Sunday 31 January 2021

Parsley's Dreamy Selfie on The Sunday Selfies & Caturday Art Blog Hops

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Epic greetings supurr furiends

Welcome to another selfie selection and today our theme is:

Parsley's Dreamy Selfie  

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What a faraway look Parsley has, we do wunder what he was thinking about, talk about being off with the fairies! MOL

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

We really like this effect and think it has a bit of an art deco vibe, don't ask us why we think that, we just do! MOL

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The effect was created with IOS Prisma App, the effect used is called: Coloured

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 14 mins 58 secs. 

Anyhoo it's time for us to go into the craft room here at BBHQ as we're wurking on our Valentine's crafting post for 2021, and we're supurr excited to share it with mew soon.

 So we do hope mew have a totally terrific day and we'll see mew on the morrow when we got another gorgeous mandala to share.

Wishing mew lots of snoozy snuggles

Supurr Sunday Purrs

Basil & The B Team

Don't furget to join in the pawesome Sunday Selfies Blog Hop with

 Angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer ~ visit them at their pawesome blog:

Free Lockdown Activities

And don't furget while we're all on lockdown, we The B Team have got your six and can entertain mew for 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 for your next pawesome read! 

There are some epically exciting adventure stories too, so read our thrilling tales episode by epic episode.

We've got some new Brain Training posts, just to keep your little grey cells in tip-top condition. And we’ll be adding extra jigsaw puzzles to the puzzle page.

If mew want to see more of what's been happening at BBHQ check out our Instagram feed where mew can see exclusive videos that we don't put here on the blog.

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Friday 29 January 2021

Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #154 featuring **My Life as a Cat** by Carlie Sorosiak PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins & Pet Photo Fails Blog Hops

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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 did mew hear about by latest fundraiser? 

I don't know why I didn't think if it before, the hours I've spent in that basket on the landing at the top of the stairs and I never thought to monetize it.

So anyhoo bright and breezy on Monday morning, I was just laying there staring at the ceiling wundering how I was going pay for my next book haul on Amazon and then it came to me in a flash, like a lightning bolt of inspiration.

Install a toll barrier at the top of the stair and charge a fee to pass. Utter genius if I do say so myself and that furst morning I made £15.27 in cash, and £35 in my preferred currency of Amazon gift cards and 2 bags of Dreamies, which was all Fudge had on him. Not bad eh for a few minutes wurk?

So then I got to thinking, what if I'm in the library and there's no-purrdy to take the toll money... then another flash of inspiration struck, install an actual physical barrier that wurks with a pre-paid passcard. I tell mew I was on a roll and was just organising to have the auto-barrier fitted when Parsley went off his chops and started a picket-line. There were a couple of scuffles too, well I suppose mew could call them mini-riots.

So now I'm at a bit of an impasse and what's wurse is I purrchased more books on credit, on the assumption of future earnings from the toll fees - OOPS! 

If mew have any suggestions or ideas for me, do leave them in the comments.

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the fantabulous 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.

1. So far 2021 is _________.

2. A book (or movie or song) title that best describes my life is _________.

3. _________ was a pleasant surprise.

4. I learned that _________ is a recipe for disaster.

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

1. So far 2021 is a total nightmare, my business has been flooded 4 times in two weeks and there's more rain on the way; at 5am yesterday Josh was at the garage pumping the water out and spent the entire day trying to get rid of the water as another deluge is forecast Thursday night. As if the covid lockdown isn't bad enough, the endless flooding is soul-destroying, and at this rate I'll need a monster gofundme!

2. A book (or movie or song) title that best describes my life is; there isn't one that could depict my life and if I wrote my life story no-one would believe it, the B Team adventures are more believable! 

3.  Being accepted into the Cat Writers Association yesterday was a REALLY pleasant surprise. That was a lovely ray of sunshine this week amidst more floods.

4. I learned that mixing friendship with business is a recipe for disaster, and if you're ever tempted to go down that road, lay out your plan clearly and concisely and then have contracts drawn up by your lawyer before you begin. That way you've got a better chance of making things work. If you try to do it on a wing and prayer, don't say I didn't give you a heads up.

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As it's the last Friday in January, we're also joining in the Pet Photo Fails blog hop; which occurs on the last Friday of each month.

Hosted by the ameowzing

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It may not look like a photo fail at furst glance in this throwback picture of Basil, but look more closely and mew'll see he's snorting my tail in his sleep! MOL MOL

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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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Mewton-Clawson Library Copy

My Life as a Cat


Carlie Sorosiak

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

Leonard has never had a name. Or a body. Or a best friend. But he is excited to try being a human.

On their three-hundredth-birthday, every alien from Leonard's home galaxy gets to spend a month in the body of an Earth Creature. Leonard was supposed to become a forest ranger in Yellowstone National Park - but there was a mix-up.

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Leonard is not really a cat, and this book is not really about a cat, well it is but an alien masquerading as a cat. Plus it's a book about aliens, quantum physics and a lot of fun.

A really interesting idea brought to life and superbly executed. A great plotline, with immensely entertaining characters and events that just keep mew turning the pages.

Mew know I don't do spoilers but I will say this, Leonard the best alien pretending to be a cat ever, totally top paw!

If mew're looking for something that is heartwarming and explores the depths of furiendship, this is definitely for mew.

A really great read for all ages.

  • Reading age: 9 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow 
  • Paperback: 272 pages
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My Ratings Scale

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Ratings of:

My Life as a Cat

Overall Enjoyment

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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew get a copy of your own.

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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Wednesday 27 January 2021

Welcome to Our Mid-Week News Round-Up and Hot Gossip on The Pet Parade & Today's Headlines are ~ Filing With Fudge, Queues On The Staircase and Smooch Is On Pawtrol - Bully Free Zone PLUS **SHOCK HORROR** Pandora's In A Box

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Happy Wednesdays fluffies

Welcome to our mid-week news round-up and our furst story this week is...

Filing with Fudge 

Our ginger ninja decided that he wanted to be an office cat this week, as he's thinking about signing up at a temping agency to get a bit of extra cash. Therefore he needed some office experience for his C.V./Resume and insisted he assist the P.A. with some filing and other light duties in the BBHQ blogging office, and as mew can see from the photo he was an enormous help! MOL

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The P.A. said that his invoice for 5 bags of Dreamies was utterly exorbitant for the amount of wurk he did, as he spent most of the time sitting or napping in the drawer.

He said reflecting upon his day, "It wasn't what I expected but the pay was good."
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Next up in the news this week...

Queues On The Staircase

There were severe traffic delays and backlogs on the staircase on Monday morning.

And as mew can see from Parsley's expression he was getting rather hissed off as he was desperate for his post-breakfast nap in the dressing room. Melvyn on the other paw was taking it rather calmly.

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Aftur further investigation, it would appear that Amber was holding everypawdy to ransom from her basket on the landing and demanding a toll fee to pass, which could be paid in cash or her preferred currency, Amazon gift cards.

Her latest venture netted, £15.27 in cash, 2 bags of Dreamies (from Fudge) and 4 amazon gift cards totalling £35.00.

When interviewed about her latest book scam fundraiser, she said she was delighted at the pawsitive response from other B Team memfurs (we did ask for individual comments but sadly can't repeat any of them) and that she looks forward most eagerly to extorting more money receiving more generous donations from them soon as she's installed her new toll barrier at the top of the stairs, which requires a passcard to open and said passcard will incur a recurring monthly fee.

It would appear that Amber has finally come up with a solution to fund her book buying addiction. And the moral of this little story is; mew're never too old to come up with a con great money-making idea.


A small riot broke out on the staircase and a picket line is now in situ, preventing the installation of the new toll barrier as appurrently BBHQ residents are not happy with Amber's new proposal, her reply was: It's natural progression and they should get with the program, which then incited further rioting. 

More on this story as it happens.

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Last up in the news this week at BBHQ...

Smooch Is On Pawtrol - Bully Free Zone

Smooch spent his time yesterday in the garden on pawtrol, as the Mewton-Clawson Village Watch sent a newsletter out saying that there was a rather large hawk about, and it was picking on the smaller birds in gardens around the village.

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He said, "I'm not having that in our garden, our garden is a safe-zone so if any hawks are hassling and bullying anyone, they've got me to answer to." And he was most vehement about it, adding. "It's what Basil would do!"

So there mew have it, BBHQ does not allow bullying and any attempts at bullying will result in Smooch taking extreme action and trust me when I say this, last time Smooch took extreme action he's a supurr scary dude but obviously, I can't talk about it as it's classified.

Though if mew've read any of our B Team Adventures, mew'll have a purretty good idea of what I'm talking about.

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**SHOCK HORROR** Pandora's In A Box

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Now mew may not know this about Pandora, but she's a rather purrculier cat; she doesn't like treats, or catnip, valerian, even silver vine.  She's not much of a lap cat either, she tolerates a small amount of brushing and she really doesn't play with anything unless the P.A. has one of the wand toys out.  

We're not saying she's boring or anything, she knows what she likes and doesn't like, and there is no comprising, so to see her in a box doesn't happen very often, even in our Boxing Day post, there was no sign of Pandora in one.

So we're thrilled today to be able to show mew this, and she sat there for a whole 2 minutes. #anewworldrecord

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If mew've missed any of the posts offur the last week, here are the catch-up links:

Amber will be here on Friday with another fun book she can't wait to share with mew, so do stop by the library; tea and nip cookies will be served and we hope to see mew then. 

Epic purrs

Wing Commander Basil The B Team

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