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.

21 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  October 7, 2018

    Wow. What a buzz. I spotted young Eli coming up the rapids and I’d just taken some frozen NZ Beef Schnitzel out and cut a section of it into small think chunks & put it in a ziplock bag to defrost with some water (bloody water’s good summoner) so I whipped back into the kitchen, helped it along with a few seconds in the microwave, jumped into me gummies (good tread for grip on the sloping bank) grabbed me pointed-end eel feeding stick (a branch – carefully whittled, sanded, blunt-ended, crafted for the job some days ago) and shot down to the Eel Spot, the deep part.

    And there were three Eels. Eli (maybe 3 feet long), Tameiti (maybe 2′ 6″) and Nuthafulla (about 8 inches long – a very different, very light grey colour). I had plenty of thin chunks so I ended up feeding them all (although little Nuthafulla disappeared, out-gunned perhaps by the bigger guys).

    It was fascinating. They were competing for the chunks. This is a first time for Tameiti but he quickly learned to pull the meat off the stick, not bite hard at it, like Ella & Eli know to do. So I’ve got two upturned eel faces – looking cute – waiting for their serve, and more or less taking turns becoz I was putting it down into the water in front of whichever one’s turn it was, as they hovered and undulated together below.

    And while I was looking down into the water waiting for them to first swim up to where I was, I saw a native fish ! My first. A little fulla about 2 inches long. I though it was a bit of branch at first – until I saw the fins. So there ARE fish in my stream. I suspect there are so many eels, most of them get eaten. These eels are like lightning when they go after something moving.

    I’m going to see if I can find some images of the type of fish it was. It looked quite distinctive, but maybe they all have black spots.

    • Gezza

       /  October 7, 2018

      (Feed time was 0730 hours)

      • Gezza

         /  October 7, 2018

        For the discerning viewer

        • Gezza

           /  October 7, 2018

          Whoops – Nuthafulla’s 18 inches long – not 8. Size DOES matter (Sorry Nutha).

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  October 7, 2018

            Any black ones ? The ones I have seen here seem to be black.

            The fish near me are usually tiny, except the carps who are enormous.

          • Gezza

             /  October 7, 2018

            Just fed Ella at 6.15 pm

            Memo to Tameiti Eel

            Tameiti

            When Ella says it’s time for you to leave, with a bump or two, go.
            That way she won’t bite you on the tail and hang until you get the
            bloody message, like she did tonight. Boy, that must have hurt !

            Gezza

    • robertguyton

       /  October 7, 2018

      Hurrah! This is good news indeed. I hope that fish is fleet of fin!

      • Gezza

         /  October 7, 2018

        Don’t think the poor little bugger stood a chance tbh. 2 seconds later 3 eels were where he was.

        • Gezza

           /  October 7, 2018

          I was really thrilled to see him though, robert. I’ll keep my eye out for more. I think they probably do hang around the banks under the overhangs.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  October 7, 2018

            I think that the eels were also thrilled to see him, but suspect that it wasn’t mutual.

            ‘What is sport to you is death to me.’

            Billie is in the big tree, They were all waiting this morning, tapping their claws, wings on hips, wondering when breakfast was coming.

      • Gezza

         /  October 7, 2018

        Small redfin bully I think, robert.

        • Gezza

           /  October 7, 2018

          Looked exactly like this. I got a good view. He was a colourful cutie.

  2. Gezza

     /  October 7, 2018

    Jojo is dead. I found her in the stream. There’s not a mark on her. I don’t know what happened but I suspect it was a cat, probably Socrates.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 7, 2018

      Oh, what sad news. I am very sorry to hear that. Many condolences, I know how you loved your little pook, and it was lovely to share her and her life from chickhood to frilly knickers and on….put a flower on her grave from me.

      • Gezza

         /  October 7, 2018

        Yeah i’m a bit upset. I thought it was odd she hadn’t turned up this morning. Thanks, I appreciate the condolences.

      • Gezza

         /  October 7, 2018

        She belongs in the stream. I have moved her into a little cove and put some camellias with her.

        • Pickled Possum

           /  October 7, 2018

          Chin up Koro 🙂 Big hugs to you … I daren’t tell my little man that Jo Jo is dead.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  October 7, 2018

            I dropped the dead pook on the road into the stream (the one whose child was tugging at it to make it wake up) Burial at sea, so to speak.

            Little Jojo had a short life but a happy one; the rose, not the yewtree.

  3. PartisanZ

     /  October 7, 2018