Wednesday 14 June 2023

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ~ Fudge is Not a Happy Camper, Fudge IS a Happy Camper, and Melvyn's Wearing This Weeks Top Pick Bandana **PLUS* The Winner of Celestial Basil's Birthday Giveaway

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Furbulous Greetings Supurr Furiends

Welcome to the BBHQ midweek news round-up!

If mew remember last week, we promised mew a sneak peek of the new garden area we are working on at BBHQ. Now it's not purretty, so ready yourselves! MOL

Here it is: 

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ©BionicBasil® The New Garden Area at BBHQ

Well, this is looking pawsitively peachy compared with a few weeks ago when it was a weed jungle. It is not a great space, or easy to do anything with, but the P.A. is quite hopeful that she can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear - eventually! MOL

Mew can see the two new raised beds on the left, they aren't in their final position, as the upstairs windows need painting soon when Cat Dad has a week off in July, and he needs to be able to get the ladder in situ to do that. Then we'll be able to move them to their final position. 

Also, mew can just see two black garden arches. They are now firmly planted in the new planters, the P.A. wrapped the bottom of the metal arches in plastic and used duct tape to secure it in place, as the metal isn't great so won't last long in the soil without that extra bit of protection. The runner beans will be planted this week so we'll take some pics to share with mew soon.

We've also been working on the lawn. If mew remember at some point in recent times the P.A. said how shocking it looked, and then had a lawn company out to BBHQ to see what could be done. Those clowns came back with a preliminary price of approx £850 + VAT (20%)  to scarify, top dress and reseed. Plus a bit of feed and weed treatment. Cat Dad rang them up to basically say fluff off, but before he could say anything the chap then said he'd got the price wrong and it would be something like £1100 + VAT to do it - seriously, we're in the wrong job! 

Anyhoo, Cat Dad bought an electric scarifier from Amazon for £159.00 delivered to the door, and this is Cat Dad at work doing the first pass.

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ©BionicBasil® Cat Dad Scarifying the Lawn at BBHQ.

He had to adjust the level of the blades, so they went deeper to rip out more of the moss. After he'd traversed up and down over the entire lawn, a ton bag was filled with moss. This Caturday he's going to repeat the process going side to side, to get what's left. 

Mew can see Cat Dad in action, and how much moss there was in our TikTok video here.

We'll keep mew updated on the lawn's progress over the coming weeks.

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

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First up in the news this week

Fudge is Not A Happy Camper

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Poor Fudge was most displeased when Smooch was basking under the gazebo and he was inside under house arrest for crimes committed over the weekend! MOL

Seriously though, Fudge is not allowed to roam freely without full-time snoopervision, and this wasn't his time.

But check the next story! 

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Next up in the news

 Fudge IS a Happy Camper

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Later that day, Fudge got to go on an outdoor excursion and a little garden safari. He even ate fresh catmint by the pond! MOL

So he did indeed get his wish fulfilled.

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Finally this week

Melvyn's Modelling The Top Bandana Pick

This week the Astrology for Cats bandana was voted for by mew. So here's BBHQ's Top Model Melvyn, doing what he does best! MOL

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ©BionicBasil® Melvyn Modelling This Weeks Top Pick Bandana - Astrology for Cats

It was a little warm on Monday when Melvyn did his modelling, so he only did one run on the catwalk, but he finished with an ameowzing paw shake at the end! 

Check out Melvyn strutting his stuff on:

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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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The Winner of Basil's Birthday Giveaway

Drumroll purrlease...
And the winner drawn out of the hat* is:

Peachy and Stippy from AngelWhisper2011 



If mew can email us your snail mail address at your earliest convenience, that would be epic. 

deardrbasil @ gmail . com

Thank mew to everypawdy else who entered, and don't wurry if mew didn't win this time; there'll be another giveaway on June the 21st, so stay tuned. And we've got another four throughout the next few months.

*And just in case mew're wondering how we pick the winner, we type the full list of names from the blog post and Instagram post, then paste them into the random name picker at, and it automatically picks the winner.

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That's us done for today, we will be back on Friday with another fab book just for mew and if mew missed any other posts, here are the links:

The B Team's King Arthur Selfie

Brain Training with Cats

The B Team's Quick Cat Guide 

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Wing Commander Basil & The B Team 

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  1. WOW, your new area sure looks nice and Cat Daddy sure has been busy too. Oops, an unhappy and a happy, I suppose they equal out then. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  2. How about the Purrtastic Peach Blossom bandana next, Melvyn? The new garden is really shaping up nicely. :)

    Fudge, we are glad you finally got to go outside!

  3. Concatulations to Peachy and Stippy. Lynn says the new veggie garden is very very beautiful as is. And just wait fur the greenery to show up as eatin' plants! No doubt about it, if she had this space she'd like to think she'd be smart enough to use it. Me, I'l like to walk in it. Glad to know Fudge got a bit of fresh nippy. I have my own pot on the patio now, and I purrtake of it ev-furry day. Precious

  4. Concats to the winners!
    Lovely garden areas; I search jumble sales and online community sites to find garden art that I can recycle into our yard.
    The Hubby refuses to help transport any huge rock; such a spoilsport!
    I want big rocks, as well as antique and unique items.

  5. Congratulations to Peachy, Stippie and Granny on the win. Love them all.

    I pick Fairy Magic for next week.

    Have a purrfect day and rest of the week. Scritches all around and a big hug to mom. ♥

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

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  7. guyz !!

    sneekin a round on free WI FI

    noe data time two waste

    sew thought we'd wave & say HI

    with help frum coppee N paste

    N we noe mumz garden iz gonna be epic lee awesum lee kewl when itz
    finished !! we hope itz filled with CAT NIP and cat GRAZZ !!! YUM ♥ :)

  8. pea ezz...we due knot get ta vizit much any mor but hope bandana 4 winz !! :) ♥

  9. Wow, lots of work on that new garden area, I bet it will be really nice! Love all the pictures and Melvin doing his walk. Many congrats to AngelWhisper2011! We like the Purrtastic Peach Blossom for the next bandana.

  10. Congratulations Peachy and Stippy!!! Fudge, maybe if you were less of a hooligan, then you could enjoy more outside time. Hahaha! Melvyn you always do an epic job on the catwalk! That paw shake was everything! Smooch, it's a good thing that you are supervising the yard work, you know how humans can fluff things up!

  11. Congrats to Peaches and Stippy! I pick the fairy one like I keep picking. :) Fudge did look quite mad. xo

  12. The new garden area is already looking good! That was a ridiculous quote for the lawn! At least now your dad has the scarifier for future use. I think we need one. We use a springbok rake on the moss and it is tiring work.
    Good job on the modelling, Melvyn.
    Congratulations to Peach and Stippie.

  13. OMC that moss looks very soft, but a little to much too, what a work that must have been for your Dad😸 We pick the Fairy bandana for the next round, Melvin, that really looks good. Oh, Fudge, your face says it all🙈Enjoy garden time cuties and WOW that greenhouses look great! We're such lucky boys, so happy that the namepicker picked our names after you put us in. Thanks guys💗Will send an email right away! Double Pawkisses for a Happy Day to all of you🐾😽💞


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