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.

18 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  August 16, 2018
    • Gezza

       /  August 16, 2018

      Dem kidz today doan got dem no ideah! 😠

      Bring Back De Lead Break ! ❤️ 🎸 👍🏼 😎

  2. Gezza

     /  August 16, 2018
  3. Gezza

     /  August 16, 2018

    It was interesting watching Big Bluey Pook & Ivan Mallard drake when Bluey walked up & Ivan flew up to the fence, streamside, this morning. They both headed around the narrow path beside the green compost bin – to wait beneath me for any offerings. I threw them each one damp wheat bread chunks seeing that was all I had on me at the time.

    (Aspen, Sweety & wee Jojo – together with Ludmilla, the mallard hen – had all flown into my yard for their wheat & bread brekky outside the kitchen window earlier. Bluey would be nest-sitting until relieved by one of the other 2 adults.)

    Anyway … Bluey, wasn’t happy about Ivan being there & tried to bully Ivan away – by pointedly jabbing toward him with his sharp red beak. Most mallards will quickly dash away to a safe distance a metre or two away when a pook threatens them like this. And Bluey’s a big lad.

    But Ivan wasn’t having any of it. (Ivan is Ludmilla’s b/f – a purebreed mallard drake. They’re bigger than hybrid drakes.) Ivan’s a peaceable duckbloke – but he’s obviously no pussy. He immediately faced off against Bluey. He got down low, looked him in the eyes, glared at him, & he warned him – with a couple of low-register, 1-second-long grunting growls – not to try it !

    Bluey tried it. Another jab at Ivan. Ivan went for him, straight away! He lunged at Bluey, growling, beak open, & pulled on some of his blue breast feathers! Bluey got the shock of his life, shrieked, & quickly dashed up onto a nearby creeper-covered low hanging tree branch! To safety.

    Having won that one, Ivan then flew over the fence, & then shared some wheat I’d gone inside & got & thrown on the ground with Aspen, & then chased Aspen off too. Finally after about 5 minutes, realising no more wheat would be forthcoming, he then took off straight up & flew only about 2-3 feet over my head in a big arc & glided down onto the water. I felt an incredibly strong downblast of air.

    So, some enthralling & exciting nature lover experiences at Pookden Manor this morning.

    Thank you.
    That is all.
    Sir Gerald Ormsby Battersea Bradders 💂🏻
    🕊 Avian Aviation Authority 🐧
    1000 hours

    • Pickled Possum

       /  August 16, 2018

      I never knew ducks were VTOL vertical take off and land like a dragonfly or a 3oo chopper.

      • Gezza

         /  August 16, 2018

        Oh yeah, they absolutely can, sis. It’s funny you should mention that, actually.

        It’s been Waterbird Grand Central in my back yard all day. The whole day, every hour, there’ve been either ducks or pooks, and often both, quacking, reeb-reebing, or screeching for my attention & service.

        Ivan & Ludmilla now routinely fly up & over the fence, either together or separately, and waddle about calling me whenever they feel like it or they see me at the fence or they spot a pook coming in.

        Ivan goes all aggro macho & charges the pooks, snorting loudly (it sounds like snoring) & flapping his wings at them, & I have a devil of a job keeping them eating together peacefully.

        And at 4 pm when 3 pooks & the two mallards were on the lawn below the kitchen window, & I was sick of it & ignoring them & keeping out of sight – blow me down, the next minute Ludmilla was hovering for a second outside the window, flapping like a giant bloody hummingbird, & looking straight in to see if I was there! No sooner did she land than there was blimmin Ivan! Doing the same thing! 😮

        • Pickled Possum

           /  August 16, 2018

          Hummingbirds eh, Jez sound like something out of The Birds (Alfreds greatest movie), at yours today. Hope they leaving little parcels of super fertilizer for your roses and shrubs oh and your veggies. 8-).
          Watch Out bro they might be moving inside soon.

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  August 16, 2018

    The Warehouse catalogue arrived in the inbox; the headline was to do with showing your pup some love, or something like that, so I opened it.

    The dog models were all from a dog shelter and looking for homes. Full marks to the Warehouse for this thoughtful campaign, using these instead of professional models (who couldn’t have been any more gorgeous)

  5. phantom snowflake

     /  August 16, 2018

  6. Gezza

     /  August 16, 2018

    Dressed up warm & looked over the fence into the stream for about 20 mins. Wasn’t really expecting to see Eli Eel as he ranges quite a way upstream & you can only see thru the water for about half its width because of how the sheens off the other half & the wind ripples the surface.

    But I was in luck – he came lazily drifting back down from upstream & slowly weaved back & forth across the stream in a large circular pattern below my place, then slid up against the overhang of the far bank & just hovered, motionless, in the flow there. Perfectly camouflaged in the shadow & shade. Only visible if you knew he was there & he didn’t move.

    As I watched, a silver circle about a foot in diameter appeared just in front of him, and then unwound itself & turned over & a dark topped slender baby eel about 2 feet long came over to my side & got lost in the border of the light reflection zone as it moved upstream.

    Eli then headed back downstream thru the rapids to wherever his main hangout is. I just timed it right tonite.

    • Gezza

       /  August 16, 2018

      1738 hrs.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 16, 2018

        Does he have a wife called Emma PEEL ?

        😀 😀 😀

        • Pickled Possum

           /  August 16, 2018

          Emma PeelI just looked her up and she was a mighty fine looking agent.

          • Gezza

             /  August 16, 2018

            Oh yes! Boy did I have a crush on that foxy lady in her tight black outfits!

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  August 17, 2018

            Before my time, heh heh heh….long before…..

      • Pickled Possum

         /  August 16, 2018

        Eli eel waiting for his smelly meat.