Friday, 9 December 2016

The Pet Parade Blog Hop No: 173 ~ Rascal & Rocco Co-Hosted by Basil & Love is Being Owned By A Husky & Barking from the Bayou

Friday Greetings Wunderpur Pals

Thank mew so much fur all your prayers, get well wishes and comments, as mew can see I'm doing much better even though my neck has been shaved both sides and my arm too [it's a bit drafty! MOL] but the P.A. is making sure I'm warm and well looked aftur and I do like to snuggle in silk.

I am feeling a lot better and have finished all my meds, this morning I'm back at the vets fur another check-up and hoping that I'm going to get signed off as on Monday at my last appointment the vet was furry happy with my progress.  I have been rater lethargic compared to my normal self and I have lost some weight, but the prescription diet food I'm on now is rather tasty and I'm hoping top bulk up a bit over the next few weeks.  Plus the P.A. has been advised to start adding my regular cat-food to my diet slowly so that I can return to my normal way of being, which will be great.

I was furry lucky I got to vets when I did as a another few days, well it could have been so much wurse, as the P.A. who had noticed that I was 'off my game' at the weekend was going to monitor me until the end of the week but on the Tuesday morning something made her call the vets and whisk me there, thank goodness she did.  

So we're furry sorry that last week there were no posts and it was a bit of a non-event here, as the P.A. was also poorly with the flu and she's only just getting offur it now, but there are a few posts fur mew this week and we will try to catch up on all your pawesome blogs offur coming days as our lives hopefully return to normal.

Thank mew again fur all your support mew have no idea how much we appreciate it!

If mew missed anything this week, here's the latest links fur your purrusal!

We'll be back with our usual Selfie Selection on Sunday, so hope mew can join us then.

In the meantime we wish mew all a truly amazing weekend

Happy Hopping

Sweetest purrs & nose bumps

Basil & Co xox

P.S. If mew missed our Time-Travelling Bobble Hat post and would like to join in, the Bobble Hat has landed in Florida and is now on the way to Trout Towne - so if mew're in the U.S.A or Canada purrlease consider purrticipating in helping us raise a few £'s fur kitties in need, Smooch & Parsley will purrsonally donate £2 fur effury blog the hat is featured on.

P.P.S. Oh and before we furget, we've been entered into the UK Blog Awards, so if any of mew could VOTE for us, that would be truly pawesome.  Voting started on Monday so we're a little late in the game! MOL [Ah well]


P.P.P.S  And furry quickly in other news, as I was sadly not here last week, the pawesome kitties at have a give-away happening right now with my book, Basil the Bionic Cat as the prize, so if mew'd like to get your mittens on a free copy, just head offur and enter.

To see this weeks


just pop over to:

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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Crosswurds & Wurdsearch's by Professor Basil ~ Brain Training with Cats! #13

Welcome to

Supurr Crosswurdy Greetings Furriends

Welcome to another of our rather puzzling posts.

As mew know I've been rather poorly the last week and a half and the P.A. is finally getting offur the flu.  I'm back at the vets in the morning, so paws crossed the vet will be furry happy with my progress.  I've been on a special diet and to be honest I really like the food, but the vet wants me to to start adding my normal food to my diet as soon as possible.  I do feel much better and am feeling much more lively than I was this time last week, but I'm still not well enough to go outside yet, the P.A. says we'll have to reassess this later next week. 

So the good news is I'm on the mend, the bad news today is there's no crosswurd as the P.A. just hasn't had time to get one done.  But if mew missed any there's plenty fur mew to do! MOL

To see our previous crosswurds, wurdsearches & answers click here:

Furstly we know mew'll want to see the solution fur the week before last crosswurd, so here's the answer-key:

and if mew got it right, here's the marvellous and rather attractive badge fur your pawesome wurk and well done fur purrticipating in our brain-training programme!

Time to get scribbling on...

[just right click to save the wurdsearch to your 'puter or print it off.] 

And here's a delightful badge fur your pawesome efforts, just right click the image to save it to your computer.

Well it's time fur us to go get ready fur tomorrows Pet Parade, but in the meantime we hope mew have lots of fun, and do let us know what mew think of today's puzzles.

Oh and before we furget, we've been entered into the UK Blog Awards, so if any of mew could VOTE for us, that would be truly pawesome.  Voting started on Monday so we're a little late in the game! MOL [Ah well]


And furry quickly in other news, as I was sadly not here last week, the pawesome kitties at have a give-away happening right now with my book, Basil the Bionic Cat book as the prize, so if mew'd like to get your mittens on a free copy, just head offur and enter.

A quick reminder before we go... don't furget to go and join in the supurr Thankful on Thursday Blog Hop, which is now being hosted by the pawesome blog: Brian's Home

Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

Until tomorrow...

Keep Calm


Puzzle On

Bestest purrs

Basil & Co xox

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Wordy on Wednesday with Biblio-Kitty Amber #21 featuring The No 2 Feline Detective Agency

Welcome To

With Amber ~ The Self-Appointed Biblio-Kitty

Wunderpurr greetings fellow book lovers

Welcome to another Wurdy Wednesday in the Library and many apologies fur not being here last week as this post was sceduled fur last Wednesday, so the video's below are from before Basil got poorly.

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Well my week was ok until four of us decided to all get on the playstation together and then Parsley really, really spoiled my mood!

As mew can tell I was not impressed and so aftur that I went into my library to seek solace amongst my books, at least they don't do smacky paws... I had this to say:


Then I decided to go and find the P.A., she always cheers me up and this time was no exception, I was pole dancing! MOL

Mew can't believe how exerting it is, I was worn aftur about 23.5 seconds...

Well aftur that purrformance I think it's time we move swiftly on to this weeks book pick.

This week on book reviews with Amber, I'm sharing

[Image @Amazon UK]

The No 2 Feline Detective Agency

(The No.2 Feline Detective Series) 

(Hettie Bagshot Mystery)


Here's the book blurb courtesy of Amazon UK:

Hettie Bagshot has bitten off more than any cat could chew. As soon as she launches her No. 2 Feline Detective Agency, she's bucketed into a case: Furcross, home for slightly older cats, has a nasty spate of bodysnatching, and three of the residents have been stolen from their graves.Hettie and her sidekick, Tilly, set out to reveal the terrible truth. Is Nurse Mogadon involved in a deadly game? Has the haberdashery department of Malkin and Sprinkle become a mortuary? And what flavour will Betty Butter's pie of the week be?In a haze of catnip and pastry, Hettie steers the Furcross Case to its conclusion, but will she get there before the body count rises - and the pies sell out.

Oh I really enjoyed this book, it was fab as its set in a total wurld of cats, featuring Hettie who has just opened a detective agency and her furry furst case is trying to find out what happened to three newly deceased and buried former patrons of the Furcross Home for Slightly Older Cats.   It has some really fun narrative and the plot is excellent, letting the characters purrsonalities shine.   

It's a little more unusual than previous cozy mysteries, but I loved the quirkiness of it and Hettie is a rather comical kitty.  As the story unfolds it's really hard to determine 'who done it'  and with a few comedic mishaps and blunders along the way it remains highly entertaining all the way through.

Paperback copy: 272 pages

Audio Edition: 6 hours 6 mins long

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The Amber Biblio Rating System Fur Offurall Enjoyment:

Ratings of:

The No 2 Feline Detective Agency





Offurall Enjoyment

I do hope mew enjoy this novel and if mew've read it already, tell me did mew like it?

And furry quickly in other news, as I was sadly not here last week, the pawesome kitties at have a give-away happening right now with Basil's book as the prize, so if mew'd like to get your mittens on a free copy, just head offur and enter.

Great news that the Florida Furkids have taken delivery of the Time Travelling Bobble Hat and mew can see all their amazing pictures by clicking their link above and if mew'd like to join in the fun do let us know.

Just before I go, Basil is getting better slowly and he's nearly finished his final course of meds and is back at the vet on Friday morning for another check-up.  At his visit on Monday the vet was furry purrleased with his progress.  Many thanks, kitty kisses and nose bumps fur all your kind support and get well wishes, it made all the difference, and even the P.A. is a lot less snotty! [But don't tell her I said that!!! MOL]

Sadly it's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and don't furget to stop by tomorrow fur Basil's Brain Training!

Happy reading or listening

Bestest biblio purrs

Amber xox

Monday, 5 December 2016

Colouring with Cats #9 ~ Getting Your OM on with Mandalas on Mondays!

Monday greetings beautiful furriends

It's been a real rough few days hasn't it?  Sammy, Easy and Fiona departed fur the Rainbow Bridge last week, and although we had neffur met Easy before we send many prayers and gentle hugs to his family and to Fiona's and Sammy's too, as to be honest last week was epically awful.

*Addendum: Pippo & Minko left a comment to say that Treasure also departed fur the Rainbow Bridge, we send Treasure's family many prayers and gentle hugs too.

And some of mew may know that I too have been rather unwell, but enough talk about sadness furriends, today we'd like to dedicate our Mandala to the memory of three, now four pawesome fallen hero's.


Friend, please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I’m always near.
I’m everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I’ll never wander out of your sight-
I’m the brightest star on a summer’s night.
I’ll never be beyond your reach-
I’m the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.

I’m the colorful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you’ll see that the face in the moon shine is mine.

When you start thinking there’s no one to love you,
you can talk to through the Lord up above you.
I’ll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,
and you’ll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I’m the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I’m the smile you see on a baby’s face.
Just look for me friend, I’m every place!

        ~Author Unknown

Aftur that I think we need to do a little breathing exercise, purrlease take deep fulfilling breaths; counting to five on the inhale and five on the exhale:

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Let all the sadness be replaced by love and joy... 

...and even though most of us neffur met this gallant trio, make that foursome in the flesh, they will always be alive in our hearts...

 So as mew colour today's Mandala, purrlease fill your heart and soul with love, light and happiness and let it radiate out to Sammy, Fiona and Easy's families, and Treasure's too.

Thank mew most sincerely

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If mew have missed any of the previous mandala's and feel the need to colour, here's the links:

Mandala #1  Mandala #2  Mandala #3  Mandala #4  Mandala #5  Mandala #6   Mandala #7   Mandala #8

All the mandala's featured are designed and made by us, unless otherwise stated.

So without further adieu here's this weeks Mandala :

Just right click the image to save and print it...
 And here's the P.A.s finished version....

Coloured using metallic and glitter gel pens and lot's of healing, soothing, gentle energies.

If any of mew would like to share the coloured mandala on your blogs purrlease do, mew don't have to ask, we're happy fur mew to use it.

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If mew'd like to share your peeps pawesome artwurk feel free to post it on our Facebook page at:

as we'd really, really love to see your interpretation of today's mandala.

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Amber will be here again on Wednesday with her book club fur your entertainment, and we know mew're not going to want to miss it;  it's got a full kitty cast, no hoomans whatsoeffur and it's the book she was going to share last week until my untimely pancreatitis took precedence offur all blogging activity!

I must apologize to mew all fur interrupting last weeks programming schedule, hopefully this week all will be well - paws crossed. And with a bit of luck we'll get time to come and visit mew all and leave some comments :)

We're also hoping to hear news of the Time Travelling Bobble Hat from the Florida Furkids this week, as surely it must be there by now!

Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Bestest most soothing gentle loving purrs

Basil & Co xox

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