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.

26 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  December 18, 2017

    Wellngton
    Today’s Forecast
    Rain, clearing by midday then becoming fine. Southerlies becoming strong and gusty morning, easing late.

    Yup. She’s pretty grey, breezy, & a bit on the cool side, in North Welly today. At least the rain’s gone so the Roundup Sprayer can get a workout on the oxalis.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 18, 2017

      We had about a teaspoonful of rain last night.. The birdbath and bowl were completely dry this morning. We had another few teaspoonsful late this morning. The rain gauge is empty.

      It’s very hot & humid-last night was terrible, even with two fans on high in the bedroom. As it was just about bearable with them, I can’t imagine what it must be like without fans going.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  December 18, 2017

      Gezza WHAAT,TF!!!! Round Up brought to you by Monsanto!! Oh No sorry Bayer now.
      Try Salt diluted in hot water, just don’t get it on ya ‘plants’ hahahaha.
      If needs must, wear a mask bro. 😎

      • Gezza

         /  December 18, 2017

        It’s a small bottle & it’s a foamy spray. I only use it for spot-spraying of blackberry & oxalis popping up in the joins of the pavers on my patio & under the back washing line. It’s nearly impossible to get oxalis roots out by hand-weeding. I’m going to try sweeping salt into the gaps when it gets sunny again. Boiling water is just as effective on its own, but takes too many refill trips.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  December 18, 2017

          Blackberries are so nice-how can you spray these lovely fruits

          I agree about the bloody oxalis. And the boiling water. I have used this-it was all right when we had two jugs, but I only have one and can’t be bothered to keep waiting for it to boil. With two, of course, we could be using one while the other boiled.

          The generic weed spray at the Warehouse is just as good and much cheaper-it has exactly the same ‘active ingredients’. I don’t do a lot of spraying, but when I do. I buy the Warehouse one.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  December 18, 2017

            I couldn’t believe it when I saw oxalis being grown as a pot plant in Canada-and convolvulus carefully trained to climb up a support.The oxalis was exactly like the ones that I curse and have a running battle with in my old wheelbarrow that’s used as a planter. And in one of Jilly Cooper’s books, a gardener asks another if they move those nice agapanthuses under cover in winter (laughs loudly) I like agapanthuses-very useful space fillers-but imagine pampering them like that.

          • Gezza

             /  December 18, 2017

            Don’t be daft Kitty – I’m not spraying Roundup on the blackberry FRUIT!
            I’m spraying the plant itself. It’s a pest plant. It’s rapidly taking over the entire far parenga of my awa iti & now spreading to my side as well. It’s a vicious plant to encounter walking or clambering anywhere on the parenga, it grows as fast as any summer creeper, sends out massive thorn-covered tendrils that also root into the ground everywhere, & it’s almost impossible to root out once it gets established & starts growing.

            Once you’ve got it nearby, the birds spread it phenomenally quickly – they love the berries, they drop them everywhere in their purple droppings, it grows as easily in as little soil as grass seed needs, & small blackberry plants pop up everwhere over my property & my neighbours’ places. I’m going to have to take one huge plant out not far from my fence by sawing thru the stem – about 3 inches thick – near the ground, & trying poisoning the stump.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 18, 2017

              I love the berries, too, so tend to look as if I have been attacked in blackberry season unless I take tongs with me.

              I love Cape Goosberries, too.

              On the other side of the world, they sell oxalis and convovulus-the kind that we curse and try to eradicate.

    • Gezza

       /  December 18, 2017

      Elvira*’s moved back in to the eel stump. She must have just been away somewhere for a girls night out last night. Tameiti had moved in, but he’s been given the bum’s rush by the look of it. Elvira has had all the teen ducks jumping up in the water – she doesn’t tolerate their swimming around above her trying to get her meat chunks when I’m feeding her. She gave Granville, the khaki aussie shortfin a good bite as well.

      *I’ve had to give Elvis a gender reassignment, when I saw the size *he* reached in my absence. Too big now to be a male native longfin.

  2. Evening all

  3. Zedd

     /  December 18, 2017

    with all the recent changes (with jump to the left) has seen big moves in ‘canna-law reform; in 2017.. onward to 2020

    I keep hearing the Cold Chisel song
    “When the War is over’.. we can all start again.. how can I go home & not get.. away

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 18, 2017

    Got a real thunderstorm going here now. With attached waterfall. No walk for dogs tonight I think. Roast chicken in the oven may be compensation.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 18, 2017

      … that’s if our electricity supply survives the storm. Fingers crossed.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 18, 2017

        I am not looking forward to a power-free Wednesday from 9.30 to 2.30. Great timing by the powerco.

        It feels sort of thundery here but it hasn’t come to anything, it’s just horribly hot and humid. Very enervating.

      • Pickled Possum

         /  December 18, 2017

        Hiya Sir Alan, Gotta Love the Solar – Windmill – Wood stove combo.
        Don’t know what a power outage looks like.
        The solar showers came in handy for the dishes today.
        Yeow!! it was HOT.
        No wood stove today too muggy,
        Been out in the plum trees eating the juicy ones. yum
        Beans bloody growing wonderfully, yaaaaya
        Bring on te whanau for Xmas day hoovering. 😎

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  December 18, 2017

          Had some of your beetroot for dinner tonight, thanks Possum. Excellent. Young Gezza left them in the fridge for more deserving and appreciative gourmets. Picked our first cherry tomatoes today – a nice surprise. Self-seeded tomatoes went mad this spring.

    • Gezza

       /  December 18, 2017

      Those dogs don’t know how good they’ve got it, Al!

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  December 18, 2017

        A very peaceful bunch here now, G. All plates and dishes very clean and well checked out by multiple tongues. Even the cat got a few choice morsels. Nothing left for the compost except a few of Mrs Al’s greens.

        • patupaiarehe

           /  December 18, 2017

          Pete happily did a ‘prewash rinse’ on all of our dinner plates, then shat out several dozen ‘pellets’, to show his appreciation. My ten year old son has tasked himself with looking after Pete today. He gave me an ‘update’ while we were having dinner..
          Son : “Dad, Pete is a very hungry goat!”
          Me: “Yup, goats will eat anything!”
          Silence……
          Me: Is there something you want to tell me???
          Son: No Dad (looking really guilty about something)
          Me: Did Pete finish off our plum tree???
          Son: He started to Dad, so I cut up an apple & squished it in my hand. I only fed him one piece, but he has been following me around all day!

          • patupaiarehe

             /  December 18, 2017

            I’ve spent about half an hour tonight, educating my ‘sensitive’ son, on how the ‘dominant species’ should treat animals. He’s a little less scared of Pete, than he was yesterday, since I have shown him how goats ‘play’.
            Pete the goat, is what I politely refer to as a ‘useful idiot’. Eats a lot, & shits a lot. Lucky for him, we have plenty of unmown lawn here, & a whole 1/4 acre to shit upon..

          • cute Or what !!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  December 19, 2017

              I bought my dog a nice dog bowl but the little deleted won’t use it. Is it because it’s pink ? It’s a soft pink, not bright or too girlie.He just looks at it in a you must be joking, I’m not eating out of that, ooh pooh yuk a sissy pink bowl, where’s my own brown bowl way. He won’t even take treats out of it, the ungrateful little bugger.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  December 19, 2017

              It’s because if you spoil a dog, it will start to behave like a cat. IMHO, a little ‘tough love’ is in order, Ms Catkin. Don’t feed him all day, then throw about half the amount he would normally eat in the new bowl.

  5. patupaiarehe

     /  December 18, 2017

    This one was just suggested to me by youtube…