Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Welcome to The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ~ Part 6 of The Hedgehog Update & Scooter Bites the P.A.'s Slipper, Melvyn Makes Another Epic Rug Sculpture & More BBHQ Haunted Happenings & Paranormal Activity - The Psychic Medium Reveals How Many Spooks are at BBHQ **REAL GHOST STORIES**

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Epic Wednesday Greetings Furiends

Welcome to the BBHQ midweek news round-up!

Furst up in the news 

In Part 6 of the BBHQ Hedgehog update; Zippy the new hedgling appears, Scooter bite's the P.A.'s slipper while she's wearing it **hedgehog attacks human** & Wriggles doesn't like Nike Trainers, hedgehogs obviously know what they like! MOL

Mew may remember in the last update a couple of weeks ago that we mentioned a third smaller hedgling had appeared, he was just a little bit smaller than Scooter, and the three of them aka Wriggles, Scooter and Zippy now seem to appear within a few minutes of each other, though they all arrive from different directions.

Scooter comes down the path from the summerhouse, Wriggles appears from the courtyard and Zippy just appears, we're not sure of his route yet.

And if mew haven't watched the video, Scooter walks up to the P.A. and bites her slipper before heading off in search of a more nutritious snack, like a big juicy snail and then the following evening Wriggles checks out her Nike trainers and he doesn't think much of those either! MOL

It's been really windy and wet the last couple of weeks and the temperature has dropped considerably, so the P.A. hasn't been outside in the evening so much waiting for them to appear. Although we can see them from the patio doors in the sitting room, and they are still coming like clockwork every evening, so obviously they're not ready to hibernate yet. 

We will put the wildlife camera near the igloo again this week and see what it captures, and we will have another update next week.

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Next Up In The News

Melvyn's got a new hobby; Rug Sculpture. For those that have never heard of this pursuit, it involves the intricate shaping of said rug into something completely new and in today's video mew can watch him create a pyramid, inspired by his ancestors. 

What did mew think about his latest creation? Sadly it didn't last long, maybe next time he won't listen to Fudge's unfounded criticism! MOL

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BBHQ Haunted Happenings ~ The Psychic Medium Reveals How Many Spooks are at BBHQ 

And finally this week the P.A. is back with some more spooky tales, so get your cup of tea or coffee, sit back and relax! Muwahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa!!! 

FYI for new readers: These are real ghost stories and true-life events which have happened to me at BBHQ, they are not made up or fictional tales for effect. 

Hello again lovely friends, in last weeks spooky instalment I shared the giant glowing orb, so if mew missed that spooktacular event, click the link to catch up.

The psychic medium spent quite a bit of time at BBHQ and after she told me about the soldiers, she went on to tell me there were approximately 27 spirits in and around the house which included several past farmers, children, so about 10 or 11 human spirits and the rest were animals.

Yes 27 ish, that freaked me out and when I took her into the sitting room, she said to me, "You see things in here don't you?" 

I nodded and replied, "Yes, I see orbs and strange light phenomena in here all the time." 

"They are three little girls about 12, 10 and 8," she said. "They come to play here."

In the middle on my sitting room floor there used to be a well, it's long since been covered over and hasn't seen the light of day since the barn was converted, I think there's a slab of concrete over it now, and the psychic thought they'd fallen in the well and perished at some point, but she said she couldn't get any further details. Whether that's correct or not, I don't know. It's very sad if true, but I could see quite easily that if one child slipped into the well, the others could have tried to save her and they all died. 

But the really odd thing was when Snowie went berserk one evening. I was sat on the sofa opposite the fire and the sofa is as close to the wall as is possible, and there's no room for anything behind. Snowie was sitting on the rug looking at something behind my right shoulder, and I watched her for a minute or so because it was really out of character for her, normally she'd just jump up and snuggle on my lap or next to me. But not this time.

As I watched her, she was fixated by something behind me, I didn't feel any bad vibes at that point, and then she started to growl, and when I say growl I mean like a vicious attack dog. She puffed up like a big, white fluffy marshmallow, her tail was huge like a bottle brush quivering straight up and she had her fangs bared, she looked feral and rabid as she snarled, growled and never took her eyes of whatever was behind me. 

Never have I ever seen a cat react like that, she even looked different, and that's when I realised it was something else, I slowly edged to the side and got off the sofa while she still went crazy at the seemingly empty space behind me. Then as suddenly as it had begun she snapped out of that ferocious stance, sat down and said "Meeeeeh!" She didn't meow like a normal cat, she made a MEH sound, and it was as though she said, "It's ok mum, it's gone now!" 

In all the time she was here, she never acted like that again, it was one of the strangest and unexplainable experiences I ever encountered with a kitty. So out of character for her, and I never knew cats could growl or even sound like that, so guttural and savage and never have any of the other cats reacted like that since, so whatever Snowie could see right behind me must have been horrific/scary/evil, that's my only explanation for her aggression, and I think she was protecting me from whatever it was.

If mew've ever seen the movie The Mummy (2001) with Brendan Fraser; when the mummy comes to take Evie and Brendan Fraser's character launches a white cat at the mummy and it retreats/disappears, that's how I liken the above event, good triumphing over evil, as bizarre as that may sound.

Not long after that incident, Snowie stopped coming upstairs, and until she died, the only time she would come upstairs was if she was carried but then she'd never stay long, it was like she had to protect or be on guard in the sitting room.

The barn has very creaky floors upstairs which I mentioned before, and the psychic told me that one of the old farmers walks along the landing, and the time I saw the black opaque shadow in the doorway when I had the flu, apparently he was just checking I was alright!  

Also, and this is fact, the barn was built prior to the farmhouse next door, and apparently, the people used to live upstairs in the barn with the animals living below, and the psychic did tell me the exact same thing, so maybe the creaking/footsteps along the landing is just the past impressions of the original family in the 1800s.

The psychic did pick up on a malevolent energy in the upstairs bedroom, the one we use as the BBHQ office and lounge now, and which is directly above the old forge, it's the room with the big beam in, which you have to duck underneath to get from one side of the room to the other, and the cats love sitting/laying/playing on it.

ginger cat laying on a beam

The huge beam is off a ship from the 1600 or 1700s, it must have come up the River Trent at some point and been offloaded nearby in the 1800s to be repurposed as a support beam, the other beams which traverse horizontally through the roof were from the same consignment, and who knows where they've been in the world or what stories they could tell or what is/was attached to them.

The psychic said that the energy was hostile and stuck inside the property and especially liked that particular room, and it was like a swirling ball of black viscous energy which made her feel quite sick, so she did a cleansing ceremony in that room and some of the weirder stuff did stop for a while, but then it started back up again and I had to call the local vicar to come to the house.

And if mew want to hear about the exorcism, let me know in the comments? 

More Bite Sized Bird TV Episode 5 is now live.

This footage was captured on our wildlife camera, so do let us know what mew think to it, as we think it does the job really well.

And we've got a Bigger Bird TV episode which is about 20 minutes long, for those of mew who love a longer episode to get your fangs or murder mittens into! MOL

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That's us done for today, Amber will be back on Friday with another fab book just for mew, and click the link if mew missed Monday's Colouring with Cats post and our fab crystal series, and see our latest crystal haul from the gem show. 

Epic purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team 

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Monday, 6 December 2021

Love To Colour? Colouring with Cats #135 ~ Getting Your OM’s on with Mandalas on Mondays ~ Crystal of the Week PLUS **MINI CRYSTAL HAUL**

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Supurr Monday greetings beautiful furiends

Welcome to another glorious week at BBHQ, and today we're spicing things up and showing mew a few crystals instead of just one! MOL

Dad and the P.A. finally went to a Mind Body Spirit Show last weekend and there were lot's of lovely things to see and purrchase, and there were some crystal sellers too, so mew know what happened right?

Yep, and here they are.

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Starting at the top from the 12 o'clock position and going clockwise. To learn a bit more about these stones, just click on the names:

*Black Tourmaline

Centre position:

Plus Selenite hexagon crystal grid carved with sacred geometry. 

*Next week we'll share a little info about the black tourmaline.

Mandalas on Monday #135 ©BionicBasil®Crystal Haul - Unicorn Quartz

And this gorgeous hunk of rainbow rock is called unicorn quartz, it's the same as the coated or aura quartz we've featured before - check out the quartz page.

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And finally, the P.A. dabbles a little in aromatherapy, so she bought a few new oils.


They had a supurr time, and the P.A. bought something else, although it's not set up yet so we can't show mew any photo's, but as soon as we can, we've just got to show me because mew'll never guess what she got!

 If mew have any crystal questions; email us, DM us or ask us in the comments below.

To check out last weeks Crystal of the Week, click the link: Opalite.

(disclaimer; we are not health or medical practitioners, all crystal info is purely for entertainment purposes only.) 

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're sure mew all have down paw by now...  but if mew've furgotten, stop what mew're doing fur a moment and 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

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?  I know we do!

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Here's this weeks mandala.

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And here's our finished version... in glorious neon brights because we needed a colour explosion this week! MOL

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Coloured with gel pens; matt, metallic and glitter.

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So on that note, we'll say bye for now and see mew Wednesday when we'll be back with our midweek news round-up and some more hedgehog and ghost tales. 

And if mew missed Amber's latest book review, go check it out as she really liked it.

Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Supurr  chilled purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team xox

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Sunday, 5 December 2021

Wing Commander Basil's Utterly Epic Selfie on The Sunday Selfies & Caturday Art Blog Hops

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Fabulous greetings pawesome pals

Welcome to another selfie selection and today our theme is:

Wing Commander Basil's Utterly Epic Selfie

the greatest cat in the world aka Bionic Basil,

This epically epic throwback pic is from August 2016, and it one of our favourites at BBHQ!

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

The greatest cat in the world aka Bionic basil

The effect was created with Befunky - Underpainting DLX + colour changes to hue and saturation.

We also turned this fab arty-farty picture into a puzzle, so do stop by the puzzle page and see if mew can beat our time of 9 mins 56 secs.  Only slightly quicker than last weeks! MOL

Anyhoo it's time for us to go on kitty patrol around the garden and we think cat dad is going to put up the outdoor Catmas lights, so we obviously will be snoopervising to make sure he does it propurrly. 

We'll back in the morning with another gorgeous mandala and a new crystal of the week, and if mew missed any so far just click the link, and each post has a link to the previous post. We have got a little surprise for mew too, as the P.A. and dad went to a crystal show last weekend, so come and see the lastest crystal haul.

On that note we'll wish mew a fabulous Funday and look forward to your company tommorow.

Wishing mew lots of snoozy snuggles

Supurr Sunday Purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team

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Friday, 3 December 2021

Love To Read? Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #181 featuring **The New Boy (Feline Frolics Book 5)** by Doreen Tovey PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today, and look what I found the other day on an old flash drive. A picture of yours truly and Miss Mildred Marbles from April 2007!

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And then I discovered this!

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Me, with Snowie on the middle platform and Humphrey on the bottom platform hanging out in the kitchen at BBHQ. That cat tree is long gone now, though it did last quite a while.

Isn't it lovely to find old memories?

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. My favorite holiday film is _________.

2. My favorite Christmas song is _________.

3. If you ask me, 'tis the season for _________.

4. _________ is a holiday memory I'll never forget.

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

1. My favorite holiday film is Scrooged with Bill Murray.

2. My favorite Christmas song is White Christmas by Bing Crosby.

3. If you ask me, 'tis the season for being extra kind and just being thankful for all the little things in life.

4.  Opening my Magic Roundabout Playground - click to see the exact toy on ebay today - in 1973-ish is a holiday memory I'll never forget. I still have the train, Dougal, and Mr McHenry on his tricycle with Zeebedee in the back, the main playground is at my mums house in the roof, though I don't know what condition it's in because one of my (jealous) cousins took it upon himself to try and break it, he wound the train around the track the wrong way, tried to force the merry-go-round the wrong way etc... he was a little bass-turd! 

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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

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The New Boy 

(Feline Frolics Book 5)


Doreen Tovey

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

There’s a new kid on the block…

The Toveys are no strangers to disaster, particularly the Siamese-related kind, but when their beloved Solomon dies unexpectedly, they’re faced with a completely new type of problem – do they find another cat to replace the one they’ve lost?

The animals always win in the Tovey household. It is with the interests of Solomon’s (very audibly) grieving sister Sheba at heart that Doreen and Charles set off in sear
ch of Solomon Secundus, affectionately known as Seeley.

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This weeks top book pick is another one from my monthly subscription box from Feline and Fiction, and again if I'm honest I wouldn't have chosen this myself, but that's why I have the subscription so I get exposed to reading material I'd normally overlook.

And what did I think about The New Boy, though originally written in 1970 it will in 2021 still find a place in the heart of any cat lover; funny with laugh out loud moments, and to read of living in a small village with cats and a donkey plus the antics of the locals made me think of Mewton-Clawson minus the donkey of course, but he P.A. did have two donkeys when she was younger! 

This wonderful lady wrote several other books which mew know what I'm going to say, I've got them ready to order.

So if mew want to read about life in a Somerset Village pre 1980's, with siamese cats, a cast of wonderful characters and to laugh out loud, this will tick all the boxes.

Another great gift idea for any cat-a-holic!

  • Paperback: ‎ 143 pages
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My Ratings Scale

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Ratings of:

The New Boy 

Overall Enjoyment

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Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today

         Catblogosphere        Feline Friday        Nature Friday        Flashback Friday     Friendship Friday       

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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

It's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't furget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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