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.

6 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 29, 2018

    Gezza, I have a long handled brush and dustpan-saves a lot of vacuuming. Make sure that it has stiff bristles or it won’t be much good for carpets.

    • Gezza

       /  January 29, 2018

      Yes I’ve got one of those sets, but the place is due for a vacuum clean anyway Kitty.

      Pickles, just kicking back on a sunny afternoon 😎

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 29, 2018

        I was glad that nobody saw what was in my vacuum cleaner yesterday-a totally shaming amount of dirt. The floor didn’t LOOK that bad. I like my little brush and dustpan for quick cleanups between vacuums It, er, saves electricity and doesn’t wear out the carpet, so is better for the environment, much greener. I met someone who vacuums so much that she keeps wearing out both vacuums and carpets. Not much chance of that in my house-I save the earth’s resources 😀

    • Gezza

       /  January 29, 2018

      And Seamus, at 8.15pm last night. He roosted in that branch overnight – was still up there at midnight.

      He’s a Little Shag, also known as a Little Pied Shag, Kawaupaka, or Little Pied Cormorant.

      He was hunting in the stream again this morning. He looks blue when in the water. Their colours range from all black to pied. Seamus is only white under the chin.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 29, 2018

        The common cormorant, or shag,
        Lays eggs inside a paper bag,
        The reason you will see, no doubt,
        It is to keep the lightning out.
        But what these unobservant birds
        Have not discovered is that herds
        Of wandering bears approach with buns
        And steal the bags to keep the crumbs.

        I don’t know who wrote that-we had it read to us in Std 2.

        How odd that shag has so many meanings-the bird, the tobacco, the shag in shag pile, a hairy cloth and, of course, the rude meaning.

        • Gezza

           /  January 29, 2018

          He flew in to a tree on the stream bank outside my window again at 7.15pm. He’s had a groom & moved along to another branch, a lttle harder to see now. What a beautiful, sleek, young bird he is. Never hear a peep out of him.

          Their feathers aren’t waterproof, I read last night. It helps them go faster underwater, but it means they get waterlogged & cold, so after hunting for a while they have to come out of the water & dry themselves off. They often stretch out their wings & hold them out for a while.

          I’ll sneak out when it’s darker & see if he’s roosting there tonight.