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. 🤗🤗🤗https://youtu.be/LXYqDvwjW0U

    • Gezza

       /  15th November 2018

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  15th November 2018

        I thought that it was going to be Noel Cowards’ ‘Dance, Dance, Dance, Little Lady.’

        Is she Australian ? She pronounces dance and chance to rhyme with romance and stance.

  2. Gezza

     /  15th November 2018

    Saw another little native redfin bully at the Eel Feeding Spot yesterday, early evening.
    https://i.imgflip.com/2ml0ht.jpg – just like this one.

    Yet another good sign that the stream is healthy. It seems they really do like to hang round in the shade – beneath trees or overhangs. Luckily neither Nuthafulla nor Elvira spotted – they were too focused on my Eel Feeding Stick’s offerings.

    • Gezza

       /  15th November 2018

      Whoops

    • Gezza

       /  15th November 2018

      I put me calf high Stockmans on at 2 pm & waded downstream along the shallow parts of the the stream, over the stones and gravel – sometimes it’s shallower at the side, and in some parts, mid-stream is the shallowest. I headed down near the shallow rapids, wanting to watch an eel come up them for a feed from close up.

      And that’s how I found Elvira’s hangout. She doesn’t come all the way up the rapids. She has a nice little sheltered spot under an overhang of bank and lots of foliage. I noticed her in it when I chummed the water upstream with a little meat-blooded water – and suddenly there was a churning like a outboard propeller produces near the surfarce, and then she powered on out and headed up the the Eel Spot. I was hoping I might find her place, if I looked. 🙂

      • robertguyton

         /  15th November 2018

        Gazza – something for you to think about (if you cared to).
        “Philosopher Charles Bennett wrote, ‘put me in a world where all is in some sense (however obscure) spirit, and you embarrass me strangely. Now I no longer feel free to treat any part of the material world merely as means. The coal for the furnace, the stone that goes into our houses, the steel that goes into our machines—these are now, after some mysterious fashion, my own kith and kin. I must treat them differently now. But how?’”

        • Gezza

           /  15th November 2018

          I imagine you and I probably have very similar feelings when I do down into my stream and you into your forest garden, robert. Ever since I was a young boy I noticed that water attracts me and it makes me feel different, not just calm, but in a completely different hyper-aware yet relaxed state. In the bush, I can’t bear not to head for the sound or sight of water – it literally seems to pull on me. I can’t explain it, but I know I don’t need to. I can simply just enjoy that state of being. It’s a deeply personal thing – Maori I think would could it wairua. Everything in the wild or the forest seems so throbbing with life, even river stones and especially when you are alone with it all.
          I have to go down about 20 feet into the stream and even though it’s in the middle of a suburb full of people, few look or venture into to – so it feels much like my own little patch of countryside.

          • Gezza

             /  15th November 2018

            *venture into it

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  15th November 2018

              I once picked up a little piece of rock, layered in different colours, and marvelled that it was ‘thousands of years old’….brought it in and showed it to a friend who knew about such things, said something about it being thousands of years old….’millions’ was the casual reply. My little rock from the drive is HOW OLD? I was holding pre-history in my hand. It’s a tiny miracle, like the fossil I found down the road when some digging was being done. It’s only a common one, but who cares ? I wonder if it was brought here…or was this area once under the sea ?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  15th November 2018

              I know what you mean about running water especially…I can’t relate to the sea in anything like the same way as I can a stream or a river.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  15th November 2018

    I have another part albino sparrer, much more so than Solly.

    If anyone wants to attract blackbirds, put a handful of cat biscuits on the bird table.