Wednesday 12 July 2023

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ~ Smooch Knows The Best Spot In The Garden, Parsley The Panfur Stalking Through The Garden, and Melvyn's Wearing This Weeks Top Pick Bandana **PLUS* The Winner of Melvyn's Birthday Giveaway - IS IT MEW?

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Furbulous Greetings Supurr Furiends

Welcome to the BBHQ midweek news round-up!

Many apologies for being late with this week's news, the P.A. has been a little under the weather the last few days, and slaving at the BBHQ supurr computer was not high on her priority list!

Anyhoo, we're here now so let's take a look at the runner beans.

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We did want to share a video, but we'll go back to the paragraph above and the P.A.'s lack of inclination to make said video.

But the good news is, they are now at the top of the garden arches and are readily sprutting new side shoots, so all being well the flowers won't be long before they appear. And the nice thing is growing them up an arch instead of our usual bamboo wigwam set-up, means that it should be easier to pick the beans instead of having the scrambling through a dense thicket of leaves and twisty stems to find them. They should just hang there, ready for the picking or plucking! MOL

The tomatoes are growing well too. 

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The P.A. has tied them up since this photo was taken. And flowers are now appearing.

These were grown from some seeds that P.A. found in the potting shed, there were 10 seeds left in a really old packet and eight of them grew. She didn't have very high hopes for the seed, but so far so good. They are the Alicante variety, so we'll let mew know how they are in a few weeks.

Anyhoo, let's look at this week's top headlines.
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First up in the news this week

Smooch Knows The Best Spot In The Garden

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Smooch loves being in the garden, just bipping about on pawtrol. But his favourite place to snooze is on the sofa under the gazebo.

He says. "Dude's it's the best spot in the garden, mew have a comfy sofa and shade, it's just epic!"

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Next up in the news

Parsley The Panfur Stalking Through The Garden

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Parsley, like Smooch loves being in the garden. Though he likes to go and hide under one of the bushes near the bird feeders to watch the flying snack packs in stealth.

Sadly, much to the P.A.'s horror he actually caught one the other day and proudly presented his gift at the patio doors.

So we then had to have a funeral, and no Parsley didn't attend as he was under house arrest for crimes committed in the garden! 

He's appealing this judgement on his free movement around BBHQ at the moment, and the P.A. is now only letting him when she can snoopervise him while the investigation continues.
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Finally this week

Melvyn's Modelling The Top Bandana Pick

Guys, the Crazy Daisies won by a landslide last week, so here's Melvyn looking epically epic in purrrrrrrple today!

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We did have a fun time getting this week's videos done as Melvyn kept getting distracted. And mew may notice that every time he walks into the sitting room, he pauses to see if anypawdy is waiting to ambush him from behind the sofa! MOL

Check out Melvyn strutting his funky stuff on the BBHQ catwalk at:

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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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The Winner of Melvyn's Birthday Giveaway

Drumroll purrlease...

And the winner drawn out of the hat* is: 

Precious from her pawesome blog Precious



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 will be another giveaway happening in August for Parsley's 11th Birthday. 

**PLUS** There's still time to enter Amber's book giveaway, if mew click here. 

*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, Amber won't be here on Friday as she's now on her summer jolly's aka vacation time, but she will be back in the autumn/fall with more epically epic books just for mew.

So this Friday, we're not quite sure what will be posted yet, but never fear The B Team will be here with something fun to entertain mew with! MOL

And if mew missed any other posts for the last week, here are the links:

The B Team's Dovedale Stepping Stones Selfie

Brain Training with Cats

Guest Post ~ Is Your Cat Overeating?

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Wing Commander Basil & The B Team 

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  1. Oh me-ooooo-ow! I, Precious am a lucky winner?!!!!!? there's no-purrfing any better. Thank you a million meows. I just want to tell Smooch and Parsley, I have become an early morn patio contained kitty and an afternoon contained kitty. I'm lovin' all the rolling on the concrete and watching the birdies fly over my head as I lay there. I envy Parsley putting a paw on one. I did have the chipmunk actually run under my fence and was within paws grasp, but I was so taken aback, that I missed the chippie chance of a life time. Lynn loves the veggie garden and is impressed with the tomatoes from seed, too. Purrs to all, Precious

  2. Congratulations to Precious on the win.

    Your kitties are so good looking and Melvyn is an excellent model. I hope he's getting paid enough.

    I pick #1 for next week.

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

  3. Nice garden prowling, Smooch and Parsley.
    I vote for Leopards.
    Concats to the winners!

  4. Congratulations Precious! Sending healing thoughts for the P.A. I'm glad that her vegetables are doing well. Smooch has the right idea staying out of the sun. Free Parsley Panther! I'm sure he is innocent!

  5. Concatulations Precious! That's fabulous! And have to say, glad you didn't get the chippie.

  6. Ooops, hit send instead on going to the next line. I wanted to tell thr PA I LOVE the tomatoes and runner beans. Mom used to rase both outside in a garden and did quite well. She added carrots and onions as well. BUT she had to use the usual stakes for the beans. Your PA does a great job of work on her garden. Um..Parsley, You might want to belay supplying food for the table. It's a lot of work for you and the PA probably has supper plans already cooking. Nice of you to be a responsible family member though.

  7. Gee, what an assortment of typos I have done!

  8. Love the kitty and garden pics! Concats to Lynn and Precious on the win! Melvyn looks suave in the daisy bandana! We do still like those leopards for the next one!

  9. The garden looks great. Congrats to Precious!! Smooch and Parsley are such cuties and Melvyn is too. XO

  10. what a purrty garden!!! we vote fur dee purple panthers and then the purple daisys next, kina like dee purple

  11. Your garden area sure is pretty and you kitties always look amazingly fabulous!

  12. Your garden is awesome. Smooch and Parsley are looking great. You, too, Melvyn -- you're rocking those daisies! Maybe the leopards next?

    Congratulations to Precious.

    Purrs and prayers for the PA. We hope she is on the mend very soon


  13. Get well wishes for your PA! Ya'll take care of her, OK??!

    Congrats to Precious on her win!

    We like that bandana with all the purrs!

    What a great garden you have going there! Runner Beans YUM! How cool that those seeds were still viable.


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