Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dear Travellin'Penguin: A letter to my friends.

Dear Travellin' Penguin and any readers out there,

First to Travellin Penguin.
Travellin'  Penguin
You were an idea I had of a little Penguin character I could bring to life and give adventures to through books, travel, music, theatre and life in general. You were to be based on the Penguin Logo but would change a bit over time as we all do.  At first I wasn't sure how you looked or what your character would develop into.

I continued to think about you as I read your old Penguin books you are related to. I knew your personality and character would develop in my mind.  The first guy I put up there with Karl and Anna just wasn't quite you. So I gave you a makeover based on your Penguin books ancestors.

I knew you liked adventures and action more than anything else.  I  knew you would bush walk, play music and travel to distant places both now, in the past and maybe into the future.

I knew the only way you could have these great experiences was to immerse you into the books I read, the books I talk about and the books I look forward to.

Next to the Readers out there:
As I review my first year of blogging and head into 2013 I think I will keep you here.  I find as I am living my own life, riding my big scooter, looking for old Penguin books, travelling with my family and friends, sorting out my own thoughts you live in a creative part of my mind.

As you mainly come to life through the books I read I will try to give you as many new things to do through my own reading and life experiences as I can.  I like the idea of a small imaginary Penguin friend listening to the tales of the past, the present and the future. It appeals to the child in me.

As an example in the photos below, I think we can see how you have grown during the year among the vast experiences you have had so far.

If young people or those who don't read much read this blog :   I would hope they can see how their own lives can be transformed through the really great fun of reading.  If you aren't a good reader or a fast reader just keep reading. It's the only thing you need to do to get better. Turn off the mindless t.v. programs and get a book.  American sitcoms may have their place in the world but books have so much more to give you.

Use your own imagination to experience all of the adventures and knowledge that are found in books.  It is one thing in life that can be followed that will never have an end.  You will never read all of the books, hear all of the ideas, meet all of the characters that are in those pages but you sure will learn a lot. And you don't have to have a lot of money either.

You'll learn how to do things you didn't know how, you'll meet people you love, hate, or laugh with. You'll think about new ideas that never occurred before.  You may even become more tolerant of the world.  This is what our little Travellin' Penguin is about. You can also travel anywhere in the world during any year that ever was or is to be.

As for myself I hope I get a few more followers next year though when I really think about it I only  really do this for my own pleasure. But it is fun to share life's experiences with others and make new friends.

The blog is such great fun. It keeps me focused and structures more of my own goals for reading the books I have always wanted to read but with such a terrible habit of procrastination I didn't get around to.  But knowing I have to get Travellin' Penguin up there and make sure he continues to live I remain focused and accomplish my own goals so much easier. It is kind of like clapping to keep Tinkerbell alive.

All the best for the upcoming holidays to everyone who has followed our little fella below and I hope you enjoy his travels through 2013.   I have enjoyed all of your blogs very much and have been inspired by them. I have also developed an enormous list of books that are now in my most amazing TBR pile.

I am now going to have a break and will return in early January.  Travellin' Penguin and I have Christmas things to do with family and friends and will give our full attention to that now. We also have some books to read.

All the best to everyone and do drop in and say hello when you can. You are always welcome.  I have enjoyed meeting those visitors of 2012 and some have turned into friends. I look forward to making new 'book mates' in 2013.   Pam and Travellin'Penguin

See you in January. Below are some of the experiences our little Penguin had this past year.


  1. Pam, it's been such fun following your travels, and I look forward to more in 2013. Have a very happy Christmas - hopefully with some new/old books!

    1. Thank you Lisa. I am looking forward to 2013 and I hope you have a great Christmas and New Year's also. Look forward to chatting in the new year.

  2. Pam, I've enjoyed reading your travelling adventures and your book reviews, and the Travelin' Penguin always lifts my spirits. Thanks for the advice and information on vintage Penguins, and a very Happy Christmas.

    1. Thank you Christine. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season as well. It's always fun on the day but I am even happier once it's over and life gets back to normal a bit! Cheers, Pam

  3. I hope you and Travellin' Penguin have a great Christmas. It's been a great year and I'm looking forward to following you again next year.

    1. Thanks and I hope you also enjoy the holiday season. Hope you get lots of great things to read! Pam

  4. Thank you Pam for showing us Travelin' Penguin in all his various manifestations. They are so unique and inventive. I look forward to seeing Travelin' Penguin in many more disguises in 2013

    1. No worries, we'll still be travellin. Thanks Sandra. Pam

  5. Happy Christmas! I so love seeing the penguin in his various guises - you do it so cleverly!

  6. Thank you Simon. I appreciate you commenting after the big commenting post you put up last week! I hope you have a lovely Christmas with your family and will look forward to corresponding and following blogs in 2013.


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