Wednesday 28 June 2023

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ~ Parsley Pays No Heed To Fierce UV Warning, Smooch and The Ant Hill Mob, and Melvyn's Wearing This Week's Top Pick Bandana **PLUS** This Week's Top Videos **AND** The Brand New Bandana Collection For July

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Furbulous Greetings Supurr Furiends

Welcome to the BBHQ midweek news round-up!

We were a little short on time last week, so there wasn't much of a gardening update. 

Two weeks ago, we showed mew the new veggie garden under construction at the back of the house, down the narrow strip. And we also mentioned that Cat Dad had sacrificed scarified the lawn.

Anyhoo, the lawn had Round Two of scarification on the following Saturday, and Cat Dad filled another ton bag of moss.

Mew can see him wielding that electric beast on TikTok, just click here to view the video. He then used a mini spreader to sow the new grass seed, and now we're waiting as germination takes between 7 and 21 days.

The P.A. also planted the runner beans into the pots with the garden arches, she'll make a video for next week, and she also planted some peas, mew can watch that video on TikTok here. The pea seed was quite old, from a crop a couple of years ago, so she wasn't hopeful, but she was pleasantly surprised that six days later the majority of them sprouted. And after two weeks they look like this:

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ©BionicBasil® The B Team's Garden Peas

They've grown 3 to 4 inches or 8 to 10 cm in a week.

Here are the runner beans. They've grown about a yard, or metre high in the last couple of weeks.

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ©BionicBasil® The B Team's Runner Beans - runner beans growing up a garden arch.

The P.A. is using garden arches as supports this year, as her garden canes are not tall enough. Buy some taller ones mew say - she did, and accidentally had them delivered to work instead of BBHQ. And they wouldn't fit in the back of Cat Dad's van, so he cut them off, and now they're no taller than the previous ones! (Mew couldn't make it up! MOL)

The Catnip grown from seed in Mid-April is also flourishing, take a look at this! 

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ©BionicBasil® The B Team's Bionic Catnip - catnip plants, bionic catnip plants, home grown catnip

So it's all systems go in the BBHQ garden at the moment! MOL

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

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First up in the news this week

Parsley Pays No Heed To Fierce UV Warning

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It was pretty scorchio at BBHQ over the weekend, and most of us stayed indoors during the daytime. That is except for Parlsey when he escaped.

Mew see all the blinds were closed to keep the house cooler, and the P.A. went out the backdoor to hang some washing on the line, when she came back and opened the door, Parsley had positioned himself in complete stealth in the shadows within the porch, and as she checked for any sneaky cats through the window, she missed our black panther. Who, as soon as the door opened shot outside like it was 'freebie day' at the Catnip Factory!

Seriously, he's really fast and rather sneaky when he wants. So anyhoo, the P.A. tracked him down on his way along the path to the summerhouse, mew can just see a little black furry shape taunting her near the roses. 

She explained to him, that he needed to come back inside, as; 

A: She was about to burst into flames! (We think the P.A.'s a little vampiric as she is so pale and avoids the sun). 

B: Because it was a super high UV index. 

C: Black absorbs heat, and he's black! 

D: The risk of sunburn or heatstroke could be quite likely for heat-lightweights like us! 

And E: All of the above.

Needless to say, he replied with a rather blase, "Fluff Mew!" And promptly headed off under a shady bush. Several minutes later, he was sat under the gazebo at the patio doors, waiting for the door monitor to open them so he could return to the cool breeze of the fan.

Seriously mew couldn't make it up! MOL

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Next up in the news

 Smooch and The Ant Hill Mob

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Smooch went out around 6.30pm on Sunday evening as the wind had got up and really cooled things down no end. So while he was languishing on the rather sparse BBHQ lawn (See above for video of what happened to the lawn) on a little patch of green with a weed flower the P.A. hasn't yet removed.

He's just got himself in a really comfy spot, when the Ant Hill Mob appeared. Yep, the lawn has multiple ant hills and Smooch had sat on one.

Luckily the P.A. was there to brush them off him and move him to a better location, an ant-free one, on the bench on the deck.

The ants are really quite hostile, the P.A. has noticed when she's weeding the borders around the edge of the lawn, they come out of nowhere and are suddenly crawling all over her hands and arms.

As mew can imagine in true BBHQ tradition, this will soon be remedied.

Smooch offered to get the flame thrower out of the bunker, yet, surprisingly the P.A. declined the thoughtful offer, citing that she didn't want crispy, burnt flower borders.

So we've put it to Angel Humphrey in his brand new R & D Laboratory (Research and Development) to come up with a solution to the aggressive Ant Hill Mob.

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Finally this week

Melvyn's Modelling The Top Bandana Pick

Melvyn finally got to wear the Purrtastic Peach Blossom bandana, and doesn't he look such a sweetie?

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He's really got his catwalk strut on this week, and even did a partial jog! MOL

Though on his final walk, he only made it halfway up the catwalk and had to stop, citing he needed treats immediately and somepawdy to fan him! 

Cod help us if he ever gets an agent...

Check out Melvyn's catwalk runs here :

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Which one should he model next?

Here's the brand new bandana collection for July.

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The options from the top left in a clockwise direction:
1. 100's and 1000's of Purrs
2.  Luscious Leopards
3. Popcorn-Tastic
4. Crazy Daisies

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

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That's us done for today, Amber 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 Westbury White Horse Selfie

Brain Training with Cats

Fudge's Birthday Pawty and Giveaway 

Mew've still got time to enter Fudge's epic giveaway, the cut-off time is 5pm GMT today.

And don't forget it's Melvyn's 6th Birthday next Tuesday, and we'll be pawtying hard again! MOL

Until Friday...

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  1. I hate when loved ones burst into flames, unless they are vampires

  2. Smooch, we are so sorry you sat on an ant hill. I personally abhor ants, having had a very bad experience with them as a child, so I'm sure glad the P.A. was there to help you out!

    Melvyn, how about Crazy Daisies for next week?


  3. That was a nasty surprise to sit on an ant hill Smooch! We have them everywhere this year on the edge of the lawn throwing soil over the kerb edging. I was going to put out the ant bait houses but the birds are enjoying the buffet so I have left them for now.
    The veggies and nip are all flourishing! I am glad you saw sense and decided to come back in, Parsley.
    Great modelling Melvyn. I vote for the crazy daisies.

  4. Yikes and on that ant hill, Smooch. I'm glad mom was there to get rid of them.

    I love your patio furniture. Beautiful. I'd love to sit there with you and love on the kitties.

    I choose #1 for next week.

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

  5. Parsley, you need to be safe in the summer. I love the bandana on you Melvyn and I choose the popcorn on for next week. Yikes on the ants. XO

  6. Fluff off, you ants!
    The flamethrower idea is a bit over the top, but sometimes ya just want to burn it all down, no?
    Must vote for the Popcorn bandana, since I'd eat popcorn morning, noon, and night if allowed.
    We have hazardous air in Michigan, due to wild fires Up North in Canada, so everyone is staying inside, but are hoping for it all to clear away soon.

  7. Ants, yowie! We have ants called fire ants here and they are really bad news. Outdoor adventures are so much fun but the heat does get troublesome. Smooch looks peachy today! For next time I like ... purrs or luscious leopards.

    1. Ooops I meant Melvyn, not Smooch ... Though everyone looks Spiffy today!

  8. Ah, the bursting into flame is just the latest fad! Pay no attention. Parsley, while that's need to stay outta the sun much. You will not be a happy boy! Your mom knows the drill...stay out of it. I love the Daisy bandana in case I forget to tell you. And Mom said her mouf is watering just thinking of the peas and beans growing. YUM! XXOO

  9. Y'all look terrific and your garden area is most fabulous! Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. I like the popcorn bandana!

    And we can now see the instagram clips again...

    Lots going on at Casa Basil!!

    It sure was smokey in our air here, and more tomorrow.

    (Sorry I haven't visited in a while...I am playing catch-up now...)

  11. If Parsley bursts into flames, than he can do double duty and burn off the ants, mol. But better to come in, shut the door against vicious biting ants and heat. Lynn loves the veggies growing.

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

    Have a fabulous day and rest of the week. ♥


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