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  1. Gezza

     /  October 29, 2018

    The sun seems to be burning off the morning’s grey clouds & it might be a nice day with hardly a breeze, with luck.

    Elvira is relaxing underneath an overhang on the far side of the stream. She came up at 7.30am while I was watching the Bluey Pook do his morning mahi and ablutions, and educating Alex the new pooklet’s big brother.

    I summoned her over with a dog roll chunk thrown over in front of her, then hitting the water with the feeding stick. I use a specific repeated, broken rhythm they now seem to recognise, so they don’t get confused & mistakenly just open & bite at the source of any random splashes, or the sounds of paddling pooklets or ducklings, when they otherwise wouldn’t do that.

    I used to worry when four foot eels were around and cruising up close to my pooks or ducks, & my heart is still sometimes a little in my mouth when a pook, and especially a pooklet, is in the water with them, but the pooks always know where they are and the eels don’t seem to go for them, so I’m not quite so nervous now. And a four foot eel is the one who bolts away when a pukeko decides: “That eel is too damn close !” and slams its sharp-pointed beak down hard behind its head or into its body.

    The two adult pooks have come up and got their wheat breakfast 30 minutes apart this morning. They each got one small wholegrain bread chunk for afters and swam up and across the stream taking it to their pooklets. Bluey to Alex, who runs along the bank, up and down, into and out of bushes, yelling “Daddy, Daddy, here I am! Never mind the baby, daddy. Your little boy is hungreee! Daddy, Daddy?” in pook language – until Bluey visibly seems to go: “Oh, for heaven’s sake ! You’re not blimmin starving. But ok. Your mother can feed the baby, I suppose. Come on down then. Here you are !”

    While Sweety just pretends not to notice Alex and ignores him and takes any food to bubba.

    (I have to say, Kitty & Possum, just between us – there’s not much between my big girls, sizewise (and they are now quite sweet eels to feed, taking food gently, with their lips – their mouths open, & faces looking up hopefully, not voraciously) – but Elvira is the slightly better-looking one. She’s slimmer, lighter grey & more silver underneath, and her face is just a little bit prettier. Not that I would ever say that to them, of course.)

    Hope to bring ma home from Welly Hospital today. She’s feeling better. Had a scan. Might get some home help at last. She’s 91. Can’t understand why it’s taken so long. Going up there soon.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 29, 2018

      Yes, a pook beak would be the hint to end all hints, it would only need to be done once.

      Don’t tell an eel that her sister is prettier. It would break her little eely heart.

      Tell me, can anyone explain the new Specsavers ad? I don’t understand it.

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      • Gezza

         /  October 29, 2018

        Haven’t seen it but don’t watch much tv. Didn’t bring ma home. Cancer found some place last time 3 years, closing off bowel. Also one spot on bottom of each lung. These are slow growing, not a priority. Colonectomy tomorrow while she’s still strong enuf. She knew she had it. Kept saying. So, probably all day up there tomorrow, fingers crossed. No mucking about with us two, me & ma. She knows the risks: she made the call. I have my instructions if she doesn’t make it – but she will !

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  October 29, 2018

          Best wishes for you both, G.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  October 29, 2018

          Fingers crossed indeed. They wouldn’t do it at her age if it wasn’t likely to have a good result.

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          • Gezza

             /  October 29, 2018

            That’s correct. They made that clear. They could have refused to operate. I was quite stunned they can do that.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  October 29, 2018

              If there’s very little chance of it making much difference, it makes no sense to put someone through all that. Also, the money could be spent on someone whose life will be prolonged and made better by it.

            • Gezza

               /  October 29, 2018

              I told her if they say that my next question will be ok what’s the appeal process?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  October 29, 2018

          The ad’s on during the news, which is about the only thing I watch now, except Antiques Roadshow and English historical programmes.

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  2. Rabbit Guyton

     /  October 29, 2018

    100 children drifted through my garden today, somewhat dazed and saw the kokopu lazily swimmin’ in the spring. Tui spoke, korimako chimed and bees….buzzed. Good times – young people out and about…

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    • Gezza

       /  October 29, 2018

      What are your tuis looking like at the moment? I’ve got a right stunt pilot whoosing up and down the stream and doing loops, barrell rolls, and other aerobatics, and occasionally perching in the tree and having a korero – and he is the brightest, turquoise-blue tui I’ve ever seen! His colour is amazing, he’s blue on the tail, lower back, and tops of wings. Got white flashes on the wings too. I don’t recall every seeing tui with this much blue in his plumage. Gorgeous lace bib under his two white throat poi.

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      • robertguyton

         /  October 29, 2018

        Yours sound gorgeous (their description, that is – all tui sound gorgeous, depending on your case of bird-song. There are some very raucous croaks and creaks amongst the whistles and chimes of the tui’s song, but I like those equally.) I’ll take a look tamorra and see if I can see. One of the tui I watched in the Wairarapa yesterday, was on the ground, feeding from a low-growing flower. Today, one barrelled through the space we were all sitting in but the children weren’t yet tuned to seeing such activity. I commented on it but no one saw what I saw.

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        • Gezza

           /  October 29, 2018

          I’ll make a gif of this chappie and post it here sometime. I haven’t managed to catch him in flight zooming up with his colour on display, in the right kind of light yet. He just appears performs and whooshes off. I might have to stand there for an hour to catch him on video and it’s just not practical, plus my pooks and maybe Ludmilla and Ivan would probably see me and come up and distract me & he’d do it then !

          I think he’s pretty blue on the chest as well, can’t remember. Got some footage of him but never in the right light for the camera to reproduce exactly how blue he is. I’ve seen lots of tui; how I ever missed them being this blue at this time of year I don’t know.

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  3. duperez

     /  October 31, 2018

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      • Gezza

         /  November 1, 2018

        Oops, how embarrassing, accidentally copied the wrong link. Should be right this time:

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      • Gezza

         /  November 1, 2018

        Explained the extra step you needed to take below, buddy.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 1, 2018

        And that’s a really cool pic – you took that yourself? Where?

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    • Gezza

       /  November 1, 2018

      You just needed to go one step further, duperez. When you got to that image page you needed to right click and choose “Open Image page” or “Open image page in separate tab” (whatever option your browser offers). When you do that, you’ll get a page with the same url, but with “.jpg” at the end of it. That url, ending .jpg when you copy & paste it, will post the image itself and not just the preceding link.

      I often open a new tab and choose “paste and go” in my chrome browser to make sure it’s ok before I paste the link here. Does this help? Anyway,I’m posting the url for the image page for your link above (I’ve noticed it will also display from that link if you just add “.jpg” to the end – but again – I also tested that first in a separate browser tab.):

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