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.

15 Comments

  1. Westie Bob

     /  January 20, 2018

    So the appointment of Ross Ardern to High Commissioner of Tokelau by Winston, which means he can move back to Auckland, is just a coincidence.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 20, 2018

      This is general chat, politics are to be discussed elsewhere. The idea of General Chat was to have a place where lighter topics could be talked about.

  2. Pickled Possum

     /  January 20, 2018

    Jacindas dilemma is just MSM made and all the argy bargy surrounding it is to be expected from the Sensationalist driven msm
    Congratulations to the two new perspective parents.

    On a more serious note … has anybody got more than usual mason bees? we have a large number and they can sometimes be quite aggressive.
    I am looking at ways of eradicating them. Any suggestions.
    Apart from spray it on and walk away chemicals.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 20, 2018

      Apparently they hunt spiders? We have heaps this summer so maybe the bees are thriving

      • Pickled Possum

         /  January 20, 2018

        Great! spider hunters, they can stay. But every hole there is to go make their nests is filled up. The noise is sometimes deafening that I can’t hear my mates korero. 😎

        When I go have a dip in the pool there is quite a few that went for a drink and drowned.
        Our honey bees are also staying away from the house looking for a quick sugar fix, because the masons are so aggressive. Nature gotta love it.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 20, 2018

          I have noticed that there seem to be (seem to be-I don’t want to tempt fate) fewer wasps. One year I was afraid to go down our local walkway because there were so many. I have swatted two or three this summer. One was a queen-one nest fewer, tee hee. Is this happening in other places ? I do hope so. The Monarchs are flourishing, I see them every day,

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 20, 2018

            It may be just that it’s so damned hot and humid that I am spending less time outside….but I don’t see nests or the little buggers flying around. Touch wood. All the rain last year may have drowned some of them.

            The day I was afraid to go on the walkway was really bad-it meant walking through clouds of them. The council has stations around, and it seems to be working.

            • Gezza

               /  January 20, 2018

              No that’s an interesting observation about the wasps. We were plagued with them here in North Welly a few years ago but this year so far I don’t think I’ve seen one yet. Plenty of honey bees, no bumble bees yet.
              It’s a good Summer for Monarch butterflies and red admirals. Plenty of them flying about on the banks of the stream.

              Moths are not doing so well, but the pukekos are very good at finding & catching them.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 20, 2018

              I haven’t seen so many Red Admirals, but they don’t attract the attention-I have seen more than I have for some time. Many, many bumblebees are around, and a lot are quite small. I love them, but they are not the insect Masterminds-I have seen them banging frantically on the glass, trying to get out….when the the window is open.

              I can’t remember when I swatted the queen wasp, of course, but I think that I have only seen two, queenie and a smallish black and yellow one (as opposed to the yellow and black)

              There are a fair number of hunny bees around.

            • Gezza

               /  January 20, 2018

              When I was enjoying the solitude & kiwi & ruru one night at Al’s cabins there was a brief light rainfall & when it finished four of these suddenly flew in to the deck & covered walkway/carport area.

              They were big, 2 & 1/2 inches long or more. I’d never seen one before down here. Al texted back that it’s a puriri moth. They only live for 2 days. I never saw any more the rest of my stay there – conditions must’ve been perfect right at that time for them to emerge, I guess.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  January 20, 2018

              I looked these up, and some photos looked like something I have seen and some didn’t.Very helpful. I have a good little book of NZ moths and butterflies. There was a Gum Emperor Moth in the road. The poor thing must have been hit by a car, so I had to put it out of its misery. It couldn’t fly properly, one wing hung down. I hated to kill it, but couldn’t leave it like that. It’s been ages since I saw one of those.

              One of my favourite insect sights was the caddis in the green raincape.

              I went outside to do some things, but it’s just too hot. Thank goodness I noticed in time that the water that I was about to give the chives on the back table was HOT. It’s about 34 outside-not in the sun-30 in the laundry-29 in here with two fans going.,I can never make myself shut doors and windows which will makes the fans most effective, I hear.

              There may be a fan drought on the way. I looked them up-one in the kitchen is getting on-but could only find a few of the expensive ones.

  3. A typical afternoon mallard/grey fleet – Task Force Rakiraki proceeding upstream

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 20, 2018

    Down along the backwaters,
    Through the rushes tall,
    Ducks are a-dabbling,
    Up tails all.

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 20, 2018

    I was just about to sign out when I saw that there were ??? goldfinches on the power lines. They seem to be gregarious little birds, I have seen them all hopping in unison-one decides that it’s time to move, and they all move on, They stop, peck for a while, then the leader cries ‘Hup-two-three-four !’ and off they go again.

    the lizards are enjoying the heat. I’m glad that someone is.

  6. phantom snowflake

     /  January 20, 2018

    Black Sabbath plays The Blues; well kind of…