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

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  1. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  December 27, 2017

    An update on Duckduck.

    We didn’t eat her for Xmas… even though my chef daughter sent tasty recipes.
    Duckduck has grown massively in the last month and now towers over the visiting mallards.
    We had a big fright about 3 weeks ago when a bull-terrier came into our grounds and snatched little duckduck. Fortunately, the neighbour’s dog spied the intruder and started barking. Our neighbour, alerted by the ruckus, leapt over our back fence and started charging down our driveway toward intruder dog. My hubby spied this odd activity out our kitchen window and ran to assist. By the time I got to our pond, the intruder dog had dropped duckduck and hightailed it back to its home part-way down our hill. We checked duckduck over.. still alive but missing some back fluffy feathers….. then went down to feral owners of roaming dog. No response from them; so we rang the dog inspector who promptly appeared. Told us that we were just one of many who had complained about this roaming dog and its owners.
    He delivered a dog trap to us next day… but after 8 or so days, removed trap. The roaming dog hasn’t been seen out& about again.
    Duckduck was traumatised for about half a day – wouldn’t venture out of her hut; but once her mallard mates appeared she ventured out.
    She seems to be cobbers with Daisy mallard… (Donald has disappeared over the last few days) and usually spends her day in her close company, but today duckduck’s on her lonesome (perhaps because it’s very windy and the mallards haven’t flown in?).

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 27, 2017

      Opening an umbrella suddenly in a dog’s face terrifies it-I have done this, and it worked brilliantly. Exit dog. My new umbrella, which opens really fast when I press its handle, would be excellent for this purpose.

      The two big Samoyeds who are sometimes next door were there today, looking over the fence. As the ground is lower on this side, it makes big dogs who look over seem as tall as a person. One looked over again, unashamedly nosey, the other glued eye and nose to one of the spaces between the boards. My Maltese did this from my side. I wondered if they imagined that they couldn’t be seen, although a black nose and part of a face were visible from my side and would have been from the other.

      The 15 ducks who were on the lawn down the road were swimming in the stream today.

  2. phantom snowflake

     /  December 27, 2017

    For patupairehe, if you’re around. One of my favourites from the “Miscellaneous Maynard” Department.

  3. patupaiarehe

     /  December 27, 2017

    I have to ‘take my hat off’ to Patu Jr on this one. I am too old to play this fast. But somehow Jr has taught himself the solo, and can play it flawlessly. When I asked him why he doesn’t ‘reach overtop’ to do it, he replied, “Because I don’t have to Dad!”.

  4. patupaiarehe

     /  December 28, 2017

    Ka kite, tamariki… 😀