General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

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  1. Gezza

     /  November 21, 2018

    Alex is sick of the sparrows stealing his wheat & being annoying ! And shows his wing growth spurt has started.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  November 21, 2018

      No more little winglings there.

      I have several sparrers with cream-white patches on them, it’s rather attractive.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 21, 2018

        It’s bliimin cold here, I had a heater on. Parfum de dust brulee.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 21, 2018

          I think we can that say Alex was clearly hopping mad at the sparrows there. As fine a session of foot stamping as I have ever seen.

          I have just returned from a 45 minute stint down at the Eel Spot, where, after a half hour of fruitless attempts, & just as I was about to give up, I finally succeeding in getting young Granville to come over to the Eel Spot. He has proven frustratingly dedicated to swimming in big loops that were never quite wide enuf to bring him within smelldar range of the food on the Eel Feeding Stick and the deeper water.

          He is very cute. Now that I have observed him up close and personal I can confirm that he is an Australasian shortfin, not a New Zealand native longfin eel, and he has a different kind of face from my longfins.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  November 21, 2018

          Like winter here too, Kitty. Extra layers of clothes and long pants. But plenty of rain after quite a drought. Vege garden is looking much happier and tomato plants are sprouting in the compost bins and at last my potted custard apple seeds are too.

          Looks like showers/clouds/sun mix will continue for some time. Makes it hard to continue my war on gorse and I need to spray the weeds on the cabin long driveway.

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          • Gezza

             /  November 21, 2018

            I’m sorry to have to tell you both that it’s a beautiful, sunny, day in Welly with just the merest hint of a breeze – an Easterly I think, at the moment, because the planes are coming over from the North on landing approach to Welly airport, and the breeze is quite warm.

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            • robertguyton

               /  November 21, 2018

              Lovely, now, down south. I’ve just come inside from potting up rooted fuchsia cuttings and sowing beans into trays. 30 women coming to visit my garden tomorrow; everything looks great, despite the strong winds and heaviest rain. Otago got drenched and flooded. The rain now in the ground here should see us through much of the summer.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  November 21, 2018

              Good to hear at least your plants enjoy your manure, Robert.

            • robertguyton

               /  November 21, 2018
            • Gezza

               /  November 21, 2018

              I’ve logged in – I’ll have a look. Jesus I wish they’d get rid of Dan and give Renee the job. Your head spins watching that woolly woofter blathering and waving his arms around; stuffed if I know what he’s telling us is going on or what the forecast is half the time.

              Are you sure it’s your place? – their reporter in the wet suit during the intro promo just said the place he was at was Rividin?

            • Gezza

               /  November 21, 2018

              Ah yeah definitely Riverton, he got the pronunciation right later on and that’s what the sign said. Quaint little place. Everybody surfs and eats organic veges and seafood by the look of it. 👍

          • Gezza

             /  November 21, 2018

            This gorgeous double rainbow just appeared over us at 8.05 pm. Sadly the gif process just can’t reproduce how bright and vibrant all the colours were. It’s clouding over after a perfect day in North Welly and there’s a very light, sparse rain falling now.

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            • robertguyton

               /  November 21, 2018

              FYI

            • Gezza

               /  November 21, 2018

              That’s very interesting robert.

            • robertguyton

               /  November 21, 2018

              This is the stuff I think about all the time, Gezza. Did I mention Goethe’s “Metamorphosis of plants”?
              Probably did. No point in pushing that barrow.

            • Gezza

               /  November 21, 2018

              Oh, me too. I think we live on an amazing planet in an amazing universe. Neither of which particularly needs us or cares what we do to it. The dinosaurs ruled this world for around 250 million years. Who knows what they might have evolved into but for the Chicxulub impactor – it’s incredible enuf that they mastered the air back then as pterosaurs and now again as birds. We overestimate our importance in the universal scheme of things, we humans. If we wipe ourselves out this planet won’t care or notice – it will rebalance things, and just keep on producing and evolving amazing life forms. Maybe better ones next time.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  November 21, 2018

            It suddenly cleared, hooray, and I went out in long-sleeved t-shirt and cotton skirt. It was sunny and warm….for about two hours, then nasty sudden showers set in.

            It’s not really that cold in o, the sudden drop makes it feel as if it is.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 21, 2018

          Granville.
          His dorsal fin starts further down his back than the longfin eels’ dorsals. His skin in the water, up close, is coloured light grey with large blotches of olive green, whereas my longfin friends, in the water, are varying shades of dark to light grey on top.

          and one of him actually feeding from the stick:

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          • Gezza

             /  November 21, 2018

            I went down around 7.40 pm to see if any of my longfins were around but none of them seem to be. They do this from time to time, they all disappear somewhere else for a while.

            Granville turned up again though, & he learns really fast what’s going on and where to be to get the goodies if I change feeding spots. He’s a real sweetie. His head is a different shape, more streamlined, and he has smaller, dark eyes, not blue ones like the longfin eels have. I think his eyesight might be more acute than theirs. He might be about two feet long.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 21, 2018

        Whereabouts are the patches on the sparrers, and are they on the males or females? I notice a few variations in colour among some of my small sparrow squadrons, most noticeably on the males.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 21, 2018

          These are in various places, backs and sides, it’s hard to see if they are m/f when they whiz in and take their meals away. The patches are quite large, Solly has a real cape as well as a yarmulke, but the other ones are more random. But they are much larger than the usual markings.

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          • Gezza

             /  November 21, 2018

            They must be moving at blurring speed Kitty, you can’t miss the difference in plumage between house sparrow males and females.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  November 21, 2018

    Two big fat weka bold as brass in the garden when I just went down to check on how the weeds are doing. Our guests usually think they are kiwis.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 21, 2018

      Yes, I can understand foreigners thinking wekas are kiwis. The wekas were even calling at in the early evening, I think, from up in the valley on the right when I was out on your deck in Russell. I couldn’t tell if they were wekas or kiwis.

      How were the weeds getting on? 😳

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      • Gezza

         /  November 21, 2018

        *calling out in the early evening

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 21, 2018

        Both the kiwi and weka call in the evening and night. The weka call is distinctively a pitch dip in the middle. Male Kiwi typically do a quick sequence of 10-12 single note calls. Females reply at a lower pitch.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 21, 2018

        Weeds are doing very well after the rain except where our gardener attacked them for a couple of hours today.

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  3. High Flying Duck

     /  November 21, 2018

    Science is just fascinating sometimes.

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