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.

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  1. robertguyton

     /  November 10, 2018

    Two General Chats, Pete!

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    • Thanks. I hadn’t noticed. I scheduled it when i was out last night and missed a step so did it again, but the first attempt must have worked anyway.

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  2. Gezza

     /  November 10, 2018

    Luverly warm, sunny morning in North Welly with the only the merest hint of a southerly breeze. I blame the government.

    Bluey, Sweety and young Alex have all been here for their wheat brekky and gone off back to the stream to do their daily mahi,

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 10, 2018

      The birds have cleaned up the bird table, cat bix and all.

      I am taking a break after bathing the dog who now looks a different colour from the filthy animal who went into the water,

      I blame the parents.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 10, 2018

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 10, 2018

          What a charmer ! Who are the camera shy wee fellas ?

          He looks as if he’s being given a lesson on the right to do whatever it is, with Bluey checking to make sure that Alex ‘gets it’.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  November 10, 2018

            Does Alax take after Granddad?

            Can’t you just hear Bluey telling him how to do it, and asking him if he can show dad how it’s done ? And telling him off when his attention wanders !

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            • Gezza

               /  November 11, 2018

              I would have thought young Alex deserved at least one rating uptick for putting in an appearance up close below the kitchen window? That took quite a bit of courage for the anxious little fraidy cat. Especially from the godparent that NAMED HIM! Just saying. 😐

    • Gezza

       /  November 10, 2018

      It’s an absolutely gorgeous Spring day at Pookden Manor. Even a slightly cool Southerly zephyr can’t cool the sun’s heat; in fact it makes it a lot more pleasant. One can potter about on the estate in the sun without getting overheated.

      Just spent a delightful hour so down at the Eel Spot, feeding Elvira & young Eli. The stream’s still running about 6 inches higher than normal as it slowly subsides from yesterday’s steady rain. But the water’s now crystal clear again.

      It’s always interesting to see what has changed on the stream bed when the stream’s been in flood with heavy rain. Rocks move or disappear. Coloured bits of pipe of brick appear among the stones. Stumps and obstructions are cleared away downstream somewhere. Sometimes new obstructions that have come down from upstream appear and stay there until the next heavy rain.

      When the stream’s this high the current is very strong, wide and fast. So I was curious to see whether any eels would answer my dinner call and was happy to see two did, and that it was these two. Elvira is more streamlined than Ella, has a more engaging personality, is a great mover – very lithe, compared to Ella’s stateliness, and Elvira is a lot more patient with Eli, doesn’t immediately chase him off if he wants to be fed in the same place as her.

      After I came up I watched them down in the stream for a while, both continuing to swim race-track style circuits up and downstream.Given how fast and strong the current’s running I was intrigued to see how powerfully Elvira was able to swim upstream in it. Although she was generating a heck of a lot of thrust in the water, from up top I could see that it still only required her to ripple her body – with maybe a slightly wider sweep of the very tip of her tail to give her that extra push.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 10, 2018

        Where have all the local eels gone ? I can’t remember when I last saw one. They are, as I remember, smaller and blacker than yours. Roughly as round as a bike inner tube.

        I have never seen a weasel since that one sauntered across in front of me, gave me an oldfashioned look and vanished over the side of the path,

        I CAN HEAR A TUI TUING IN A TREE !

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 10, 2018

          It’s really summery up here; a great drying day, I should be out pruning, but can’t be bothered. The bloody grass has grown again, already.

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          • Gezza

             /  November 10, 2018

            Yeah … my lawn needs another mow already too. I better get on to it tomorrow. Today is the perfect day for a lazy afternoon. Might even have a nap in the sun, for some reason last night I was wide awake down at ma’s place – I could do with some extra zzz’s.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 10, 2018

          Nice. I haven’t seen Turqs Tui today, but he might be around doing his aerobatics later this afternoon. Mama mallard from yesterday is back again, still with her little tribe of 10 yellow and black, and one yellow and brown ducklings. She’s done well. By day two, the average brood of ducklings here goes down rapidly from 10 to about 5 or 6. They look much bigger than the last time I saw them already.

          Ducklings remind me of little fluffy jetskis. They are capable of zipping across the water and an incredibly fast speed. I often picture how their little webbies must look when they do this – they must just be a blur of movement.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  November 10, 2018

            There are often some on a nearby pond as well as on the streams, whipping along like little clockwork dux.

            The two dux down the road might be waiting for a while for duckies to appear.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 10, 2018

              Tui on the power line ! I can see the white feathers !!!

  3. lurcher1948

     /  November 10, 2018

    I HATE XTRA/SPARK and the cheapie tech in the Philippines, hatred with a solid source, burning hot but enough of my problems i need to go back to Tahiti

    fantastic URL

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  4. duperez

     /  November 10, 2018

    Hearing tuis in the trees? There were some lovely sounds and sights of tuis in Mangawhai today. I got home from there late in the afternoon and there’s one out the front. Rush and get the camera. The camera which has something wrong with it. The menu won’t show for one thing. I’ve pushed the factory reset buttons and now can’t get into it to set it up properly. And the photos? Because of the settings, they didn’t have a chance to really work. And then some editing showed what could have been. Bugger. 🙁

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 10, 2018

      Factory reset is designed to send people mad, it has to be.

      My phone decided to do this and all my numbers were wiped. A lot of words (sic) appeared when I turned it on and I had great difficulty turning the bugger off. This happened twice. Then the icons deigned to return, but Fido’s selfie that was my screen picture was gone. So were my contacts. It was as if I had done factory reset, but I hadn’t, all I did was press the On button.

      This is still a good photo; not great, but good enough.

      Someone is having their fireworls tonight. Poor animals in the paddocks who can’t get away from the sight and sound ! Roll on a ban.

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