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.

27 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  February 1, 2018

    Optimism & patience (& having an early night) paid off. Despite Welly’s skies being completely clouded over I managed to get good views of the moon’s eclipse – 2/3rds eclipse at 1.40am, the “blood moon” (a light reddish brown to the naked eye) at 2.05am (awesome sight), and a final glimpse of the 1/3 eclipsed moon at around 3.15am.

    Never seen a blood moon before. Just asked God to let me see it & the thick cloud cover opened up. Never hurts to ask.

    • Gezza

       /  February 1, 2018

      Man, she’s cutting up rough in North Welly. 😧 Windy as – some really strong Norwesterly gusts. 💨 🎏

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 1, 2018

        I can’t remember what time it was when I finally saw it. It was cloudy earlier and I could see a glow through the clouds, but not the moon itself.I went out a few times, nothing. Finally-bingo-the partial eclipse.(3/4, I think) I didn’t see the whole thing. The moon on Tuesday was a glorious sight, even better than last night’s one.

      • 2Tru

         /  February 1, 2018

        Just after 1pm in Porirua and I’m wondering whether the picture window will blow in or the roof finally decide to leave us. Then I looked at the MetService website and it said Wellington central was getting wind gusts twice as big as Porirua. Cheered me up a little. Thank goodness MetService were persuaded to move the weather station from Mana Island. Not sure that the windows would cope with wind gusts on Mana Island. Strange to think that only a couple of days ago every window in the house was open to try and get a cooling breeze in.

        • Gezza

           /  February 1, 2018

          I’m in Tawa, horizontal downpour started now! Suppose you’re copping that too?
          We never seem to cop it as badly as Wellington City or South Wellington in storms.

          • 2Tru

             /  February 1, 2018

            Yes we got the rain not expected until 4pm but likely ongoing to 8pm. Good news is MetService have updated their forecast, less wind and rain. Mind you the garden needs it. I hate watching my wife having to water it regularly. Perhaps I shouldn’t watch! (sarcasm – I am unable to walk due to broken ankle).

      • Gezza

         /  February 1, 2018

        @2Tru

        Yes, you can visit Mana Island. It’s a bird sanctuary (that’s a venerable old takahe, responsible for kicking off their breeding programme) with a resident ranger. A very pretty island on a nice day. You need to charter a boat from the marina, get rowed ashore & collected a few hours later. I went with a hiking group and friends. 14 of us I think.


        • 2Tru

           /  February 1, 2018

          Wow! I am impressed. Mana Island looks mainly flat from the mainland.

          • Gezza

             /  February 1, 2018

            It’s a kind of horseshoe shape. Hollow in the middle, with lowland regenerating forest, & a clear space with DOC buildings & compound – where you get a briefing, clean shoes etc, like you do visiting Matiu/Somes Island in Welly Harbour. But high ground all atoud the landing beach. Ranger said the family has to stock up well in Winter because it can be too rough in the Strait to travel by boat for weeks.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 1, 2018

        No strong winds here-some wind, but nothing to worry about-some rain, but not torrents. I have had door and windows open all day and had a couple of fans going.

        What a stunning jacket Annabelle Tukia is wearing on New Shub. I want one like it.

    • Gezza

       /  February 1, 2018

      • 2Tru

         /  February 1, 2018

        No, never been to Mana Island but look at it frequently from the shore. Didn’t think there is much to see there or that you can visit.

        • 2Tru

           /  February 1, 2018

          I didn’t see the super blue red moon either. Cloudy when I went to bed. Still cloudy when I woke for a toilet stop at 3:15am. All I could see was the glow from behind the clouds. Looks like I will have to wait another 100 plus years! Or maybe it will be on the telly tonight.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  February 1, 2018

            I was very lucky-my first few views were of a glowing shape behind a cloud that could have been anything-like the first photo only without the moon shape.

            I can’t remember when I decided to have one more look and saw it.

  2. Griff

     /  February 1, 2018

    House moving update.
    3 hours 100km Auckland to Kaiwaka.
    Arrived at 3 am the crew took a break until daylight.
    So far three hours for 300 meters from bottom of drive to almost its final position.

    • Gezza

       /  February 1, 2018

      3 hours 100km Auckland to Kaiwaka.
      Man, that’s impressive.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 1, 2018

        Do you have meters in your drive ? Parking or water ?

      • Griff

         /  February 1, 2018

        Driver said they can hit 100kmh with a house on the back on a good road
        Pity the drive is not a good road .
        Had it graded only last week .
        It is now a mess with deep ruts and divots from the winch tractor using its blade to help pull the truck up.
        This is the easy part .

        I have to reinstate the roof , re join the kitchen to the rest ,build the room between the two houses, replace spouting and paint the exteriors so they match,close in the bases ,decks drains ,plumbing, water tanks ,,solar system.
        keep me busy for couple of years .
        Two houses joined makes six bedrooms two bathrooms two lounges etc .

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  February 1, 2018

          There’s a house in Ngaruawahia that is really obviously two-in-one. It’s an old cottage which has been turned into a villa when these became trendy-or so I imagine. It has a naive charm because it’s so blatant and, I suppose, because it was done so long ago, Did someone think that people wouldn’t realise ? I’d love to see inside.

        • Conspiratoor

           /  February 1, 2018

          We are not talking lego here. Joining houses together is not for the faint hearted griff so well done. And an added benefit, your two old snotters will be replaced by a dozen shoeboxes to accomodate our asian influx

          • Griff

             /  February 1, 2018

            If you can hammer in a nail , cut wood straight with a skilly , use a level and read a plan you can build a house.
            Its the finishing that takes time to get a good job. patience rather than skill.

            They match up both being ex air force weather board and tile houses from the hobsonville redevelopment .
            You can not build houses to the same standard now.
            Rimu framing and weather boards along with matia floors beat the hell out of pine and weetbix.
            We used ply flooring on the new batch as I have seen to many weetbix floors in modern homes from using chip board .

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 1, 2018

              Agree on the useless chipboard floors, Griff. I always go ply too. Got a wheatbix hole downstairs I’m drying out after a leak that I have to repair. Didn’t build this one.

  3. phantom snowflake

     /  February 1, 2018

    Aldous Harding (from Lyttleton) with the magnificently titled “What If Birds Aren’t Singing They’re Screaming

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 1, 2018

    Strange phone calls-silence then cut off. They were all from cellphones-all Vodafone-but the phone owners didn’t make them. As a widow, I am an obvious target for nuisance/no speak calls, of course, but this was very odd. Has anyone else had any strange calls from Vodafone or ones from their phones, but not made by them ?

  5. Gezza

     /  February 1, 2018

    Went out in a break in the downpour to check out the state of the stream. It was a dirty brown torrent that had risen about 3 feet. One by one the adult pukekos spotted me & came up to see if there was any free wheat going (yes, of course, poor little wetlings).

    And I could hear Pickles screeching from somewhere for some too. I was puzzled that she hadn’t rocked up with one of the adults. Bluey had some wheat for her in his beak & was whimpering but he didn’t go very far down the bank & came back.

    Then suddenly I saw Pickles whoosh past in the torrent, swimming like mad but rocketing downstream as she came over, still screeching – the little monkey must have been over the far side. At least she looked very bouyant.

    Bluey & Sweetie took off heading downstream running thru the foliage along the top of the parenga & eventually they all turned up, with her looking completely nonplussed. She even ran up when I called her name.

    I noticed yesterday she’s suddenly started turning blue on her underside & breast. It’s happened very quickly.