General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

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  1. Gezza

     /  August 28, 2017

    Ma’s musical tribute to dad, during the slideshow.

    • pickled possum

       /  August 28, 2017

      OH Gezza That is so beautiful. KIA KAHA to your ma on her next stage of life.

      • Gezza

         /  August 28, 2017

        I looked around the chapel, Sis. I looked around a lot, actually, acknowledging folk I knew. There were tears in their eyes but happy smiles on every face as that played & we saw dad appearing on screen as a strapping, handsome young man, & ma an schingly beautiful youg wife, & them & their beautiful daughter together. It ended with a photo of the four of us. My lovely lady standing next to dad. Me next to ma. Lovely.

        • Gezza

           /  August 28, 2017

          Benden, the funeral director put the slideshow together. The latest photo I had of them was at their 65th wedding anniversary, up at dad’s rest rest home, so I was expecting that one to be last. I was very touched by his choice of the final photo.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  August 28, 2017

          Glad your Pa got a good send off Gezza.
          It’s definitely better to celebrate a life than to mourn a loss, although you do have to do a bit of both.
          And nice choice of music – a haunting version of one of Sting’s best compositions (post The Police).

        • Patu

           /  August 28, 2017

          Sounds like a fitting tribute to him, as he was in better days G. Sorry for your loss, best wishes to you and Mum

    • MaureenW

       /  August 28, 2017

      Eva Cassidy was a good choice, what a beautiful voice she has.

      • Gezza

         /  August 28, 2017

        I rewrote this to apply specifically to dad, and performed it with a mic & busking amp as my waiata.

      • Gezza

         /  August 28, 2017

        Dad. Before the dementia. And my ode to him.

        ❤️

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  August 28, 2017

          Blimey-who’s that handsome man ??? What a looker, even at that age.

          i am glad that he’s free from dementia at last.

        • Conspiratoor

           /  August 28, 2017

          That is lovely G. Reminiscent of my ode to my dear old dad. Just substitute plumber for painter. Like you i felt i did him justice at the end …although between us there was a lot left unsaid

          • Gezza

             /  August 28, 2017

            Thank you all of you who have made comments in condolence. Dad was like so many of his generation c. Modest to a fault, he was humbled & embarrassed by praise, & unable to do it in words, he expressed his emotions & affections not in words but by deeds.

            I overslept napping one cold wet day. It was my turn to visit. Ma rang at 4.30 pm – how was he today? Sorry ma, I overslept. It’s dinner time, but I’m going up there now. When I arrived he was sitting in his chair in his room, waiting to be helped to get ready for bed, so it was a short visit, but worth it.

            Hello. What are you doing here? he said. I said I’d overslep & thought I’d come now. We chatted a bit, mostly me to him, he wasn’t up to much. I could see he wanted to go to bed, it was his routine after tea. So I said goodnight. I was 10 steps down the hallway when I suddenly turned on an impulse & went back – and from his doorway I said: “Hey, dad?” “What, son?”. “I love you, dad.”

            He never said I love you too. Too awkward for him & ma. Just how they are.

            He said: “I know”. There was nothing more that needed to be said. He was a good man. A true Gentleman.

            • Sounds very much like my Dad. I wrote a poem for him one father’s day and I think he was quite embarrassed.

            • MaureenW

               /  August 28, 2017

              This is for you G, I hope you like it

            • Gezza

               /  August 28, 2017

              Thank you Maureen. That is just sooo apt. Allow me to share this excerpt from an email from the following day to two very good friends from here:

              “Other people had to get home before rush hour, pick up kids etc, so only my teina M (younger brother) & his wahine K, & my sister kt, loveable ratbag nephew C, & kt’s hubby B – who got time off work & came at the last minute, seeing our tuakana (older brother) P couldn’t – all went back to ma’s & spent a happy two hours with her.

              Then they came back to my place, P skyped, & we all got trashed on plonk & talked shit & insulted each other until 11 pm when everyone crashed. I threw them all out at 10 am this morning. Rang ma, she is doing fine, & I took burgers (healthyish ones) down to her place tonight & watched 1ewes with her & read the cards she’s received.”

              Ma is rapt with my clan! ☘ 💪🏼👨🏻👨🏻👲🏻🌹👸🏽👸🏼🌹👨🏽 💪🏼☘

        • MaureenW

           /  August 28, 2017

          How lovely and what a beautiful tribute.

  2. Such a beautiful song Gezza and I’m tearing up just sitting here thinking of the funeral. Go well Dad, your life was well lived and you were loved.

    xx

    • Gezza

       /  August 28, 2017

      ❤️

      • Gezza

         /  August 28, 2017

        An orchestra harpist is playing up at dad’s Rest Home today trav. I missed her twice this last year, told ma yesterday I decided before dad went suddenly downhill was going up there to hear her performance at 11am this time. She said why don’t I go with you so I can take up this thank you card I’ve done for the staff?

        So we went up to Countdown, got tons of chocolates, & I’m picking her up at 10.40 this morning so can we go up there & chat to everyone, & listen, together. They sent two staff to represent them.

        • Gezza

           /  August 28, 2017

          Here she is. She’s a little older now. Her whole family is musical. She’s extraordinarily versatile, a delightful performer, plays a wide range of styles, wears cool specs now, & entertains by explaining her pieces & something about the composers – very confident, not show-offy – & witty with it. My kinda gal. 👗👠 🎧 🎼 🎻🌹👍🏼
          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xYJtAGDGKYk

        • Gezza

           /  August 28, 2017

          Dunno why video didn’t post. Trying again. Odd things happening with youtube videos on my iPad lately. They won’t open from google searches, like they used to.

          https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xYJtAGDGKYk

  3. Going on a major bird watching time shortly.

    Imagine all these birds. I’m fit to burst.

    See lots of these – lilac breasted roller

    White fronted bee eater

    weavers

    • I love my amatuer photography. A friend offered me his 400 lens, but unless I have a pack horse I can’t be bothered. I took nice enough wildlife photos in Sri Lanka with my trusty old 18-200mm

      Any photographers here. My main interests are wildlife, scenery and portraits.

      • Blazer

         /  August 28, 2017

        selfies?Bol.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  August 28, 2017

          Don’t feel left out there Blaze – I’m sure if you ask nicely Trav will put up a pic of Great Tit.

          • Blazer

             /  August 28, 2017

            I know Maggie B keeps abreast of things….but not a ..fan.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 28, 2017

              Traveller, the story goes that in the days when Lord Reith was in charge of the BBC, an irate woman wrote to him to say that she had turned on the radio, heard ‘great tits like coconuts’ and turned it off, disgusted at such filth on the BBC.

              He replied that if she had kept it on, she would have heard ‘and robins like worms.’ 😀 😀 😀

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 28, 2017

              Traveller, I counted up the birds who have appeared in this garden-19, I think-and at least 12 more have flown over or live nearby. I may have underestimated, but can’t be bothered to go and look up my list.

              I know that pooks are pests, but what engaging pests. I saw some young ones today. There used to be two across the road who seemed to spend all day running-she would be looking to make sure that he was close enough not to give up hope, and he never did.

      • Kitty. Love that coconut story. 😂

      • pickled possum

         /  August 28, 2017

        Evening Trav I just love the nga manu here in the bush.

        Just last week 2 kereru have come back
        to fly on the wind just on the ridge next to me.
        They play and swoop with some spectacular displays of flight
        Sometimes they fly up to the house showing their beautiful white breast
        almost still for a moment. Males doing their thing before mating.
        I usually hear them before I see them.

        They fly to the highest point to watch for food or a predator.
        I have seen some awesome dog fights in the air.
        with kereru attacking and sending off the falcon.

        Their beaks are hard and they sometimes hit each other while flying
        esp being territorial of their fave tree.
        The dead branch on the huge Puriri tree is His fave spot.

        The Karearea has been a resident predator for a few months
        clearing the Kikuyu of the little hares who were stealing the carrot tops,
        and they have pinched 2 possums I had hung up.

        Little yellowhammer birds so colourful
        Quail with their distinct sound and boy can they can run.

        Tiwakawaka sometimes fly so close they kiss my cheeks
        Grey heron which I call Raptors because of their calls
        Tui with their little bodies flying so frantically to stay in the air.
        Parry ducks quacking up the valley, Why do they always fly in 3’s

        I have heard Kiwi calling quite close to my house
        If they hear the dog bark they retreat and then
        I hear them call faintly from afar, they can travel fast it seems.

        Right now the Ruru is calling out to signal his territory.
        When the puriri moth comes for their last 48 hours
        the moths do not feed as they have no mouths,
        the Ruru silently swoops

        One night I went out and there was one just sitting on the rafters of the
        veranda by the light just waiting.
        It just started at me for ages, didn’t fly away. Such HUGE eyes.
        I LOVE the bird life.

        • Gezza

           /  August 28, 2017

          A ruru called to me from the Western Hills at midnight last night, possum. First time for the oncoming Spring. Bluebelle was also just talking to me from in the dark somewhere in the blackberry across on the far side of the stream. She knows when I’m at the fence at night. She spent time in my backyard with me today. Just being friends.

          Prettygirl is no longer visiting & Blubelle’s visits are only once a day. She avoids the boys, got fed up with bring pestered for nooky. I think both might be nesting.

          The mallards are such social birds that I notice all the girls have disappeared suddenly from the stream, so Charlie has now stopped chasing off the other drakes from *his* eatery over the fence, & has been joined by Brucie, a handsome, iridescent-green-headed fellow, & some other impressively dressed younger drake-bloke, whose name I didn’t quite catch, today.

          They all flew into my yard & had to be escorted to the gate to waddle through to the stream side of the fence, becos the rules are no shitting, & no eating, in my yard. They were all talking shit, like blokes do when they get together without the ladies.

          • Did you know that eel eat the ducklings?

            Up at our dam it’s kind of sad to see a large paddling of ducklings slowly dwindling away.

            Love the stories. You should write a kid’s book

            • Gezza

               /  August 28, 2017

              Yes, I have suspected so since last spring. I was actually treated to the reappearance of Ella & Elvis, my tuna (native longfin eel) in clear view, yesterday early afternoon. I was so entranced at the grace of these two fish (they ARE actually fish) I stood there just spellbound, watching them for 10 minutes before it occurred to me to try & catch them on cell vidcam.

              They have been absent this last couple of months. Ella is about 4 feet long, so she is 20 or older. She could make it to 100. Elvis is about 3 feet long, males are shorter.

              I noticed how effective as camouflage their grey-black colouring is. When they glide across the clear parts of the stream they are simply beautiful to watch, but when they enter an area shaded by the trees they literally disappear before your eyes.

              I saw Elvis first. Then they swam to meet mid-stream from opposite sides, intertwined & danced, & crossed sides. Unspeakably luvly to watch. I captured it on my 3G cellcam. Sent it to Al. It’s only a 2mp camera unfortunately, so it’s not as clear as I hoped.

              But Al viewed it in another media player than Windows Media Player, said they are both very clear in that, & has sent me some links to check out when my frazzled brain is working again, so I can try & enhance / sharpen the video.

              It was a labour of love visiting dad & worrying over him, but we are only now just realising the toll it took on us both. I seem to still need lots of sleep.

            • Gezza

               /  August 28, 2017

              You should write a kid’s book

              I write for a few children already. I post here !

            • Gezza

               /  August 28, 2017

              (And, like Kitty, I blame the parents !) 😉

          • pickled possum

             /  August 28, 2017

            “Sent it to Al” … UMMMM ! … where’s our look see? bro.

            • Gezza

               /  August 28, 2017

              Oh, all right❗️😠

              Nag nag bloody nag. You blimmin Maori wahine sheilas are all the bloody same !

              Check your bush telegraph in about 15 minutes, tuahine. And I WAS going to send both clips to you – you moaning minnie! So there!

              I just wanted you to get the best views of these beauties in both clips, and I haven’t had time to investigate Al’s links & sharpen them. Only the emotional part of my brain is still working. Not the technical part yet. How was i to know you’d be here – perving at what I write on YNZ? 😠

              I’ll follow up with the enhanced ones if I can improve the resolution somehow – but I’m not telling yew where they are at the moment because blimmin Maori fullas probly just want to EAT THEM! 😡 😉

            • pickled possum

               /  August 28, 2017

              Ha Ha Ha
              Geeza bro
              You look Cute
              When You trying
              To Be A
              Red Face Fella
              Haere ki te moe

            • Gezza

               /  August 29, 2017

              😴💤
              Kua oti. Mihi koe tuahine ❤️

              🌹🌹🌹 🌹🌹🌹

        • PP? Do you write music? Poetry?

          The way you write about the birds and the natural world is compelling.

          Love all your descriptions, especially your moment with the Morepork. He’s such an enigma with his clandestine ways. I might have told you about my Aussie visitors getting a quad of Tuis land in my Strawberry Guava. They were impressed. For all their Galahs and Parrots our Parson bird quite silenced them with their majesty.

          Thanks for your reflections.

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  August 28, 2017

    Ignore Blazer when he tries to be a wet blanket.

    • Won’t engage in future.

      • Love that you look out for birds. I can’t get enough of them. So funny as I age I like them more and more.

        • Gezza

           /  August 28, 2017

          Me too. The more you get to know them, the more you get to see they all have individual personalities. And in the case of the pookies, the Turie is a village and municipality in Žilina District in the Žilina Region of northern Slovakia. Wikipedia
          Weather: 11°C, Wind NE at 3 km/h, 99% Humidity
          Hotels: 3-star averaging $92. View hotelsay they walk, and look, their descent from the raptor family of dinosaurs is easily & clearly evident.

          • Gezza

             /  August 28, 2017

            😮 Good God! How did all that text get pasted in the middle at the very last moment! Should say:

            Me too. The more you get to know them, the more you get to see they all have individual personalities. And in the case of the pookies, the way they walk, and look, their descent from the raptor family of dinosaurs is easily & clearly evident.

          • That’s what I like about you Gezza. Disarmingly strange. You’re right about the Purple Swamphens though. Tyrannosaurus like.

            • Gezza

               /  August 28, 2017

              🤔 “Disarmingly strange” ? ? 😬 😳

              I only kill if I have to, trav. You know that. 😎

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 28, 2017

        😀

        • Gezza

           /  August 28, 2017

          😮 Posted in right place. 😀 Well done. 👍🏼
          Will be telling ma on the blower tomorrow what you said about her man. ❤️ 🌹

          • “I only kill if I have to, trav. You know that. 😎”

            Looks like you’re planning a recce into Slovakia Mr Assasin. That hotel seems a bit sus though….