouds!

Where's Slappy?

or should we call this new new game "Can you spot Slappy?'   I am in this photo, do you see me? 

May 2, 2009

Arrivederci Sicily!

Oh Sicily, how you stole my heart ... from the heights of  mountaintop Erice to the wind swept coast, in the words of Lt. General Douglas MacArthur "I shall return"!