Sunday 21 April 2024

The B Team's Sunkenkirk Stone Circle Selfie on The Sunday Selfies Blog Hop **PLUS** Smooch's UK Historical Travel Guide

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Furbulous Sunday greetings furiends

Welcome to another BBHQ selfie selection, and this week, we decided to jump in the TTTB and bip north to Cumbria for this week's jolly!

The B Team's Sunkenkirk Stone Circle Selfie


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What a truly pawesome stone circle! It was much bigger than it looks here! MOL



Here's a little bit of info from BBHQ's Historical Travel Guide, Smooch:


Greetings to all the history aficionados and travel enthusiasts out there!

This week we visited the Sunkenkirk Circle, a Neolithic/Bronze Age stone circle situated north of Hallthwaites, Cumbria. This ancient site is believed to have been constructed around 2000-1500 BC, (although there is conflicting data on the time range), and it is an epically epic place to visit for anypawdy interested in the history of prehistoric Britain. The Sunkenkirk Circle is a large stone circle with a diameter of approximately 28-ish metres. It is made up of 55 stones, with the largest being over 2 metres high. Obviously, we had to scale the circle down in our selfie as mew wouldn't have seen us! MOL There are only around 30 of the original stones still standing.

It is speculated that the stones were quarried from nearby outcrops and transported to the site using primitive methods such as ropes, sledges, and rollers. It is not entirely clear what the circle was used for, but archaeologists believe that it may have had religious or ceremonial significance for the people of the time, the same as most of the stone circles of this era. As we walked around the site, mew can sense the immense effort that must have gone into its construction. The stones are placed in a precise circle, and some have markings that are believed to have had astronomical significance. The site is also surrounded by a ditch that is believed to have been dug to mark the boundary of the circle. Visiting Sunkenkirk Circle is a truly paw-inspiring experience that offers a glimpse into the mysteries of Britain's ancient past. If mew ever plan a trip to Cumbria, be sure to add this fascinating site to your itinerary.

Purrs

Smooch

 BBHQ's Historical Travel Guide

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We're also joining in Athena's Fabulous Art Hop so do stop by and show off your pawesome arty-farty skills.

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The effect was created with Befunky—AI Enhancer, pointillism 1, sky changer, and colour changes to hue and saturation.

We also turned this fab arty-farty picture into a puzzle, so do stop by the puzzle page and take the Puzzle Challenge, see if mew can beat our time of 9 mins 24 secs. 

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We're off to snoopervise the removal of potted fruit trees from the veggie garden. Finally, in the next couple of weeks, the gravel will arrive, so we can finally finish the space and get it all set up for the growing season. Yes, we will share photos when we're done.

The P.A. also went to a local nursery the other day and bought some new herbs. They also had some lovely veggie plants, so we're quite excited to get everything sorted.

Smooch is just gearing up with his chef's apron ready for the big Sunday lunch cooking session, as mew know how he likes to be in charge of everything! MOL

We'll be back tomorrow with another Brain Training post, or it might be a Colouring with Cats; at this point, we haven't made up our minds!

We do hope mew have an epic day and remember to...

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Friday 19 April 2024

**FELINE FICTION FIX** Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #278 featuring **Look Both Ways** A Witch City Mystery Book 3 by Carole J. Perry PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins

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Hello fubulous library guests 

and 

Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today, and as mew can see I'm supurr snuggled in a fresh blanky, as while it's been sunny, the wind has been very cold this week and so I insisted that the heating is on all the time and a fire too, as mew can imagine what it's like when mew're older and the cold makes mew literally seize up and come to a total stand-still! MOL

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So my top trick is to have the temperature set to totally tropical, and everything is ok! MOL

Anyhoo, what books have mew been reading this week?

Apart from this week's top pick, I've also read:

Monster Hunter Memoir: Fever (BK 4) by Larry Correia

Noise Floor (BK 7) The Vinyl Detective Series by Andrew Cartmel

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci

As mew can see I don't just read books about cats! MOL


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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. A remake of _______________________ would be fun.
2. My favourite cartoon character is _________________.
3. I wish I had better _________ skills so that I could _________.
4. I’m proud of the progress I’ve made with _________.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. A remake of the 1980s movie Flash Gordon would be fun. I started to watch the series a while back, but sadly, it lacked everything that made the original series and subsequent movie fun. Saturday mornings in the 1970s always had a black-and-white episode of the original on the TV, and I've always loved sci-fi stuff. The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy would have been another choice, as the movie of that book was truly lacking the subtleties that Douglas Adams created, and what made the book fabulous.

2. My favourite cartoon character is Moomintroll from The Moomins. I loved the books when I was younger and loved the cartoon series just as much. Funnily enough, I recently saw that you can subscribe to something to build a Moomin house, which looked really fun.

3. I wish I had better knitting skills so that I could actually knit stuff, but alas poor Yorick, twas not meant to be! LOL

4. I’m proud of the progress I’ve finally made with The B Team's adventures. Claws of Terror was really fun to write after a five-year dry spell. It was dryer than the Gobi Desert, and several times throughout that time period, I actually did wonder if I would ever be able to write a new one. But during the process I realised how much I missed their disaster magnet adventures! LOL

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 Look Both Ways 


A WITCH CITY MYSTERY BOOK 3


by  

Carol J. Perry

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secrets everywhere--even in the furniture. . .


When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show, Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history--it was purchased in an estate sale from a home where a famous local murder took place.

The day after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antiques shop and finds the owner dead. The police suspect the shop owner's unscrupulous business partner, but Lee wonders if the murder is connected to her new furniture. 

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If mew remember, a while back I reviewed book one in this series; Caught Dead Handed, so if mew missed the start, click here to catch up. And click here to catch up on book two's review, Tails. You Lose.

Look Both Ways is an exciting and captivating mystery novel set in the historic city of Salem, Massachusetts, famed for its witchy history. In this adventure, our heroine, Lee Barrett, discovers a beautiful oak bureau that looks exactly like the one she cherished as a child. The bureau has secret compartments that pique her interest, and she can't resist buying it, as it's a fond reminder of her childhood.

However, things take a rather sinister turn as not long after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antique shop and finds the owner dead. The preliminary prime suspect is the shop owner's former business partner, but Lee thinks her new furniture and a 10ct pink diamond that belonged to the bureau's previous owner, which went missing after the murder are related to the latest crime. Lee decides to use the bureau to investigate the crime and discovers that it has a tarnished and blackened mirror that allows her to tap into her psychic visions. 

As she digs further into the unfolding mystery, she uncovers more secrets about the bureau's history and the myriad of people connected to it. The story is full of unexpected twists and turns, and the tension and suspense keep mew on the edge of your seat until the very end. The characters are well-developed and likeable, plus, as it's book three, we get to learn more about them, and the setting is richly described, bringing the historic city of Salem to life. O'Ryan, the cat, is front and centre, and his abilities start to shine through in this story, and mew know how much I love it when the kitties start to shine! MOL

Look Both Ways is a well-written and engaging cozy cat mystery novel with a hint of paranormal elements that will keep mew entertained until the very last page. So if mew're looking for a great read, this book is definitely worth your time.

There are fourteen books in the series, and if mew are subscribed to Kindle Unlimited these are all available in the catalogue to read for free, and if mew have Audible, the first three are included free in the Plus Catalogue as part of your subscription.

Another Totally Top Paw Read

and

pawesome addition to this wonderpurr series.

Paperback: 352 pages
Audiobook: 8 hours 12 mins
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Ratings of:

 Look Both Ways 


Overall Enjoyment

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Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today


          Brian's Home   Catblogosphere    Feline Friday   Nature Friday    Flashback Friday   Friendship Friday          

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I really hope mew enjoy the book if mew choose to read it.

It's time for me to say BFN or bye-for-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't forget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books

Amber 


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Wednesday 17 April 2024

The BBHQ Midweek News Round-Up ~ Pandora in the Garden Skygazing, Fudge Have I Got Something Stuck in My Teeth, and Melvyn's Wearing This Weeks Top Pick Bandana **PLUS** SUNSPOT OF THE WEEK

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 Smashing Greetings Supurr Furiends

Welcome to the BBHQ midweek news round-up!

It was a lovely weekend, nice and warm, but then we got some more winds and gusts, which completely spoiled the vibe.

Anyhoo, the BBHQ garden is starting to blossom, the trees are coming about and it's beginning to look a lot more colourful.

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We also think there is a second baby hedgehog; we've called him Bip Bip. The P.A. saw him the other night, and he's a little bit smaller than Meep Meep.

We are seriously going to try and get the camera set up, so we can see exactly who's visiting.

Anyhoo, let's look at this week's news.

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First up in the news this week

Pandora in the Garden Skygazing


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We forgot to post this last week, mew remember there was an eclipse on Monday, 8th April. Well, it wasn't visible at BBHQ in the UK, but Pandora was in the garden just as it was about to begin.

She was sat atop the millwheel cake, and she kept looking at the sky. It was really quite extraordinary. 

The P.A. kept looking at Pandora, then at the sky and several minutes later the P.A. realised that Pandora knew that something was happening. Check out her spooky little video clip on TikTok by clicking here.

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Next up in the news

Fudge Have I Got Something Stuck in My Teeth


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Fudge was enjoying some fresh catmint in the garden on Sunday afternoon, and he got some stuck in his chompers! MOL

If mew want to see the catmint nomming machine, check out his video on TikTok by clicking here.

Fudge Got Snuggled


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Then it turned cooler, and he got himself properly snuggled on the sofa; just look at the level of snuggledom! MOL

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Finally this week

Melvyn's Modelling The Top Bandana Pick


This week the Spring Garden bandana won by a whisker!

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Melvyn looked supurr cute in this one, the colours are really pretty! 

Check out Melvyn's videos on your favourite social media platform and give him a like: 

TikTok 

Instagram 

YouTube

Which one is your favourite this week? 

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Which one should he model next?


Here's the brand new April collection, Melvyn picked four from his extensive bandana wardrobe.

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The April Collection:

1. Mercats

2. Spring Garden

3.  Yellow Haze

4. Caticorns

Well, there's only the Yellow Haze bandana left for next week, but we will be posting the brand new collection for May, and if all goes to plan it will be a supurr special selection!


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EXTRA, EXTRA

SUNSPOT OF THE WEEK

Who found the best sunspot at BBHQ this week?

 Melvyn found a small hotspot in the porch.

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Fudge found a rather nice sun puddle in the catservatory.

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Smooch discovered a rather delicious full-on sunspot on the deck while reclining in his favourite plant!

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Who do mew think won the sunspot of the week?

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



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