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. phantom snowflake

     /  August 14, 2018

    Intruder caught on CCTV at Gezza’s Stream:

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  August 14, 2018

      WHEN are you going to make one of these stunning animals into an avatar ? It’s very easy to do.

  2. Gezza

     /  August 14, 2018
    • Kitty Catkin

       /  August 14, 2018

      DID you see the ducklings who were born in a hollow tree on the BBC nature programme ? I am sure that I have seen a still from this.

      The parents have their nest in a tree, and when the duckies are born and are ready to swim, they jump out and freefall down into the water. hweee-heeee-heeeee !!!!

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  August 14, 2018

    Pooksters caught in the act of vandalising rubbish bags brazen it out. One did saunter back across the road when he saw me coming and heard me challenging him, the others took their time. Cheeky sods.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  August 14, 2018

      Need I say that they were pooksters ? One hasn’t even gone all blue yet.

      I blame the parents.

      • Gezza

         /  August 14, 2018

        Yes: pook parents – especially the males – are excellent caregivers when the pooklets are small & vulnerable, but neither the mums or dads are the least bit interested in supervising them when they become pooklings & can feed themselves.

        Those pooklings who choose to behave like pooksters are simply allowed to get away with all sorts of juvenile offending – the parents just completely ignore their misdemeanors and do their own thing!

        • Gezza

           /  August 14, 2018

          Only two adults (plus Jojo) are turning up at a time again. And one of them makes a “squeak” from some hidey hole in the blackberry over on the far parenga when I can see 2 adults and Jo further up or downstream, to let me know I’ve been spotted at the fence. I suspect there’s a nest and one of them is sitting on the egg(s), but this time it’s over the other side of the stream.

          I hope to film the eel power-sliding. half out of the water, up over the stones of the rapids tomorrow morning, or sometime soon when the stream’s running lower. He did it this morning when I threw some meat in across from my place – but I need to be down the bank further for the best video. Doesn’t take long once he gets the smell in the water. There were two of them. The ducks got most of the meat. :/

    • Gezza

       /  August 14, 2018

      Yes, well certainly the minute the I take my eyes off Jojo she gets into mischief. She pecks and picks at things. I used some filler in a cracked joint at the top of one of my trellises. I saw her this morning, perched up, there picking it out.>:( She bites everything. She was even pecking at the top of a rusty iron bar used as a flower stake in the garden. She or Pickles ripped open a plastic shopping bag full of stones I left outside once.

      I noticed some more tufts of plucked out lawn yesterday. I thought Jojo had stopped that, bit it’s been raining a bit this arvo and she tends to do this when the ground’s wet. And about two hours ago, when she was below the kitchen window, I saw her start to tug on a tuft of lawn. “Jojo! Stop that! No pulling out lawn!”, I called out. And she stopped. Looked up, walked away a bit, bent down & did a little clip of some lawn, & then looked up at me. I said “Good girl Jojo. Just clipping. Good girl.” So she repeated another bit of clipping and got the same phrase again.

      Then she walked over to the longish paspallum grass at the bottom of the trellis (which the others just trim, but not very often; I guess it’s not as tasty as lawn grass). And she looked up at me once more. I said nothing. Interested. She bent down, and pulled out a long clump, held it in in her “hand”, munched the root off, and then chopped along it eating the rest of the blades. She looked at me again. I said “thats ok” – but didn’t repeat this – I think just saying no when she pulls the lawn out is probably better. Again I just watched, silently, as she did it again, and then a third time, and then hopped up onto the fence looking for the others (she won’t approach me if she’s on her own.

      So I’m interested to see if she’s now figuring out what’s allowed and what’s not, lawn-wise.

      Don’t you think that Ludmilla is pretty and Ivan is handsome? They have both visited several times today already.

      A beautiful fawn coloured duck hen & her drake beau have just flown up for some wheatmeal bread. She’s new around here. She has a limp, her right leg seems stiff – but it doesn’t seem to hinder her in the air water or up top of the bank.

      Now look Kitty, I have to say, I’m only posting these videos here for you and Possum and Maui really. It’s quite a bit of work sometimes. I'[m not getting any upticks from yous sometimes. It’s not good enough. What are you going to do about it? >:D

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 14, 2018

        Ducks, even plain tabby ones, are beautiful. The plain ones are actually beautifully understated, the patterns are wonderfully drawn.

        They are as lovely as the fancy ones, in a different way.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  August 14, 2018

          Sometimes the tick boxes aren’t there.

          • Gezza

             /  August 14, 2018

            Do you refresh the page? Sometimes it just means the page hasn’t fully loaded.

    • Gezza

       /  August 14, 2018
      • Gezza

         /  August 14, 2018

        I’ve shortened that. I kept videoing, but I didn’t see him come out of there. Wonder if it’s his lair?

        And I was standing by that branch for about 10 minutes in the water yesterday, pulling plastic bags & other rubbish out of the bank above it ! 😬

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 14, 2018

        Is that Eeli ?

        • Gezza

           /  August 14, 2018

          I like it ! 👏🏼
          Eli he is ! 👍🏼

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  August 14, 2018

            Hello, Eli !

            Tell him that there’s a place in England called Ely, pron. eely.

            • Gezza

               /  August 14, 2018

              Looks like your anti-fan, Wayne, has arrived. Hang around Kitty. If like that one, wait’ll you see the next one from this morning, from before Eli headed home. Just shortening it a bit & will load it up to Vimeo shortly.

    • Gezza

       /  August 14, 2018
  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  August 14, 2018

    Don’t blame me for what THEY do,

    Pookenile delinquents. The parents don’t care at all; the pooksters just go their own sweet way with no consequences from mum and dad. It’s a disgrace.

    I could hear a pook complaining like mad around here somewhere; it sounded very bratty and attention-seeking.Pooks are becoming very urban indeed. It’s a very common sight to see them prancing around in people’s gardens as if they owned the place. I think that the kiwi had better look to its laurels or the rowdy, showy pook will topple it from its place as national bird.

    A friend in Wanganui has dux who come on the same day every year and leave on Christmas Eve. They announce their arrival by banging on the door.

    • Gezza

       /  August 14, 2018

      Blow me down. No sooner had I typed that lot above than I went out into the patio and on the paving stones by the fence there looked to be something like a lot of white dots or petals of some kind. On closer inspection it was 7 bloody white plastic caps off the top of the roofing nails for my patio corrugated transparent roofing sheets.

      I heard that little brat up there whingeing & picking at something ! lt didn’t bother me because I thought, “She won’t be able to get the nails out”. 😡

      This is obviously a new crime for her ! God knows how many more she’ll get off ! >:D

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 14, 2018

        That’ll be fun, painting the nails to stop them rusting. I hope that she doesn’t eat the paint.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  August 14, 2018

          There’s a crafty dog near here who was left alone in the house by her trusting mother and father who had put all the Christmas presents under the tree….some were boxes of chocolates.

          No prizes for guessing what they found when they came home.

          Chocolate is supposed to poison dogs, but it didn’t in this case, or when a friend’s childhood dog ate her and her brother’s Easter eggs.

          • Gezza

             /  August 14, 2018

            We used to wrap up our food scraps well in newspaper and put them in the kitchen tidy bin next to the stove at our first house. It was a big, solid one. There wasn’t room in the pantry or cupboards to put it. Sixpence, our first cat, figured out how to stand on the foot pedal, flip the lid up, and pull everything out and shred holes in the paper to get free treats!.

            We used to hear her from the lounge opening the lid and would sneak in and find her bum out, head & shoulders inside, going to work. “Sixpence! You Naughty Girl!” was usually enuf to get her to pull out immediately and run behind the couch – where she would wait for about 10 minutes and then come out schmooze her way back into our good books!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 14, 2018

              My first Siamese could open the fridge and help herself. She never bothered to close it, of course.

              I made a doorstop with a brick inside it. That stopped the fridge raids,

              A restaurant cat in Auckland could open the fridge, even one of the oldfashioned kinds with pull-down handles. In the end they had to padlock the fridge; I seem to remember that other restaurants in the street had to as well.

              A childhood cat could open doors by swinging on the handles.

              The last Siamese was bred by people who bred Siamese and Oriental cats. He bought a ‘touch’ radio, and it was child’s play for the Siamese whose turn it was to stay in the house to work out how to make it go on at full volume in the middle of the night.

              You’d think that breeders of the world’s most intelligent cats would have known better !