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.

14 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  September 4, 2018

    How to tell which pook in strong backlight …

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    Only Sweety does this. No idea why.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  September 4, 2018

      whoz that flapping around in the background?
      Sweety wants a feed … she’s a wee bit neurotic dontcha think?

      We have a couple of kereru swooning around the place. Aerodynamics all over the place and land in their favourite spot in the Puriri tree.
      They were ‘cooing’ over the house yesterday racing towards their love nest.

      We have some HUGE hawks and falcoons cruizing the sky, I have seen a dogfight
      between a kereru and a hawk, the kereru chased the hawk after giving him a few bitch slaps.
      I must say though hares, rabbits, stoats rats and whatever else live under the
      Kikuyu grass are a rare sight these days.

      Also, the quails have gone underground since the Big Red Hawk arrived. Sad they are so darn cute. A couple of mallard ducks are in the back pond, the drake was chasing the hen around the sky above the house yesterday. The hen was making a screeching noise the drake was very persistent and they both crashed into the pine tree, why?
      Then there was a terrible screaming noise coming from the tree, then silence.
      Saw them flying together today. nature is weird but I will have my gun ready for that drake!!!

      • Gezza

         /  September 4, 2018

        the drake was chasing the hen around the sky above the house yesterday. The hen was making a screeching noise the drake was very persistent and they both crashed into the pine tree, why?

        That’s not HER bf, that’s why. The hens do this once they’ve partnered up for a breeding season. They’re “one drake hens”. They stick with their bloke, who’s also loyal only to them until the ducklings arrive – but unattached drakes will be very persistent in chasing tail, and are not bothered if the poor hen is already in a relationship.

        • Pickled Possum

           /  September 4, 2018

          OF!! I wondered about that scenario. Right!!! at the ready then.
          Is it still duck shooting season?
          There are usually 3 all flying together …
          looks like the ceramic New Lynn pottery ducks on my nanas wall.
          ATM from my sewing room window I can see 2 kereru doing aerodynamics.
          when they fly off 2 hawks play the same game on the same spur …
          must give some great lift … looks like it.
          Fabulous!!!! Not much sewing going on now.

          The fruit trees are pumping … actually, everything is pumping atm
          plum trees have burst into a huge display of colourful blooms,
          the peaches will have so many juicy fruits.
          Bananas also pumping they are all year round.
          Blueberries have hundreds of blooms as has the strawberries
          I would like to grow some raspberries, black and red currants
          Nasturtiums cascading down the hill with their bright red and orange faces
          looks like a Monet painting sometimes.

          Its lots of work but it is most satisfying to know what we eat chemical free.
          The veggie garden is coming along great the broccoli beetroot silverbeet
          beans lettuce of all descriptions with carrots peppers chilli and loads of herbs.

          The only bugbear is letting the chooks out for a free range.
          All the garden beds have to be fenced its a job as there are beds all over the place

          I have to watch them. a chookie Delsia is her name jumped on the bird cloth
          over the strawberries and had a right royal peck.
          I am thinking of renaming her Beeartch.
          There is silverbeet galore and puha for them to eat … animals eh never happy with there lot.

          • Gezza

             /  September 4, 2018

            Sound very fruitful up there Possum. A credit to your plant nurturing and gardening skills.

          • robertguyton

             /  September 4, 2018

            Your post was the Monet, PP! Looks lovely, to my mind’s eye. I planted 100 black currents a couple of days back; they love it here in the South. Like yours, my blueberries are leafing fit to burst; plums smothered in blossom, peaches too. Our bees are busy and the bumble queens are out in force. They especially love the flowering currants just now. This morning, I was standing atop our ger; it’s very big and I was up amongst the tree tops, and watched a grey warbler, totally unaware of my presence and not expecting a person to be up there, scrabbling about the twigs, feeding on little bits and pieces of whatever they eat: tiny insects I suspect. It was a lovely experience and lasted a long time. When he was done, he flew by me within arm’s reach, still unaware that I was there; most unusual; they’re normally shy and secretive and keep their distance.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 4, 2018

              Sweety was a fashion model in a past life, I think, she has a great catwalk (pookwalk) style.

              Robert, my dog has a lion who has squeaks in his paw and tum. Lionel is a most engaging little animal who can hold conversations with birds (it was a real surprise and delight when I made him answer a bird and the bird responded) He had a long conversation with a Grey Warbler who was sitting on a fence, The GW caught on eventually that there was no bird in sight and flew away. They allow one to come reasonably close.

              I saw one sitting on the edge of a meter box in the city; the window cover was gone.Another came to join the first one and they sat talking in the sun.

              Their nests are real messes; talk about slums. They seem to have better things to do than make fussy houses like the waxeyes’ lovely nests. If it doesn’t actually fall apart, it’s good enough.

            • robertguyton

               /  September 4, 2018

              As you know, Kitty, I … collect the nests of small birds. Thanks for the description of the warbler’s mess of pottage; I’ll know now, when I see one.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 4, 2018

              The ones in the meter box look as if someone’s taken some handfuls of dried grass and pushed them together.

              When I was a child, I thought that the mess of red pottage was clay before it had been made into something and dried. I couldn’t understand why anyone would sell their birthright for a messy handful of wet clay…

      • Gezza

         /  September 4, 2018

        whoz that flapping around in the background?

        Lol. Oh – I see what you mean Possum. I only just noticed a bird jumping up on the table and chair behind the trellis. I think that’s Aspen. He’s got fed up with Ivan The Terrible snorting and charging at him if he waits below the window. So he’s gone up there until Sweety gets my attention. He knows that once I throw some grain out Ivan will be busy running around picking up grains for himself & they can all have some until he’s run out and then decides he wants theirs as well! 😀

  2. phantom snowflake

     /  September 4, 2018

    When it comes to female rock vocalists, I find it hard to go past Johnette Napolitano:

    • Gezza

       /  September 4, 2018

      Not bad, snowy. Certainly belts it out on Damage I’ve Done.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  September 4, 2018

    I love goldfinches.Sweet little fatties, busy doing what goldfinches do in the trees.

    Is anyone with Slingshot ? I am becoming tired of Orcon. They keep losing my voicemail, all my messages have gone and they are useless at fixing this sort of thing….it was much better when they were in the Philippines !