Wednesday 23 August 2023

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ~ Smooch's Toothy Grin, Pandora's Transfixed, and Melvyn Snoopervising Through The Window, Then Raspberry Blowing

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Furbulous Greetings Supurr Furiends

Welcome to the BBHQ midweek news round-up!

Look what we forgot to share with mew last week!

We are sure mew remember the new doors, if not, click here to see them.

Anyhoo, every year, well most years, a family of swallows come to nest under the carport in bay 3, and this year Mum and Dad had four babies. We thought there were three, as mew can see the nest from the crystal room window, but then a fourth one popped up at the back of the nest. Such joy! 

So what's this got to do with anything? Well, while the P.A. was painting in bay 2, the Mum and Dad would be watching her from the beam. They'd swoop in, take a perch watch for a few minutes and then swoop out.

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We know the photo isn't great, and the video footage of the babies is even worse, but mew get the picture.

They also watch her hang the washing out, as the drying lines are also under the carport. In fact, they seem quite curious, which is lovely. The babies are flying now and are in training to head south later in the month. As they usually depart from BBHQ for Africa in late August or early September.

Years ago, they would stay till mid to late September, but as the seasons have changed over the years they go earlier. And this year, they arrived about the 8th of May, we didn't think they were coming, as some years they nest next door. But we did notice that there weren't as many to arrive this year, so whether some got caught in North Africa on their upward journey, we don't know. 

So we wish them well and safe travels on their journey ahead in the coming weeks and hope they come back next year for another stay.

Oh, and the doors update, the paint still hadn't hardened enough by the weekend, but hopefully tomorrow, as it's Monday today as we're writing this, so maybe yesterday for mew as mew're reading this, Dad will hang them.

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

Smooch's Toothy Grin

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Smooch was giving a toothy grin as he wanted to go inside for more snacks!  He was trying to hurry the P.A. up, who was retrieving dry washing from under the carport.

Mew know what it's like when mew've got to refill the tanks, it is right now, chop chop, that washing can wait! MOL

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Next up in the news

 Pandora's Transfixed

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We don't know what Pandora was watching, perhaps a butterfly or a moth, but she sat there for ages.

She did complain later, asking why the cushions weren't on the bench as it would have been much nicer if they had been there.

As it's been one of the wettest summers for ages, the cushions are under the carport, as who wants wet cushions?!!! MOL

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Finally this week

Melvyn Snoopervising Through The Window

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Melvyn was snoopervising the P.A. through the kitchen window as she was watering the veggies. Anyhoo, he asked the P.A. if he could come outside and inspect the new garden in purrson. She replied "FLUFF NO!" As he's never been down there and would probably leg it over the lower fence into nextdoors front garden and then onto the main street, where it is a veritable tractor, combine and trailer fest right now..

This was his reply.

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The P.A.laughed and showed him the hosepipe sprayer, he decided to go and look out of the conservatory at that point! MOL

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 It's only one more week until mew get to see the new bandana collection for September, and it's also Parlsey's 11th Birthday, a week on Thursday. 

We're also hoping a new Quick Cat Guide tomorrow, time permitting, but if not, we'll aim for next Tueday.

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  1. Summer boarders are always welcome. I got your book today. I can't wait to read it Thank y9ou so much. Brussels hugs and Griffon kisses to you

  2. Melvyn, you're a cheeky dude. And smart, too -- we would've changed vantage points, too, if water was involved! Safe travels to the sparrows. XO

  3. Of course Pandora needed a cushy under her tushy. Love the birds! Our migrating ones are going to start out soon to the deep south and some beyond to South America. I'll miss them.

  4. Awww on the birds. Bless you for letting them nest.

    We had to quit feeding the birds because we have a cat that is killing the birds. Breaks our hearts. We've been feeding them for over 20 years.

    Your kitties are so precious.

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

  5. How cool to be watched by swallows! Lovely pictures of the kitties!

  6. It is nice to see the swallows every year. I think we must have your share of them too as the sky is full of them every day. There are several nests in the stables too. The sparrows have done exceptionally well this year too. We have a Leyland hedge opposite the window where my computer is. Part of it died back a few years ago and they are in and out of there all the time. We call it their apartment block. It is not unusual to 15-16 sat there watching me watching them.

  7. Love that shot of Smooch. We have sparrows in the bluebird box sometimes. They are pretty. XO

  8. Those are such cute photos gang! Those little birdies are trying to figure out who ordered the renovation!

  9. Isn't it a joy to watch birds raising their babies?

    We had a tortie foster kitten once that blew me a raspberry when I asked her what she thought she was doing on my ironing board. I got the picture, also, and boy is it funny when cats do that, they have perfect comedic timing.

  10. Its fun to watch ma and pa birds raise a family. Funny that they keep an eye on you, LOL!

  11. Great photos very pawsome to read. xx 😻🐈‍⬛🐾🐾


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