Wednesday 20 May 2020

World Bee Day, Face Masks and The Delicate Art of Eating Grass on The Pet Parade 353 with Dash Kitten, Barking from the Bayou and US!

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Pawesome Wednesday Greetings Furriends

Welcome to the Pet Parade and our weekly news round up!

Our headline this week is today it's World Bee Day and mew know how much we love our buzzy little pals here, even when they swarmed and invaded the chimney a few years ago, yes that really happened!  

The P.A. used to keep a couple of hives until she found out she was allergic to bee venom, and her hives went to her brothers' farm and are now looked after by a local beekeeper who still brings her honey.  But she still has all her bee keeping equipment.

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Anyhoo we love bees, and we make sure our garden is supurr bee-friendly by planting lots of delicious flowers, we don't ever use any chemicals either and we make sure there are always a few bee watering holes placed among the plants too.

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We use those small ceramic dessert dishes [like ramekins] that mew get from the supermarket with those really yummy chocolate puddings in, [and other flavours too] and fill them with glass pebbles before adding fresh water. The bees and other insects can then land on the pebbles and drink safely.

Do mew like bees?

In fact, one of our neighbours here in Mewton-Clawson is a beekeeper and he's collected 5 swarms in the last 3 weeks.  We actually saw one of them; well we heard it furst as a swarm is a noisy thing, it was heading fur another neighbours chimney and the P.A. rushed indoors to light our fire just in case they had designs on moving in again! MOL

Even when the weather is supurr scorchio we always burn something once a week in the woodburner so the smell of fresh smoke in the chimney deters any new scouter bees from wanting to establish a colony, as trust us the last thing mew effur want is one setting up home.

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In other news this week, a delivery of elastic finally arrived at BBHQ, it only took 3 weeks, the furst two orders offur 6 weeks ago failed miserably; one was cancelled by the seller and the 2nd went missing in transit.  Mew know elastic has become the new toilet paper in terms of supply, oh and let's not forget a bag of flour is rarer than unicorn dust right now!

But anyhoo we digress, what's so impawtant about elastic we hear mew ask? Well, gorgeous readers, we asked the P.A. to start making a few fabric face masks fur family and friends as we can't have her sitting idly twiddling her thumbs during this endless lockdown, so here are a few she's made already.

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Purretty neat huh?

Now we know they aren't as effective as an N95 mask or the like, but our NHS front line workers need those sort more than we do, so this is the next best line of defence in our humble opinion. Any mask is better than no mask provided its put on and removed correctly.

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And finally this week, Amber is here to demonstrate the extremely delicate art of eating grass, we're now calling her CHOMPER! MOL MOL

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Yes, we know we're going to have to pay in ways we can't even begin to imagine after sharing this rather unflattering photo of her ladyship, so we've decided as we're not going to escape Amber's wrath we may as well get our money's worth and immortalise it forever in a puzzle! MOL MOL #sorrynotsorry

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I won't be here tomorrow with a Brain Training post, but I'll be back next week with the answer to last weeks sudoku puzzle, and Amber will be here on Friday with another fab book just fur mew! 

Until then...


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And don't furget while we're all on lockdown, we The B Team have got your six and can entertain mew fur weeks; there are oodles of colouring pages to download and not furgetting the colouring books too.  There's a page full of crafting projects to keep your mittens making stuff, and if books are your thing, check our Amber's Book Reviews fur your next pawesome read! 

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  1. anber ; AKA chomper, ewe bee gorgeouz !!!!! N pleez ta tell de PA her did an awesum job on de maskz....way kewl :) round heer de food gurl over fillz de burd bathe...pleez due knot get uz started, coz beez like ta chillax in de sides N drink waterz ther.....we R gonna for sure try yur eye dea...thanx for sharin :) ☺☺♥♥

  2. You know what?!? I thought I needed a big container, filled with stones or marbles, to make a bee watering hole, but your suggestion of a smaller one is what I can do! Off to find some marbles...I know I had them around here somewhere...
    Thanks for the puzzle, even if you all are going to have heck to pay for it!

  3. We love bees and without them our food supply would disappear. We need to protect the bees.

    Amber has grass eating down to a fine science.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  4. Amber, that's a great shot! The masks are lovely.

  5. That is a great idea to make watering stations for the bees. We will do that. I made some masks , but they are not as nice as yours. Amber, you are adorable. XO

  6. Pretty cool masks gang and such great bites sweet Amber!

  7. Amber, you sure are enjoying that grass and are you trying out some chives, too??

    We had a wild bee hive in an old tree...but when petcretary found it, the honey had been ravaged by some we did not was never there again. Our neighbour two doors down has a bee hive collection, so we keep as many pollinator native blooms here as we can...and we hate chemicals, too.

    Your masks look great. *She* has both N95 for her work and cloth ones for when she goes to the store. We see bees on the green one!!

    Off to try that puzzle...well when the chores get done.

  8. We love bees, and are so grateful that you care for them so well at your place. Those masks are awesome!

    Nice chomping, Amber! :)

  9. Bwahaha! That's a great photo of Amber Chomper Chops! Thanks for the puzzle too. I haven't been able to do any for a couple of days due to wrist joint inflammation but will give it a go tonight.
    That is a good idea for a bee watering hole. I have glass pebbles in the base of a glass tea light holder I can use. In fact the tea light holder may work too.

  10. We love your crafty ideas. I always thought when Cats ate grass that meant they were sick. Is that true or just a myth. Getting our post ready but with the high winds here, we've had some trouble.

  11. Really pretty masks and love your chomping pic, Amber!

  12. Thankfully we have not had to wear masks here. But then again, we have far fewer people than Europe and the UK.

    I love your ideas, and I hope people make use of them.

  13. What a smart idea to help our bee friends ! Those aree lovely masks, fortunately they are not mandatory here. Purrs


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