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.

33 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  November 5, 2017

    Moonset, Western Hills, Tawa, 5:27 am this morning. Never seen one like this before. 2mp Cell Camera couldn’t do it justice. Stunner.

    • Why not send it to 3 weather ? they have people’s own photos. It looks good to me; let the whole country see it.

      • Gezza

         /  November 5, 2017

        Aw thanks Kitty. I think it’s just too grainy. If I had a hi-res shot I might’ve sent it to 1ewes.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  November 5, 2017

      Thats a wicked photo … i downloaded it to my lappy and cropped it down…. really great shot.

      • Gezza

         /  November 5, 2017

        I took 3 Possum. Different angles & light settings.
        Hang on.

    • Gezza

       /  November 5, 2017

    • Gezza

       /  November 5, 2017

      Wonderful version of “Something” done by George & Eric came up when that finished playing.

    • Gezza

       /  November 5, 2017

      Never heard that before. Love it. Cheers trav.

      • I still love hair like that on blokes-what a nostalgia trip. My brother has naturally curly, almost gold hair (well, it was when he was a teenager) and what a sight it was when he had it long-rather like the hair in that photo. Then he had it cut really short and in a punkish style. My mother nearly died when she met him at the airport and saw it. What a waste.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  November 5, 2017

          What happened to him, Kitty?

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  November 6, 2017

            He’s in the UK, and works as a builder (not a trained one)

  2. Warm and muggy-windows open, fan on-I painted the front doorstep (long overdue) so the door is shut.

    The %$#&#@ person who made it did it crooked, so when I had to replace a bit….I will draw a veil over what it was like to do and it is still not 100%. It’s so much harder to come along and try to work with someone’s stuff-up than it would be to just do the whole thing from scratch.

    • It would have been a very easy job indeed if that fool hadn’t been pie-eyed when they put the doorstep on.

      • Gezza

         /  November 5, 2017

        Don’t get me stated on the plethora of half-arsed DIY jobs the dinglebunny who first bought this place left for me to go round fixing up. Christ, what a Noddy he was! I din’t think there was a single little “project” he did that isn’t a total fail.

        Another nice n sunny day her in North Welly. No need for a fan though. Feels like about a 25-30 kph gentle zephyr moving the air around nicely & keeping it to just a nice temp. 22° C in my lounge at the moment.

        • They must have come up here and done the DIY ‘vanity’ and put the basin on skew-whiff. I was turned right off one house when I saw things like an inside ‘step’ that was dangerously low-no builder would have done that. A builder later told me that the owners had wanted him to do all sorts of things that he refused to do a they were (illegal ? I forget now. He wasn’t prepared to take the risk, anyway) They must have DIYed.

          The step should have been an easy job; measure, cut, attach the new piece. It would have been, too, if Noddy Cowboy had had any sort of eye at all. I cut the piece and discovered that fitting it on was a real mission and a bit stuck up where a smooth join should have been, Rasping and filling has helped, but some time when I have nothing better to do, I’ll do it again. Rasps are a wonderful investment.

          • Gezza

             /  November 5, 2017

            Rasps? Yeah they are too. I’ve got two of them, a coarse & a fine one. The other really handy tool dad gave me was a spare spokeshave. Better than a plane for some jobs where a plane’s too big or unweildy.

            I’m making crostini out of a day-old Tiger Bread, sliced thinly, brushed with extra virgin olive oil – & I’ll add a sprinkling of mixed herbs when I take them out of the oven to cool down.

            • Gezza

               /  November 5, 2017

              They’re not bad. Quite nice really. Lighter than ones made from day old french bread sticks. Quite more-ish. Think I prefer the ones made from french loaf tho. Because they’re denser they taste more like a biscuit. Key thing is not to overdo the olive oil – or that’s all you can taste.

            • I have three-but one’s very old indeed and hangs with other old tools. the big one came from the Warehouse and has had a lot of use-it’s still good.It worked wonders on some swollen windows that were all but impossible to open or shut once they had been.

              My mother used to bake thin bread (when you could buy proper thin bread) on oven sheets. It would be cut into squares and rebaked until it was crunchy-as crunchy as something like a Cruskit, as I remember. It was the treat of treats, much nicer than it sounds. It may have been done when the bread was a bit stale, which would help with the crunchiness (faints at memory of how nice it was)

              Do you remember

              alphabet pasta and trying to make words around the edge of the soup bowl with the letters ?

              animal biscuits before they began putting a mean little splodge of icing in the middle so that nobody liked them any more ?

              OOOOHHHHH !!!!! REAL SUNDAY BREAD-unsliced, in a paper bag instead of the usual plastic one ?

              I loved tinned fruit salad, but now wonder why.

              And what happened to puffed wheat ?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 5, 2017

              Rubber mallets, even the $2 ones, are really useful for hammering stakes without splintering them and fastening paint tin lids.

            • Gezza

               /  November 5, 2017

              Do you remember

              (Baked bread slices – yep, mum made those too, agree with your description & we loved it too.)

              alphabet pasta and trying to make words around the edge of the soup bowl with the letters ? – Yes. I do. I can’t remember where we got it from, or whether it came in cans, or packets.

              animal biscuits before they began putting a mean little splodge of icing in the middle so that nobody liked them any more ? Yep, dunno about the little splodge of icing, but an awful lot of biscuits still available today look & taste nothing like the way they were made 40+ years ago.

              OOOOHHHHH !!!!! REAL SUNDAY BREAD-unsliced, in a paper bag instead of the usual plastic one ? Absolutely! In fact we went one better & would drive to the local industrial-size bakery & buy them hot out of the oven.

              I loved tinned fruit salad, but now wonder why. Can’t really say say that I did, but still the nicest way to have apricots, imo.

              And what happened to puffed wheat ? No idea. I rmember it. Sanitarium I think. Is it no longer available? Mind you, once we discovered Honey Puffs, it was probably doomed to die a lonely death.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  November 5, 2017

              A friend reminded me about junket the other day. Hadn’t heard of it for years. Or rennet.

  3. The alpabets came in packets. They were such fun. I don’t know if they still come in that form, but fear that they don’t.

    We bought Sunday bread from the dairy and woe betide anyone who brought it home with half of it eaten on the way. It was still going in the 80s. Why does rebaking bread turn it into such a delicious treat, yummy out of all proportion to the plainness of the ingredient ?

    There was great mock rivalry over the cherries in the fruit salad ! Watching to see who would be the lucky one/s to get one…gloating when it was you…I now find tinned fruit salad a total bore (my mother probably did, too, which was why we never had it as often as we children hoped) We never had tinned peas-too low class-but I love them.

    Honey Puffs and puffed wheat were around at the same time-I have just noticed that pw doesn’t seem to be on the shelves, unless I have missed it.

    I am glad that Biscottes are still around. It seems that animal biscuits are, but I don’t know if they are the same-it was so nice when the smooth icing covered them

  4. Pickled Possum

     /  November 5, 2017

    Evening Miss in my house we have takakau, flat bread. It is like a crispy whole meal craker. Made and cooked in mintues. Or rewana …potato yeast bread. Too much is not good for you but with fresh salad an dressing its just yummi.
    Oh then there’s paraoa parai …fried bread … with jam an cream. Just like a donut when I sprinkle with cinnimon and a little raw suger or I have made fresh herbs with tasty cheese centre. Much nicer than shop brought. Tho shop brought is convienent sometimes. 5.00 for vogels now😨

    Possums fighting up the back … long drawn out screetches sound like a death gargle.
    I found a locust the other day … big and ugly looking thing. Aparently they descrated orchards here in early 1900s and there are occasions when a few come around. I will be burning his ars and sprinle it around so they wont come back for my beans an carrots.

  5. Gezza

     /  November 5, 2017

    Watching the 2 hour Grammy Tribute to the Bee Gees on tv1 plus one freeview channel 6.
    Should be good.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 5, 2017

      Wife’s a big BGs fan. Hadn’t listened to them much before I met her but got to appreciate them now.

      • Gezza

         /  November 5, 2017

        It’s a great show. Prior to their segue into the disco scene & that awful falsetto shit they wrote & recorded so many memorably brilliant & simple, meolodic songs any artiste can stll make them sound awesome however they interpret them. Even their disco hits are good when they aren’t screeched in falsetto.

        • Gezza

           /  November 5, 2017

          John Travolta did a very simple, honest, interesting & moving thank you for their soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever. They came up with 5 hit songs, when asked, in a weekend.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  November 5, 2017

            It is incredible what happens when genius is on a roll, isn’t it? Sometimes humans are just amazing.