Wednesday 7 June 2023

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ~ Amber's Sunny Afternoon in The Catservatory, Parsley's Mini Garden Safari, and Melvyn's Wearing This Weeks Top Pick Bandana **PLUS* An Epic Throwback To May 2018

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Furbulous Greetings Supurr Furiends

Welcome to the BBHQ midweek news round-up!

We've had a few nice days of sunny weather again, although it did turn cooler on Monday. But we can't complain all things considered.

Remember last week, when we mentioned the hot pink and white lupin? We noticed that it hadn't bloomed, well we have epic news, it ambushed us late last week, and here it is. 

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It really is purretty!

And here are this week's best blooms as chosen by Parsley - see our second news story below!

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This week's selection consists of, in a clockwise direction starting at the top left corner:

Hot Pink and White Lupin
Pink Rose
White Snapdrogan
Purple Sage
White Foxglove
Yellow Rose
Pink and White Pelargonium
Pink Zinnia
Pale Pink Foxglove

We've also been working on a new garden, though we're not sure if we mentioned it before. It's down the side of the house, it's a long narrow strip of nothingness (it was quite grim, so much so that the P.A. has never taken a photo of it), and the P.A. has been at a loss for what to do with it for the last 23 years (MOL), so late last year after a lot of standing in the space and summoning any creative spirits who would listen for inspiration, she decided it might be a good idea to turn it into a small veggie garden with narrow raised beds. 

Anyhoo, on Caturday Dad built two raised beds with a cloche top on, and the P.A. built two garden arches to grow the runner beans up. And yes, the runner beans have just broken through the soil and are getting ready to bolt, although they will have their tops pinched out when the second set of leaves appear this week.

The raised beds need painting - yep another painting job - before anything is planted. But the good news is that a redundant/dead space is now being repurposed and will hopefully look quite lovely by the end of the summer, so we'll share a few pictures. We'll take one now, so mew can see it under construction and share it next week.

Anyhoo, let's look at this week's top headlines.

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First up in the news this week

Amber's Sunny Afternoon in The Catservatory

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Amber was sulking in the catservatory on Sunday as the P.A. had tried to wipe her eyes again and she threw a bit (a lot) of a hissy fit, OOPS! MOL

And we have some lovely eye wipes for this job, yet she's completely non-compliant.

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Next up in the news

Parsley's Mini Garden Safari

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Parsley was in the garden on Sunday morning enjoying a mini garden safari as the P.A. took the photos for this week's flower collage - above - in fact it was all his idea and he chose which flowers he wanted to share with mew today. He's such a little gardening aficionado! MOL

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Finally this week

Melvyn's Modelling The Top Bandana Pick

The Bee Fabulous bandana won with a majority vote last week, and it was our favourite too! 

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We think this really looks fabulous on Melvyn, what do mew think?

Check out Melvyn strutting his stuff, plus Pandora and Fudge crash this week's catwalk run! MOL

Watch it unfold here:

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Which one should he model next?

Here's the brand new bandana selection for June.

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The options from the top left in a clockwise direction:

1. Astrology For Cats

2.  Purrtastic Peach Blossom

3. Bee Fabulous

4. Fairy Magic

Tell us your top pick for next week in the comments!

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An Epic Throwback To 2018 

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Do mew remember Ramsbottom? 

Amber reviewed a book about a cat who herded sheep and we thought we'd give it a go! MOL 

Check out the post by clicking here.

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That's us done for today, we will be here tomorrow with another Quick Cat Guide, and Amber will be back on Friday with another fab book just for mew, plus if mew missed any other posts, here are the links, as mew can see we've had a really busy week:

The B Team's Sunset at Stonehenge Selfie

Brain Training with Cats

Smooch Around The Wurld - Japan

Celestial Basil's 21st Birthday Pawty and Giveaway

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Wing Commander Basil & The B Team 

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  1. Voting for the horoscope bandana.
    Amber, you've got some serious disdain on your face!

  2. We remember Ramsbottom! That's an epic throwback, for sure!

    Melvyn, we vote for the astrology bandana next. And hey, Parsley and Amber ... looking good! So are the lupins. :)

  3. I don't remember Ramsbottom, but judging by the date we would most likely have been on a cruise then. It is a handsome photo of you with him, Basil. Good job with the modelling Melvyn, but it looks like you might have competition. The flowers are lovely and Parsley made a good choice. Don't sulk Amber, you look beautiful with clean eyes.

  4. First up Angel Basil, the best pictures are of the day are of all you beautiful kitties. Next comes the flowers. Lynn is so jealous, so she will just stare at the flower photos and dream of a veggie garden without deer herds. She will buy farmer market green beans and think on your mum's home grown. But we both agree, no painting will be involved around here. Precious

  5. Gorgeous blooms. Cute shot of Amber. My Rosie gets runny eyes and won't let me clean them, but she lets her dad do it. Nice bandana. I still vote for the fairies though. XO

  6. Oh the flowers. Oh the flowers. Beautiful. I would love to see your yard.

    Your kitties are so precious too.

    I choose Fairy Magic for next week.

    Have a fabulous day and rest of the week. Scritches to the kitties and a hug to mom. ♥

  7. Beautiful pictures of gardens and kitties, and another garden sounds marvelous! Melvyn looks super spiffy and Amber looks like she means business! The kitties and I think the peach blossom bandana is peachy keen, but they're all cute!

  8. Your flowers are so beautiful and so are the photos of all of you! Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  9. Hot pink and white lupins stunning as are the other flowers Parsley chose great choice Parsley. Looking forward to seeing the new garden grow. Melvyn and Parsley looking gorgeous. Our pick is Astrology for cats. xx😻🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛🐈‍⬛🐾🐾🐾

  10. Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Love and hugs all around. ♥


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