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. phantom snowflake

     /  9th August 2018

    That moment when ‘sit in the spa pool’ wins out over ‘go to work’.

    • From the look of the water, I think that that’s a hot water river like the one I have been in. Bliss. Imagine river water the temperature of a perfect bath, gently flowing. It was brownish like this, and had a bit of algae, but it was ‘clean dirt’.

      • phantom snowflake

         /  9th August 2018

        Kerosene Creek, perhaps?

        • tt could be; this was somewhere near Rotoiti. It was quite shallow where we were, like the photo with the girl smiling as she sits in the water.

          Nowhere to change; everyone just turns their back and stands behind the car door and other people pretend not to notice anything..

          I’d love to go there again.If that is one, no wonder the wooliff is smiling.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  9th August 2018

            There’s a stream like that on Great Barrier Island. You have to walk up an old mining or forestry rail track from Whakaparapara.

  2. PartisanZ

     /  9th August 2018

    How I wish … sometimes …

  3. Pickled Possum

     /  9th August 2018

  4. High Flying Duck

     /  9th August 2018

    Graphic content warning…

  5. Gezza

     /  9th August 2018

    While I was waiting in Welly’s airport terminal building yesterday for my cuzzie’s flight to arrive from Dunedin (which seems to be a foggy place that I would like to bill for my extra $11 dollars parking fees) I noticed directly opposite, in the airforce & private aircraft area, an RNZAF Orion & an NH90 helicopter were parked up. Not something I often see.

    And today the NH90 has been flying around our area twice. Got a few cellcam vids. I still prefer that recognisable deep thudding of the old Iroquois chopperz.

    • A helicopter with a monsoon bucket has been around here lately, and another one, a black one that sounds like a plane has appeared. It’s not an uncommon sight. I used to see a little one by the joinery and faint with envy at this covetable possession.

      I was once part of a local radio station (great fun) and two of the blokes would do a weather commentary; they’d stand outside, beating their chests with their hands, pretending to be in a helicopter. Everyone knew that they weren’t, but it actually sounded quite convincing 😀

      Three more lambs have appeared.

      • Gezza

         /  9th August 2018

        Well … ok, but I have video footage of the Westpac Rescue Chopper landing & taking off in Tawa, & flying around the place, a month or two back. Dunno what it was up to though. And also if you didn’t see an airforce Orion parked across the road from your local supernarket I still think I win?

        • I can’t think why this one with the monsoon bucket was flying around when there was no fire anywhere. The sight of the bird with the wisp of grass and something on the end that looked like a tiny monsoon bucket was very sweet.

          I never knew who owned the tiny one. What a gorgeous thing to have.

          (snf) I w-w-wasn’t having a competitionnnn……

          • Griff.

             /  9th August 2018

            The small one was probably one of these .
            Robinson R22
            AKA flying death .

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  10th August 2018

              It is smaller than that, I think, but I don’t know enough about them to say what kind it was. It’s just one of those covetable things that you see 😀 It looks as if it would be great fun to have. If I win Lotto, I’ll take you for a spin in mine 😀 😀 😀

  6. Gezza

     /  9th August 2018

    Gezza’s stream at night

    It still hasn’t captured the fairyland look it has with the sodium lights from opposite.

    • It does look like fairlyland; not pretty-pretty fairyland, more the Irish kind….

      • Gezza

         /  9th August 2018

        That EXACTLY right Kitty. A lot more is visible to the naked eye than the camera and the whole bank is bathed in Emerald Green & Gold. It’s like leprechaun land.

        • Up the airy mountain/Down the rushy glen/We daren’t go a-hunting/For fear of little men/Wee folk, good folk, trooping all together/Green jacket, red cap and white owls feather……

          There’s nothing cutesy or amusing about the beings in that poem, one of the first that I remember hearing and knowing by heart (I can still recite all the verses) I used to cry over them stealing little Bridget

          They stole little Bridget/For seven years long/When she came down again/Her friends were all gone/They took her lightly back again/Between the night and morrow/They thought that she was fast asleep/But she was dead with sorrow./They have kept her ever since/Deep within the lake/On a bed of flag leaves/Watching till she wake.

          I was given three Wade leprechauns when I was five, and still have them.

          High on the hillside/The old king sits/He is now so old and grey/He’s nigh lost his wits/With a bridge of white mist/Columbkill he crosses/On his stately journey/From Slieveleague to Rosses/Or going up with music/On cold starry nights/To sup with the Queen/Of the gay Northern Lights……