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“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.

19 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  April 5, 2018

    Started the day doing the washing & now have a one sock mystery to contend with. 😦

    • Gezza

       /  April 5, 2018

      Also, the trees on the stream parenga were full of tuis (parson birds – 4 of them) and tiwakas (fantails – 2 of them) and blackbirds (blackbirds – 2 of them) and dunnocks (hedge sparrows – 11 of them) but all I could hear – and it’s the same whenever I’m videoing anything these days – was a whining bloody 3 month old pukeko (purple swamp hen). 😡

      • Gezza

         /  April 5, 2018

        Good news! Allah be praised. The errant sock turned up at 3.17 pm, hiding in a trouser leg I had already checked. For its sins it will be spending the night out, seeing it’s still a bit damp, while everything else is dry. Thanks for all the emotional support. 😀

    • duperez

       /  April 5, 2018

      No dramas in contending with a one sock mystery. It’s fun working out what colour companion can accompany it on its next outing!

      • Gezza

         /  April 5, 2018

        Absolute mystery, dupers. Looked everywhere, thrice.
        If the missing one doesn’t turn up by the end of the week I’ll have to lose another one for karmic balance. :/

        • NOEL

           /  April 5, 2018

          The Sock Loss Formula
          Sock loss index = (L+C)-(P x A)

          The higher the figure, the higher the likelihood of losing socks. For the truly diligent, this formula can also be adapted to work out the probability of losing a sock in a single week by using a calibrated version using statistical modelling software which adds constants thus:

          Prob= 0.38+(0.005 x L)+(0.0012 x C)-(0.0159 x P x A)3
          Where:
          L = Laundry size
          Calculated by multiplying the number of people in the household (p) with the frequency of washes in a week (f)

          C = Washing complexity
          Calculated by adding how many types of wash (t) households do in a week (darks + whites) and multiplying that by the number of socks washed in a week (s)

          P = The positivity towards doing laundry
          Measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being ‘Strongly dislike doing clothes washing’ to 5 which represents ‘Strongly enjoy doing clothes washing’

          Source Samsung

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 5, 2018

            How does one tissue create enough shreds and specks of paper to cover everything in a large load of washing ? How do these bits of paper stick faster than any glue could make them stick ?

            I long ago learned to wash anything black or dark blue inside out.

            But let us be thankful that we can put the clothes into one machine and it will wash them, and into another that will dry them :-/ I have seen dogs who can put them in and take them out when they are done. They can’t fold them and put them away, but one can’t have everything in this imperfect word.

  2. Gezza

     /  April 5, 2018

    @Kitty

    While I was remonstrating with ya pook-nephew, Pickles, over the fence, about his constant bloody whining being a pain in the arse – I noticed that his eyes are changing colour.

    Adult & teenage pooks have red irises. Pickles’ (and Jojo’s) were black. I wondered when they changed colour. At the moment Pickles’ eye are a deep, shining, translucent browny-gold colour.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 5, 2018

      How lovely that sounds, I didn’t know that their eyes changed.

      Two flew across the street this morning. One youngish and a bit clumsy, one older and a much neater flyer – this one even tucked its legs up. I do love living in a street where pooks live, too,

      • Gezza

         /  April 5, 2018

        Yes I think all bird chicks have black eyes but they change to something else. The ducks have coloured irises too. I can’t remember if they vary.

      • Gezza

         /  April 5, 2018

        Another thing I realised today was that I have a tripod – I can set my small sony cellcam up in my microphone stand. Tested it this afternoon & it works fine.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 5, 2018

          Number 8 fencing wire mentality rules. Why spend money when you don’t need to ?

          I saved myself the cost of a new toolbox when one of the clips busted off by drilling two holes, putting a piece of heavy duty twist tie through each with a washer at one end of each piece…it works beautifully. Near as dammit really using no. 8 wire,

  3. Gezza

     /  April 5, 2018
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    • Gezza

       /  April 5, 2018

      Sorry about the first one. The next video started to play when I was copying the page url. 😕

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 5, 2018

    The dog was nearly apoplectic with rage again (as he is every night at the moment) because a sweet little hedgehog was out and about in the dog’s property. The hedgehog is doing no harm – it isn’t trying to come inside and take his place – why can’t the dog just mind his own business as the hedgehog is doing ?

    • Gezza

       /  April 5, 2018

      Aww … I luv hedgies. They’re rare around here so a visit from one every now and then is a treat. They’re very inoffensive little chaps n chappesses, snuffling along, & stopping if they see you – then scurrying into the nearest cover.

      They visit more often than I see them, although I’m often out at night, looking at the firmament. They do recognisable little poos & I see those around some mornings.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 6, 2018

        They are reasonably common here, thank goodness, I sent some pics to an American whose response was that it must be someone’s pet that had wandered off. as they are sold in pet shops there. I saw them in Canadian pet shops at an eye-watering price. She was amazed that they just wander around loose here.

    • Gezza

       /  April 5, 2018

      Two of the pooks started up their alarm shriek from the stream fence about 9am this morning, so I went outside into the back patio wondering what the threat was & there was a new, young (maybe a year old) black cat in the yard. It saw me and edged around me then slipped under the gate & sat in my visitors parking spot watching me. As I moved to the gate it decided discretion was the better part of valour & trotted off up the driveway & atound to the left.

      Another new cat to the area. I’ve seen it before – watching me from the top of the drive. It’s obviously exploring for territory. Beautiful, sleek-looking feline: a miniature panther.