Wednesday 13 September 2023

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ~ Amber on The Landing Planning Her First Book Review, Smooch's Clearing Out The Haunted House and Melvyn's Wearing This Weeks Top Pick Bandana **PLUS* The Winner of Parsley's Birthday Giveaway - IS IT MEW?

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 Furbulous Greetings Supurr Furiends

Welcome to the BBHQ midweek news round-up!

Goodness, what a supurr scorchio few days it's been!

It just got hotter and hotter after last week's News Round-Up, and we had planned to cut the catnip, see below, as it's ready for cutting and drying. If mew want to see how we do it at BBHQ, check out our Definitive Guide to All Things Catnip, here.

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However, our overseas visitors, the swallows are still here and just look at them below, aren't they cute?

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There were four babies at the beginning of July, but we think that one didn't make it in the early weeks, so sad. And maybe another one didn't make it as we've only seen the two on the left in recent days, with Mum and Dad on the right. But we could be wrong, maybe #3 is just shy and lurks in the nest a lot.

Their nest is at the other end of the carport, and the parents are still feeding them, but usually, they've left by now. In recent years, they depart around the last week of August or the first week of September, so this is unusual.

Anyhoo, this is why we haven't cropped the catnip yet, as we don't want to disturb them while they're getting ready to leave, as we hang the catnip underneath where their nest is. And the smell is quite strong, especially if its hot weather.

So the catnip will have to wait until after they've gone.

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

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First up in the news this week

Amber on The Landing Planning Her First Book Review

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For all those wondering when Amber will be back?

Her first review of the new season will be on the 6th of October. She was planning a mid-month comeback this week, but she decided she needed another couple of weeks off, as she's still got quite a few books to get through.

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Next up in the news

Smooch's Clearing Out The Haunted House

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Smooch loves the Haunted House and often vanishes into the library for a sneaky snooze in there while Amber is not looking.

Anyhoo, the other he was having a little tidy up and a clear out as somepawdy dragged the catnip Easter Eggs inside and he said it was getting purretty cramped in there! MOL

If mew haven't seen our Haunted House crafting post, check it as Halloween is just around the corner. There are lots and lots of Halloween crafts on our Crafting with Cats page if mew're looking for fun things to make for cats this spooky season.

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Finally this week

Melvyn's Modelling The Top Bandana Pick

This week's top pick, as voted for by mew is:

Got A Foxy Feeling! 

We were convinced that the Bear Necessities bandana was going to win this week, but we were wrong! MOL

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ©BionicBasil® Melvyn Modelling The Got A Foxy Feeling Bandana

Melvyn really enjoyed this week's catwalk strut, and Fudge was there to photobomb him all the way. 

In fact, we think he might have to start wearing the bandanas too, as every week he wants to be involved. We'll see what we can choreograph - wish us luck! MOL

Check out Melvyn's videos on:

Which one is your favourite this week? 

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Which one should he model next?

Here's the brand new bandana collection for September.

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The September collection, in a clockwise direction, starting from the top left:

1. Got A Foxy Feeling

2. Teal Stars

3. Cats, Bats and Ravens

4. Bear Necessities

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

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The Winner of Parsley's Birthday Giveaway

Drumroll purrlease...

And the winner drawn out of the hat* is: 

Bonnie aka MiracleCat61 from Instagram



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 on the 18th September for Pandora's 10th Birthday. 

*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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  1. Those sparrows are so cute! And Smooch cleaning out the haunted house made us laugh! We are looking forward to Amber's next review. And we are shocked that Bear Necessities still hasn't been modeled. Melvyn. Maybe next week?

    Congratulations to Bonnie on the epic win!

  2. Our swallows and house martins are still here too. The swifts seem to have left though. Yesterday I only saw 3 or 4 and thought they must have left, but today the sky is full of them again. They must have had an away day!
    It looks like Fudge will have to join Melvyn on the catwalk! Congrats to Bonnie.

  3. Smooch getting the haunted house ready fur Halloween. Purrfect. So is Amber thinking on books and having lots of lovely birdies and nippy outside.

  4. doodz! play that funkee mewsic 🎵🎵🎵. we gived ewe 984 pawz UP
    concatz two bonnie and we pix starz for next weekz cat walk ….noe commint
    on de ewe noe whatz…they like two dive bomb catz round heer😼😼

  5. Bear bandana, for sure!
    Concats to the winners.
    Amber, we think you are napping and NOT reading, but are sure you'll get it done in due course.

  6. Number 4 for next week.

    Yes on getting the haunted house ready. Halloween is just around the corner.

    Melvyn did a great modeling job. So handsome.

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

  7. Congrats to Bonnie! Such cute swallows, and love the pictures of all the kitties! Ahahaha that's a really active cat walk! I like Bear Necessities for next week!

  8. Those are such fun photos and that catnip, WOW!

  9. Oops, I forgot to say thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. Congrats to the lucky winner. Looking good Melvyn. Funny photo of Smooch. And I am thriiled to see Amber and I agree she deserves more time off. XO

  11. Lets go for the Bare N's!!

    Great post, you had me giggling a lot.
    Those swallows are sweet to use your barn for their nesting place, each year.

  12. Checked out drying cat nip really helpful thank you. Can't wait for Amber to come back.Bears bandana next week. Hugs & purrs to everyone.xx mom & Spike.


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