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.

31 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 3, 2018

    Met Service forecasting hsil today. Seems unlikely. Had a good day yesterday though a bit breezy northerlies. Finally got some.badly made outdoor steps dry enough to soak preservative into and cleaned out the guttering and a downpipe next door of massive weed growth. Might manage a bit more waterblasting today if it is dry enough. Too wet for deck staining. Spring is the time to get stuff done.

    • Gezza

       /  September 3, 2018

      We’ve never had hsil in North Welly, to my knowledge.

      Had snow once though. 3 days of it. In August I think. Looked absolutely magic. I used to just go outside to watch it silently falling.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 3, 2018

      Walked the dogs this morning in beautiful sunshine but it has clouded over already and a few spots of rain but not much wind. Don’t know how much progress there’ll be on the waterblasting. Might have to replace the motherboard in the old computer I’ve been putting off for ages instead.

      • Gezza

         /  September 3, 2018

        Gee, everyone’s walking dogs this morning …

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  September 3, 2018

          Very nice. The rear one looks just like Tinkerbell. Sun came out again so I finished Metallexing and repairing my steps. Going to be one of those sun/cloud days.

          • Gezza

             /  September 3, 2018

            Yes she does, but she’s only tan & white in the body, whereas Tinks has got some dark brown in her body coat too.

            Aren’t they beautiful?

            Haley is the full-size Collie; Laddie is the Border collie. I didn’t realise they also came in tan and white. Steve and these two are world famous in Tawa. They’re a regular sight around the place and welcome in all the shops.

            Brilliantly trained. He told them to pose like that. They’re used to this 😎

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 3, 2018

              Yes, Tinks is a real glamour girl with her show off colours but more wary of strangers. The family call her my little shadow. There are some tan and white Collies around Russell too. Gemma’s developed a habit of going into the park pool to call off after chasing it for a while and then dropping her ball in the water and watching it drift away. She won’t swim for it so I have to bring a rake the next morning and fish it out. Little Coco got stuck in the reeds the other night out by the horses and my stepdaughter had a terrible job finding her in the swamp while it was getting dark. Dogs.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 3, 2018

              A local dog can not only stand on his back feet (mine can do that, as well as taking a few steps) he can bounce down the street like that, both feet in the air at once. Too funny and clever ! His paws are neatly folded down on his chest.

              There are two dogs, and the other one (who looks like the front one in the photo) doesn’t do anything like that. I made a real fuss of him, as he looked a bit down with his brother having all the attention.

              Mine is still trying on the old go and stand on the step for a few seconds and come back claiming to have had a pee in heavy rain.I tell him to just go on the path; it can’t make it any wetter.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 3, 2018

              Coco, the little Chihuahua, is a champion of standing and walking on her hind legs. She has to to reach Gemma’s head to play fight. Such a stroppy little thing – all muscle and runs like a pocket rocket with amazing stamina.

  2. Griff.

     /  September 3, 2018

    I would highly recommend using a chemical mold remover rather than water blasting surfaces Alan.
    When you water blast wood or concrete the destruction in the surface layer allows more mold to grow next season.
    We have a large wooden deck at the beach that was moldy black using a chemical and a little scrubbing restored it to almost new. Chemical washing is only a little more work than blasting entails without the patchy effect you always get from pressure washing.
    If you go to one of the large chain hardware stores there are cheaper options than the well known brand that spends to much on advertising on tv and the radio.
    They all use the same chemicals …..

    Spring.
    love the change in weather.
    Hate the work it brings as you restore the depredation of winters cold and damp.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 3, 2018

      I’ve got some of that ready to go but the instructions don’t say how much dry time it needs before it can be rained on so I’m a bit wary of trying it in this unsettled weather. Do you know the answer? A lot of the decking needs restaining anyway – it’s been more than 5 years since it was done. And I don’t have much concrete. Mostly stonework, old bricks and timber. The stones come up nicely with waterblasting but the bricks are more effort. I was planning just to use the chemicals on the long steps down the holiday house garden.

  3. Gezza

     /  September 3, 2018
    • Gezza

       /  September 3, 2018

      Due to substantial pluvial persistence there will be no eel feeding or stream clearing duties undertaken today.


      .
      Thank you. That is all.
      Sir Gerald

      • robertguyton

         /  September 3, 2018

        Sunny in Southland. I’ve been pruning apples trees and planting garlic; t-shirt weather.

        • Gezza

           /  September 3, 2018

          Bastard! (No offence.) The weather’s turned even shittier up here now. It’s bloody pouring with rain – mostly falling at and 80 degree angle, there’s a howling Southerly, and it’s so damned cold I need the heater on. Plus, there’s a whole group of purple & black-winged whining stream urchins & a bullying mallard who’ve been spending all day in my back yard because the streams running so high …
          “There’s 🐧 nothing 🐤 to do 🐧🐧 !

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 3, 2018

            It’s been warm enough for me to wear a cotton caftan until about half an hour ago.

            Robert, I have cut down waste so much that the rubbish bag i have just put out (and it wasn’t full, but once I’d pulled it out of the dustbin I couldn’t be bothered to put it back) is the second one this year.

            • robertguyton

               /  September 3, 2018

              Warm here too, Kitty, but I’m not donning a caftan, no matter who begs me to do so. At the age of 17, my son, bold as brass he, wore a caftan in the downhill cheese-chase, where all the other contestants were farmers sons, dressed not in caftans, as you might expect. The hill was mighty steep, the competition fierce and my boy was the second to reach the screaming-down-hill cheese; missed out on first by a milli-second, impeded slightly as he was by the flapping caftan. I was as proud as punch and exhausted from the excitement and the laughter. No one else in the crowd (huge) thought my son’s garb funny, so far as I could tell. He received a wonderful runners-up prize of a box of cheeses to die for.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 3, 2018

              They are easy to sew. Two seams, hem neck and bottom. I put pockets on mine and curve the bottom edge to stop it dragging (draw around a plate)

              You can make one in an afternoon,

              In sticky summer weather, a loose cotton garment is wonderful. I began making them as dressing gowns, then found myself wearing them on sticky, humid days. Bliss.

            • robertguyton

               /  September 3, 2018

              And Kitty, your waste-management sounds most impressive; well done you! I find it a challenge to cut down the amount of plastic packaging that accumulates here but, we are actively trying to reduce it to as close to zero as possible. I forgot to mention in my caftan account, that my son’s costume was not plain cotton, but featured a 1970’s print, not paisley but something like it; circles perhaps. It was a genuine retro garment. Bare feet were needed for the run, otherwise he’d have worn Roman sandals, I’m sure.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 3, 2018

              I find that the plastic recycling bins account for a surprising amount. (rice and pasta bags, that sort of thing) I have a compost bin, as we had one and I thought that I might as well use it, I don’t buy things like garden ties when I can use strips of old t-shirts.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  September 3, 2018

            First real shower of the day now but only for a few minutes.

            • Gezza

               /  September 3, 2018

              The weather really has turned foul here. The stream’s running about a foot higher now, huge rolling brown waves, some lower parts of that scene above are now submerged. I just took another 2 minute video clip with the sound up on full and the rushing water and the wind are incredibly loud, but over my side of the fence you can’t hear the water.

              It’s just too wet, cold & windy to go out again. This weather WAS forecast, I noticed yesterday morning, but supposedly not until Tuesday, & mainly for the the middle and top of the South Island.

              It’s still normal for NZ to get a sudden burst of really bad cold weather rolling up the country in September though. Happens every year at least once.

          • robertguyton

             /  September 3, 2018

            Foul weather/fowl weather indeed, Gezza and you have my sympathies. I spent an hour this afternoon in hot pursuit of a rooster that has been terrorising the neighbourhood with his early morning (4:00 am) clarion calls, and failed to catch the cocky fella, despite my years of experience. Tomorrow, perhaps; he’s impressively fleet of foot and canny as.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 3, 2018

              I am always surprised at how high the stream down the road can rise. It’s usually a quiet little stream, flowing along and minding its own business, but it rises to what would be a dangerous level if anyone was silly enough to jump in. So far, nobody has done it. So far….

    • Gezza

       /  September 3, 2018

      The stream is now a raging river. Nobody tell ma I just clambered down to the eel spot. She’d be having nightmares about me being swept away, & going apeshit at me. :/

      I certainly wouldn’t want to fall in at the moment.

  4. I’ve been largely absent here as I am one of the few business people I know setting up a new production line – i.e expanding. Always optimistic.

    Always optimistic that is about our clients and industry and although it’s beset by unknowns and unfathomables and government interference, I know that the people we supply ( other businesses) and the people they supply (likewise) are strong, hardworking and enterprising.

    So a bee and me are as busy as each other.

    • Blazer

       /  September 3, 2018

      sounds like multiple layers of middlemen before the end user gets….rinsed.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 3, 2018

        No, it sounds like multiple people working to give others what they need when and where they need it. In other words the capitalism you ignorantly detest but which your entire life depends on.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  September 3, 2018

          PDT proves he needs a brain transplant yet again.

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  September 3, 2018

    Lucky us, a new wasp is being released into NZ; just what we need, more wasps.