Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Welcome to The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up Pandora's New Daybed, Smooch is Nesting and Melvyn Wears The Next Top Pick Bandana **PLUS** BBHQ Q&A

Midweek News Round Up with The B Team ©BionicBasil®

 Epic Greetings Furiends

Welcome to the BBHQ midweek news round-up!

And finally, the second heatwave has passed, and it's a little cooler at BBHQ, although we still haven't had any rain. The Met Office has said there could be thunderstorms and bucket loads of rain, but so far none of these have appeared yet, although we are only on Chewsday, so there's still time. Just as long as the rain comes in a nice gentle pitter patter all will be well! MOL 

First up in the news this week

Pandora's New Daybed

Mew may remember that this was Amber's orange pom pom daybed from 2017. Anyhoo Amber decided she didn't want it anymore and gave it to Pandora, who promptly said, "I don't do orange!"

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ©BionicBasil® Pandora's New Daybed

So the P.A. decided to make it pink, what do mew think?

The fabric she used was a single bedspread that cost £2.95 from a charity shop. It was brand new, so an utter bargain for that much fabric.

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Check out her cute TikTok video here to see her taking it easy and relaxing!

Next up in the news

Smooch is Nesting

Mew may remember back in July when we revealed who The Phantom Plant Squasher was?

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ©BionicBasil® Smooch is Nesting

Well, it turns out that Parsley isn't the only one who likes to nest in the grass pots. Smooch has also taken to nesting in the last couple of weeks.

If mew saw Monday's Gardening with Cats post, and the area of the garden we're working on at the moment, once the new raised beds are finished, the two pots with the grass nests are being transplanted.

Don't worry, we've got lots of baby grasses growing to add to the pots again, so they won't be short of any cat nests, they'll just have more.

Finally this week

Melvyn Wears The Next Top Pick Bandana

Last week, Melvyn wore the yellow Funky Cat bandana, this week he's wearing the number two pick which was a tie between the Space and the Stars designs. So today he chose to model the Space design furst.

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ©BionicBasil® Melvyn's Modelling the Space Bandana

Doesn't he look epic, and that expression is his new 'Blue Steel' look and for those of mew who don't know what a Blue Steel look is, watch the movie Zoolander.

Check out his latest catwalk show on TikTok, he's comin' in hot! MOL

Also if mew're in the market for a new bandana, visit Eric's Empawrium and use our Ambassador discount code to get 15% off any purrchase: Bionic15

>^.^<

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If mew have any questions for us, about anything, ask away, and we'll answer on next week's post.

Plus we'll also answer any questions left in the comments over the last few days in this section too.



Question: Have you visited the Isle of Wight?

No, it's one place the P.A. has always wanted to visit but hasn't got there yet! Going on holiday is impossible now nanny can't catsit anymore, and the B Team has never stayed in a cattery. The P.A. thinks it would probably traumatise them too much now.

>^.^<

Just be grateful that it was only mud that Smooch was rolling in. Eric had an obsession with sticky black pheasant poop!

Oh, nice NOT! 

The P.A. used to have a Jack Russell called Daisy who was quite partial to rolling in fox poop given the chance - EWWWWWWW  - so we feel your pain at the clean stage!


>^.^<


Your love of fabrics is like when I go to a craft show...that turns on my 'I want button'!

Oh definitely craft markets too, and crystal fairs and markets - these places are all Kryptonite and resistance is futile.

>^.^<

I didn't know you were so responsive to questions. Next time I have one, I WILL meow it.

Sadly we don't have the time at the moment to reply to all our blog comments like we used to, so we figured this was the next best way to interact with our epically epic furiends and readers.

That's us done for today, we will be back on Friday with some more fluffers, and if mew missed Monday's post click here to catch up on our latest Gardening with Cats and see how we made a cute fairy garden.

Epic purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team 













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Monday, 15 August 2022

Welcome To Gardening with Cats Revisited! How To Make A Crystal Fairy Garden & Top Planting Tips

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Happy Monday fabulous furiends

Welcome to Gardening with Cats revisited; this was another really popular post from 2018. 

We did enjoy making this cute crystal fairy garden, and in July 2021 we finally had to empty the pot, as it had become a little unkempt, but the good news is; IT LASTED 3 YEARS!

Gardening with Cats at BBHQ ©BionicBasil®  Crystal Fairy Garden

We are growing agapanthus in that pot now, this is its second year, and it hasn't flowered yet. We've grown about 12 of them each in their own pot, and only two have flowered so far. Apparently, they like their roots constricted or to be potbound for a couple of years before they're planted out in the garden to get the best show.

Also, we're just working on the back corner, that's been an ugly, unsightly mess. 

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On the left is how it has looked for the last couple of years, and the one on the right was last week. 

The P.A. was thinking about decking it, however, it is really uneven and is higher than the rest of the garden, so it would require a mini digger to level the ground as it is un-diggable by hand due to rubble put there by Uncle John years ago. And mew can't access that part of the garden without damaging the patio, so after a bit of thought and utilising sleepers we already had, she decided on making some raised beds. 

There will be four around the outer edge, and the middle one will be much smaller than in the photo on the right. Then she will add gravel paths around, so it should look quite nice. Maybe the agapanthus will find homes in these new beds?  Let us know if mew want to see more of this project.  


Let's Make A Crystal Fairy Garden

What Mew Will Need:

Plant pot or similar

A selection of cat furiendly plants 

Crystals and a few pieces of slate or stone/gravel

Organic compost + optional gloves when handling

Fairy House

and cute small stuff - we bought ours from Amazon - just type fairy garden in the search bar to get lots of options.


**Top Tip**

Health & Safety Always Comes Furst at BB HQ

Keep small objects away from curious paws & claws and also remember that this is not for younger children/toddlers who may want to disassemble your hard wurk in seconds, as they won't be able to help themselves - it's their nature, and also there's a pawsible choking hazard too - so purrlease keep a close watch on small hoomans with little or no life experience under their belts, and with an aching desire to put most things they touch in their mouths!

And the same goes for kittens and younger cats who may be enthralled with your creation and decide to nom on it. Remember that this is not a cat toy and the small bits and pieces are potential hazards.

Our fairy garden is placed out of reach of all the aforementioned, just to be on the safe side.


Are mew ready to get started? of course mew are! MOL

Here's the pot we bought, and we chose 2 alpines that will have a plethora of gorgeous white flowers when they get going.


**Top Tip**

Before planting, make sure mew water the plants thoroughly 


1.  Put a few stones or slate in the bottom of your pot to assist with drainage.

2.  Place a small amount of compost in the pot and then add your plants where mew want them.

3.  Fill with more soil until your plants are nicely firmed in and then water.


4.  When mew're ready, place your newly potted plants on a table - now our table is a scrub-top one in the craft room so we neffur put anything on there to protect it, but if mew're using your kitchen/dining or other indoor table purrlease make sure mew use either newspaper, cardboard or similar to protect the finish.

5.  The fun part... get all your fairy garden things ready to put in place. Our fairy house was actually bought from a second-hand store/charity shop, so it's always an idea to check those stores as the treasure mew can find sometimes is quite fabulous.

6.  As mew can see we placed our trees in the 'hills' and put the bridge them between so the fairies don't have to struggle to get home aftur a hard day's graft! MOL 

7. Next we added a few pieces of slate to make a path to the bridge and then on to the house.


8. 
 We placed the house on one side, atop the slate, though it was too wobbly so instead we cut a piece of fake grass to fit and put the house on that.

9.  Then we added the magical shrooms over the hills and built up the front of the pot with more slate and the crystals. Plus we used a couple of lamp posts, a post box, the picket fence, the sign and the two little cats are actually 1/2th scale from the P.A.'s Dolls House that she still hasn't finished.

10. And there mew have it...

11.  Do mew think the fairies will like it? 


It took less than 20 minutes from start to finish, so it's a fab little garden project if mew're short on time.

Mew can also make this without real plants; use fake plants, furget the compost and fill your pot with gravel and then add all your fairy decorations and then mew can glue effurything in place.

As we said earlier, we wouldn't leave it out year-round, we will purrobably put ours under the garden port for the winter months and water periodically.



Well, that sadly brings us to the end of another Gardening with Cats, we do hope mew enjoyed it, and do let us know if mew decide to make your own Crystal Fairy Garden.

We'll be back on Wednesday with some more BBHQ gossip and again Friday with some more Fluffers, so do stop by to see who is the biggest fluffer this week.

Until then

Epic green-pawed purrs

Basil & The B Team 









 
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Sunday, 14 August 2022

Basil's Epically Epic Throwback Selfie on The Sunday Selfies & Caturday Art Blog Hops

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Epic greetings supurr furiends

Welcome to another selfie selection, and today it's my turn to share a throwback selfie.

Basil's Epically Epic Throwback Selfie 

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This was taken in 2017, early June. I know this because that was the only year the P.A. grew the runner beans and peas in the garden bed behind me! MOL


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/

Basil's Epically Epic Throwback Selfie ©BionicBasil® Caturday Art

The effect was created with ios Prisma App, and we used the effect:- Corn. We really like this effect, we tried about ten in BeFunky, but nothing really suited the photo so we decided to try our next go-to App of Prisma.

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 52 secs. 



Anyhoo it's time for us to go on a little garden safari before it gets too warm, and then we're snoopervising lunch, so we do hope mew have a totally terrific day and if mew missed any of our posts from last week, here are the links:




We'll be back tomorrow with another fun Gardening with Cats post, so do join us then, as mew know how much we love your company at BBHQ.

Wishing mew lots of snoozy snuggles

Supurr Sunday Purrs

Basil & The B Team






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











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Friday, 12 August 2022

Welcome To Friday Fluffers ~ Showcasing The Latest Batch of Photo Bloopers From The BBHQ Archives Starring Boop The Snoot with Amber, Basil's Epic Cuddle Clone Failure and Smooch's Outdoor Flossing Session ~ PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins

Welcome to

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Happy Friyay Pawesome Pals

Welcome to our Friday Fluffers post 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 fur 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 

Boop The Snoot with Amber

After last week's Boop the Snoot with Basil, Amber said she could do better, and here it is! MOL

Friday Fluffers at BBHQ ©BionicBasil®Boop The Snoot with Amber

This was taken on an exceptionally rare garden outing.

As mew know she only likes to go outdoors when the temperature is between 22 - 25C with a clear blue sky!


Next up is

 Basil's Epic Cuddle Clone Failure

Isn't it absolutely horrendous?

Friday Fluffers at BBHQ ©BionicBasil® Basil's Epic Cuddle Clone Failure

The P.A. ordered this Cuddle Clone of me to take to Blog Paws in 2017, as obviously I couldn't go in purrson. 

And for those of mew who haven't heard of Cuddle Clones, they were at the time the BEST company that makes soft toy replicas of your pet, and let me just say they aren't cheap.

The samples online in 2017 were utterly amazing, and identical as near as dammit to the photos of the corresponding models, so the P.A. was pretty sure they'd make an epic version of me.

AND THIS IS THE COMPLETE GARBAGE WE GOT!  MOL MOL 

Whoever made this particular toy was seriously lacking in glasses and creative skills. In fact, it was so bad we determined that it was made in the dark; in a really, really dark room by someone with no artist talent at all.

The P.A. returned it, and they supposedly changed it, but this is what we ultimately ended up with.

They had about 20 photos from all angles, and other impawtant details such as my nose is a heart shape, long tail, all about my markings etc...

They also weren't very nice when the P.A.complained and got all huffy. 

The P.A. felt really ripped off and cheated, as obviously the majority of the clones are made by inexperienced people and the ones that were shown on the website are made by skilled people.

Cuddle Clones gets a HUGE PAWS DOWN from us.


And finally

Smooch's Outdoor Flossing Session 

Smooch is very fastidious when it comes to oral hygiene, and he was trying to floss with some grass! MOL

Friday Fluffers at BBHQ ©BionicBasil® Smooch's Outdoor Flossing Session

In fact, he was getting his daily greens and cleaning between his fangs at the same time!



This week we're also joining in Friday Fill-ins with the fabulous 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. I’d like to peek into _________________’s closet.
2, I secretly enjoy _________________.
3. There’s no use crying over _________.
4. If I don’t _________, I _________.

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

1. I’d like to peek into Queen Elizabeth's closet. Can you imagine, she must have the largest wardrobe filled with the most amazing jewellery, hats, evening gowns and outfits?

2. I secretly enjoy watching gardening shows. 

3. There’s no use crying over things you can't change or have no control over, accept it and move on.

4. If I don’t like it, I don't eat it. 


                                         

We do hope mew enjoyed today's fluffers, and we'll be back next Friyay with more funny photos. If mew missed the Midweek News Round Up, click here to catch up on all the latest BBHQ gossip. And here is Monday's latest Cat Hazards post if mew missed it.

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

Keep calm, and purr on

Supurr purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team








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