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

17 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  June 8, 2018
    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 8, 2018

      I LOVE that one.

      I just missed taking a photo of a kingfisher in the big tree, He’d moved when I came back with the camera and took off just as I found him again.

      The waxeyes around the citrus fruit of the day look like people at a cafe outside, hanging around and yakking.

      • Gezza

         /  June 8, 2018

        Yes, Hetty is quite the chatterbox lately. She has very firm ideas on who has primary perching rights on that hose holder. More than one other sparrow has copped a right earful from her on that topic! As far as she’s concerned others can damn well hang on with their little toes to the vertical bricks or they can wait on the trellis!

        Brucie is more your strong, silent type.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 8, 2018

          He hasn’t much chance to be anything else, I suspect,

          She really seemed to be responding with head shakes in the right place as well as a verbal response.

          Have you tried the polystyrene/mirror/spit caller ?

          • Gezza

             /  June 8, 2018

            Well, although Hets is learning English I can actually converse quite well in sparrish without artificial aids.

            However my Tiwakish is not always that successful. So I might give those a go one day when Bernard or one of his friends turns up to flit about with a lady in tow or looking to pull.

            What other birds does this attract?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 8, 2018

              All kinds, depending on how you do it. Just spit on the mirror (well, that’s the most convenient source of water) and gently skweek the piece of polystyrene on it.

              Or you can buy a lion.

            • Gezza

               /  June 8, 2018

              I’ll have to find some polystyrene first. Think I might’ve got rid of all mine,

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 8, 2018

              Ask around, Someone will have a bit; you only need a small piece.

              Blasted tuis, sitting on the tree in a way that makes it not worth photographing them.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 8, 2018

              I bust it into small bits to make it take up less space in the tip. It’s a necessary evil, I suppose, but the new heater seemed to use as little as it could while still being safe.

            • Gezza

               /  June 8, 2018

              Blasted tuis, sitting on the tree in a way that makes it not worth photographing them.

              Doesn’t surprise me, frankly. Mine like to be videoed rather than photographed.

          • Gezza

             /  June 8, 2018

            Success. Found some polystyrene in a video player box. It’s not quite as ubiquitous as it used to be. Most my more recent purchases of appliances or musical gear came with formed cardboard for packing where once they’d use polystyrene.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 8, 2018

              I can see that some appliances need it. The heater (radiant) had three pieces, none very big. They broke down into quite a small amount.

              Polystyrene is much more of a problem than plastic bags of which the vast majority are reused before they end up being recycled into garden furniture.

            • Gezza

               /  June 8, 2018

              Polystyrene’s a pain in the butt to break up into small chunks. I forgot to get the delivery men to take the packing away to the tip when I got my tv. So I broke up the polystyrene myself. There was a ton of the blimmin stuff and dozens of tiny bits of it ended up all over the carpet and stuck to a nearby velvet armchair and my skin and clothing. Packing tape turned out to be the most efficient way of gathering it all up.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 8, 2018

              One at least has the satisfaction of knowing that it takes up much less space. Try slicing it first. I did it in the kitchen, so the shreds went on the tiles.

              There’s always the Inorganic Collection.

              The PDT disagrees that it’s a problem; they are surely in a very small minority. Their dislike of birds and flowers and liking for polystyrene are very odd indeed, Poor PDT !

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  June 8, 2018

    There are few scents (if any) lovelier than that of spring flowers. The sittingroom smells wonderful. I am glad that they seem to be all but impossible to synthesise convincingly, it wouldn’t be such a lovely surprise each time with the real thing.

    I saw a Monarch butterfly today,

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 8, 2018

      Dear me, PDT, you dislike flowers and butterflies. How sad.

  3. Gezza

     /  June 8, 2018

    Geonet
    Weak earthquake
    Fri Jun 8 2018 7:07 PM
    Magnitude: 3.0
    Depth: 29 km
    5 km east of Porirua

    I heard that one coming – just a single jolt, nothing to write home about.