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.

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 pawesome fallen hero's.

I'M STILL HERE 

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 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.

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



Saturday, 3 December 2016

Sammy Come Fly with US!

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OUR EPICALLY EPIC ADVENTURE WITH SAMMY!







As mew will know our pawesome pal Sammy went OTRB on Friday 2nd December, and we were all gutted by this terribly sad news.

So, and I know we're a little late with this post, but we'll explain more in a moment, we thought we'd share Sammy's far too brief visit with us in Sleepy Hollow... if that's ok with mew guys?


The Come Fly with Me blog hop is being held at Dory'sBackyard:


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"Sammy, dude!" I said softly, my voice rather croaky due to only just getting out of the hospital. "Really great mew could stop by buddy, even though the circumstances are too sad fur wurds!"

"Basil!" Sammy shouted as he landed his beautiful red and white balloon in the courtyard. "Aftur all this time I finally made it!"

Humphrey, Parsley and Smooch grabbed the balloons mooring ropes and tethered the balloon securely and Sammy hopped out.

I hugged him and we bumped paws. "Been a long time coming, but finally we meet in purrson!" I said.

Sammy nodded wistfully. "Indeed Basil my fellow scout." We saluted each other and I wiped away a tear that began to trickle down my face.

Clearing my throat I said. "Come meet the rest of the Hoard."

We walked across the lawn to the secret entrance to the bunker and headed inside while I explained the schematics and pointed out various things on the way to the control room.

Once inside I began the introductions.


"Sammy meet the Hoard, Hoard meet Sammy!" I said softly.

"Great to meet mew," Amber said waving a paw.

"Hi Sammy!" said Smoochie.

"It's an honour," Parsley said.

"Sammy it's really great to meet mew," Humphrey said.

"I second that!" Snowie said.

"Hey Sammy," Angel Posie smiled, "Me and mew are going to have great fun on the other side!"

Sammy stared wide-eyed at the control room, "Wow Basil this is amazing!"

I gave him a toothy grin and replied, "Sammy dude mew ain't seen nothing yet!"

"So this is where mew have all your adventures?" Sammy asked as we headed back towards the garden.

"Yes, this is where it all happens!" I replied laughing. "We've had many an adventure here and now we're going to share some it of with mew...  We've got a lot planned Sammy, are mew ready fur the fun to begin?" 

He nodded and grinned widely at me.

We stood in front of the summer house and the lawn began to tremble, a moment later the huge metal doors opened up and a tank appeared, Humphrey drove it off the platform and yelled, "Come on Sammy, let's go fur a spin!" 


We drove the tank down the field with Sammy at the controls to meet a furry special furriend of mine.

We hopped off the tank and I said. "Sammy, meet Bunzilla, he's come all the way from the Bermuda Triangle to wish mew well on your new and epic journey."

Sammy stared at the giant rabbit and said. "Jeez dude you're one big bunny!"

Bunzilla laughed and replied. "Nice to meet mew Sammy, I'm just so sorry it wasn't sooner."


We had a bit of a picnic lunch with Bunzilla and then Parsley fetched the hummer.

"Come Sammy, let's tear up some tarmac in this bad boy!" I laughed as I jumped in the drivers side.

"We're coming too!" Smooch and Parsley said helping Sammy in.

"Buckle up effurypurddy!" I said as we drove out of the field.


"WOOOO HOOOOOO!" Smoochie laughed. "Go faster Basil!"

"We're flat out now Smooch!" I answered as we sped along the quiet country roads surrounding Sleepy Hollow pointing to local landmarks.

"Look there's the windmill and just there is the observatory which is run by Dr Hoffenstein and offur there is the river, but we'll come back to that later, let's go blow some stuff up furst!" 



Back in the garden, Amber had got out one of the artillery guns and I turned to Sammy and said. "Dude this is some serious fun, what do mew want to blow up furst?"

Sammy grinned and whispered in my ear.  I roared with laughter and yelled to Smooch. "FIRE!"

Four shells deployed and exploded as they hit a derelict shed at the bottom of the field.

We all laughed and laughed and laughed.

Aftur we'd finished laughing and laughing and laughing and blowing some other stuff up I turned to Sammy and said. "Dude we know mew have to go soon but before mew do we'd like to do just one more thing."



We drove back to the river and moored up was our pirate ship, The Crimson Revenge.

"Come on Sammy, we'll just go out fur a quick sail out of estuary and back again.

My seasoned crew hoisted the sails aftur releasing the mooring ropes and we sailed along the coast-line and headed into open waters briefly before returning to the dock.  The cool salty air was most refreshing but also most poignant of what was to come.

We drove back to Sleepy Hollow and parked up next to Sammy's balloon.

Standing in the courtyard we all hugged Sammy and said our goodbyes.

Once safely inside the basket Sammy said. "Basil this has been the best fun effur, thanks so much buddy and to the rest of the Hoard too, I wished I'd come to visit sooner but mew know it's time fur me to go, so I'll say a fond farewell to mew all and see mew in the next life." 

Smooch, Parsley and Humphrey released the mooring ropes, Sammy waved as the balloon rose up while we watched.  We waved like a bunch of crazy cats as tears streamed down our cheeks and Sammy soared up into the sky, hidden too soon from view among the white fluffy clouds.

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R.I.P. Sammy, gone but neffur furgotten.

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We did try to leave a message on Sammy's post on Friday, but when we checked it wasn't there, so we'll say it again here.

Sammy mew will be missed terribly, we are so furry sorry mew had to leave, but do understand even though it still breaks our hearts.

Your Grande Finale was most Epically Epic and we hope mew enjoyed your short time with us today.

Me and The Hoard salutes mew and we'll be flying the flag at half mast in your honour....  see mew in the next life buddy, the one where we all live fureffur!

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We're sorry we are a little late posting this, but as a few of mew will know I've been rather poorly this week with pancreatitis and have spent most of the week at the vets, having rather too many meds, blood tests, being prodded, poked, xrayed and examined.

The P.A. has also been rather poorly with the flu and with me being poorly too, this actually made her wurse due to the stress.  She said and I quote. "Worst timing ever!"

I was put on a drip on Tuesday after being admitted and given loads of meds that turned me into a space cadet, Wednesday evening I came home and Thursday morning I was back at the vets all day to have my meds, 6  doses of orally administered vileness throughout the day.  It was the same on Friday and Saturday I finished one of the drugs, so I was give a long-lasting injection of Baytril to last me until Monday afternoon when I return to the vets fur another check-up.   I also have to have some other stuff squirted on my food in the evenings, but that one is rather tasty, so it's not so bad.

I've also been put on some special diet food fur the foreseeable future until things get better.... I'm still furry lethargic and tired but I am eating and trying to gain back the weight I lost.   I'm feeling the cold too so the P.A. has furry kindly got me snuggled up with her wheatbag, so paws crossed I'm on the mend.... and there's no outside time on the horizon either...  ah well...

On that note we'll finish up

 

So here's to Sammy may mew frolick in endless fields of catnip, chasing flutterbys galore and snooze on the softest beds imaginable.

Gentle purrs

Basil & The Heathen Hoard






Monday, 28 November 2016

Colouring with Cats #8 ~ Getting Your OM on with Mandalas on Mondays!


Monday greetings chillaxed chums

We know that mew know what time it is....


It's time to get your OM on, so let's begin the week
 on a supurr chilled and tranquil vibe to get those Zen Harmonies happening fur a stress-free and uber relaxed time till the weekend arrives.

We'll start with our 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 frustrations of:

Somepurrdy's just pooped in the last clean litter tray, not enough room in front of the fire, and no where near enough outside time... let it go... let it all go... surrender it all like a week old bowl of kibble that effurypurrdy's avoided since day three and toss it out the window fur the burds... just let go and breathe... and say OMMMMMMMMMMMMMM


As mew can see a group om-ming sesh is rather beneficial fur raising the frequencies fur a better quality of zen harmonies, the more the merrier is what we say, and if mew'd like to schedule a group session with us, feel free to drop us a line.   Sometimes trying to find your zen harmonies when feeling most frazzled can be rather difficult, this way can help get mew on the path of zen-ness with oodles of harmonies following soon aftur.

Are mew smiling yet? 

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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

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...


She took my advice and more metallics were used, don't they look shiny?! MOL

Oh and mew may be wundering why there is a pink arrow pointing towards a plant in the background, if mew hadn't guessed its basil - hahahahahahahahahhaaaaaahha - the P.A. making a little joke.... hmmmmmm..... nuff said.


Coloured using metallic and glitter gel pens.

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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!



Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Bestest chilled and most soothing purrs

Basil & Co xox

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Sunday Selfies #120 Pottering About & Blog Hopping with Cat on my Head





Wunderpurr greetings pawesome pals

Welcome to another Sunday Selfie Selection and today as mew can see we had a rare oppurtunity to visit the great outdoors while it was dry.

So today's theme is:

Pottering About

apart from Smoochie, who decided to use the synonym of Pottering About which was Milling About instead! MOL


Bestest Sunday Purrs

Basil & Co xox


P.S. If mew missed our Time-Travelling Bobble Hat post and would like to join in, the Bobble Hat should have landed in Florida by now 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.




Don't furget to join in the pawesome Sunday Selfies Blog Hop with

 Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo at their fabulous blog:





Friday, 25 November 2016

The Pet Parade Blog Hop No: 171 ~ Happy Thanks Giving from Rascal & Rocco Co-Hosted by Basil & Love is Being Owned By A Husky & Barking from the Bayou





Friday greetings pawesome pals

Welcome to another fabulous Pet Parade and we hope mew all had a truly splendid Thanksgiving!

We've had no news yet on the Time Travelling Bobble Hat, so we don't know if it's reached the paws of The Florida Furkids, we're hoping so as we're building a list of supurr kitties that want to purriticipate. 

In other news, Smoochie had his appointment on Tuesday with the Kitty Shrink which went well, and we've determined that an unknown cat [we've named him Tiger] coming into the garden and courtyard is causing some of his distress, howeffur the other places he has piddled is more of a toileting issue rather than a marking-up issue.  So the 6 litter trays we have in two different rooms are now going to split so there are more options around the home.

Also we're putting temporary frosting on the french doors in the kitchen and patio doors in the lounge to restrict Smoochie's view of Tigers comings and goings at ground level and also, our supurr cozy bed under the carport has to go as Tiger thinks this is his.


The P.A. witnessed the above the other morning as she was leaving, Smooch in the french doors watching Tiger leave....

and the next day here he is... again...


Tiger seems like a really nice cat,  he's not really peep furriendly, so the P.A. does not try to engage him, and also she thinks by encouraging him Smoochie's little purroblem will escalate, because from what we've determined every time Tiger is on the place Smoochie piddles on something.  So the equation is this:

Tiger outside = Smoochie piddling downstairs

The P.A. doesn't like the maths much, so the kitty shrink advised that she temporarily cover our supurr cozy teddy bear snuggle pit up with a tarpaulin and then she's going to make him a new bed next door at her cousins house and try to get him to stay around there, as her cousin is feeding him.

Anyhoo, we'll tell mew more in another post and show mew what other measures have been implemented with photo's of course and share more a in-depth post.


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

Bestest purrs & hugs

Basil & Co xox



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