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

25 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  May 13, 2018

    Checking thru vidcam files I found another whistling mallard

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 13, 2018

      I knew a girl who could do real wolf-whistles…what an enviable talent.

      I took away and demolished the shelter and replaced with an old bucket. The sides have been cut away and ‘columns’ left, Some went down, but the ones who go from the fence side were dithering….don’t they want their food to be dry ?

      What good parents pooks are, like earwigs, I wonder if pooklets seem as sweet to their parents as they seem to us ? Pook rellies hanging over the nest saying that he has his father’s beak or that she’s going to be a heartbreaker.

      I am delaying the dog’s b-word, and the poor trusting animal seems to think that I’ve forgotten it.

      • Gezza

         /  May 13, 2018

        Lucy used to get a shower with her dad in the walk in bathroom with the heater on & still wasn’t best pleased with the b word or the s word. Only really liked the f word and the w word.

        Blimmin Pickles. I caught him trying to pick lemons off my lemon tree! I found one that had just started to yellow on the ground yesterday, and wondered why it had fallen. Had a holey blemish. This is only my second season’s crop & it’s a good one – it’s taken a long time to nurture this one into production & they’re not ready to pick yet.

        I saw him out of the kitchen window and tapped hard on the pane and yelled “Pickles! Stop that! Naughty boy!. After the second time, more of a yell, he looked around and cut it out and resumed clipping the grass.

        As soon as I disappeared from the window to get the coffee ingredients out of the pantry, when I came back to the bench the little beggar was at it again! Boy, did he get an earful! And little blighter cut it out again. At least he had the manners to walk away looking guilty this time!

        Typical boy! <:D

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 13, 2018

          Anyone who baths the dog has a bath/shower by default as often as not, I did today. I have bowed to the inevitable and done it in my undies or in the nuddy before now. It saves having to get changed afterwards. Today was one of those days when I had to. He now looks neat and smells lovely (Silk baby shampoo, 2 in 1. $3 for a large bottle, Doesn’t sting their eyes, makes the fur and skin feel soft and smell nice, It was an inspiration to try this )

          Mine knows the d-word and the w-word. How he knows that a b—– is coming when I haven’t said the word is a real mystery.They must wonder why humans do this to themselves EVERY DAY without having to be forced in.

          -An investment was some proper haircutting scissors, the long blades mean that I can see what I’m doing and avoid cuts.

          Dried gorse around the tree trunk keeps the little sods away. Lemons ??? I didn’t think that they’d eat lemons. I do, lovely.

          I can understand the annoyance of finding that possums have skinned the nectarines,

          • Gezza

             /  May 13, 2018

            I rather suspect when Pickles finally gets through the skin of a fallen lemon he might be cured of this habit. Bluey hates strawberries.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 13, 2018

              If you see him with a puckered beak, you’ll know that you’re right.

          • Gezza

             /  May 13, 2018

            My cuzzie turned up this morning, on her way back from a conference in Welly to their farm in The Naki. She met the pook family & was delighted by all of them (which I wasn’t expecting from a farmer). She was totally enthralled by wee Jojo. 😎

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 13, 2018

              Who wouldn’t be ???

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 13, 2018

              Is Pickles walking round with his beak all wrinkled and puckered and his tongue hanging out ? ‘Waa-er ! Waa-er ! ‘

            • Gezza

               /  May 13, 2018

              Not yet. It’s interesting to watch the pooklets experimenting with what’s edible or tasty or can be stripped of seeds or pulled out or cut. Jojo picked up something this morning that from the kitchen looked like small slug or something. Whatever it was, she rejected it.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 13, 2018

              Of course, if Pickles has a beakful of sour lemon, it will be your fault 😀

              Oh dear, I tangled three of the bird bead strings when I cleaned the sill and someone tried to come through the space…I feel terrrible, as I saw that the strings were like this and didn’t get up to correct it. Whoever it was had gone when I ran out, so can’t have been hurt. They didn’t hit the window very hard. The beads have cut the hit rate enormously and there hasn’t been a death since they’ve been there. There’s a very occasional attempt by some dimwit to come through a small gap, but the others stop (Pull up ! Pull up !), tread air and turn, or, far less often, brush against the glass in turning with a soft ‘flump’.

          • Gezza

             /  May 13, 2018

            Bluey also doesn’t like blueberries. But Aspen and Sweety do. Though they had a bit of a competition with Fledgy & Blackie & their respective blackbird hens & only got about two I think.

            Boy that Blackie is a handsome young fella. Bright eyed as can be. Shiny orange/yellow beak. Very slim & sleek. Keeps his distance. Fledgy’s still got some puppy fat and he’s still got some dark brown under his wings, but I’ve known him since he was little and he’s a bit more inclined to take an interest in whatever they’re doing.

            They’ve both obviously got something going for them though because they’ve both pulled nice-looking birds! 😀

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 13, 2018

              They must have ‘it’.

              My dog has had his moments, too,. A pedigree Shih Tzu up the road was infatuated with him, which alarmed and unnerved him. It surprised me that having no back wheels wasn’t a deterrent for a bitch. Then there was the dear little Maltie who came up and kissed him in the park ! He blushed beneath his fur,,,,

              It’s odd that some pooks like blue and strawberries and some don’t. My mother and stepfather had to make their berry beds into fortresses against pooks and others who thought that they were there as a treat for them.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 13, 2018

        There are tangeloes, quite big ones, on the tree that I rescued when it was abandoned and was nearly dead from being rootbound in the small pot that they come in.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  May 13, 2018

    Poor old PDTs ! They even do it here on descriptions of animals.

    • Gezza

       /  May 13, 2018

      Wankers everywhere. They like to let you know they’ve visited.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 13, 2018

        Like dogs and tomcats leaving peemails, I suppose.

        • Gezza

           /  May 13, 2018

          I meant to tell you, i usually give them one or two small pieces of wet wholegrain bread after they’ve finished their wheat. Bluey & Aspen want it tossed to them.

          But, since late last week, Sweety has resumed coming right up on the ground & picking it from my outstretched hand, before retreating to either hold & eat it, or to jump over the fence & take it to Jojo.

          .And in the last two days, at least once, Pickles has cautiously chanced it & done the same thing, before losing his nerve & wanting any more to be tossed to him too.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  May 13, 2018

    The royal wedding sounds as if it might be a touch vulgar. Her father obviously doesn’t ‘get it’.

    The Kenyan preacher saying that if it had been Three Wise Women they’d have brought practical gifts. Gold seems both regal and practical to me.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 13, 2018

      So were frankincense and myrrh…I hope that he doesn’t try to be funny and make blunders like this at the wedding.

      • Gezza

         /  May 13, 2018

        Vulgar is not a word you hear much these days, but it has a lovely feel when you say it. I always say it with an upper class English accent. Best thing.
        Sir Gerald.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 13, 2018

          ‘How very vulgar.’

          It’s odd that it’s changed its shade of meaning so much, Annandales has it as both the original and as something akin to the modern one.

          ‘Vulgar Fractions’ were always good for a laugh at school and so was Vulgar Latin.

          I am half-watching DWTS in case the person I know is on tonight as the promo
          seemed to say. 1 1/2 hours.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 14, 2018

          Myrrh and frankincense are excellent for medicinal purposes, so a gift of either would be a great one at that time, as well as being something that could be sold for a good price. That idiot doesn’t know what he’s talking about.