General chat

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

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

34 Comments

  1. Conspiratoor

     /  October 18, 2017

    If G sits on his stump today he might see elvers

    • Gezza

       /  October 18, 2017

      Morning c, I thought you might’ve arrived.
      I’m not here at the moment.
      Leave a message.

    • Gezza

       /  October 18, 2017

      All 5 chunks this morning. Only needed to kick the water twice with me gummies for her to get the one below me that went too deep. It stank to high heaven.
      Lets hear it for Ella.

      Roofing tile a disparu.

    • Gezza

       /  October 18, 2017

      ella gives elvis* bum’s rush (slow mo)
      *(c please note correct spelling of elvis, altho i rather suspect you knew this)

      • Conspiratoor

         /  October 18, 2017

        G, what has Elvis got to do with this

        Note elvers…

        • Gezza

           /  October 18, 2017

          Aww … shit. How embarrassing. Sorry c.
          I was educated at Catholic schools.

          • Conspiratoor

             /  October 18, 2017

            That is all right, we can still be friends

            They are remarkable creatures G. Right about now they are assembling as glass eels down at the estuary after drifting for two years on ocean currents from their spawning ground off the coast of Tonga. They have returned to the place from whence their mother left on her final voyage, and will migrate up your stream in their millions, looking for their turangawaewae using the gps device embedded by mum.
            If you arrive at the right time you will literally be able to walk across the stream on a seething mass of elvers and whitebait

            • Gezza

               /  October 18, 2017

              Yeah, did a little bit of whitebaiting in toku awa waiwhakaiho as a tamarki, near rewarewa pa. Have seen two elvers already. Pretty sure a third one got eaten by Elvis a couple of nights back – I it reported here – when I first chucked meat in for Ella, & suddenly our shared little stump pool patch was full of eels. One of them cruised past my feet swallowing either an 8 inch fish or an elver. Tried to find out if they’ll eat their young, but no luck.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  October 18, 2017

              Patrol by night. Report back

            • Gezza

               /  October 18, 2017

              * Oops! Sorry Poss. Tamariki.
              (What’s the Maori word for oops?)

            • Gezza

               /  October 18, 2017

              Roger that.
              Mission planning underway.

            • Gezza

               /  October 18, 2017

              Aww…tūtae! Sorry Poss. *Tamaiti.

            • Pickled Possum

               /  October 18, 2017

              Afternoon C. I have seen the elvers migrating up a East Coast river I used to do me washing in. A black smooth swimming mass.
              A foot in depth and a foot wide, going on for days, days I tell ya.
              I Was thinking if you want to farm eels this would be an excellent time to gather the first eels of the awa butt alas DOC said No most definitely Not.

              The most whitebait I have ever caught was 6kgs in 2 hours.
              I didn’t even see them, just blind scooping. Water was so muddy due to rain the night before in the hills. All given to the elderly neighbours and whanau.
              Tell you the truth whitebait is so totally over rated, all those eyes, heads, gutz to consume. but curried whitebait stew now that’s a winner.

              Don’t mention this to Reimana, he’s pretty touchy on the right way to cook and consume little fish.

            • Gezza

               /  October 18, 2017

              Military chap.
              Regulations.
              By the book. By the numbers.
              Best thing.
              Sir Gerald. 💂🏻

            • Conspiratoor

               /  October 18, 2017

              Possum, I know someone who harvested toheroa on the 90 mile beach many years ago. The bus driver said eat all you like but don’t bring ’em back on the bus. The foreign tourists were agape. They could not believe what torment two kiwis could inflict on living molluscs

            • Gezza

               /  October 18, 2017

              I could never chuck a live crayfish in a pot of boiling water.

            • Gezza

               /  October 18, 2017

              And actually, looking at your pic above, c – that wasn’t elvers I saw. I’ve seen two, maybe three, baby eels. They looked like Elvis & Ella – grey on top, silver/cream on the underneath, but were only a foot long, travelling solo.

              It looks like I need to be on the lookout for a mass of much, much smaller wobbly-fishies.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  October 18, 2017

              Could be scouts G. They arrive in 2s and 3s. Engineers mostly, checking for land mines and hostiles. Wouldn’t expect anything longer than about 12 cms. Beyond that length they can’t climb

            • Gezza

               /  October 18, 2017

              Righto. Roped & marked out the track with reflective “Police – Do Not Cross” tape removed surrepticiously from a crime scene years ago for reasons unrecallable due to the state I was in at the time, but which I hoped when I saw it next morning might eventually come in handy for something.

              Gruppenführer Korkskrüde has been assigned the mission, & will be kitted out in a low-cut navy top, black low-vis vest, short, black, figure-hugging skirt, & extremely elegant Bata Stockman Gummies. She will be equipped with a stout hiking cudgel, a waterproof Dolphin searchlight, powered by an almost new 6v Black Eveready Super Heavy Duty Lantern Battery (which frightens the ducks, but casualties are unavoidable in dangerous, unpredictable operations such as this), & a packet of snax biscuits.

              The mission is to reconnoitre & record all observed activity by surface & sub-surface vessels, live or otherwise, including looking for that bloody roof tile. Mission to commence after dark. All steps to be taken to avoid detection by hostiles or gastronomes. She is to provide a detailed report.

              Sir Gerald.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  October 18, 2017

              The excitement levels are rising

            • Gezza

               /  October 18, 2017

              Yes. Thought they might. It’s the gummies I expect.
              Good show. 👢👍🏼

    • Gezza

       /  October 18, 2017

      Far out. I think it might be happening right now c. The ducks are going crazy diving at things all over the stream & Ella’s out in full glory too. There’s still some low natural light! Desptaching Ermintrude!

      1959 hours

      Damn, she’s raced out in a frenzy – forgotten to put her skirt on! She’ll catch her death of cold!

      • Conspiratoor

         /  October 18, 2017

        You will need a horse tranquilizer before the night is over …old chap

        • Gezza

           /  October 18, 2017

          REPORT ON ZE MISSION

          Ja. So. I Report.

          I saw vun liddle eel, und Ella. Ella vas luvly. Ze liddle vun, cute.
          Zere vas nuthink else to see.
          (Vell, zere vas, as it happens, but I am sehr glad no vun saw it!)

          It got dark ver schnell schnell. I did ze searchlight. Zis found Ella, und ze liddle eel, und zat vas it! Chust vater. Und zose two. Und some ducks.

          Vun off ze duks vas telling ein mallard drake to pizzoff she vas nod inerezted. Zey flew avay. She vas schtill loudly still telling him zis, az zey flew. He vas not listeningk.

          Ze vind iss ein Suzerly und it vas bloody freezink. Coming straight up ze vatsit. Ze stream. From Dunedin! Chilled me to ze bone, und anuza place ve von’t be mentioning.

          Und zo, it was a big let down, but ve try again layda ven I find ze missing bit off kit, Ja? Und ze leg-voormerz. Maybe.

          Ermintrude Korkskrüde
          Gruppenführer

          • Conspiratoor

             /  October 18, 2017

            On or around 20 October you will witness this phenomenon, if not a few days before…

            • Gezza

               /  October 18, 2017

              Jolly Good.

              Ermintrude is spent. As you can probably imagine. Hot shower, old girl. Best thing. I told her.

              Pizzoff. She said. Door slammed. Usual story.

              Difficult mission. Trousers in the kit next time I think. Kit Checklist on the back door. Inside.

              Sir Gerald.

  2. Corky

     /  October 18, 2017

    The first group I ever saw live. They had suits like EWF, and it was obvous the audience didn’t understand what the hell it was about.

    Where was Green Green Grass Of Home?

    • Gezza

       /  October 18, 2017

      Ah yes, Corky – the tuakana (older brother) spoke with reverence of this kiwi band when he was at uni.

      http://www.sergent.com.au/music/ragnarok.html

    • Gezza

       /  October 18, 2017

      Mind you, Corks – he also recently spoke reverently of his teina iti’s musical abilities, thus:

      Some points to be noted:
      1. Tuakana is on left side, Gezza is on right
      2. Mum RIP would not approve of some of this convo
      3. Tuakana liked Latin & Cabbage
      4. The beggar has never ever before admitted I was any bloody good at any bloody thing.
      He probably wants something. I’m just waiting to hear what it is!

  3. patupaiarehe

     /  October 18, 2017

    I just made a new friend G. Our cats are well fed, but can’t resist their natural instinct to murder any creature smaller than them, that moves quickly. Fortunately for my new friend, I managed to intervene before it was too late. My youngest two are just delighted about the new guest in our whare. I’ve made it clear to them that he is only staying temporarily, until he recovers fully. Meet mousey…

    • patupaiarehe

       /  October 18, 2017

      I’m becoming quite fond of this little guy very quickly. It’s almost like he realises that I saved him from a certain death, and now he’s running about all over me, like I’m his new best friend. Shit, if I was his size, I’d do the same… 😉

      • Gezza

         /  October 18, 2017

        Aww … we naturalists are just soooo fkn awesome!

        • patupaiarehe

           /  October 18, 2017

          I’ve always enjoyed sticking up for the ‘little guy’ G. ‘Mousey’ has retired to his lodgings now, right beside my youngest one. I told him to look out for our guest, and to jump up & shout at Tui (our cat) if she snuck in to his room.