Monday, 20 September 2021

It's Meow Like A Pirate Day ARRRRRRRRR! **FEATURING** The Extraordinary Voyages of Cap'n Basil Blackheart **REVISITED**

 Captain Basil Blackheart and The Crew of The Crimson Revenge Sail Again ©BionicBasil®

Ahoy there me hearties, welcome to ye on this mostly auspicious day, and in honour of this rare event we be thinking it be fitting to share with thee a truly extraordinary adventure that befell on us on this day exactly three, nay five years ago in 2016... are ye ready to relive the pirate adventure of a lifetime?

Hold onto ye hats matey's as this is one adventure mew'll never furget as long as ye live arrrrrrrrr!

It's time for...

The Extraordinary Voyages of  Cap'n Basil Blackheart and his Motley Crew 

aboard

The Crimson Revenge

Captain Basil Blackheart and The Crew of The Crimson Revenge Sail Again ©BionicBasil®

Aharrrrrrr me hearties and wunderpurr greetings 

Here we be again on another truly unbelievable adventure, this time on the high seas.

I know it must seem quite impossible some of the bizarre things which happen to us, [on a furry frequent basis] but paw on heart and let lightning strike me down if I effur tell an untruth... this is a; 'as it happens' or a 'squirrels eye-view' or a 'fly in the soup' whoops sorry, I meant to say 'fly on the wall documentary'  kinda vibe.

Join us as we share the facts of what happened on that fateful Sunday night, as we sailed back home from Speedy's Pawesome Pirate Party.

So hold ye fast matey's, as we be in fur a wild ride tonight

Arrrrrrrrrrr


>^.^<

Part I ~ The Whirlpool

"And Action!"

Captain Basil Blackheart and The Crew of The Crimson Revenge Sail Again ©BionicBasil®

It was a chilly September evening, the breeze was biting and the sun was supurr low, just peeking above the horizon saying a fond farewell to another glorious day. We'd just set sail on our ship, The Crimson Revenge with a course plotted back home after a rather wild and wunderpurr weekend at Speedy's place fur his Annual Pirate Party. Let's just what happened at Speedy's stays at Speedy's! MOL

"Parsley, wake up the glow-flies in the lanterns," I called.

"Aye Cap'n," Parsley replied as darkness descended on us like an inky black shroud.

"Smooch, anything on the horizon?" I yelled towards the crows nest.

Smooch popped up, his night vision telescope scanning the blackness ahead. "No Cap'n, all clear," he called back.

I leaned against the ship's wheel and took a deep breath of the invigorating salty air, there's nothing like it for freshness [well, snowy, icy air up a mountain comes close after being chased by a hoard of Zombie Yeti's, but that's another story fur another time].  Anyhoo as I stood there, each one of the glow lanterns burst into life after Parsley had given them a rather severe shaking.

"Good job young Parsley," I said as the deck was washed with a pale bluish hue. "Humphrey?  Humphrey?"

Snowie nudged me. "He's strapped in a hammock below deck sleeping off the nip rum and all the party food, Pilchard is with him," she said with a shake of her head. "He'll be out for hours, but the funny thing is he looks like a kitty chrysalis, I wunder if he'll be nicer when he emerges from his cocoon?" 

We burst out laughing. "I doubt it furry much," I replied still laughing. "He'll be as grumpy as ever."

Amber lifted her eye-patch and glared at me. "How come I can't go and get in a hammock?"

I paused briefly, looking at the state of her. "Because mew, One Eye Amber were so off your chops mew couldn't even crawl up the gangplank and then mew fell into the water," I answered curtly. "I think mew are quite sober after that little impromptu icy dip, and just look at the state of your fur. I think mew should go take a bath pronto, savvy..."

Amber harrumphed rather loudly and stomped off, disappearing behind the main mast for a quick clean up.

Posie began to sing softly, her voice was melodic and soothing as it wafted gently on the breeze while we sailed on in the dark.

We had been sailing for approximately forty-one minutes and fifteen seconds when the sea started to become rather choppy. White foamy spray splashed over the deck and the ship began to lurch rather alarmingly in the sudden swell.

"Smooch, what the fluff is happening?" I yelled above the increasing noise of the rising waves.

A few seconds passed, and I gripped the ships wheel tighter as a strong current took hold. 

As I was fighting with the wheel Smooch answered.

"Sorry Cap'n I had to attach my safety straps furst," he shouted loudly from the crows nest. "The good news is, they're holding me in place..."

"What's the bad news then?" I yelled back as forked lightning streaked across the sky in ways I'd never seen before.

He paused again. "The bad news is really bad news," he shouted.

Snowie was helping me hold the ship's wheel as we were battered with the icy sea spray while the lightning flashed and thunder boomed all around us, it was quite apocalyptic.

"Kindly relieve us from this suspense, tell us what the bad news is," I almost shrieked to make myself heard above the din.

"We're being dragged into a whirlpool with a massive water funnel and there's nothing we can do about it!" Smooch had to scream above the ever-increasing noise.

I paused fur a second while I let this humongous bad news sink in, then I shouted as loudly as I could.

"Effurypurrdy strap yourselves to anything that's not going to move, NOW!"

I threw a length of rope at Snowie and then, using another length of rope I lashed myself to the balustrading, then I gripped the ship's wheel with all my might, if this whirlpool was taking us down then I was going down as a proper captain; at the helm.


via GIPHY

I jammed my hat on extra tight, and wiped the salty sea spray from my eyes as we continued on a course I had no control over and in storm conditions I never knew were possible, just old sailor myths of bygone times.

The ship pitched and rolled, the wood creaking and groaning with the immense pressure as we were sucked faster and faster into the spiralling vortex. Relentless waves crashed across the deck while lightning erupted from the central vortex in jagged, fractured forks. I just prayed to any god that may have been listening that my crew were fastened tightly to something as the angle we were now on; sideways on and looking straight down into the gaping maw of the deadly unknown, because if they weren't securely tied to something they were surely going to be lost forever. 

The pitching and rolling became increasingly violent as we descended through the cyclic centrifuge in tighter and tighter circles as the huge funnel of water loomed up above us like a giant coiling snake hell-bent on smashing us and The Crimson Revenge to smithereens. 

The only thing going through my mind was that this was some really, really, monumentally freaky natural phenom-a-nom-nom and the chances that we were going to survive it, well let me just say I wasn't holding my breath!

I was abruptly brought back from my momentary mind-scape by my crew's terrified high-pitched screams as we reached what could only be described as the mouth of hell, and then there was nothing but blackness.

"And Cut!"

 

Guy's, we're sorry to leave mew in all in acute, harrowing suspense, but mew know that's how we roll! MOL

Also, I bet mew've got endless questions, such as:

How come The Crimson Revenge didn't get turned into toothpicks?

What about Kitty Chrysalis Humphrey below decks?

Where are all the crew?

And did they all get time to strap themselves to something secure?

What about Smooch in the crows-nest, surely that mast couldn't still be intact?

That whirlpool/water-funnel/storm is truly frightening, devastating, destructive, etc... can mew really survive it?

etc...

If mew have any questions feel free as to ask!

*    *    *

Captain Basil Blackheart and The Crew of The Crimson Revenge Sail Again ©BionicBasil®

Hearty purrs and salty sea-spray head rubs and if mew want to keep reading this epically exciting adventure just click the link below to go straight to the second episode.

Cap'n Basil & the Crew of The Crimson Revenge 







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Sunday, 19 September 2021

Pandora's Purrfect Pose on The Sunday Selfies & Caturday Art Blog Hops

The B Team Sunday Selfies @BionicBasil ®

Epic greetings supurr furiends

Welcome to another selfie selection and today our theme is:

Pandora's Purrfect Pose

beautiful Siberian cat in a library wearing a diamante collar

Doesn't she look beautiful? 

Check out her video on TikTok, click here.


We're also joining in the lovely Athena's Art Hop so do stop by and show off your pawesome arty-farty skills.

https://www.athenacatgoddess.com/

jazzy art, cute cat art, siberian cat art, surf effect

We're still on a roll with the Prisma IOS App, and this week we used the filter; Surf and think it's really fun and rather spiky on Pandora.

We also turned this fab arty-farty picture into a puzzle, so do stop by the puzzle page and take the Puzzle Challenge, see if mew can beat our time of 15 mins 55 secs. 



Anyhoo it's time for us to go and snoopervise lunch, as last Sunday the P.A. got food poisoning from her take away pizza on Saturday evening, so no roast chicken lunch. Totally unacceptable and utterly selfish of her, so this week we're making sure nothing stops us from getting our tasty noms! MOL

We look forward to seeing mew on the morrow, bright and breezy.

Wishing mew lots of snoozy snuggles

Supurr Sunday Purrs

Basil & The B Team




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Friday, 17 September 2021

Welcome To Friday Fluffers ~ Showcasing The Latest Batch of Photo Bloopers From The BBHQ Archives Starring Fudge, Pandora and Melvyn ~ PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins

Welcome to

Friday Fluffers withThe B Team ©BionicBasil®

Happy Friyay Fab Pals

Welcome to the last Friday Fluffers of the current season!
 
This is where we showcase a selection of photo bloopers or photo fails from BBHQ, the photos that we thought would neffur see the light of day, buried deep, deep, deep in the archives on level 12 of our secret bunker, with no chance of effur being seen on the interwebs for the wurld to see... UNTIL NOW!

Are mew ready fur some fun outtakes from The B Team? Of course, mew are!


And furst on the podium is Fudge, who wanted us to look up his left nostril, "Look up my snozzle, I think there's a bug up there!" #truestory

look up my nose, cat nose, ginger cat, cute cat


Next up is Pandora's blurry swan dive. She is that fast! MOL

cat diving, blurry photo,


And finally, Melvyn booping the camera!

Cat booping camera, cute tabby, bowtie cat

Or is he sending everypawdy kisses??? MOL



This week we're also joining in Friday Fill-ins with the fabulous 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. Is it wrong to _________?

2. I wish I had kept my _________.

3. _________ is my idea of living happily ever after.

4. It's been a long time since I _________.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. Is it wrong to prefer cats to most people?

2. I wish I had kept my - this one doesn't apply because I have kept everything I've wanted.

3. As long as its got cats - is my idea of living happily ever after.

4. It's been a long time since I have been on a vacation or holiday, and I'd really like one!


Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today

         Catblogosphere        Feline Friday        Nature Friday        Flashback Friday     Friendship Friday       
                                         

We do hope mew enjoyed today's fluffers, and Amber will be here next Friyay with the return of her book reviews, and we know she's got an epic lineup for mew.

Join us again on Sunday when we're here with our usual selfie selection, in the meantime...

Stay fluffy, and purr on

Supurr purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team xox








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Thursday, 16 September 2021

A Cat-Formation Post Featuring Priority Pet App & Scrumbles Cat Advent Calendar 2021

A Cat-Formation Post with The B Team ©BionicBasil®

Happy Purrsday Fluffies

Welcome to another cat-formation post and today we're sharing a couple of fun things with mew, furstly a supurr app for your phone and secondly the Scrumbles yearly cat advent calendar which is available to buy now in the UK.

FYI, this is not a paid presentation or sponsored in any way by either company mentioned.

Priority Pet App

This is a nifty app for your phone which enables your pawrents to have immediate access to a whole host of pet services in your area.

It's basically a concierge service for pets. If mew're looking for:

Pet Sitters

Dog Walkers

24/7 Vets/nurse

Pet Taxi

Day Care 

Groomers

Accommodation

etc...

Priority Pet will find it for mew.

We downloaded the app and gave it a whirl. Mew add your pets profile, plus mew can add any additional info such as medical history. There's also a section to add vaccination dates and the app will remind mew of these. 

From what we can see it's only available on ios at the moment. It costs £9.50 per month, though mew would get discounts and special offers through the app, and mew are assigned a dedicated purrsonal assistant to chat to through the app. 

From our brief interaction with the app, we think for new pet pawrents it would be a very viable tool to find local pet services. Or if mew move a lot with your job, it would take the hassle and worry out of finding everything mew need in your new town/city etc... 

Or for instance, mew have a medical emergency and need an out of hours vet, Priority Pet will find the nearest available one to your location. 

What a supurr service they offer, well done guys!

Check out their website for more info, link above.


Scrumbles Cat Advent Calendar

Next today, we're giving a little shout out to our epic pals at Scrumbles, our long time readers know how much we love Scrumbles noms and treats. 

Scrumbles KittyMass Advent Calendar

This year's calendars are filled with a combination of air-dried chicken bites and dental Gnashers. And they do one for your K9 furiends too. So If mew'd like to get your mittens on one of these festive treats they are available from Scrumbles, Amazon, Ocado and other independent stores. Apparently, stocks are limited so don't wait too long! MOL

It would make an epic gift for any cat lovers mew know too.

Cat Advent Calendar

Check out their website for the full range of epically epic noms and treats, link above.

Well that's a wrap for today and we'll be back tomorrow with the very last Friday Fluffers of the current season as Amber is back next week with her book reviews, and we know how much mew've all been missing her sunny, happy disposition the last few months.

Epic Purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team










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Monday, 13 September 2021

Meowing on Mondays ~ In The Sandbox with The B Team and Today's Chat is All About Living In A Multi-Cat Household **Revisited**

Meowing on Mondays ~ In The Sandbox with The B Team ©BionicBasil®

Happy Monday Fluffies

Meowing on Mondays ~ In The Sandbox with The B Team 

Welcome to the sandbox for a quick chat session, and today we're resharing a popular post as we've had a number of requests for what it's like living in a multi-cat household and what's involved.

Meowing on Mondays ~ In The Sandbox with The B Team ©BionicBasil® Sandbox Graphic

By the way, no hissing, no spitting, no smacky paws or swiping, no flicking sand and definitely no widdling or pooping in the sandbox either! MOL 


 Living In A Multi-Cat Household


Now we know that some hoomans may have only one kitty.  Some have two or maybe even three. But how does having even more kitties wurk in today's fast paced wurld?

At BBHQ we usually run at six cats constantly, that seems to be the magic number for us, our Goldilocks number - not too many and not too little, the 'just right' ratio.  Though we have had times where we've been down to only three, and we've also been as high as eight indoor plus feeding several strays too that visited our garden daily.

So how does this wurk for us?

Having six cats is quite a bit of wurk and here's why:

Everyone needs to have one to one time with the P.A. and/or dad. It's very impawtant that all B Team memfurs have this time daily. So if we each get only 10 minutes, that's an hour minimum.

Plus we like to have playtime and outside time too. We're only allowed outside if the P.A. or dad are on paw to snoopervise us. Usually the P.A. will do some gardening while she keeps an eye on us and as she and dad wurk Mon - Fri this means we only get outdoor time when they get back from wurk. 

So kitty entertaining takes up a lot of free time.

Next there's the grooming/brushing.

Now some of us like being brushed and pampered, while others not so much. For instance, Parsley will let mew brush him 24/7, there is neffur enough brush for him; he will sit, stand or lay down and take as much as mew can give.  

While Pandora our hairy little Ewok/Sasquatch cat, hates being brushed and the P.A. has to literally walk around the house while trying to brush her; she gets mats in her fur because she's such a hairy beast and we have every type of grooming implement going to try and combat this issue. Though the one she likes the best, well tolerates better than anything is actually the P.A.'s Tangle Teaser brush, which is now Pandora's.
Pandora's Tangle Teezer Brush @BionicBasil® Meowing on Mondays BBHQ
Pandora's Tangle Teezer

When this post was furst written in August 2018, Pandora as just previously mentioned was really hard to brush, however aftur much perseverance and a lot of dedication, guess what? She now loves to be brushed which the P.A. is thrilled about, as it means less mats and Pandora doesn't look like she's just spent a week in the wilds or been dragged through a hedge backwards anymore! MOL

If you would like to purrchase one of these brushes, a google search will bring up a selection for mew.  

Smooch likes a bit of brush as does Melyvn, Amber also doesn't mind, although Fudge is not keen, though he is getting used to the pet mitt. 2021 update; Fudge is also getting to like being brushed more, and his preferred choice is Pandora's tangle teezer.

None of us like ear cleaning, eye cleaning or nail clipping and will do anything to avoid these activities.

Feeding Time At BBHQ and Watering Holes

We're very lucky to have our own kitty kitchen aka the laundry, and we all know which bowl is ours. This is our regular line up.
Feeding Time At BBHQ @BionicBasil® Meowing on Mondays
From the top:

Pandora
Smooch
Fudge

[a bowl of dry food stationed between Parsley and Fudge]

Parsley
Amber

And young Melvyn who is more like his Great Uncle Basil than we could have ever imagined, eats his on the counter top to the right out of shot. We all eat together and we have a couple of snacks a day. Plus if we get hungry we go and put in a request for an extra meal; this entails [pardon the pun] finding the P.A. meowing a lot and then leading her towards the kitty kitchen, this method wurks 90% of the time.

We also have dry food available 24/7, which is topped up as needed and stationed around the house in various locations along with clean water.

We use stainless steel bowls as they are more hygienic, plastic dishes are a no go here and can cause chin acne in some kitties, so be careful. We have clean bowls for morning and evening meals, so that means lots of washing up. Also all our bowls are on place-mats and we use kitchen roll too, so clean up is easy if there's any spills, or someone starts throwing their food about.

Our water bowls are many and stationed around the house. These all need changing/cleaning daily as food debris and dust can collect. We have Brita filtered water too, as our tap water is hard and doesn't taste that nice, plus we use a couple of water fountains.

 click here to see the water fountains we use and have reviewed. 

The P.A. also grows us fresh cat grass weekly, and she grows us catnip too, so we've got an endless supply of fresh greens.
Cat Grass in Happy Grass Pots @BionicBasil® Meowing on Mondays BBHQ
See how to make our Happy Grass Pots in our latest Crafting with Cats post.

Kitty Bathroom

The B Teams Bathroom Habits... we have at the moment several trays that all get changed daily fur a completely clean one, this is the system that wurks for us due to Smooch's inappropriate widdling issues. Some days a tray may last a little longer but generally it's all change once a day.

Until recently we used  Bob Martins Cat Litter - non clumping, it was like the Catsan white litter, but the dust was getting quite intense and the ever escalating price made the P.A. look for an alternative. She decided to revert back to the recycled newspaper litter, which she buys at Amazon and has delivered to the house. There's no dust and minimum odour when soiled.

We have our trays in various locations downstairs so that everyone can use a tray somewhere without being bothered by another kitty or feeling vulnerable. 

Amber our elderly matriarch suffers from arthritis and finds it difficult to squat fully, so she inadvertently widdles over the side. To try and combat multiple widdle rivers the P.A. has employed an extra tactic to keep the widdle rivers to a minimum.  She places our regular tray on a grow-bag tray, although if Amber gets on an angle, a widdle river is inevitable but it does stop a lot.

Litter Tray At BBHQ @BionicBasil® Meowing on Mondays
To eliminate widdle rivers altogether we need a tray like the one above, but a square one! MOL

Beds and Scratch Posts/Cat Trees

We have multiple sleeping places around the house and several tall scratch post/cat trees. 

We love a windowsill and each one upstairs has one of our funky Snuggle mats on as they're our favourite. The P.A. has spent a fortune on funky cat beds over the years only to discover that we don't like them, what we do like sleeping on is; the bed, the cat beds that she has made and sofa's.

So at no time is there any need to squabble for space.

We are also exceptionally lucky to have a catservatory with some really high cat shelves, accessible from our tallest cat tree.
In The Gods In The Catservatory @BionicBasil®
There's somewhere for effurypurrdy, and nopurrdy gets in anyone's space unless they're invited! MOL
Parsley and Fudge on the Snuggle Blanket @BionicBasil®

Parsley and Fudge sharing the Snuggle Mat.


In summary, The B Team live a most harmonious life. There are very few spats, as everyone seems to get along, so we are extremely fortunate in that respect.

Looking after 6 kitties does take a lot of work, and planning is vital to running a smooth oppurration, but as the P.A. says, she wouldn't have it any other way. 

*Top Tip* get a really good cordless vacuum for your daily clean, as there's a lot of cat hair which mew won't want building up, and a regular brush is useless as it just makes everything airborne.  We use a Dyson stick vacuum and find it wurks great, before that we tried other brands but they didn't have the power.

If there's any questions mew have about how we organise things, cleaning, routines, etc... feel free to ask. 


A lot of our epic blogging furriends have as many if not a lot more kitties than us, so for all those that exceed our number of kitties per household, purrhaps mew could tell us about your experiences and top tips?

Join us again on Wednesday when we're here with a new Cat-Formation post in the meantime

Keep calm, and snooze on

Epic purrs

 The B Team 








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