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.

16 Comments

  1. phantom snowflake

     /  October 6, 2018

    New single from Anika Moa’s self-titled album:

    • Gezza

       /  October 6, 2018

      Pretty. Could do with a little classical guitar lead guitar to fade out. I just tried one & thought it sounded nice.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 6, 2018

        It’s pretty, but not very memorable. It has that heard it before feeling, somehow.

        • phantom snowflake

           /  October 6, 2018

          This track, from her album ‘Songs For Bubbas’ is possibly more memorable haha!

  2. phantom snowflake

     /  October 6, 2018

    So much solo material from Pink Floyd members.This one stands out IMO.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  October 6, 2018

    Bessie Blackbird was first on the bird table, They are beautiful close up; Bessie let me come quite close to her, which was a privilege. They look plain, but they aren’t, and the girls are a lovely shade of brown. I wish that I could stroke one to see if the feathers are as velvety as they look (velvety isn’t quite the word but it’s the nearest that I can think of)

    Every time I go out now, lizards shoot out in all directions. It’s nice seeing them in the drinking bowl, the rocks were an inspiration. These were put there to make it easier for the lizards to drink (I was afraid that they’d fall in and be unable to climb out; the bowl is a two-sided plastic dog bowl) but the lizards bask on them as well. There is a little piece of concrete to help them to climb up, which they seem to appreciate.

    Demmit, I only came online to do my Lotto ticket which I had forgotten to do.

  4. Gezza

     /  October 6, 2018

    Stunner of a day in North Welly. Perfect weather. Happy birds, waterbirds, eels & wildlife ranger. And one kuia who rang to see if this was still my number & had a great old yak for half an hour and is off down the RSA to tell the whanau.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 6, 2018

      It’s become very still here, hardly a breath of wind, and it feels brooding. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had some thunder; the air feels like it. I wish that it would GET ON WITH IT if it’s going to do it.

      • Gezza

         /  October 6, 2018

        Ella just turned up, around 4.30 pm. She was AWOL yesterday. (Eli got fed this morning, came up the rapids when summoned.) Just been down and fed my big girl. I’m feeding them in the deepest part of the Eel Spot now. Have to be careful not to fall in, but it’s more fun to have them come up from the depths to eat. It makes them look up at me. The only slight problem is that when some meat chunks fall off the stick, they keep coming up instead of going down to find it.

        If Ella swims over a piece and misses it these days I can just stroke her ever so gently on the tail or mid-body and she knows now to just quietly back up a bit & try her smelldar again. She no longer reacts by spinning round as if to face an attacker.

        Elvira turned up during feed time – she’s another big girl, but about a foot shorter. Elvira let her know in no uncertain terms that she wasn’t welcome. Eventually she bit her.

        • Gezza

           /  October 6, 2018

          Sorry – Ella bit Elvira, I meant to say. Not hard. But enuf to give her the message, since nudging her out of the way wasn’t working.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  October 6, 2018

            I wondered, but small animals will attack larger ones, and eels may not think in terms of size.

            I never seem to see eels here now. Not that the local ones are 4 footers like Ella. Love to my boy Eli. Tell him that he owes his name to me.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  October 6, 2018

          That would be something of a hint.

          The still, humid, brooding heaviness must have burned off. it became all sunny again.

          You should have seen the big kingfisher on the fence. He was the largest one I have seen and very beautiful. He seemed fully aware of this, I must say.

          • Gezza

             /  October 6, 2018

            I think I’ve only seen one in all the time I’ve been here. I’m surprised they’re such a rarity, but as I mentioned to robert yesterday I think I haven’t seen any fish in this stream apart from the eels. When I go up to Stebbings Dam I’ll have a look round for any kingfishers. It’s one of the headwaters to my stream & native fish are said to be seen there often.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  October 6, 2018

              They are very common here; I often see four or more as I go down the road. Lovely things. It’s always a treat to see one, even if it’s the ?th one of the day. I don’t know why this road is so well endowed with the flying jewels.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  October 7, 2018

              I knew that they didn’t just eat fish, but couldn’t remember what they DID eat.

              Crabs and crayfish
              Fish, frogs, tadpoles
              Spiders, insects, mice…smaller birds.
              Cannibals !!!