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.

9 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  August 26, 2018
    • Ivan Utkanovich.What a charmer – I don’t think. And so respectful, too.

      I can hear a sort of grinding/gurgling noise.It;s hard to describe, but I think that it’s him.

      • Gezza

         /  August 26, 2018

        Just spent a frustrating 40 mins down at the eel spot. After throwing some meat chunks into the stream opposite my place & noticing still no sign of Eli, I spotted him upstream down opposite my eel spot (so that lot was wasted – unless some other riverine beneficiary gets them). He must be coming upsteam earlier in the evening now.

        Anyway, I slipped and landed on my arse climbing down there on the wandering willie that’s covering the bank – it’s quite steep and my earthen steps are overgrown with the damned stuff now – & threw some more meat chunks in there for him. It’s blimmin freezing down there. It’s only 10 degrees C outside at the moment and there’s a really stiff cold wind blowing up the stream.

        The stream’s flowing too fast still, so lots of my meat chunks keep drifting over him, or rolling past him in the current. And those that don’t, get wedged among the rocks and stones because the fast current is stripping away the silt on the stream bed. And he seems to have a devil of a job finding them. Then he struggles to get at them.

        He’s actually only a wee eelster. Looking at him closer up, I think he’d be lucky if he was 3 feet long. So he has trouble pushing rocks aside to get the meat, like Big Ella used to. He doesn’t seem to get onto the scent as well, either. One chunk fell into a dead tree branch, with a bit hanging in the water. He just kept going round and round underneath it – he knew it was there, somewhere, but it never occurred to him to come UP to get it.

        In the end I threw some small sticks at the branch and eventually dislodged the meat so it sank to the bottom & he got. My hands were like ice when I came back up. I worry about this lad. I can’t get him to come over to the waist deep part below my eel spot, like Ella used to.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  August 26, 2018

          I hope that you weren’t hurt when you fell on your arse * What a nasty surprise,

          It’s warm enuff here for open windows and bare feet, Well, not now (at 7.15) but it was earlier.

          Is it possible to put the meat into something that would let the water through ? Young Eli seems like a dimwit. I am amazed at the size, 3′ seems a good size for an eel.

          * I wish I was a fairy queen –
          And if it comes to pass,
          I’ll climb up through the rocks and trees
          And slide down on my hands and knees.

          • Gezza

             /  August 26, 2018

            No damage at all doing an unintended sit down. Nothing an F word couldn’t fix immediately.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 26, 2018

              I forgot that I was brought up to be a little lady when I took the weedeater out, made sure that the line was right, undid two cords and plugged them, squelched out in gummies that had somehow got wet inside….and found that the bugger wouldn’t go. Checked the cords, tried them on other things, tried a different cord on it and realised that I’d been wasting my time and the bugger was dead.I suppose that it didn’t really owe me anything, but it was blimmin annoying.

              What a pathetic way to spend money, on a boring new weedeater.

            • Gezza

               /  August 26, 2018

              Jeez – I wouldn’t want to be using anything electric in wet gummies. 😱

              Take care girl.

          • Gezza

             /  August 26, 2018

            I think maybe the current is just too strong at the moment. The water’s very clear but meat chunks didn’t used to get swept along like this when I was feeding Ella and Elvis. I can lose sight of them among similar coloured stones. That current might also be why Eli can’t get onto the scent of the meat very well. It might be racing past him in a narrow stream and not diffusing widely from a stronger central point in the water.

            Nuthafulla – the light grey coloured eel – also turned up. He’s about 2’6″ long, and slimmer. He got onto some meat quite quickly, but it was in the shallow part where the eel stump used to be and the bank has now collapsed to make a silty incline. Eli had come downstream over it and covered it with silt without smelling it I think. He was after other chunks in amongst the rocks.

            I got them both on 3G cellcam video but it was too cold and windy to stay down there any longer trying to get Eli to come over to me. Ella got trained to come to me because she was always in residence under the eel stump, the water was calmer, and she eventually associated me calling her name with food I think. Also my neighbour would often throw cat food down from up top. She recognised splashes as potential food. Eli hasn’t had these experiences.

            I think he spends too long in clear view.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 26, 2018

              They weren’t wet on the outside, just soggy and disgusting inside, UGH,UGH, . Oh, what a surprise, putting those on.There are few nastier feelings than wearing wet shoes of any kind, and, of course, gummies won’t dry as shoes would, on your feet.

              The plug’s a long way from them, anyway.

              I saw yellow-golden NZ eels online. They were very beautiful indeed.Stunning. I didn’t know that there were such things. If you have one like that, she could be called Cordelia.