Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Wordy on Wednesday with Biblio-Kitty Amber #21 featuring The No 2 Feline Detective Agency

Welcome To


With Amber ~ The Self-Appointed Biblio-Kitty


Wunderpurr greetings fellow book lovers

Welcome to another Wurdy Wednesday in the Library and many apologies fur not being here last week as this post was sceduled fur last Wednesday, so the video's below are from before Basil got poorly.

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Well my week was ok until four of us decided to all get on the playstation together and then Parsley really, really spoiled my mood!


As mew can tell I was not impressed and so aftur that I went into my library to seek solace amongst my books, at least they don't do smacky paws... I had this to say:

Harrrrrumph!!!!!

Then I decided to go and find the P.A., she always cheers me up and this time was no exception, I was pole dancing! MOL


Mew can't believe how exerting it is, I was worn aftur about 23.5 seconds...

Well aftur that purrformance I think it's time we move swiftly on to this weeks book pick.




This week on book reviews with Amber, I'm sharing

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The No 2 Feline Detective Agency


(The No.2 Feline Detective Series) 


(Hettie Bagshot Mystery)


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Here's the book blurb courtesy of Amazon UK:

Hettie Bagshot has bitten off more than any cat could chew. As soon as she launches her No. 2 Feline Detective Agency, she's bucketed into a case: Furcross, home for slightly older cats, has a nasty spate of bodysnatching, and three of the residents have been stolen from their graves.Hettie and her sidekick, Tilly, set out to reveal the terrible truth. Is Nurse Mogadon involved in a deadly game? Has the haberdashery department of Malkin and Sprinkle become a mortuary? And what flavour will Betty Butter's pie of the week be?In a haze of catnip and pastry, Hettie steers the Furcross Case to its conclusion, but will she get there before the body count rises - and the pies sell out.

Oh I really enjoyed this book, it was fab as its set in a total wurld of cats, featuring Hettie who has just opened a detective agency and her furry furst case is trying to find out what happened to three newly deceased and buried former patrons of the Furcross Home for Slightly Older Cats.   It has some really fun narrative and the plot is excellent, letting the characters purrsonalities shine.   

It's a little more unusual than previous cozy mysteries, but I loved the quirkiness of it and Hettie is a rather comical kitty.  As the story unfolds it's really hard to determine 'who done it'  and with a few comedic mishaps and blunders along the way it remains highly entertaining all the way through.


Paperback copy: 272 pages

Audio Edition: 6 hours 6 mins long

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I do hope mew enjoy this novel and if mew've read it already, tell me did mew like it?

And furry quickly in other news, as I was sadly not here last week, the pawesome kitties at Katzenword.com have a give-away happening right now with Basil's book as the prize, so if mew'd like to get your mittens on a free copy, just head offur and enter.

Great news that the Florida Furkids have taken delivery of the Time Travelling Bobble Hat and mew can see all their amazing pictures by clicking their link above and if mew'd like to join in the fun do let us know.

Just before I go, Basil is getting better slowly and he's nearly finished his final course of meds and is back at the vet on Friday morning for another check-up.  At his visit on Monday the vet was furry purrleased with his progress.  Many thanks, kitty kisses and nose bumps fur all your kind support and get well wishes, it made all the difference, and even the P.A. is a lot less snotty! [But don't tell her I said that!!! MOL]

Sadly it's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and don't furget to stop by tomorrow fur Basil's Brain Training!

Happy reading or listening

Bestest biblio purrs

Amber xox

Monday, 5 December 2016

Colouring with Cats #9 ~ Getting Your OM on with Mandalas on Mondays!


Monday greetings beautiful furriends

It's been a real rough few days hasn't it?  Sammy, Easy and Fiona departed fur the Rainbow Bridge last week, and although we had neffur met Easy before we send many prayers and gentle hugs to his family and to Fiona's and Sammy's too, as to be honest last week was epically awful.

*Addendum: Pippo & Minko left a comment to say that Treasure also departed fur the Rainbow Bridge, we send Treasure's family many prayers and gentle hugs too.

And some of mew may know that I too have been rather unwell, but enough talk about sadness furriends, today we'd like to dedicate our Mandala to the memory of three, now four pawesome fallen hero's.

I'M STILL HERE 

Friend, please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I’m always near.
I’m everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I’ll never wander out of your sight-
I’m the brightest star on a summer’s night.
I’ll never be beyond your reach-
I’m the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.

I’m the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you’ll see that the face in the moon shine is mine.

When you start thinking there’s no one to love you,
you can talk to through the Lord up above you.
I’ll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,
and you’ll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I’m the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I’m the smile you see on a baby’s face.
Just look for me friend, I’m every place!

        ~Author Unknown

Aftur that I think we need to do a little breathing exercise, purrlease take deep fulfilling breaths; counting to five on the inhale and five on the exhale:

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Let all the sadness be replaced by love and joy... 

...and even though most of us neffur met this gallant trio, make that foursome in the flesh, they will always be alive in our hearts...

 So as mew colour today's Mandala, purrlease fill your heart and soul with love, light and happiness and let it radiate out to Sammy, Fiona and Easy's families, and Treasure's too.

Thank mew most sincerely

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If mew have missed any of the previous mandala's and feel the need to colour, here's the links:

Mandala #1  Mandala #2  Mandala #3  Mandala #4  Mandala #5  Mandala #6   Mandala #7   Mandala #8

All the mandala's featured are designed and made by us, unless otherwise stated.


So without further adieu here's this weeks Mandala :

Just right click the image to save and print it...
 And here's the P.A.s finished version....


Coloured using metallic and glitter gel pens and lot's of healing, soothing, gentle energies.

If any of mew would like to share the coloured mandala on your blogs purrlease do, mew don't have to ask, we're happy fur mew to use it.

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If mew'd like to share your peeps pawesome artwurk feel free to post it on our Facebook page at:


as we'd really, really love to see your interpretation of today's mandala.

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Amber will be here again on Wednesday with her book club fur your entertainment, and we know mew're not going to want to miss it;  it's got a full kitty cast, no hoomans whatsoeffur and it's the book she was going to share last week until my untimely pancreatitis took precedence offur all blogging activity!

I must apologize to mew all fur interrupting last weeks programming schedule, hopefully this week all will be well - paws crossed. And with a bit of luck we'll get time to come and visit mew all and leave some comments :)

We're also hoping to hear news of the Time Travelling Bobble Hat from the Florida Furkids this week, as surely it must be there by now!



Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Bestest most soothing gentle loving purrs

Basil & Co xox



Saturday, 3 December 2016

Sammy Come Fly with US!

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OUR EPICALLY EPIC ADVENTURE WITH SAMMY!







As mew will know our pawesome pal Sammy went OTRB on Friday 2nd December, and we were all gutted by this terribly sad news.

So, and I know we're a little late with this post, but we'll explain more in a moment, we thought we'd share Sammy's far too brief visit with us in Sleepy Hollow... if that's ok with mew guys?


The Come Fly with Me blog hop is being held at Dory'sBackyard:


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"Sammy, dude!" I said softly, my voice rather croaky due to only just getting out of the hospital. "Really great mew could stop by buddy, even though the circumstances are too sad fur wurds!"

"Basil!" Sammy shouted as he landed his beautiful red and white balloon in the courtyard. "Aftur all this time I finally made it!"

Humphrey, Parsley and Smooch grabbed the balloons mooring ropes and tethered the balloon securely and Sammy hopped out.

I hugged him and we bumped paws. "Been a long time coming, but finally we meet in purrson!" I said.

Sammy nodded wistfully. "Indeed Basil my fellow scout." We saluted each other and I wiped away a tear that began to trickle down my face.

Clearing my throat I said. "Come meet the rest of the Hoard."

We walked across the lawn to the secret entrance to the bunker and headed inside while I explained the schematics and pointed out various things on the way to the control room.

Once inside I began the introductions.


"Sammy meet the Hoard, Hoard meet Sammy!" I said softly.

"Great to meet mew," Amber said waving a paw.

"Hi Sammy!" said Smoochie.

"It's an honour," Parsley said.

"Sammy it's really great to meet mew," Humphrey said.

"I second that!" Snowie said.

"Hey Sammy," Angel Posie smiled, "Me and mew are going to have great fun on the other side!"

Sammy stared wide-eyed at the control room, "Wow Basil this is amazing!"

I gave him a toothy grin and replied, "Sammy dude mew ain't seen nothing yet!"

"So this is where mew have all your adventures?" Sammy asked as we headed back towards the garden.

"Yes, this is where it all happens!" I replied laughing. "We've had many an adventure here and now we're going to share some it of with mew...  We've got a lot planned Sammy, are mew ready fur the fun to begin?" 

He nodded and grinned widely at me.

We stood in front of the summer house and the lawn began to tremble, a moment later the huge metal doors opened up and a tank appeared, Humphrey drove it off the platform and yelled, "Come on Sammy, let's go fur a spin!" 


We drove the tank down the field with Sammy at the controls to meet a furry special furriend of mine.

We hopped off the tank and I said. "Sammy, meet Bunzilla, he's come all the way from the Bermuda Triangle to wish mew well on your new and epic journey."

Sammy stared at the giant rabbit and said. "Jeez dude you're one big bunny!"

Bunzilla laughed and replied. "Nice to meet mew Sammy, I'm just so sorry it wasn't sooner."


We had a bit of a picnic lunch with Bunzilla and then Parsley fetched the hummer.

"Come Sammy, let's tear up some tarmac in this bad boy!" I laughed as I jumped in the drivers side.

"We're coming too!" Smooch and Parsley said helping Sammy in.

"Buckle up effurypurddy!" I said as we drove out of the field.


"WOOOO HOOOOOO!" Smoochie laughed. "Go faster Basil!"

"We're flat out now Smooch!" I answered as we sped along the quiet country roads surrounding Sleepy Hollow pointing to local landmarks.

"Look there's the windmill and just there is the observatory which is run by Dr Hoffenstein and offur there is the river, but we'll come back to that later, let's go blow some stuff up furst!" 



Back in the garden, Amber had got out one of the artillery guns and I turned to Sammy and said. "Dude this is some serious fun, what do mew want to blow up furst?"

Sammy grinned and whispered in my ear.  I roared with laughter and yelled to Smooch. "FIRE!"

Four shells deployed and exploded as they hit a derelict shed at the bottom of the field.

We all laughed and laughed and laughed.

Aftur we'd finished laughing and laughing and laughing and blowing some other stuff up I turned to Sammy and said. "Dude we know mew have to go soon but before mew do we'd like to do just one more thing."



We drove back to the river and moored up was our pirate ship, The Crimson Revenge.

"Come on Sammy, we'll just go out fur a quick sail out of estuary and back again.

My seasoned crew hoisted the sails aftur releasing the mooring ropes and we sailed along the coast-line and headed into open waters briefly before returning to the dock.  The cool salty air was most refreshing but also most poignant of what was to come.

We drove back to Sleepy Hollow and parked up next to Sammy's balloon.

Standing in the courtyard we all hugged Sammy and said our goodbyes.

Once safely inside the basket Sammy said. "Basil this has been the best fun effur, thanks so much buddy and to the rest of the Hoard too, I wished I'd come to visit sooner but mew know it's time fur me to go, so I'll say a fond farewell to mew all and see mew in the next life." 

Smooch, Parsley and Humphrey released the mooring ropes, Sammy waved as the balloon rose up while we watched.  We waved like a bunch of crazy cats as tears streamed down our cheeks and Sammy soared up into the sky, hidden too soon from view among the white fluffy clouds.

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R.I.P. Sammy, gone but neffur furgotten.

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We did try to leave a message on Sammy's post on Friday, but when we checked it wasn't there, so we'll say it again here.

Sammy mew will be missed terribly, we are so furry sorry mew had to leave, but do understand even though it still breaks our hearts.

Your Grande Finale was most Epically Epic and we hope mew enjoyed your short time with us today.

Me and The Hoard salutes mew and we'll be flying the flag at half mast in your honour....  see mew in the next life buddy, the one where we all live fureffur!

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We're sorry we are a little late posting this, but as a few of mew will know I've been rather poorly this week with pancreatitis and have spent most of the week at the vets, having rather too many meds, blood tests, being prodded, poked, xrayed and examined.

The P.A. has also been rather poorly with the flu and with me being poorly too, this actually made her wurse due to the stress.  She said and I quote. "Worst timing ever!"

I was put on a drip on Tuesday after being admitted and given loads of meds that turned me into a space cadet, Wednesday evening I came home and Thursday morning I was back at the vets all day to have my meds, 6  doses of orally administered vileness throughout the day.  It was the same on Friday and Saturday I finished one of the drugs, so I was give a long-lasting injection of Baytril to last me until Monday afternoon when I return to the vets fur another check-up.   I also have to have some other stuff squirted on my food in the evenings, but that one is rather tasty, so it's not so bad.

I've also been put on some special diet food fur the foreseeable future until things get better.... I'm still furry lethargic and tired but I am eating and trying to gain back the weight I lost.   I'm feeling the cold too so the P.A. has furry kindly got me snuggled up with her wheatbag, so paws crossed I'm on the mend.... and there's no outside time on the horizon either...  ah well...

On that note we'll finish up

 

So here's to Sammy may mew frolick in endless fields of catnip, chasing flutterbys galore and snooze on the softest beds imaginable.

Gentle purrs

Basil & The Heathen Hoard






Monday, 28 November 2016

Colouring with Cats #8 ~ Getting Your OM on with Mandalas on Mondays!


Monday greetings chillaxed chums

We know that mew know what time it is....


It's time to get your OM on, so let's begin the week
 on a supurr chilled and tranquil vibe to get those Zen Harmonies happening fur a stress-free and uber relaxed time till the weekend arrives.

We'll start with our little breathing exercise, purrlease take deep fulfilling breaths; counting to five on the inhale and five on the exhale:

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Let all the frustrations of:

Somepurrdy's just pooped in the last clean litter tray, not enough room in front of the fire, and no where near enough outside time... let it go... let it all go... surrender it all like a week old bowl of kibble that effurypurrdy's avoided since day three and toss it out the window fur the burds... just let go and breathe... and say OMMMMMMMMMMMMMM


As mew can see a group om-ming sesh is rather beneficial fur raising the frequencies fur a better quality of zen harmonies, the more the merrier is what we say, and if mew'd like to schedule a group session with us, feel free to drop us a line.   Sometimes trying to find your zen harmonies when feeling most frazzled can be rather difficult, this way can help get mew on the path of zen-ness with oodles of harmonies following soon aftur.

Are mew smiling yet? 

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If mew have missed any of the previous mandala's and feel the need to colour, here's the links:

Mandala #1  Mandala #2  Mandala #3  Mandala #4  Mandala #5  Mandala #6   Mandala #7

All the mandala's featured are designed and made by us, unless otherwise stated.




So without further adieu here's this weeks Mandala :

Just right click the image to save and print it...


She took my advice and more metallics were used, don't they look shiny?! MOL

Oh and mew may be wundering why there is a pink arrow pointing towards a plant in the background, if mew hadn't guessed its basil - hahahahahahahahahhaaaaaahha - the P.A. making a little joke.... hmmmmmm..... nuff said.


Coloured using metallic and glitter gel pens.

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If mew'd like to share your peeps pawesome artwurk feel free to post it on our Facebook page at:


as we'd really, really love to see your interpretation of today's mandala.

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Amber will be here again on Wednesday with her book club fur your entertainment, and we know mew're not going to want to miss it;  it's got a full kitty cast, no hoomans whatsoeffur!



Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Bestest chilled and most soothing purrs

Basil & Co xox

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