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Guys aftur that little bit of rambunctiousness [MOL MOL] I do believe it's time to get on with the PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY
No expense has been spared on the prizes, with the nearly almost real gold trophy and nearly almost real gold runner up stars, guys I'm spoiling mew so much! MOL
So without further ado, the magnificent Eastside Cats are our offurall Jigsaw Puzzle Champions as they annihilated effurypurrdy's times throughout the entire term/semesta.
Guys many congratulations, mew take puzzling to a whole new dimension fur sure and here's your nearly almost real gold trophy, display it proudly as mew deserve it so much fur your epically epic skillz!
The rest of the class, effuryone who purrticipates effury week, mew are awarded our Excellence in Puzzling Runner Up nearly almost real gold star!
Congratulations guys and it's been amazing to see how well mew've done, and I can't tell mew enough how truly, epically proud I am of each and effuryone of mew!
It's been an absolute purrleasure to be your Professor again in the 2017 - 2018 academic year, but don't think that means there's no wurk today! MOL
Just right click to save the wurdsearch to your 'puter or print it off.
And here's this weeks jigsaw puzzle, featuring me and Ramsbottom from Amber's post yesterday.
It took me 9 mins 40 secs... How did you do?
Don't furget if the pictures are too small here, mew can make it bigger by clicking the right hand bottom square and it'll make it full screen sized.
My new jigsaw page will be live in the morning, and mew'll find the page at the top of the blog, a new jigsaw will be put up effury week so mew can keep your paw in while school is out. And finally I get to say the wurds...
CLASS IS DISMISSED!
But don't furget I'll be back in the Autumn/Fall with oodles of more Brain Training just fur mew.
A quick reminder before we go... don't furget to join in the supurr Thankful on Thursday Blog Hop which is hosted by Brian's Home
Until tomorrow... and don't furget to stop by as it's my 16th Birthday pawty and we're having the most epic pawty mew've effur seen!
Oh fabulous furriends, I'm a little sad that this is my last review post fur a while - well unless something extraordinarily wunderpurr catches my attention offur the summer jolly holly's and I have an urgent need to share! And can mew believe it's my 70th review too, who knew I read so much MOL.
This week I have something a little bit special to share with mew. A couple of weeks ago
Harper Collins, yes THE Harper Collins publishers contacted little old me, really, it's true. I was so stunned I nearly fell off my library ladder when the P.A. came to tell me.
In fact mew could have dipped me in treacle then rolled me in catnip and I couldn't have been any more surprised!
Anyhoo, aftur the initial shock had passed the P.A. said they'd asked if I'd like a preview copy of their latest non-fiction kitty book called, Bodacious The Shepherd Cat.
Aftur reading the blurb and seeing what it was all about, it really made me smile as Bodacious herds rare breeds sheep, but more about the woolly jumpers later in the post. Now what does rare breeds mean? It means that certain species are on the danger list of becoming extinct as the breeds aren't popular in modern day farming.
So this purrticular book really resonated with the P.A. and I, as before the P.A.'s dad was diagnosed with cancer he was a rare breeds cattle-man, with White Park, Irish Moileds and several other breeds on the nearly extinct list which he bred to help rebuild the rapidly dwindling population. So a book about rare breeds sheep is so up & down our dale and right in our farm yard we couldn't believe it, and how could I say no to the pawsibility of a read like that!
I rushed to tell Basil and rest of The B Team about it and Basil said. "Amber that sounds incredible, how about we try a little sheep herding ourselves?"
I gave him rather quizzical glance. "But Basil, we don't have any sheep!" I replied.
"No but I know where we can get one, let me make a call!" he laughed.
One hour later Ramsbottom arrived in the garden, express delivery from Sheeps4Ewe.
Ramsbottom is a furry rare breed indeed, in fact I think he's the only one of his kind! MOL
Basil, Smooch and Pandora took it upon themselves to get things started with a full frontal and flanking approach.
As Smooch got closer and realized how big Ramsbottom actually was, he said...
Aftur studying the lay of the land fur a few moments, Smooch was rather purrplexed and added...
Pandora then said...
Then she tried another method...
Aftur Ramsbottom failed rather miserably to follow Pandora, Basil said...
And so that was the furst and last time Basil & The B Team herded sheep.
Basil said. "Amber mew must tell Bodacious he's one epically cool kitty, and I wouldn't want his job if sheep are this stubborn! MOL
Oh and if mew're wundering, Ramsbottom is still in the garden and is still refusing to move at all.
Now I think it's time fur yours truly to get on with the review.
**Furstly I have to let mew all know that I was given a free copy of this book in exchange fur a fair review**
Here's the book blurb:
BODACIOUS: THE SHEPHERD CAT is a heart-warming and charming tale in which Bodacious tells us about life as The Shepherd Cat on Black Sheep Farm.
I wasn't always called Bodacious. I must have been called something else in my kittenhood, but it's all a bit of a mystery to my human. As far as she's concerned, I appeared one day and never left. It's a secret I plan to keep.
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So what did I think to Bodacious The Shepherd Cat? Furstly I do have to say what a rather handsome mancat Bodacious is, and Pandora is rather smitten, especially with him being of the woolly variety like herself!
What I really liked about the book is that it's a year in the life of Bodacious at the Black Sheep Farm, not a diary but more of a memoir, and it tells of the ups and downs, and highs and lows of farming today.
It's written from a C.P.O.V. aka Cats Point of View and Bodacious refers to his hooman as The Shepherd. The Shepherd often tells Bodacious the story of how he came to Black Sheep Farm, as mew know I don't do spoilers so mew'll have to read it, though I will say this; the day he arrived was the day The Shepherd went shopping fur some red ribbon and came home with him instead. Best shopping trip effur!
The breed of sheep which Bodacious herds are called Zwartbles, they're black with white socks & hooves, a white tipped tail and a white blaze on their face, so they're furry distinctive in their appearance. Furry cute woolly jumpers fur sure, and I'd certainly like to try a blanky made from their wool someday as it looks supurr soft.
Throughout the story mew get to meet lots of other anipals that live on the farm; horses, dogs and chickens too, oh and let's not furget the rodent population which are well taken care of by another furrmily member. Mew get to read about lambing season, Irish country living, farm-life and some really delicious food. The graft is hard, the days are long and sometimes things don't go according to plan, but then there's the beautiful countryside to soothe your soul as don't furget Bodacious lives on the stunningly beautiful Emerald Isle, where the green is like no other in the wurld.
I must say that this is a fabulous read, and I think that mew, my pawesome readers will love this book as much as I did. I can say in four wurds what I think to this story:-
Bodacious is epically epic.
I'd like to say furry many thanks to Harper Collins fur letting me get my paws on this exclusive preview copy with the most supurr cute kitty book mark clipped on the front cover too, thanks so much guys!
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Mew can pre-order Bodacious's book as it won't be released until the 14th of June. And mew can follow him on social media here:
The Amber Biblio Rating System Fur Offurall Enjoyment:
Bodacious The Shepherd Cat
I do hope mew enjoy this book if mew decide to give it a try.
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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 that I'll be back in the Autumn/Fall with another selection specially paw-picked cat themed books just fur mew - that is unless I discover something truly EPIC in the meantime! MOL
Wooo hooo guys and welcome to another beautiful week on the blog, and this is our furry last Colouring with Cats post until the Autumn/Fall. But neffur fear pawesome pals, mew know we'd never leave mew empty pawed offur the summer jolly holly's, so today we launching our 3rd FREE colouring book to keep mew entertained until we start up again. Mew've got 16 neffur seen before mandalas to keep those paws busy and mew out of mischief! MOL
Just click the above link to download and print your copy. Fudge was the Editor in Chief fur Book #3's Purrduction and as the P.A. set out out the final gallery he came to inspect her wurk.
He was best purrleased with the P.A.'s effort and said. "I can NOM & OM at the same time!" The P.A. was rendered speechless aftur weeks of wurk and decided to leave him too it! MOL
Oh and this week we invited our rather clucky comrades; Gertrude and Henrietta to OM with us. Now they'd neffur OMMed before so we were most impressed at their OMMing skillz.
Now mew maybe wundering who the fluffare Gertrude and Henrietta? Well they live with Nanny, the P.A.'s mum and they have a really lovely time wandering around the garden and paddock with Nanny's cats; Pixie, Twinkle, Rupert and Midnight. [Pixie is Smoochie's Mum and Midnight is his litter-mate].
Thank mew ladies fur joining us this week and we hope to see mew again furry soon fur another fabulous OMMing sesh.
Anyhoo, we do hope mew've all have a totally pawesome weekend and that mew're ready fur the week ahead, so let's jump right in and start as always with our little breathing exercise... which we know mew know aftur all this time, but if mew've furgotten or are a new reader, stop what mew're doing fur just a little moment and take deep fulfilling breaths; counting to five on the inhale and five on the exhale:
Smooch is here again to offur mew assistance in getting your OM's on and Zen Harmonies happening, so just press play, close your eyes and follow his instructions.
Don't mew feel better already? We most certainly do! MOL
All the mandala's featured are created & designed by us, unless otherwise stated.
So without further ado here's this weeks mandala.
Just right click the image to save and print it...
And here's our finished version...
Coloured on the iPad and then transformed in Prisma, this week we chose a rather subtle washed-out effect, which we think is quite unusual compared with our usual vibe.
If mew'd like to share your peeps pawesome artwurk feel free to upload it to our Facebook page at:
So on that note we'll say bye fur now and hope to see mew on Wednesday when mew'll neffur believe what is going off until mew see it with your furry own eyes, but I will say this, it involves a rather large sheep, most of The B Team and some most impurresive skillz! MOL Until then Keep Calm and Colour OM! Bestest chilled and most soothing purrs Basil & Co xox