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  1. High Flying Duck

     /  November 19, 2018

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  November 19, 2018

    It was supposed to rain today, but we’ve had a tiny bit of drizzle that was hardly noticeable. Sunny, blue skies, a bit of wind….what could be nicer?

    Another birdmugging in the road, but the muggee returned the compliment and mugged back. The two mugger/ees did it on the road. Birdbrains indeed.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 19, 2018

      It’s a luvly sunny day at Pookden Manor too. I just got back from getting a biopsy taken of a cyst they found in my lower jaw and am supposed to take it easy as it was a surprisingly big surgical procedure with a lot of stitches and bleeding.

      So I was just leaning on the fence in a sunny spot, taking it very easy watching the birds in the stream, when young Sarah Brown Ratty put in an unexpected appearance & scampered along the new pook promenade, looking around & checking it out, apparently quite impressed with my efforts.

      I tried to get a video of her; she’s exceptionally personable and cute, and she does quite good little poses, but I mucked it up hitting the pause button instead of the save button and she disappeared into the undergrowth at the North end.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 19, 2018

        Good it was in the lower jaw, G. Much less opprtunity to cause trouble. Hope it heals well and behaves. I’ve got a fingernail regrowing after biopsies that didn’t find anything but hurt like hell for a day or so.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 19, 2018

          Cheers Al. I think it’ll heal ok. I usually heal well. I’m not looking forward to the procedure to remove it though. The CT scan showed it’s cavernous. Probably been growing undetected for years the oral surgeon reckoned. He wanted a big sample of the lining of the damn thing. Getting sore now that the local anaesthetic’s worn off but I’ve taken panadol and that seems to be working. I was brave and I didn’t cry or anything.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 19, 2018

          Local anaesthetics are agony when they go in, excruciating, especially in your mouth, Then you can’t find your mouth and dribble when you have a drink.

          The local anaesthetic when I had a chunk taken out of my leg was so painful that I had to wonder if the procedure could have been worse without it. I also made the mistake of looking too soon and wished that I hadn’t.

          I always buy generic painkillers. They’re just as good and much cheaper for the same thing as the brand name ones.

          A mouthful of cloves is a great anaesthetic for a sore tooth or mouth. I hate the taste, but it works, even when the cloves are ancient.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 19, 2018

        Ouch, ouch to the surgery. Are you living on milkshakes and such things? The novelty wears off very quickly indeed.

        Say hello to Sarah; she sounds as if she may be a pet who’s been released.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 19, 2018

          Well, right now I’m hoping cashew nuts count as “soft food” because I feel like a treat and in 30 minutes I’m allowed a warm but not too hot coffee which I’m hanging out for.

          Interesting theory about Sarah. She does seem very laid back for a wild rat.

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          • Ray

             /  November 19, 2018

            The only good rat is a dead one especially if you like birds.
            Put out some bait, preferably in a piece of pipe, right now.

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            • Gezza

               /  November 19, 2018

              Probably right Ray, but I’ve lived next to this stream since 2005 and been studying it closely for the last 3 years. It’s unusual to see a rat, but they’re pretty normal for a stream, and I see no decimation of the local bird population occurring. Pooks would go for the small ones and I suspect the neighbourhood cats predate them as well.

            • Griff.

               /  November 19, 2018

              You have to make allowances for gezza .
              Well meaning big softy but misses the reality of the natural world
              kill or be killed. .
              Introduced animals are killing our natural fauna so kill them whenever an opportunity arises.

              Me and dog had a good day yesterday dog run down a nice fluffy little baby bunny for breakfast . When we went for the evening walk he spotted a possy up a hollow Taraire. I did not notice until I had gone back to the house, brewed a coffee looked around no dog had followed me home.
              Dog was still sitting under the tree looking at the pussums arse hanging out of its hole. Dumb thing must of thought if its head was in a dark no one could see it .
              Off to get and slug gun and a smack a lead into the target. A 177 pellet is often not enough to kill the things out right even if well placed . When hit mr possum run up to the top of the tree required a couple of more shots to get him down .
              Dogs breakfast today fresh possum.
              It will be the same one I recorded on the trail cam last week eating the bait out of the goodnature without setting it off . It stuck its noise right up to the trail cam checking that out. A possy selfy !
              .
              Griffs grove story’s are not quite as warm and fluffy as Pookden Manor.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 19, 2018

              Pet rats are clever, charming and very friendly. I can’t remember how many we had, but only one was vicious and was put down. The rest were very sweet and lived happily together.

              One couple were childless and lived together for some years. Nell was most unimpressed with her new husband at first (the poor boy had deformed paws and ear on one side) and kept pushing him off the horizontal ladders that made extra space in the cages, knowing that he couldn’t hold on and would have to climb laboriously back up.. Henry would make a lovely nest and Nell would kick it to pieces and make him do it again until it was finally good enough for her ladyship. But he adored her and she eventually accepted him. When she died (she was older) he turned his face to the wall and died too.

            • Gezza

               /  November 19, 2018

              Well meaning big softy but misses the reality of the natural world
              kill or be killed.

              Poor Griff. Never able to grasp how someone like me can experience strong emotions observing my animals, like pity and grief and joy and pleasure, and also be coolly analytical and realistic as well at the same time. I see it all the time, matey. My beloved eels eat the adorable little ducklings. My bestie purple bird person Bluey Pook murders ducklings too, and yesterday even murdered a hapless starling for no other reason than nature makes him do it.

              The attrition rate for ducklings alone around here is about 98.8%. Mummy duck with 10 ducklings has 5 or 6 next day and none by day 3. My pooks just had quadruplets. None of them survived.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  November 19, 2018

            You might be able to get away with cashew nut chocolate (Whittakers, of course) and sort of suck it rather than biting it.

            Is there anything more annoying than someone eating the nut ones in a box and leaving the sickly cream ones ? NB don’t buy the new Milk Tray. when they came back some time ago I bought some…UGHHHHH. I couldn’t believe that my memory had played me false to that extent and it hadn’t. They have been improved and sickly sweet ‘flavours’ have replaced the old ones. The remarks and reviews have given them a decided thumbs down. They didn’t taste like anything, just sickly sweetness, ERGHHHH !!!

            I know that people do this with pet rats and even mice. I would think that a mouse would have a thin time, but a ratty might fare better.

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            • duperez

               /  November 19, 2018

              Reminded me of the oldie:
              I was sitting on the bus just reading a book when somebody tapped me on the shoulder.
              I turned around and saw an old lady. She said, “Sonny, would you like some nuts? I’ve got a couple of hazelnuts and almonds if you’d like.”
              “Sure,” I replied. Then she gave me a handful of nuts and went back to sit with her friends.
              “What a nice lady,” I thought, happily munching on the nuts.
              A few minutes later, I felt another tap on my shoulder and there she was again offering more nuts. I gladly accepted and she went back to her seat.
              After about 10 minutes, she tapped me on the shoulder yet again offering even more.
              “Why don’t you eat them yourself?” I asked.
              “Because we’ve got no teeth”, she replied.
              “Then why do you buy them?” I asked.
              “Oh, because we just love the chocolate around them.” 😊

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 19, 2018

              I have never heard that one before 😀

            • Gezza

               /  November 19, 2018

              Jesus Bloody Christ ! That local anaesthetic has well and truly worn off now. 😮 Feels and looks like I’ve been kicked in the jaw by a bloody racehorse. Definitely ice pack time. Panadol be damned ! Luckily I found two codeine tablets I’ve hung on to for years and they still bloody work !

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 20, 2018

              What about a hot water bottle ?

              I am using some probably well out of date panadols, but they seem to be all right. I see nothing wrong with companies donating meds that are near or on the best-by, as I would use these myself so am not expecting other people to use something I wouldn’t use.

            • Griff.

               /  November 19, 2018

              Take the maximum dose of paracetamol and ibuprofen together.
              That way you get double the pain killing .
              As they do not react there is no increase in risk of side effects.
              Dont take my word for it check with google and rebuttable sources.
              The ibuprofen will also help prevent inflammation and swelling .
              https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/medicines/can-i-take-paracetamol-and-ibuprofen-together/

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  November 20, 2018

              Ibuprofen’s great, it even takes the edge off migraines. I buy Pams or Ethics ibuprofen from Pak & Save, same thing as Nurofen, just much cheaper. I don’t know how much the pills that are a combination cost, but I bet it’s more than buying the two cost.

              Morphine is lovely; I became a happy little morphine head after the hit and run crash. It must have been easy to become addicted to this when people could buy it in chemists. I found that I was becoming glad when the pain began because I could have some morphine,

            • Gezza

               /  November 19, 2018

              Cheers Griff. The attending nurse recommended taking panadol and neurofen together but I was feeling great, joked throughout the whole procedure, the surgeon was using my case as a teaching experience for a student nurse, describing what she was looking at (a nerve looked like spaghetti, for example) and that if she felt ill she should sit down on the floor for a bit, that’s what he did at his first experience of viewing oral surgery) – and said: “Nah, she’ll be right, I got panadol, that’ll do ! ”

              I lost count of how many stitches he put in – I’ve just had a look and it wasn’t a small job, No wonder it’s swelling. It’s too late to bother going out and getting neurofen – I’ll probably be much better by tomorrow morning and the bleeding should’ve stopped by then. I usually heal pretty quickly. If not I’ll go and get some then. The swelling’s going down already. The irish genes caused all the joking. The fast healing will probably be the viking gene.

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