by Edward Lear

“The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
    In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money
    Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
    And sang to a small guitar,
‘O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love –
      What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!’

Pussy said to the Owl, ‘You elegant fowl –
    How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! Too long we have tarried:
    But what shall we do for a ring?’
They sailed away for a year and a day,
    To the land where the Bong-tree grows.
And there in a wood, a Piggy-wig stood
    With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

‘Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
    Your ring?’ Said the Piggy, ‘I will.’
So they took it away, and were married next day
    By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
    Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
    They danced by the light of the moon, the moon,

They danced by the light of the moon.”




  1. Graham Brown says:

    What a great adventure! All the very best. I look forward to following your progress.

    • Oooh! You’re my first comment Graham! I didnt know anyone could see me! I think I might be more nervous about the blog than I am about the boat, but he who dares wins and all that. I hope Orkney is treating you and Kathie very well. Happy Christmas and New Year!

  2. Natalie says:


    This is awesome! Great title – I like what you did there.

    I so want you guys to succeed in this dream as I have long dreamed on going on a barge and seeing Jonathan cram onto one would be an even bigger bonus.

    Keep me posted!

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