General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

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  1. Pickled Possum

     /  May 26, 2018

    Youngin’s that can sing with heart, love them.

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  2. Gezza

     /  May 26, 2018

    Look at those wings eh? Twice as long as this time last week. That’s my girl. ❤

    Told yous that was going to be her next growth spurt.

    I don't like to boast but one thing my girl knows is how to grow wings! ⭐

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 26, 2018

      And legs !

      Some of the ones down the road have lovely white frilly knickers now.

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      • Gezza

         /  May 26, 2018

        Oh yes she’s got the frill knickers too – I just don’t want to be filming those and giving people idea I’m some kind of knicker-pervert.

        I’m really disappointed. I had my mobiles on the table in one case and on the charger with the other this morning while I was making morning tea and she and Pickles were trotting around clipping grass here and there. And all of a sudden Jojo started running around in a big circle, jumping up and flapping her wings.

        Lasted about 30 seconds. Looked very determined about it. Never saw Pickly Boy do that. And I couldn’t get a cellcam onto her in time to catch it on video. I have to have a cellcam at the ready all the time sometimes to catch this sort of lovely event to watch.

        It must be how she either exercises her winglings or practices to see if she can fly yet.

        I bet she can fly by this time next week.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 26, 2018

          Oh, imagine if that was caught on camera (faints)

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  May 26, 2018

            I’d think that the frilly knickers would be a landmark in a girl’s life, something worth celebrating and being commemorated with a photo. The ones down the road are dazzlingly white, like the ones in the old soap powder ads where it’s obvious who uses Persil or whatever it was.

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            • Gezza

               /  May 26, 2018

              Well, if you look at that clip closely, after she tucks her wings back again, & finishes her leg stretches she flips her still-fluffy little black tail feathers up & you can see her frilly white knickers.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 26, 2018

              I see them ! Very pretty !

      • Gezza

         /  May 26, 2018

        Aspen’s my favourite Kitty (don’t tell the others). He’s just such a gentle young fellow. He always keeps his distance, but he just loves to keep me company outside, on his own. He doesn’t say much, but when he does talk it always sounds cute & respectful. If I toss him a piece of wet bread as a treat he always takes it straight away to either Pickles or Jojo, even if that means jumping the fence & going looking for them, before he’ll come back & see if there’s any more for himself. The others are more intermittent about feeding Jojo now because she’s old enough to forage & feed herself already. He’s never pushy or rude. He’s a real gentlepook.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 26, 2018

          Not like the one who visited that time to see if this was good enough to move into…she thought that putting on airs and graces made her seem refined and poosh, but she came across as snobbish and lah-de-pook.

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  3. Gezza

     /  May 26, 2018

    Damn I just don’t have a fine enough camera capable of capturing the full beauty of the night sky scene outside tonight.

    Beautifully clear air, even with some high cloud around. Waxing gibbous moon & Jupiter, clear as a bell. Not only that, while taking some pics I got treated to a yellow shooting star right across about where the bottom edge of this photo is.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 26, 2018

      Do you react to shooting stars as if you’d never seen one before and never expected to see another one ? I love showers of them and could never understand why that one that filled the sky for what must have been at least an hour was never reported. It was stunning, I have never seen so many. The whole sky was lit with the falling stars (not what the observatory woman called them, but I can’t remember and don’t want to know – to me they are shooting or falling stars)

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 26, 2018

        You can tell how cold it’s going to be by how many silk coats the girl in the moon is wearing, they say in China.

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      • Gezza

         /  May 26, 2018

        I am dying to see a meteor shower like the one you describe. Dense ones like the one you describe occur on several specific dates every year as the earth passes through the remnant dust trails of past comets. Uou can google them to see when they are, what they are called, where to look for the radiant (the point in the sky they emanate or radiate from) & how spectacular they are. Leonids, Geminids etc. Every time I have tried to catch one, even getting up at early hours of the morning, the sky has been bloody clouded over or raining.

        A lot of the time they aren’t commented on by the media.

        Those spectacular streaks are mostly caused by particles only as big as a grain of sand.

        As a regular sky watcher I have now seen dozens of chance single events, though. And I’ve seen two spectacular long-lasting, flaring fireballs that were never reported either. One of them was yellow (I wondered if it was a falling satellite) & another was green – really fascinating. That means it was big, maybe pebble-sized, with a high content of a particular element – green might be iron, I think.

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        • Gezza

           /  May 26, 2018

          No I’m wrong – not iron, magnesium.

          “Colours of meteors depend on the relative influence of the metallic content of the meteoroid versus the superheated air plasma, which its passage engenders: Orange-yellow (sodium) Yellow (iron) Blue-green (magnesium)”

          Blue-green is a better description of its colour. I remember debating with myself whether I’d call that green or teal or turquoise. More green than blue I decided.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  May 26, 2018

            I am content to just admire them and think of them as being stars.

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            • Gezza

               /  May 26, 2018

              Well, indeed, why not. That’s what they look like. Falling (down) or shooting (across) stars. It’s how they got those names.

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  May 26, 2018

    I can’t remember what time this was, but it was some time after eight. I had gone to a meeting and couldn’t find the place, so came back very cross at the long walk both ways for nothing. It then began to drizzle and I felt even sorrier for myself…until it stopped and the sky cleared and then was filled with all these shooting stars, It was like it all the way home ( at least a 20 minute walk) and for quite a while after my old man came out to see. It was still going when we went in, but nothing like as much although it would still have been worth watching if someone had come out and just seen that.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 26, 2018

      How lucky that I couldn’t find the place and had walked, banking on a ride home.

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      • Gezza

         /  May 26, 2018

        Yep. I’d sure feel lucky if it happened to me. Knowing what they are & what causes them doesn’t make them any less & beautiful & awe-inspiring.

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