TODAY, I can officially announce my 'behind the scenes'-project!
It all started quite a while ago by an email...
I was asked the question: "Have you ever concidered writing a book?"
Simple question; with great consequences:
It was the start of a most wonderful adventure!
" Isn't that INSANLY-COOL? " - Mathijs
Many, many (enjoyable) hours went into this GEM of a project.
Ranging from learning about (the process of) writing a book (it's a great 'ritual' to experience!),
enjoying working with a publisher, Chroniclebooks.com, on the other side of the globe as well as
working with Lucy, while creating 'book-exclusive' recipes, for her to enjoy!
Please allow me to intoduce:
"HAPPY HAMSTER" (the BOOK)
by Mathijs van der Paauw !
A little while ago I recieved two copies of the book,
WOW, what a great experience!
All that work (on screen) finally on paper :-)
" The DESIGN, by Molly Baker is amazing! " - Mathijs
I couldn't wait for Lucy's approval:
" Can you please help me flip some pages, Dude ? " - Lucy
I helped Lucy a little and she LOVES it!
Maybe that's because she is featured as the first hamster INSIDE the book :-) !
Unfortunatly, I can't flip this book for everyone in person,
therefore we have this wonderfull bit of web-delight book preview for you to enjoy:
" Lucy3.0 and her Spaghetti on the cover! " - Mathijs
Not long after (see article below) Lucy started to inspect her mansion,
criticism came up:
" Duuuuuude... We need to talk... !
The HamsterTracker™-Cage Cleaning Dept. has been slackin' it to tha max, Dude ! " - Lucy
" Look at that;
Stairway is sort-a OK,
But it's still a mess upstairs! " - Lucy
" Please pass on my 'Pffffffffrrrrt'
to the HamsterTracker™-Cleaning Dept.!
Will you, Dude? " - Lucy
I then explained that I have personally been taking care of this.
The HamsterTracker™-Cleaning-Dept. is always not there when they where needed,
therefore I tried to give you the same level of service, Lucy!
" How was I supposed to know ??? " - Lucy
" Anyway, let's get back to the IMPORTANT BUSINESS! " - Lucy
Lucy was extremely sweet and understanding as we sat on the couch that evening
I've stated it before and I still need to state it again;
Please excuse the Slow-HamsterTracker™-Updates lately:
It's currently all very (enjoyably although a bit) hectic in my life! :-)
Hence the slow updates... (Sorry!)
I didn't want to sacrifice 'Quality-Lucy-Time', as you'll (hopefully) understand.
We did spent quite some moments together, almost on a daily basis!
It's my fail that I didn't have my camera on hand all the time.
So here's yesterday's shoot of our precious time on the couch together:
" You finished reading this fishing-tackle folder, right Dude ? " - Lucy
" B'cause, it doesn't taste like FISH at all ! ... " - Lucy
" It's been a few years ago since I went fly-fishing!
Although I never caught a lot, the few I did catch while fly-fishing where released without injury or anything,
I always enjoyed being out in nature, near a water stream, trying to cast that 'perfect cast' " - Mathijs
- Above info is there on a need to know base ... -
" Lucy does take everything very seriously, giving her all she's got ! " - Mathijs
" This front page is wonderful, Dude ! " - Lucy
" Pouches are (over-)full, need to start thinking on transportation back to my mansion! " - Lucy
" Hand Taxi, Please, Dude! " - Lucy
It didn't take long for the taxi to arrive.
On arrival in Lucy's mansion; Lucy un-pouched immediately in her bedroom!
As explained, things are busy here in front of, as well as behind, the scenes.
Lucy can be a wonderfull reminder, on chores to be done:
" Dude, I know that the HamsterTracker™-Backyard-gardeners are on a break,
but what's the state of our mansions-backyard? " - Lucy
" It CAN'T be bad to the environment,
Because: It's GREEN !!! ... Isn't it? " - Mathijs
" After an hour and a half, it still seems green ... " - Mathijs
" Another one hour and a half later ...
two thirds done ... still <Please challenge yourself to do the math> to go :-)
The green in the bottom of the photograph is actually a two foot high stack of green-waste! " - Mathijs
" Many hours later,
I think I got it cleared,
I even managed to almost clear all waste...
The green 'fluff', on the left, is wild Parsley!!! " - Mathijs
" As you can see, there is a (small) pile left.
This does include the 1.5 foot tall 'gras and undefinable stuff'-cut of my 'lawn'... :-)
(see next pic...) " - Mathijs
" The 'Beauty' shot...
The brown patch on the center south west, is due to ... I am not really sure ... " - Mathijs
After I done all this,
the birds started Tweeting about it:
We are (probably) overspending on our multi-media budget
Please allow me to present THE HamsterTracker™-Mansion Garden Sounds: