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

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  1. Gezza

     /  May 14, 2018
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    • Pickled Possum

       /  May 14, 2018

      That was great Elvira!!! Those ducks gonna get their feet nibbled one day.
      Great mix of music.

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      • Gezza

         /  May 14, 2018

        The sparrow farno has greatly accelerated the depletion of my wheat supply and I am currently facing severe wheat poverdy. I shall have to stock up again tomorrow or the pook farno will be protesting.

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  May 14, 2018

    Brava !

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  3. Gezza

     /  May 14, 2018

    When we moved in to Pookden Manor, until about 3 years ago, every couple of years the council would put a bulldozer, with a long chain flail arm, into the stream, and over several days it would crawl the whole length of the stream & flail all the trees and underbrush on the lower banks.

    A separate council worker would accompany it, I think just to pick up any debris flung into places where it might cause problems, and sometimes to warn people that it was coming as there was often a lot of wood & pebble shrapnell thrown into the air.

    I spoke to this chappy one day and he told me it was done regularly to clear the stream parengas of any rotted and fallen branches or foliage that could dislodge when the stream was running high in heavy rain and cause flooding.

    The maintenance schedule got changed, I think for cost-savings, & about two years ago the village’s Main Road got flooded, badly. Numerous shops were affected. Apparently the streams hadn’t been cleared and over a period of 3 days of constant rain all the debris from the Western hill forests came down and piled up against the grill at one of the massive culverts that divert the brooks that feed into my stream.

    The regular stream maintenance has resumed now. But now there’s a 3 person team in waders who walk the stream and use industrial-size, bladed weed-eaters to cut back the foliage. They don’t get so far up the bank – because the parengas are getting covered in thick, long, spreading, thony blackberry (a curse of a plant whose berries the birds love, and so accelerate the rapid spreading of this awful weed thru their seed-ridden droppings).

    I chatted over the fence to the foreman of the last team who explained that phase 1 of the operation was currently underway – picking blackberries. Then when phase 2 started I asked why they were slashing back all the grass and other foliage to bare dirt on the far parenga.

    It’s to make sure the banks don’t wash away – he said. In floods, debris n stuff gets caught up in the grass & shrubbery & the pressure builds & eventually it washes the bank away. Bollocks, I thought. The roots from that grass, assorted other shrubs n foliage, & the trees, are what’s holding the blimmin bank together.

    Anyway – after the 1st team went thru we had some high-running river days. And the far parenga started washing away. Where it it used to slope down, bush-covered, right to the edge of the wai, and still all look the same when the water-level returned to normal, now there’s a stony bank, a mini-cliff, along parts of the stream where there were none before.

    The team went thru again about a fortnight ago. And today I notice, after a couple of days of intermittent but at times reasonably heavy rain, that more of the parenga is now collapsing into the stream.

    Think I might write to the council. This new stream maintenance plan looks like it was thought up by a city-bred employee with NFI.

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    • Pickled Possum

       /  May 15, 2018

      WRITE!!! please, otherwise the bank will collapse into the stream.
      OFFER them another resolution to use.

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      • Gezza

         /  May 15, 2018

        When I spoke to the foreman of the new maintenance crew (The Blackberry Boyz) I asked what happened to the bulldozer. “OSH said it wasn’t allowed”.

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