Regular readers will be familiar with Cherbourg, my regular travelling companion. I bought him in Prestwick Airport en route to Paris a few years ago, and he now goes everywhere with me, often in my daily life as well as when I am on holiday. If you don’t know him, here he be:
This picture was his first appearance on the blog. He makes me consider how my photos could be more creative, funny, and/or, ideally, interesting. I’ve also become a lot more interested in others’ similar travelling companions as a result, so how could I say no to the project suggested by my fellow Iggle Little Red Hat, to put up her friend Indigo for a month, on his international travels?
Indigo was waiting for me at the country estate when I returned from work tonight, and he seems rather delightful. My responsibility for the rest of July is to take him out and about, visiting local landmarks, recording his journey in photos, which I then send to Little Red Hat to be included on her blog. I then send Indigo off on his merry way to his next host. I’m also on the list for hosting Flat Leia at some point. Apparently this is quite a popular activity; see the website Toy Voyagers for more! I’m just not convinced that I could let Cherbourg out unchaperoned.
Here’s Indigo on the left. I particularly love his glasses, although the double-breasted jacket is rather adorable in itself! In addition to taking him out and about locally, there are some bonus goals for his travels:
Visit at least 4 continents
Visit as many libraries as possible
Meet a famous author
Visit 5 capital cities
Alas, I have very recently returned from a visit to another continent, so I’ll not be able to help out personally with getting Indigo anywhere outside the UK. I will however be able to take him across the Scotland-England border twice, and on one of those trips will take him to a capital city – London. On the subject of libraries, he’s come to the right person! Tomorrow I need to go to my local library, and next week, as usual, I will be in two separate libraries for work. I’ll have to give some thought to the encountering famous authors. I wonder who’s in town over the next wee while? Quick! To the Waterstones!
Indigo’s arrival has convinced me that I really need to get Cherbourg something in which he can travel without getting a bit dingy (see photo above, wherein the dust of Canada still clings to his tentacles). The young gentleman to his right arrived in a sparkly red box, which, while perhaps not the most practical for daily travel, is rather dapper. Perhaps there’s some fabric in a similar colour out of which I could make a bag.