Sunday 28 November 2021

Three For One Selfie with Pandora, Fudge & Melvyn 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:

 Three For One Selfie with Pandora, Fudge & Melvyn

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This was on Purrsday evening when Pandora, Fudge and Melvyn were telling the P.A., "Sorry there's no room on this sofa for mew!"

It's a good thing there's another sofa! 

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

three cats on a sofa

We're still on a roll with the Prisma IOS App, and this week we used the filter; Wolf, and think it turned out purretty neat!

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 9 mins 42 secs. 

Anyhoo it's time for us to go on kitty patrol around the garden before it starts to rain and blows another gale, so we do hope mew have a totally terrific day.

We won't be here tomorrow as the computer has gone to get upgraded over the weekend with a new hard drive and more ram as it was starting to flag/have issues. Hopefully, the computer will be back in time for us to post on Tuesday instead and we look forward to your company then.

Wishing mew lots of snoozy snuggles

Supurr Sunday Purrs

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Friday 26 November 2021

In Today's Post **FAREWELL PETE CUSACK ~ EPICALLY EPIC CAT DAD** Love To Read? Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #180 featuring **How to Live Like Your Cat** by Stéphane Garnier PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins + Photo Fails Blog Hop

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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 we're all rather upset today as we heard very sad news yesterday, one of our amazing blogging pals has died. 

Pete Cusack, cat dad to all the ameowzing kitties at Tomcat Commentary by Timmy, sadly passed away on November 20th. 

We are deeply saddened to lose such an epic friend, and he will be missed very much by all in the Cat Blogging community who knew him. He always brought a smile to your day, and was such a kind and generous soul who will be remembered with much fondness by all.

Pete Cusack Candle 1953 - 2021

RIP Pete, mew will be terribly missed, but mew will never be forgotten and will always be remembered as an epically epic dude at BBHQ. We salute mew, and hope your new journey is filled with wonder and more kitties than mew could ever imagine!

Mew can visit his Obituary here, and leave a message on the tribute wall. 

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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. I find it easy to choose a gift for _________.

2. I find it difficult to choose a gift for _________.

3. Now that I've _________, I can _________.

4. I'm especially looking forward to _________ this holiday season.

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

1. I find it easy to choose a gift for my mum or dad.

2. I find it difficult to choose a gift for Josh.

3. Now that I've got The B Teams Christmas cards printed and delivered, I can get those sent out early next week and breathe a sigh of relief that's another task ticked off the list. I found it really hard to design a card this year, as I've been working on a computer that is ridiculously slow and uncooperative, and it makes doing any online work really, really unenjoyable. But so it goes, these things are sent to test us! LOL

4. I'm especially looking forward to relaxing this holiday season.

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Today, as it's the last Friyay of the month, we're also joining in the furrbulous...

So do drop by the marvellous Mudpie's blog at to join in.

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Melvyn was trying to get to the pigeon while watching Bite Sized Bird TV! 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

How to Live Like Your Cat


Stéphane Garnier

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

A fun present for cat lovers everywhere: a light-hearted self-help guide to help you live more like your cat


Do cats worry about their pension? Nope. Do cats take on work they don’t want to do? As if! Do cats rush around hectically when they’d rather be licking their paws and looking out of the window? Please.

Cats are free. They are calm, observant, wise, elegant, charismatic and proud. In fact, cats have found nothing less than the secret of how we should all live, whatever species we are! 

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So what did I think about How to Live Like Your Cat? I really enjoyed it, and being a cat understood all the points presented fully! MOL

This would be an ideal pressie this holiday season for stressed-out cat pawrents, who need a gentle reminder to live in the moment and be more cat.

In fact, it would be a purrfect read for anypurrdy whose life is constantly on the go and they never seem to get a chance to come up for air. Mindfulness and living in the now is always in vogue. 

If mew feel a little harassed, frazzled, at your wit's end or just a little out of sorts trying to catch up with everything, or the best analogy I could give would be constantly chasing one's tail, this would be an epic addition to your to-read list.

Be More Cat and try this book.

A top paw recommendation from me.

  • Publisher: ‎ Fourth Estate
  • Paperback: ‎ 176 pages
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Ratings of:

How to Live Like Your Cat

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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Thursday 25 November 2021

Happy Thanksgiving To Mew All

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Happy Purrsday epic furiends

We're here to wish all our gorgeous furiends across the pond a wonderful day!

Join our feast and let's be thankful for all our ameowzing furiends in the Cat Blogosphere and beyond.

We celebrate each and every one of mew.

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There's always plenty of turkey and noms to go around at BBHQ, but be quick because young Melvyn and Parsley are both on bulking sessions right now! MOL

Wherever mew are, and howeffur mew celebrate, we really hope mew all have an epically epic day!

Supurr purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team 

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Wednesday 24 November 2021

Welcome to The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ~ Part 5 of The Hedgehog Update & Scooter Goes Off-Roading, Melvyn & Parsley's Reaction to Bite Sized Bird TV and More BBHQ Haunted Happenings - The Poltergeist Strikes Again **REAL GHOST STORIES**

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Epic Wednesday Greetings Furiends

Welcome to our weekly news round up!

Furst up in the news 

In Part 5 of the BBHQ Hedgehog update; Scooter goes off-roading through the undergrowth and Wriggles has seconds. Snuffles and Prickles have gone into hibernation, leaving the youngsters to fatten themselves up for the big sleep.

Hedgehog igloo, british wildlife, making hedgehogs a comfy home in the garden

                        Nicely camouflaged                      The entrance                       Inside is full of dry leaves                                                                                                                        to make a snuggly nest

The hedgehog igloo is now fully insulated. The instructions recommended placing approximately 5cm or 2" of natural insulation such as leaves and twigs on it. We used the pine needles from the Scotch pine as they created a lovely thick layer with was incredibly dense, and then we placed some small conifer branches on top to prevent any wind from blowing anything away. Plus as it's already halfway under a tree it should be nicely protected from the elements, and inside if they choose to move in, is filled with dry leaves which they can burrow in to make a nest.

And guess what? Last night a third hedgling appeared, who's a little smaller than Scooter, and in next weeks update mew can meet Zippy!


Scooter bit the P.A's slipper in the next episode.

Yep, there was a hedgehog attack at BBHQ! MOL MOL

Bite Sized Bird TV Episode 3 

Next up in the news, Bite Sized Bird TV Episode 3 went live the other day.  

Mew can see the other episodes here:

Ep 1: Catch The Pigeon

Ep 2: Tuneful Tweeters

Watch what Melvyn and Parsley thought about episode 1.

Melvyn loves it, even Pandora has been watching it, so we'll make a few more videos over the coming weeks to add a bit of variety, as we have some fun footage of jackdaws, starlings and magpies up close from the new wildlife camera. 

Wildlife Camera Update

And speaking of the wildlife camera; we finally got it to wurk, the SD card wasn't being recognised so aftur a quick format it was good to go.

It's now placed in front of the hedgehog igloo, to see if the youngsters decided to move in for the winter and we'll check in a few days to see if it captured any footage.

BBHQ Haunted Happenings ~ The Poltergeist Strikes Again

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 fabulous friends, you may remember in last weeks haunted happenings when I spoke about the bed moving all on its own?

Today I'm going to tell you about the time I'd made new curtains for the same room. To set the scene, I commissioned my cousin to make a solid wooden pelmet for the window. He screwed a thick wooden baton to the wall and made it the pelmet so it would slot behind the baton, enabling me to remove it for cleaning. 

The wooden pelmet sat snugly on the baton for several weeks before I made the curtains, and I would randomly test it to make sure that there was no way it could fall or come loose, and it was solid as a rock.

I made the curtains and matching fabric pelmet to hide the wood and hung the entire thing on the baton, using a small hammer to knock it firmly into place, I gave the curtains a tug etc just to check it was secure and went downstairs to put away my sewing machine and supplies.

I'd just stepped into the kitchen when I heard a god awful crash from upstairs. My first thought was, oh fluff the cats as I raced up the stairs and along the landing to find the entire pelmet in a heap on the floor, and luckily no cats in sight. 

Replacing the pelmet/curtains, and hammering it even harder into place, then checking that it was solid, I left the room again and had just got back to the kitchen when there was another god awful crash

Running back upstairs I found the entire thing on the floor again, and the curtains were splayed across the floor like they'd been dragged and several curtain hooks had come loose and flown across the room.

I was feeling quite annoyed and a little bit freaked out as I replaced everything, hammered it back and replaced the curtain hooks which had mysteriously come out, and anyone who's hung curtains knows how difficult it is to remove them. Satisfied it was firmly in place and wasn't going to move, off I went downstairs.

I didn't even make it to the bottom step before, 


Hurtling back upstairs, the pelmet was halfway across the room like it had been ripped off the wall which such force, and as I stepped closer I saw that most of the brand new curtain hooks had snapped clean in half. Curtain hooks don't snap like that, not in my experience anyway, I was really freaked out at this point as I noticed how the curtains looked like they had been grabbed, twisted and wrenched, the fabric was pure silk and the curtains had been ironed to within an inch of their life before hanging and now they looked like crumpled rags.

I didn't hang the pelmet and curtains again, I put everything on the bed, shut the door, locked it (yes, I know a locked door wouldn't stop whatever it was, but it just made me feel better in that moment), and went back downstairs until Josh came home.

Josh used No More Nails and several screws to secure the pelmet to the baton a few days later, and it never moved again until it was removed in 2019 not too long before my accident, and yes that was the same room where I fell through the floor/kitchen ceiling.

I've noticed over the years that stuff only happens when work or renovations are underway, and no, I'm not planning on doing anything at the moment!

How does it make me feel knowing there is something unexplainable/creepy/scary/spooky in my home?

It did use to really freak me out, and I noticed that the more I paid attention to it, the more stuff would happen, so over the years I began to ignore things and they have lessened to where most of the time I'm oblivious to the spooks. I did have the local vicar come to perform an exorcism on the building, if you'd like to know about that, let me know in the comments, and would you like to see the monster-sized orb I captured on film in my office? Let me know and I'll share more spooky tales next week.

That's us done for today, Amber will be back on Friday with another fab book just for mew, and if mew missed Monday's post, our latest mandala on Colouring with Cats is ready to download. And Fudge shared an epically startled selfie on Sunday and a really fun puzzle.

We look forward to your company again soon.

Epic purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team 

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